Borkie (Beagle & Yorkshire Terrier Mix)

Height: 12 – 15 inches
Weight: 15 – 25 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Colors: Black, Gray, Brown, Tan, Pied, Tricolor
Suitable for: Active families, Apartment or House, Home a Lot
Temperament: Devoted, Affectionate, Energetic, Playful, Patient, Intelligent

The Borkie is an adorable mix between the Beagle and the Yorkshire Terrier breeds. Beagles are known for their friendly, loving, and happy nature, and Yorkies are affectionate, energetic, and courageous dogs. The Borkie is a combination of its parents’ personalities and physical appearances, but she also has her own unique character.

The Borkie is usually closer in size to the Beagle and is, therefore, medium-sized with a similar build and has the Beagle’s floppy ears. However, they do tend to sport the silky coat of the Yorkshire Terrier, which could mean the Borkie might also be hypoallergenic. The Borkie’s coat is usually medium to long and silky and generally comes in the Beagle’s traditional tricolor of white, tan, and black but also is in shades of gray, black, pied, and brown.

Divider 1Borkie Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

The Borkie is a small to medium-sized dog that has a long lifespan and is healthy and energetic. They are easy to train thanks to their intelligent and easygoing nature but are also prone to be easily distracted. Borkies are very friendly and social and enjoy spending time playing with other dogs.

What’s the Price of Borkie Puppies?

There weren’t many Borkie puppies available at the time of this writing, but the price for either Beagle or Yorkie mixed puppies range anywhere from $500 to $2000. If you opt to find a Borkie puppy through a breeder, you’ll want to avoid puppy mills and ensure that the breeder is reputable and responsible.

Here are four pointers that will help you to determine if you’re engaging with a good breeder:
  • Meet the breeder at their location: Most breeders have their kennels at their home, so always make an appointment beforehand. Have a look at the dog’s living quarters. Are they clean, and do the dogs seem to be in good health? Do the dogs have a good relationship with the breeder? You should use video chat if it isn’t possible to visit the breeder in person.
  • Have a look at the puppy’s parents: Meeting the parents of your puppy will allow you to see how healthy they are, and you’ll be able to observe their temperament. It can also give you an idea of how your puppy might act when she becomes an adult.
  • Look at the medical history: You will want to ask the breeder for their dog’s medical background information. A good breeder will have no problem giving you their medical history.
  • Ask many questions: You should be prepared with loads of questions to ask the breeder regarding their dogs and your soon-to-be puppy. A reputable breeder will only be interested in ensuring their puppy is going to a good home and will welcome your questions.

You should also consider the expense of raising a puppy and looking after a dog throughout her life.

Some of the daily maintenance of a puppy should include:
  • Puppy treats
  • Grooming equipment
  • Dog crate and bedding
  • Toys for puppies to play with and chew
  • Puppy training pads
  • Dog collar, leash, and harness
  • Puppy/dog food
  • Water and food bowls

Additional expenses that you’ll encounter:
  • Grooming sessions
  • Vet appointments
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping your puppy
  • Neutering or spaying surgery
  • Obedience and training classes

You could also consider adopting a Borkie as you’ll be giving her a new chance at a better life. The price of adopting a dog might range from $300 to $600. However, if you bring a special needs or senior dog home with you, some rescue groups waive the adoption fee.

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1. The Borkie is a social dog.

They love almost everyone they meet, which also means they won’t make the best guard or watchdogs.

2. The Borkie is sensitive to the cold.

They don’t enjoy cold weather, so be prepared to invest in a dog coat if you live in a location with a colder climate.

3. The Borkie becomes very attached to her family.

They shouldn’t be left alone for too long as they love spending time with their family and will probably follow you around constantly.

Parent breeds of the Borkie
Parent breeds of the Borkie | Left: Beagle, Right: Yorkie (Image credit: Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Borkie

The Borkie is a friendly and loving dog that will want to follow you around and sleep with you at night. She will also enjoy spending time romping with other dogs at the dog park to help burn off some of her energy.

