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The Borkie is a mixed dog coming from breeding two purebred dogs the Beagle and the Yorkshire Terrier. She may also be called the Beagle/Yorkie Mix. Sometimes the term Borkie is used to refer to Yorkie/Bichon Frise cross too so make sure you have the right dog! She is a small to medium sized cross with a life span of 10 to 13 years and is quite vocal and very loving and social.

A Borkie is a lovely dog for owners looking for a small dog but one on the larger end of the scale. She is vocal though so is not best for places where there are rules or fussy neighbors. She is loyal and affectionate and worth the extra attention you will need to pay to early socialization.

Here is the Borkie at a Glance
Average height 12 to 15 inches
Average weight 20 to 25 pounds
Coat type Long, silky, curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Yorkie is)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, PSS, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, ear infections
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $775 to $875

Where does the Borkie come from?

The Borkie is a designer dog that comes from the USA though any other details about her origins are unknown. Designer dogs are deliberately bred mixed breeds, while some breeders plan to take some through the complex process of becoming a purebred not all have that intention behind them. A lot of breeders push the idea that with a designer dog you can get the best of both dogs – love the look of a Beagle and the temperament of a Yorkie then get a Borkie! This can be true, but it is not as simple as that. First generation offspring as most designer dogs are cannot be controlled when it comes to what they inherit from their parents. One offspring in a litter may have the best of both, some may be a mix and there may even be one poor thing that has the worst of both! Be prepared for these variations and make sure you research where you buy from as there are sadly a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills out there.

The Beagle

You can find Beagle like dogs back in Roman times but the actual Beagle we have now cannot be traced back that far. As with a lot of dogs his history is a little confused. In the mid 1800s you can see the starting of the Beagle we know today when they were bred for their hunting skills.

Today the Beagle has a gentle nature and will often make you laugh with their antics, but will also make you cry from their mischief! They are tricky things that are good at not listening or obeying you. He loves to follow a scent and is great with children – they get up their mischief together!

The Yorkshire Terrier

In England in the mid 19th century Scottish workers came looking for work in Yorkshire bringing with them a dog called the Paisley Terrier or Clydesdale Terrier. They were used for catching rats and mice around the mills. These were crossed with other terriers and in 1861 we see the first Yorkshire Terrier in a show called a broken haired Scotch Terrier. In 1870 they started to refer to them as Yorkshire Terriers because that is where most of the breeding and development had happened. In America the earliest record of one being born there is in 1872.

Today the Yorkie as they are often referred to is a confident and clever small dog with quite an intrepid spirit. They can have a range of personalities, some are more cuddly, some are more active, some are mischievous. One thing most Yorkies have in common though is if you spoil them too much they can become quite a handful!



The Borkie is an active, playful and sometimes high strung dog who can also be loving, loyal and social. She is a good companion and with some socialization she could be a good family dog too. She likes to get a lot of attention and is a very cuddly dog. She likes to make friends with any visitor so she is not especially good as a watchdog and she does bark a lot. She has a curious nature and is quite intelligent.

What does the Borkie look like

She is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 25 pounds and standing 12 to 15 inches tall. She has a round face, dark nose, black eyes, floppy ears and a Beagle's chest. She has a coat can be like either dog, long curly and silky or more wire haired. Common colors are black, cray, tan, white and tri-colored.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Borkie need to be?

She is somewhat active and will need a couple of medium length walks a day. She is of a size where she can live happily in an apartment and some of her indoor play time will be meet part of her exercise needs. Access to a yard is not needed but it would be a bonus place for her to play in. She can inherit the Beagle sense of smell so may have a tendency to take off when she catches a scent and she may also do the same to chase small animals.

Does she train quickly?

She will train moderately easily so not super quick but not awfully slow either! She does get distracted easily so training needs to be short and snappy, interesting for them and kept consistent and positive. Use a firm tone so that you are the clear pack leader and use treats, rewards and praise as motivation and encouragement. Early socialization and training will play a key role in her temperament and behavior and your happiness!

Living with a Borkie

How much grooming is needed?

The Borkie tends to lean more towards the Yorkie in terms of coat so sheds little and can be hypoallergenic. But some do take after the Beagle more so the shedding goes up a bit and she is not then hypoallergenic. Her coat if like the Yorkies will need trimming every couple of months or so at a groomers. While there you can also have her nails clipped when they get too long. Bathing should just be done when she needs it to avoid drying out her natural oils in her skin. Brush it two to three times a week and give her ears a check and wipe once a week. Her teeth should also be brushed two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With early socialization and training she can be kid friendly and dog friendly and it can help curb her instincts to chase smaller pets. Teach the children how to play and touch dogs without scaring or hurting them too.

General information

She does bark a lot and can have the Beagle howl so if you live in an apartment with nose rules this may be a problem. She will want to be fed at least twice a day, dividing 1½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food daily. She will need some extra care if you live in a very cold area.

Health Concerns


The Borkie could inherit health problems from her parents such as Intervertebral disk disease, eye problems, epilepsy, PSS, Hypothyroidism, Beagle Dwarfism, CBS, Patellar Luxation, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, Hip dysplasia, ear infections and reverse sneezing. A good breeder should be able and willing to show you health clearances for both parents so that you have less of a chance at having a sickly dog. Visiting the puppy at the breeders before buying is a great idea to see the conditions she is in.

Costs involved in owning a Borkie

Borkie puppies at the moment cost between $200 to $500. Other necessary costs for things like collar and leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, chipping, spaying, shots and deworming come to between $455 to $500. Each year you will need to be able to cover at least basic medical and non medical costs. Medical include shots, flea presentation, check ups and pet insurance or savings for between $460 to $560. Non-medical include food, treats, toys, license, grooming and training for between $775 to $875.


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