Beagles are an extremely popular breed of dog. They are extremely intelligent and loyal, despite being a bit stubborn and mischievous. Likewise, Yorkies, or Yorkshire Terriers, are also exceptionally common to see amongst dog owners. This is due to their loving and playful nature making them such a fantastic pet.
But how do the two do when they mix? Is a Beagle Yorkie mix a good pet? What kinds of families or owners should look into buying a Beagle Yorkie mix? Well, Beagle Yorkie mixes, also known as “Borkies,” are ideal family dogs for several reasons.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting a borkie for your family!
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What do borkies look like?
Borkies are a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Beagle. They are a medium-small breed of dog, weighing between 20 and 25 pounds. They have long to medium-length curly coats that they get from their Yorkie parents. However, their bone and muscle structure more closely resembles that of their beagle parents.
They are most often brown or black, but can also be grey or pied, with floppy ears, brown eyes, and black noses. Their coats are curly and can shine, but aren’t too dense.
What is a Borkie’s Temperament like?
Borkies possess many traits that make them fantastic family pets. Firstly, they are patient and quite loving, and compassionate. This makes them great in group settings, and also (at least for dogs), great around children and other pups! They are also quite playful and intelligent, increasing their viability as family pets.
How are Borkie’s Tempers?
Borkies are usually quite even-tempered, making them safe for families to have around the house. They only really panic when they’re left alone for too long, so they probably aren’t ideal for families who leave the house empty for huge portions of the day. They have a lot of affection to give, and they need someone to give it to!
How to take care of a borkie!
Borkies, like any breed of dog, need specific things done for them to ensure they live long, happy, and healthy lives. They need specific requirements fulfilled as far as diet, exercise, and grooming are concerned. Read on to learn the basics of taking care of your borkie.
What kind of diet do borkies eat?
As medium-sized dogs, borkies have a lot of energy and are quite active. This makes their diet very important, as it’s what gives them the energy to do what borkies do! This means they need an appropriate diet.
The right diet for borkies is filled with animal-based proteins and carbohydrates. Avoid chapter food brands whose dry food is filled with plant-based proteins and filler. These will leave your furry friend feeling sluggish and less active, which is not healthy for borkies as an active breed.
2 cups of dry food per day, split into 2 even servings should be enough, but make sure to pay attention to what your dog eats. If it seems to struggle to get through, try to lessen the amount. You probably shouldn’t go too far over 2 cups though, so I’d be hesitant to add more than that.
Exercise for borkies.
Borkies are quite high-energy dogs, and thus need to be very active for at least a portion of the day. This is one of the most important parts of being a borkie owner, and you need to be sure that you’re giving your borkie the right amount of exercise every day.
At a minimum, a long walk or a jog is a good place to start. However, supplementary playtime in a yard or even indoors with the right toys is also highly encouraged!
If you have a larger fenced-in yard, then your borkie can entertain itself for a while if you need to leave the house or just have a second alone as well. However, if you don’t, it’s even more important to make sure that you’re giving your borkie the exercise it needs so it doesn’t feel enclosed and trapped in a smaller space.
Grooming your borkie
Borkie’s coats are actually quite easy to manage, and they don’t need to be groomed too often. However, it is still important that you do it when it is necessary. Brushing your dog’s fur once a week is probably more than enough to make sure its coat is healthy and shining!
Keeping the borkie’s coat at its comfortable medium length is also helpful, so try to have the coat trimmed once every couple of months.
Beyond this, there’s nothing really special you have to do besides what is done with every dog. Regular bathtime will help keep your dog smelling less offensive, and keeping your dog’s nails short will be more comfortable for it and your family.
Training your borkie
Being the intelligent and active dogs that they are, you might assume that your borkie is easy to train. Well, you’d be mostly right! Borkies can pick up on training quickly as they have a desire to learn and to please their owners.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind while training your borkie. Firstly, borkies can be easily distracted, so being confident and consistent in your training is very important. Repetition is key. Keep training sessions short and packed full of things, so your borkie doesn’t lose focus.
Always use positive reinforcement rather than negative reinforcement or punishment. Not only will it be less cruel to the animal, but your dog will also learn the desired behaviors more quickly, and they will stick around better for the long run.
Obedience training is the most important kind of training for borkies. Learning specific skills like “stay,” “freeze,” “go,” and “come,” among other commands, helps control your borkie when they are being stubborn, mischievous, or overly active. These can happen as beagles tend to be like this sometimes. However, these bad behaviors can be trained out of them early.