The Border Jack, known for its intelligence, athleticism, and bold nature, is a medium-sized cross between the two purebreds – Border Collie and Jack Russell Terrier. The dog’s head is of moderate width while its muzzle is well defined with a black nose and a pair of dark, almond-shaped eyes. Its ears can be variable – some may have floppy ears while others may have erect ones.
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|Other names||Border Collie-Jack Russell Terrier Mix|
|Coat||Short, dense, smooth/coarse, double layer; fringes of hair may appear on the chest, legs, and haunches|
|Color||White, merle, tricolor, brindle, brown, blue, black, brown and white, black and white|
|Group of Breed||Terrier, Herding/Working|
|Size/Height||Medium; about 15-20 inches|
|Temperament||Courageous, loyal, playful|
|Size of Litter||4-8 puppies|
|Good with Children||An affectionate playmate for active older children|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA|
Video: Border Jack Playing
Temperament and Behavior
Border Jacks, because of their hunting heritage, are fearless, lively, smart, and vocal dogs with great working ability. If trained properly, these loving, devoted, and amusing dogs make excellent family dogs.
Once fully grown, they could become the perfect running partners of their owners. In fact, they are always ready to run, eagerly keeping pace and never complaining about being tired.
Although they are friendly towards humans, they are not tolerant of harsh or abusive behavior. Their rambunctious nature could be overwhelming for young kids, and so their interactions should be supervised. The Border Jacks do not accept the presence of other canine pets and may even confront larger dogs.
It needs a minimum of 30-40 minutes of vigorous activities to satisfy its regular exercise requirement. Your Border Jack loves to scamper, jump, play, and fetch. Moreover, you can also keep your dog active by involving it in dog sports including agility or flyball.
To remove all the loose and dead hairs, the Border Jack’s coat should be brushed every week. While it occasionally needs a bath, rough or broken coats should be stripped twice a year. Brush its teeth 2-3 times a week to prevent bad breath and tartar buildup. Also, trim its nails every month if needed.
Your Border Jack dog may be affected by some health issues such as allergies, deafness, glaucoma, patellar luxation, legg-calve-perthes diseases, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia.
Border Jack pups could be a challenge for the timid or inexperienced dog owners. Since they can be stubborn at times, they need firm, fair, and consistent training.
- To reduce your Border Jack’s aggression against other dogs you need to work on socializing your pet. The pup should be introduced to new objects, places, and people only when the experience is controllable. Since the puppies sense or observe their owners’ reactions, you can make it noticeable to your pup that you enjoy meeting other people and animals.
- Training for flyball can be started at home by teaching your pup to retrieve a ball. If your Border Jack loves chasing balls that are rolling, you can simply wait for the rolling ball to stop and then release your pet to get it. Reward it with lots of praises and treats every time it brings the ball near you.
Your Border Jack’s diet should comprise foods high in protein. The recommended amount of dry food is 1.5-2 cups a day.