By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 18th October 2022

Border Beagle


Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 18th October 2022

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.

Border Beagle Pictures

Quick Description

Also known asBorder Collie Beagle Mix
CoatDouble, Harsh and Rough, Shiny, Short, Silky, Soft
ColorsUsually come with a combination of black and white, and sometimes mixed with brown, tan, red-brown or golden colors
TypeDesigner dog, hound dog, companion dog
Group (of Breed)Crossbreed
Life Span/Expectancy12 to 15 years
Weight20-40 pounds (for full grown male and female)
Height (size)Small to medium
Personality TraitsLoving, alert, social, stubborn, active, playful, intelligent
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with PetsYes
BarkingModerate to frequent
Country of OriginUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDRA, ACHC

Video: Cute Border Beagle Puppy

Temperament and Behavior

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.



Being a highly energetic dog, your BB will actually need a lot of serious exercises every day. Take your dog out for brisk walks or jogging every day. Take them to dog parks where they can socialize with other dogs (and their owners) freely. Do not hesitate to let your dog play in a yard without leash, if it is enclosed and safe for it.


Grooming requirement is minimal. Brush it twice to thrice a week and bathe it when it is necessary.

Health Problems

No specific problem would normally pester this crossbreed, unless it has inherited any genetic hazard, or any general dog issues.


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.

23 responses to “Border Beagle”

  1. Lili says:

    I used to have a border collie but whenever I left the house he would bark and howl. We had to sell him eventually because we were moving into a house that doesn’t allow dogs. I have been looking for a medium-sized dog when I came across this breed. I really like the breed but I am worried it will howl and bark when I leave for work. Is there any way to prevent that?

  2. Nora says:

    Hi I have a year and 4 month of border (I’m sure beagle) mix and he is awesome. He’s trained really well but when it comes to going on hikes or in the backyard he books it when he picks up a smell. Any suggestions in training him to understand that my command should be listened to instead of running away to chase a chipmunk or bunny lol.

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hi Nora,
      Here are a few tips to help manage problem behaviors in your dog.
      • Remove excess energy: When your dog is raring to go, he is only focused on releasing all his pent-up energy. Make sure to practice exercise first, followed by discipline, and finally affection. A regular walk that drains all of his energy will help him in listening to your commands.
      • Be consistent when training your dog: If he is receiving different commands about his behavior, he will not understand what you want. Sit down with all the family members and discuss the rules and boundaries you want to set for him.
      • Display calm-assertive energy: A dog will listen to the leader of his pack, and you can be that leader by displaying calm-assertive energy. If you are uncertain while giving a command, your Border Beagle will tune you out.

  3. Tina says:

    I have a 14 week old border beagle. He is a brilliant dog but his biting is getting out of hand. He has my son and myself all marked from his biting. He won’t stop once he starts. It’s gone past the play biting stage. He won’t bit my husband and listens to him but doesn’t listen to me or my son. If I move at all he lunges at me. What can I do to stop this?

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hi Tina,
      You can decrease the risks of your Border Beagle’s bite-related behaviors by having it spayed or neutered. Exercising and playing on a regular basis will reinforce the bond between you and your dog. Avoid aggressive games like tug of war and wrestling to prevent dominance issues. Have it trained to respond to basic commands like stay, come, sit, and leave it. In order to change its lunging behavior, tell your husband to give it the yummiest treats whenever you or your son is around. This will help in changing its negative association with you and your son to a positive experience.

    • Tina says:

      Thanks for your reply. He is trained to respond to basic commands. He is quite good at responding to them but will not respond when I ask him to stop the aggressive biting behaviour or the lunging at me . I am the one he’s with all the time, I take him for his walks and I play outside with him in the garden.

  4. Alisha Kazimir says:

    I have an eight month old border beagle. He is such a handful but great to have around I do have a problem with him getting into my bathroom trash (once a month). He chews through my socks and sometimes my underwear and he tries to get my shoes but I catch him before he does any suggestions on what to do?

