The Border Jack: A Complete Guide

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The Border Jack is believed to have originated in the United States in the past few decades, which explains why there is so little information about its history.

However, there is a rich history to be found in the parent breeds, the Border Collie and the Jack Russell Terrier.

The Border Jack was bred for agility sports and flyball, as well as to be great family companions.

The resulting hybrid is a medium-sized, compact, and strong-bodied canine who possesses extreme amounts of energy which must be expended on a daily basis.

He can have the looks and the personality of either or both the parent breeds, but his temperament will be one of playfulness, loyalty, courage, and high energy.

He will require moderate levels of grooming because he is also known to shed.

Border Jack Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black and white Border Jack
The Border Jack is friendly and warm towards people.

What Price are Border Jack Puppies?

The price of Border Jack puppies is approximately $350 to $800.

How to Find Reputable Border Jack Breeders?

If you’ve decided to purchase a Border Jack puppy, you need to make sure the dog breeder is honest and cares about the puppies that they breed.

A reputable breeder will have much happier and healthier puppies compared to puppies bred in puppy mills.

Before you even look at the available dogs for sale, talk to the breeder and ask them questions to make sure you are purchasing a puppy from the right person.

If they do care about their puppies, they won’t give them up for just anybody.

Expect to be asked questions about your home, your family, your lifestyle, your job, and your expectations from the dog.

If they are breeding several dog breeds, it’s a major sign they’re running a puppy mill. They also usually have a waiting list.

This shows two things: they don’t breed their dogs too often and their puppies are in high demand by other people. Look up registered dog organizations. They could point you in the right direction.

If you know someone with a Border Jack, ask them where they purchased their puppy. If they are happy with their dog, they will recommend their breeder.

3 Little-Known Facts About Border Jack Puppies

  1. The Border Jack parent was bred to work. He is a good sheepherder and controls the flock with stalking and eye contact.
  2. The Jack Russell parent dog was developed in the 19th century by an English vicar named Jack Russell. It’s a mix of many terrier breeds with a bit of Dachshund thrown in.
  3. One of the most significant skills a Border Jack possesses is his proficiency at flyball. Look into local flyball tournaments to exercise him.

Physical Traits of the Border Jack

A cute Border Jack looking up
The Border Jack is an affectionate and devoted pet.

The Border Jack can inherit appearance traits from either or both the breed parents.

His body looks a lot like the body of the Jack Russell Terrier. He has a small head and floppy ears that fall forward. Your Border Jack could have oval or almond-shaped dark eyes.

He will likely have a strong muzzle with tight lips and a scissors bite. His feet can be round or oval, compact, with moderately arched toes that point forward.

Your Border Jack is a moderate level shedder. He will need moderate amounts of grooming and brushing.

This will reduce the excess hair in your home and keep him free of debris. He should be brushed at least twice a week and only bathed when necessary.

Your Border Jack should have his ears checked and cleaned weekly to prevent ear infections.

He will need to have regular eye examinations to monitor eye problems which are known to afflict the parent dogs.

Like with every other dog breed, regular teeth checkups and cleanings will also reduce the risk for periodontal disease that often leads to tooth loss.

How Big is a Full-Grown Border Jack?

The Border Jack can grow up to 16 to 22 inches in height and weigh 22 to 32 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Border Jack?

The life expectancy of the Border Jack is approximately 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Border Jack

A Border Jack enjoying the outdoors
The Border Jack can become your perfect running partner.

The Border Jack can inherit the temperament of either or both the parent dogs. But he will be a courageous, loyal, and playful dog.

He loves his human family and will bond with them at every opportunity. He is very good with children and older kids.

But because he is so energetic and rambunctious, he should not be left alone with smaller children.

He is wary and cautious of strangers, but this trait can be modified using early socialization techniques.

Early socialization should include not only humans but other dogs and cats as well.

He is exceptionally intelligent, making training easier than some other breeds, although it may take more time since he is such a busy dog.

Because he has a working pedigree, be prepared to keep him well-exercised and mentally challenged.

It will help expend all of his energy and keep him from becoming bored and destructive.