Both the Beagle and the Yorkie are intelligent breeds, so the Borkie will inherit her parents’ smarts. They are fantastic companion dogs that have plenty of love and affection for everyone in their family.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Absolutely! The Borkie makes an amazing dog for the entire family. They are patient, active, and affectionate dogs that enjoy playing with children. Be sure to supervise your children, particularly the little ones, and you should teach all of your children to respect dogs.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Borkie gets along very well with all pets when raised with them, and as long as they are socialized while they are puppies. Keep in mind, however, that the Beagle is a hunting dog and is known to chase after smaller animals, and the Borkie could inherit this trait.

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Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

First, you need to find a high-quality dog kibble that is designed for your dog’s age, size, and activity level. If you follow the guidelines on the back of your dog’s food bag, it can help you to determine how much and how often you should feed your Borkie daily. You might also consult your dog’s vet if you are at all concerned about her weight or health.

Exercise 🐕

Your Borkie is an energetic dog that will need a lot of exercise to keep up with her mental and physical needs. If your Borkie is closer to Beagle size, she will need more exercise than if she’s smaller like the Yorkie. On average, be prepared to provide her with a 30 to 60-minute walk every day, but since she isn’t a large dog, many of her exercise needs can be met indoors during playtime.

Training 🎾

The Borkie is relatively easy to train since she is highly intelligent and eager to please, but she might be easily distracted during training sessions. Be sure to use positive reinforcements through both praise and rewards and keep the sessions fun and short.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming the Borkie will depend on which parent she takes after more. If her coat is similar to her Beagle parent, she will be more likely to shed and less likely to be hypoallergenic, and will need less brushing. If she’s more like her Yorkie parent, she’ll shed less and could be hypoallergenic but might require daily brushing. Most dogs should only be given a bath when absolutely necessary, but usually about once a month with a good dog shampoo (like this one). If your dog has a Yorkie type coat, she might need a weekly bath.

The nails of your Borkie should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks, and her teeth should be brushed 2 or 3 times a week. You should also clean her ears about once a month.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Because the Borkie is a mixed breed, she is not as likely to have the same health issues as most purebred dogs. However, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the kinds of health problems her parent breeds might endure on the chance that she might inherit some of these conditions.

The vet will check your dog’s eyes and skin in addition to running hearing tests and urinalysis and blood tests.

Your vet will check your Borkie’s knees and hips, and run urinalyses and blood tests in addition to a complete physical exam to rule out the possibility of your dog inheriting any of these conditions from her parents.

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The female Borkie could be smaller and lighter than the male, but of course, it all depends on which parent they take after most. A female Borkie that more closely resembles the Beagle will be larger and heavier than a male Borkie that physically takes after its Yorkie parent. The average height of a Borkie is 12 to 15 inches and can be 15 to 25 pounds in weight.

Of course, the next main difference between the male and female Borkie is biological. If you elect to have your dog undergo surgery, then you should realize that spaying a female is a more complicated operation than neutering the male and is, therefore, more expensive and will take her longer to recover from. One great advantage of spaying or neutering your dog is that it can help prolong your Borkie’s life as it is known to help prevent health conditions in the future.

Finally, it has been said that there is a difference in personality and temperament between males and females. Some believe that male dogs are a little less affectionate and not quite as easy to train as females, but this is up for debate. Overall, however, what will truly determine any dog’s behavior usually comes down to how she was trained and socialized as a puppy and how she is treated well into her adulthood.

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The Borkie is a mix of two completely adorable purebreds that are both very friendly and smart dogs.

When you start your search for a Borkie puppy, you can talk to Yorkshire Terrier and Beagle breeders about your interest in this mixed breed. You can also approach local and national dog clubs and attend dog shows as a way to speak to as many informed dog people as possible. Social media is another excellent method for getting your message out to a big audience. The name ‘Borkie’ is also used for a Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier crossbreed, so keep that in mind when looking for a Beagle Yorkie puppy.

The Borkie is a dog that will be a perfect fit for a family that can spend most of their time with her and will enjoy cuddling and playing with a delightful companion.


Featured Image Credit: Pixabay