Everyone has heard of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier; at least readers of this site have and we know what amazing dogs they are. But we are starting to see more and more Staffy crossbreeds. One is the Staffy X Jack Russell.
What Is a Staffy X Jack Russell?
A Staffy cross Jack Russell is a crossbreed between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. This cross or hybrid isn’t that widespread, so the odds of you bumping into one on your morning walk is unlikely, but nevertheless, the mix is intriguing.
|Staffordshire Bull Terrier||Jack Russell Terrier|
|Height||15.5 to 19.5 inches||10 to 15 inches|
|Weight||28 to 40 lbs||11 to 17lbs|
|Life Expectancy||12 to 14 years||13 to 16 years|
Staffy X Jack Russell Vital Statistics
|Lifespan||Approx. 12 to 16 years|
|Height||Approx. 10 to 17 inches|
|Weight||Approx. 16 to 30lbs.|
What Is a Staffy Jack Russell Cross Called?
Depending on the dog breeder and what they prefer to call the puppies, they might be:
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- Staffy cross Jack
- Staffy Jack
- Jack Russell cross Staffy
How Long Do Staffy Jacks Live?
Because the Staffy Jack is a relatively rare crossbreed, it hasn’t been established just what their lifespan might be. In addition, many factors can impact a dog’s lifespan, from the quality of the breeder and whether the parent dogs are free from genetic diseases to the amount of exercise the dog gets and how healthy the diet they are fed.
However, taking the parent breeds as a guideline, a healthy Staffy Jack should have a life expectancy between twelve to sixteen years. Both parent breeds, in this case, do have decent life expectancy rates.
Staffy Jack’s Characteristics
Until the puppies are born, it’s impossible to tell which parent’s genes will be prevalent, so it can be a bit of a mystery.
We’ve talked about the Staffy Jack’s height and weight, but precisely what they will look like is more challenging to predict. Both parent breeds have short hair, so expect the cross to be a short-haired dog. The Jack Russell has a wiry coat, whereas the Staffy’s coat is smooth and shiny. It’s reasonable to assume that some puppies will inherit the Jack’s coat and others the Staffy’s.
The puppies are likely to be quite robust dogs, with deep chests and the broader head of a Staffy.
Staffy Jack Russell Cross Temperament
Staffies, contrary to popular belief, are affectionate, loyal, and excellent with children, despite their reputation as a potentially dangerous breed. They also have a lot of energy and a constant need for attention from their owners. Jack Russells are also loyal to their immediate family, and they too don’t do well when they are left alone for long periods.
This mixed breed will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to avoid any behavioural issues down the road. Both Staffies and Jack Russells are pretty lively and athletic, so they will constantly be willing to spend time and be active with you.
You would be well advised to keep your Staffy Jack on a lead when you’re out walking. Both parent breeds are renowned for their prey drive and will attempt to chase small animals if you give them half a chance.
Separation anxiety will be something you’ll need to keep your eye on; don’t leave your Staffy Jack alone too long. You should get your puppy to socialization and obedience training classes as young as possible. Both parents are terriers, and stubbornness is ingrained in their personalities. So definitely expect your Staffy cross Jack to inherit that trait.
If you adopt a Staffy X Jack Russell, you’ll be getting an affectionate and loyal dog that will bring you years of fun companionship.