Border Beagle

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Border Beagle

A medium-sized, well-proportioned dog with floppy ears and expressive eyes, the Border Beagle is a real pleasure to look at. Considering that this specific crossbred dog is a blend of the very popular Beagle and Border Collie, it's no surprise that this new breed is starting to take off worldwide. Highly appreciated for their friendly personalities, these dogs are very affectionate and devoted to their owners. They love the feeling of being an integral part of the family and hate being left behind. With seemingly endless energy, the Border Beagle will always be up for a walk in the park or a game in the garden, and is certainly not a dog that would be happy to sit around all day doing nothing.

History of the Border Beagle

The Border Beagle is a specific crossbreed that combines the high-energy Border Collie with the mild-mannered Beagle. Although it's one of the lesser-known hybrid dogs, the Border Beagle is highly prized for its mischievous, playful personality. While the Border Beagle was probably developed in the USA some 20-30 years ago, its history is little known. However, we do know a lot more about its parents.
        

A little of the Border Collie

        
The Border Collie shares a similar history to the Beagle, originating in England and Scotland in the 19th century. Traditionally known as excellent sheepdogs, many still perform this task on the farm. Border Collies are increasingly used for competition in activities such as flyball and agility at a high level, where they often excel.
Standard of the Border Collie

A little of the Beagle

The Beagle is a scent hound thought to have evolved from ancient Greek dogs. It was first established as a distinct breed in England in the 19th century. Historically used as hunting companions and sniffers, the Beagle is also widely used today as a companion animal.
Standard of the Beagle

Appearance of the Border Beagle

The overall appearance of the Border Beagle is variable and, as with other specific crossbreed dogs, can be difficult to predict. The result is often a handsome dog with a medium-sized body, distinctive markings and a tail that curls at the tip and may or may not be feathered. Their ears are of medium length and pendulous, while their brown eyes are lively and alert. The Border Beagle's body is robust and muscular, while its limbs are fairly long. The Border Beagle's coat is of medium length, straight and of moderate density. The coat color can be white, brown or black, and many dogs are all three. When fully grown, adult dogs measure between 38 and 58 cm and weigh between 9 and 18 kg.

Temperament of the Border Beagle

The Border Beagle's most endearing trait is the love it openly shows its family. This dog thrives when surrounded by family and just wants to love and be loved in return. Very affectionate, sometimes excessively so, the Border Beagle won't stop you telling yourself how much you value them. Energetic and full of life, this breed is not for the faint-hearted, and will inevitably be a big commitment that demands a lot of attention. Although generally friendly to all those around them, some Border Beagles will be wary of strangers and should therefore be socialized from an early age to increase their tolerance. They get on well with young children, although their rambunctious nature means they will need to be supervised at all times when in their company. Most Border Beagles are territorial and will make good watchdogs, alerting you immediately to any newcomers to the house. They don't tend to be aggressive enough to function as guard dogs.

Needs and activities of the Border Beagle

The Border Beagle will wear you out if you don't provide enough daily exercise. Its high activity level means it's always on the move. Several walks a day will provide plenty of exercise, accompanied by intense play. An apartment without a running room will create a dog with undesirable behaviors. A large garden is highly recommended for this breed, to enjoy the fresh air and stimulate the mind. The Border Beagle thrives in a warm climate and can live in a medium-sized house in an urban setting or on a farm in a rural area.

Maintenance of the Border Beagle

With a coat that can vary from long and silky to short and harsh, the Border Beagle is not considered a hypoallergenic breed. Shedding is imminent, but will generally only occur during the appropriate season. A shorter coat means that a rubber curry brush can be used to remove dead hairs. A longer coat means it's time to take out the bristle brush and look after it. Daily brushing will reduce shedding and also keep your floors clean. Its soft ears should be cleaned and checked once a week to avoid debris build-up. Nails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks. Teeth should be brushed weekly to prevent tartar build-up.

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