The Border Beagle is a crossbred dog parented by the famous Border Collie and the much-loved Beagle. Known for their loving, enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, and playful nature, these medium-size designer dogs make great human companions, even in small apartments. They have large, dark, round eyes, floppy ears, a long muzzle, stout body and sturdy legs, and a bushy tail. They may have either a long and silky coat, or a short and coarse double coat, or else, something in between.
|Also known as||Border Collie Beagle Mix|
|Coat||Double, Harsh and Rough, Shiny, Short, Silky, Soft|
|Colors||Usually come with a combination of black and white, and sometimes mixed with brown, tan, red-brown or golden colors|
|Type||Designer dog, hound dog, companion dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||20-40 pounds (for full grown male and female)|
|Height (size)||Small to medium|
|Personality Traits||Loving, alert, social, stubborn, active, playful, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Barking||Moderate to frequent|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, ACHC|
Your cross is going to need a lot of attention, and love to see you smile. They make great pets if you too would learn to perceive its needs and meet with your dog’s expectations. Give them time, and they will overflow you with steadfast affection and loyalty. They would protect you, your kids, and other pets. Also, they usually like playing with other dogs, but might as well be timid or shy of them, especially when it comes to other male dogs.
As for guarding your premises, they will surely keep you safe from ‘unwanted intruders’, unless you point them out that the ‘stranger’ is a friend, and ask refrain them from barking. They would constantly guard your house, making a very wonderful watchdog. Your BB puppy might have the tendency to follow their noses and sniff things around, and even lick or chew your shoes or wallets or just anything. Hence, you should be careful not letting your dog out into a non-fenced area, if it is not in a leash. Before you decide to set your dog free of leash, make sure that your yard is fenced in, or else, reinforced in some way. They love digging, and strangely, riding your car too.
However, honestly speaking, it is quite unpredictable whether your Border Beagle will be easy to handle, or be stubborn. You should be aware of the fact that, your puppy is a collie-beagle mix, and other than the fact that, it is carrying the genes of the modest collie, it is also carrying the blood of its funny beagle parent. In fact, though it can be a bit annoying at times, but it’s also a big fun witnessing your border beagle utilizing its ‘beagle’-mood too. For this breed, it might be difficult predicting what genes will take control over them. They might bark pretty often, but will quickly calm down if you ask them to.
It’s the owner who needs to learn how to train his dog. Sending the BB away to other trainers would mean, it will work for the trainer, and when the pet gets back home after professional training, the owner will probably end up doing everything wrong with his pet, while the dog will not respond correctly. So, it’s advisable, the owner learns training obedience to his dog. Generally speaking, though it might apparently seem to be tough to train them (for their Beagle genes), it won’t be tough to train you dog. All that you need is a little patience and concentration, since they are also carrying the genes of the level-headed Border collies. This makes them very intelligent. Proper obedience training and regular exercise are a must, if you would like to see your dog as a great pet.
The Border Collies are manageable, but the Beagles can be a little on the stubborn side. When you take your dog out for a walk or a morning jog, you should be prepared to see your dog’s nose stuck to the ground for a while, while it’s their innate habit to sniff things, unless they are leash-trained, or are familiar with the route you jog through. Also, it is important to remember that, they have the blood of the hounds too. So train them well to abide by your rules, and explain them well how you are its ‘pack leader’.
Your puppies might inherit herding drive or may not, but teach them how to socialize with other animals (including dogs), as also with humans. When you adopt it from your breeder or rescue shelter, you must also accept the fact that, Beagles work for food, and typically not for you really. So surprise your BB with food treats with chewables, when they succeed in housebreaking, crate, and behavioral trainings.
When you choose your dog’s food from the pet store, make sure you pick up the best packet for it. Feed your dog with an everyday healthy meal, especially when it is still a pup. Rest is all the same meant for dogs of its stature and energy levels.