One of the most significant considerations with any pet is the price tag.
Not only do you need to consider how much it would cost to get the pet itself, but also to get them set up with everything they need, plus continuous purchases such as food, vet bills, toys, etc.
With dogs, there can be considerable variation in costs depending on which breed you want. As a designer dog, you might expect that a puggle will fetch a high price.
However, you may be interested to know that puggles tend to cost less than other designer breeds (though that’s not to say they’re particularly cheap, either).
So, let’s get straight to answering the question at hand.
How much do puggles cost? In the US, a puggle puppy bought from a breeder could cost anywhere between $400-$2000, with many coming in around the $1350 mark. Price can depend on the breeder’s reputation, coat color, generation, ‘purity,’ and health.
What does the Price of a Puggle Depend on?
There are plenty of factors to consider when it comes to price.
The breeder will play a significant part in how much a puggle puppy will cost, and a suspiciously low price could even be a warning sign to look elsewhere.
There’ll be more information on how to look for a good breeder later in this post.
Most often, you will probably see fawn puggles for sale. However, these dogs can also have coats in shades of red, tan, and black. Like their beagle parent, they could inherit a coat of several colors – most likely white with some additional coloring.
Black masks are typical among puggles.
Some breeders may charge the same for all puppies regardless of coat color, whereas others may consider specific colors to be more desirable and will therefore up the price for those dogs.
Generation and ‘purity’ refer to how the puggle has been bred.
A crossbreed can either be first-generation, meaning they have one purebred parent of one breed and one purebred parent of another (i.e., a beagle parent and a pug parent). Alternatively, they could have been bred from two existing crossbreeds (i.e., two puggle parents).
If a breed other than pug or beagle could have made its way into the genealogy, the price will be lower than a ‘pure’ pug-beagle mix.
How Much do Vet Bills Cost for a Puggle?
There are plenty of expenses to consider before you bring your puggle home. Let’s start with vet bills.
First up, spaying and neutering.
Spaying is the most pricey of the two because it is a more complicated procedure.
The cost will also vary depending on the dog’s size – as a smaller dog, the puggle will be on the lower end of the price scale.
It’s difficult to put an exact price on it, but you can expect to pay anywhere from ~$50 up to several hundred dollars.
As a word of advice, though, you shouldn’t automatically default to the cheapest option when it comes to health.
Look for reputable vets, ask for recommendations from other owners, and only hand your puggle over if you’re 100% satisfied that their well-being is assured.
The first round of vaccinations will likely come in at $75 to $100, plus a rabies shot for around $20. Additional shots, such as boosters, are usually between $20-40, excluding lower-end clinics.
Location, type of clinic, and the puggle itself can impact the exact amount you spend.
You may also want to consider getting pet insurance, in which case, you can expect to pay around $50 per month.
Senior dogs tend to cost more than those with pre-existing health conditions.
Being descended from pugs, puggles tend to inherit a more squashed face. In some cases, this could lead to respiratory issues.
Because of this, insurers may give you a slightly higher quote to cover the risk.
Whether you have insurance or not, it would be advisable to have emergency vet funds ready just in case. In unfortunate circumstances, your puggle could end up with an injury that you have to pay out of pocket for.
Being prepared will help you have peace of mind.
What are the Upkeep Costs for a Puggle?
A puggle’s upkeep costs will depend on the kind of lifestyle you’re looking to give them.
For example, you might decide that you want your puggle to have only the best, fanciest bed, toys, treats, etc.
While top-of-the-range products aren’t necessary, you will want to maintain a certain quality level for your dog to live comfortably.
Cheap toys, for example, can sometimes contain harmful materials such as lead.
Essentially, if their toys are safe and fun, your puggle won’t mind if you don’t pick them out the most expensive product at the store.
The same goes for other products; you don’t have to shudder at the price tag of a high-end luxury bed, as long as your puggle has somewhere comfy to sleep.
Naturally, food is an essential part of a puggle’s upkeep.
Again, this cost will vary depending on your choices as an owner.
Different owners might give their dogs raw food diets, kibble diets, or a combination of the two. As a smaller dog breed, puggles will be towards the cheaper end of the dog feeding scale simply because they will eat less than larger breeds.
Food also doesn’t have to be for mealtimes – it can also be a very effective reward when training, so if you want to be precise with your budgeting, you may want to factor in the extras.
Training could be a potential additional cost.
You can save money by doing all the training yourself, which is entirely possible but requires repetition and patience. If you find yourself having trouble, you can always enroll in puppy/dog training classes for a fee.
At the end of the day, there’s no exact number we can give you for your puggle’s total upkeep costs.
A significant amount will come down to your individual decisions as an owner.
You don’t have to buy your puggle the most luxurious toys, but at the same time, you shouldn’t be dropping them off at the cheapest vet you can find for the sake of saving a few bucks.
The one thing we can say with absolute certainty is that you should make sure you have a comfortable amount put away to keep your puggle healthy and happy, plus for any emergency expenses.
What Should I Look for in a Puggle Breeder?
Dog breeders can gain reputations for both the right and wrong reasons.
As with most things, you should be wary of breeders at both ends of the scale – suspiciously; cheap breeders may be carelessly producing puppies to make easy money, whereas the most expensive breeders could be trying to get as much as possible out of you for a puppy.
Please make sure you do plenty of research on your breeder no matter where they fall in the price range.
The internet can be a gift for researching breeders and finding reviews from their previous buyers. Good breeders will be open and informative about their litters and the parent dogs (and may even provide details on additional ancestry).
If it seems like a breeder may be hiding something, such as health conditions or undesirable traits, then we’d advise you to be wary.
A good breeder will be meticulous in breeding puppies with good physical and personality traits, putting health and temperament before profit.
This is particularly important in crossbreeds, where genetics can be fickler to try and control.
Often, highly reputable breeders like the Continental Kennel Club will be registered somewhere that shows their high performance. Breeders and litters must adhere to strict standards to be registered, which can give you peace of mind that you’re looking at the best on the market.
They may be a little pricier, but you know that they have the reputation to back it up.
You should hopefully be able to visit the breeder and/or litter before deciding to buy. This is the perfect opportunity to figure out if the breeder is right for you – keeping an eye out for both positive and negative signs.
At an ideal visit, the breeder will show you all the puppies (not just the one you’re considering), who will all be healthy, happy, and kept in a safe and comfortable environment.
You should also pay attention to the mother (and the father, if possible, but he may not be available to see). She should also be healthy, with a good temperament, respectful behavior, and traits you want to see in your puppy.
Be sure to take your time and listen to your instincts.
If your visit to a breeder feels ‘off’ in any way, don’t be afraid to bid them goodbye and move on; a visit does not mean you are obligated to buy.
Warning signs could be unhealthy puppies, unruly adults – or a refusal to let you see them at all.
For a healthy puggle puppy from a reputable breeder, you’d likely be spending over $1000, maybe closer to $1500. On top of this, you need to consider vet bills, insurance, and starting costs, such as food, toys, and bedding. Additional fees could include training or emergency expenses, such as surgery due to injury. As designer dogs go, puggles are one of the lower-cost breeds. Plus, their smaller size means their upkeep costs will be lower.
Nonetheless, it’s essential to do plenty of research to figure out how much you’re willing to spend and whether this will cover the costs of a puggle. You also need to look deep into the background of any breeder your considering. This process takes time and effort, but it will all be worth it for a happy and healthy new puggle!
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