The Border Jack’s Diet

What works for your Border Jack is the best type of dog food. It should provide the necessary nutrients in adequate amounts to keep your Border Jack healthy.

For some Border Jacks, a particular brand works wonderfully well. For some, it doesn’t.

You’ll find both expensive and cheap dog foods available in the market, but very few of them deliver what they claim.

Dog owners love passing their opinions to other dog owners. If someone tells you that the brand of dog food they use is so great and the one you use is not, don’t let it influence your decision.

They may like it, but that doesn’t mean the same product will work for your dog as well.

The best way to remedy this is to find the dog food that you are okay with. It should be a dog food that keeps your dog healthy and happy.

Grocery store dog foods are generally cheap and easily available. Your Border Jack may like it or hate it.

Give them a try and see how your dog likes it before moving on to a different brand.

Quality dog foods brands are better but can be a bit expensive. There are speciality dog foods also available for specific breeds that need special diets.

Which one you’ll buy ultimately depends on your preference, budget, and your dog. Homemade meals can also be a good alternative. They are also less expensive.

Things that should never be absent in your Border Jack’s diet and nutrition are vitamins, proteins, calcium, oils, fillers, fat levels, and other added vitamins that are required to raise a healthy Border Jack.

How Much Exercise Does a Border Jack Need?

The Border Jack loves to run, jump, chase, and play. He can do this for hours on end.

He also loves to run with his humans. If you’re a runner, take him along with you!

He won’t complain or have any problems keeping up with your pace. In fact, he will love you more for it.

The Border Jack is a dog that can live happily in an apartment, provided you are willing to give him enough exercise opportunities and playtime activities.

He can live in any climate in both urban and rural environments, although extra protection may be required when outside in colder climates.

He will also do quite well in a family home with or without a fenced yard, but he should be exercised daily.

The Border Jack needs a minimum of 30 to 40 minutes of vigorous activities to satisfy his regular exercise requirement.

He is known to enjoy scampering, jumping, playing, and fetching. Moreover, you can also keep him active by involving him in dog sports, including flyball or agility.

Border Jack Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Border Jack include Collie eye anomaly, hip dysplasia, and deafness.

Minor health issues include cataracts, cerebellar abiotrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy.

There may also be occasional tests like physical examinations, hip x-rays, hearing tests, and eye tests.

A Good Guard Dog?

Thanks to its ancestry, the Border Jack has a great deal of perception, even by canine standards.

The background of the Border Collie especially means this dog always has some awareness of his or her surroundings and the boundaries of your land, and the Jack Russell side makes this dog oh so bright.

However, this is also a very high energy dog, so while there are elements of the Border Jack that can make it a decent guard dog, it’s not going to be the first choice for many dog owners looking expressly for some canine security.

If you pardon the pun, the Border Jack, despite being quite a new breed of dog, is seen as a bit of a jack of all trades in the canine community – and a master of none because of that!

The hyperactive nature of the Border Jack means he or she is easily distracted, so even if this dog picks up the scent or sound of an intruder on your property, he or she may well get waylaid by something else before doing anything about it.

What’s more, these are small and friendly dogs, so they have very little to offer in terms of visually intimidating someone away from you and your family.

However, the one benefit that Border Jack dogs are often regarded as good guard dogs for – at least as a deterrent – is that they’re very vocal.

This dog will kick up a fuss with some woofing and yapping as soon as he or she senses a stranger – and although that’s often annoying, it has some advantages here.

My Final Thoughts on the Border JackAn adult Border Jack

Border Jacks are fearless, lively, smart, and vocal dogs with great working ability.

If trained properly, these entertaining, affectionate, and devoted dogs can make excellent family dogs. Once fully grown, they could become the perfect running partners of their owners.

They are always ready to run, eagerly keeping pace and never complaining about being tired.

Although they are friendly and warm towards people, they don’t like abusive or harsh behaviour.

Their rambunctious nature could be overwhelming for young kids, so their interactions should be supervised.

The Border Jacks do not accept the presence of other dogs and may even confront larger dogs.

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