    • Glenn says:

      My border collie beagle is very loyal. Soon as I teach her something she never forgets. She won’t leave the yard without permission (unless she is in heat) and only chews what I give her to chew. You can’t be the nice guy when it comes training. Only touch and pet you’re dog when she does what you want. I don’t use treats but effection. I got real lucky thou. She did not have to be house trained even lol but she will get me up in the middle of the night to go. My little sidekick for sure. Remember you’re the master and need to be firm and raise you’re voice. My girl knows the tone that mean listen to me.

    • Jelane says:

      I maintain a toy basket that I restock regularly with a variety of toys: Fluffy toys, kong toys, nyla-bones, squeaky toys, tennis balls, etc. Every time my puppy would get into something she wasn’t supposed to, I would redirect her to her toy basket and hand her a toy out of it. It didn’t take long for her to figure out where the “legal” toys lived. Then I taught her how to put her toys away on command.

  5. Andrew says:

    Having alot of trouble with my bb barking when I am not home and when I leave at night but my partner is there she will still bark!

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hi Andrew,
      You may desensitize your Border Beagle to your departures by imitating your regular departure routine. Search for your car keys, gloves, etc. throw out your daily household garbage, or pack a bag. You will have to make your BB think that it is just a routine departure. Before you leave at night, you may try the following:
      • Keep your BB in the quietest area of the house, keeping the curtains or shades drawn. A dark, quiet environment will have a calming effect on your dog. Additionally, no visual stimuli will provoke it.
      • As you leave, offer the dog a chew toy that has your scent. It should be something special, including beef-flavored rawhide bone, a stuffed Kong, or a bone stuffed with cheese spread or canned dog food.

  6. Monique says:

    I adopted my BB from the RSPCA. She is very loyal & a wonderful guard dog. The longer I’ve had her, the more protective she has become. She is very energetic & loves a run on the beach. She is a great dog that has brought a lot of happiness to our family

  7. Alice M. says:

    Check They always have collie breeds mixed. We are rescuing our sweet 9 week pup from there. We saw the liter and by his personality and what his temporary mom told us, we knew he will be right for us.

  8. Delissa says:

    I have a 13 month beagle border collie mix we hadhim since he wad 10 weeks old he. Still has accidents in the house such as using the bathroom in the house and he is aso very destructive. He loves to tear every thing up is there any helpful tips anyone can give me to help mr cash

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hi Delissa,
      Some dogs like to chew and tear up things, using it as a means of calming themselves. Your 10-week-old Border Collie mix could be destructive for the same reason. So, here are some tips that would help you in stopping your dog from damaging property in your house.
      • Do not unleash your anger on the dog, as it won’t do any good.
      • Correct your dog using a light touch on his neck to divert his attention. Don’t try to take the dog or the object away forcefully.
      • Redirect his behavior by providing some treats, chew toys, or bully sticks that may get the dog to let the object go.
      • You may use positive energy along with body language to claim the object.

  9. Maureen says:

    Is there a list of breeders?

  10. Christine rardin says:

    We have a border beagle mix and he’s a wonderful companion​ to have he’s smart, listens most of the time. We go on walks and he loves playing frisbee he also likes hurding the 3 cats that stay outside we enjoy having this breed of dog.

  11. Lisa Iantorno says:

    I would like more information on this adorable little angel. Where are these dogs and is there a recommended breeder to use?

    • Stephanie says:

      Lisa, I just mine today from the local humane society. I am totally in love with her. First I had ever seen of this breed.

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      We will soon be having a directory of dog breeders. Pls stay connected for the same.

      • Juli Brackett says:

        I would love to have another Border Beagle… please keep me on a list for possible breeders

        • Mike says:

          There’s no shortage of border beagles in various shelters across the country. Save a life. Adopt, don’t shop.

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