Border Stack

20-30 lbs
United States
Border Jack
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Border Stack is a combination of Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. While they are great family pets, they need to be around people most of the time so if you do not have time to devote to your pet, you may want to pick a different breed. They are energetic, fun, and very intelligent with a lot of personality. Although the Border Stack is able to learn fast, they have a mind of their own and may be stubborn at times so you have to stick to the rules and be consistent. They are very good at competitions such as agility training and flyball.

purpose Purpose
Agility, Sporting, Companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Border Stack Health

Average Size
Male Border Stack size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Female Border Stack size stats
Height: 14-17 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Ataxia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Physical Examination

Border Stack Breed History

To determine the history of the Border Stack, you have to look at the histories of the parent breeds, which includes the Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Border Collie originated in the 1800s as a sheep herding dog in Great Britain. There were many sheepdogs during those days but the Border Collie was known for being able to herd the sheep by just staring at them. Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed after seeing one in Balmoral. The American Kennel Club (AKC) did not accept the breed until 1995 even though they were popular in the United States for many years prior. The Jack Russell Terrier originated in the early 1800s in Europe with a man named John (Jack) Russell. He was enamored by the Jack Russell Terrier for being able to flush out foxes without killing them while hunting. It is believed the modern Jack Russell Terrier was bred with Chihuahuas, Corgis, and other Terriers. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred in England as a ratter but rapidly turned into a fearless opponent in the sport of dog fighting. Even though they were fierce in the ring, they were bred to be gentle with people so they did not bite their handlers. They became popular in the show ring soon after dog fighting became illegal. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a mix of the Black and Tan Terrier and the Old English Bulldog. In 1935, they were accepted by the English Kennel Club but were not accepted by the AKC until 1974.

Border Stack Breed Appearance

Smaller than a Border Collie, larger than a Jack Russell Terrier, and more muscular than a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Border Stack is the perfect balance of all three of these breeds. The colors tend to be black, brown, white, and all combinations of those three, usually bi or tricolored. The coat is short, fine, glossy, and soft. This breed has a very well balanced body style and well-proportioned head and legs. They are about 14 to 19 inches tall and about 20 to 35 pounds on average. Their ears are triangular, can be upright or droopy, with a long muzzle and a tapered tail.

Border Stack Breed Maintenance

The Border Stack does not need much maintenance due to their short, fine hair. However, to keep shedding to a minimum you should brush your dog with a hard rubber-bristled brush once or twice a week. This also encourages blood circulation and keeps the coat and skin healthy. You should also brush your dog’s teeth several times a week to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, check your Border Stack’s ears once a week for a buildup of earwax, dirt, and other debris. Clean with water and a cotton ball or soft cloth as needed. Also, trim your dog’s nails when needed as well.

Border Stack Temperament

Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred to be a fighter, the other two parent breeds were gentle with all animals. The Border Collie, being able to herd sheep with just a look, and the Jack Russell Terrier known for flushing foxes without harming them. They are extremely smart and although they can learn to do almost anything, sometimes they choose not to. However, they are easy to train for the most part. You just have to be sure to be consistent and use positive reinforcement. The Border Stack is a wonderful family pet and gets along great with everyone but should never be left alone with small children.

Border Stack Activity Requirements

Your Border Stack needs at least an hour to 90 minutes of brisk exercise every day such as a brisk walk or jog. This breed is especially good at agility training and flyball. They enjoy competition and are extremely quick and agile. They need to be with people most of the time because when bored, they will find their own entertainment and it may not be something that you will enjoy discovering them doing, such as chewing or digging. The Border Stack needs to be active and keep their mind busy as well so mental stimulation is also important. Taking them to the dog park or the beach are both great ways to exercise them and you.

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