Jack Russell Terriers and Boston Terriers can make one cute puppy if you ask me.
AKA- The Bo-Jack Dog or The Bo-Jack Terrier.
I honestly did not even know this was a dog breed until the last few years.
However, now that I am the proud owner of a Jack Russell Terrier, I have dived deep into learning about all I can about the breed including mixed Jack Russell Terriers.
So, that begs the question of the day.
What is a Bo Jack Terrier?
A Bo-Jack Terrier is a mix between a purebred Jack Russell Terrier and a purebred Boston Terrier. The BoJack Terrier is a well-mannered family dog that can live 12-15 years and reach about 15-20 pounds at full growth.
Pretty interesting, huh?
I find it worth discussing, at least, and that is what the rest of this brief post is going to break down.
For any of you interested in adopting a BoJack Terrier, you should stick around.
I am going to break down all the essential information on the BoJack Terrier as well as share my insight into parenting a Jack Russell Terrier, which remember, is 50% of that adorable BoJack you are considering.
Here is how I intend to cover this topic:
- What Is a Bo Jack Terrier Dog?
- Key Facts About the Bo-Jack Terrier
- How to Adopt a Bo-Jack Terrier?
- Pricing of The Bo-Jack Terrier
- 5 Fun Facts About the Bo-Jack Terrier
- Are the Bo-Jack’s Good Family Dogs?
- The Temperament and Behavior of The Bo-Jack
- A Few Things You Should Know When Adopting A Bo-Jack
- Male Vs. Female Bo-Jacks
- Bo Jacks Give You the Best of The Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier
What Is a Bo Jack Dog?
As mentioned previously, the Bo Jack is unique.
The Bo Jack is 50% Jack Russell Terrier and 50% Boston Terrier.
What I find fantastic about this unique dog breed is the ability to get the best of both worlds.
I love the fact that my Jack Russell Terrier is full of energy (well, sometimes).
Nonetheless, my Jack Russell Terrier keeps my son busy, who is also a spunky, energetic individual.
The Boston Terrier, while still in the terrier breed is known to be a bit calmer mannered and well behaved during the puppy years.
Mixing the two together to create your BoJack puppies allows you to have a mix of an energetic and spunky dog breed while still getting some of the well-mannered and more calm demeanor traits of the Boston Terrier.
Do not get too excited, however.
While the Boston Terrier is known to be slightly calmer than a Jack Russell Terrier, you still have two dogs that were bred to be in action and remain busy.
The Jack Russell Terrier was initially bred for hunting fox, and your Boston Terrier was originally bred as a fighting dog.
Putting the two together still creates a BoJack with a lot of spunk and energy and they would prefer to burn off that energy if given the opportunity.
Key Facts About the Bo-Jack Terrier
Now that we know some of the brief histories of the Bo-Jack, I want to dive into some of the key facts that you should be aware of before making the decision to adopt one of your own.
First and foremost, the BoJack is going to be a social dog, much like the Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier.
If you begin socializing them at a young age, you will be in much better shape, and they crave either the attention of you or another dog in the home.
Bo-Jacks also have relatively good health histories, with only a few common conditions that present most frequently.
And lastly, the Bo-Jack is a highly trainable dog, much like the Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier, making them a desirable dog breed for anyone who has the bandwidth to train them and work with them.
How to Adopt a Bo-Jack Terrier?
Luckily, Bo Jack Terriers are becoming a more popular terrier breed in recent years.
One of the best ways you can always adopt any kind of dog is to find a local breeder near you.
I used a local Jack Russell Terrier breeder to adopt my JR, and you can do the same for your BoJack.
Depending on where you live, you may need to consider looking for Bo Jacks in social media groups or by reaching out to rescues as well.
However, as an example, Ridgewood Puppies out of Pennsylvania is a Bo Jack breeder and shows that they serve all of PA, NY, DE, NJ, MD, and RI.
For any of you in those states, there is at least 1 Bo-Jack Terrier breeder you can consider using.
For the rest of you, do to a little research and find a Bo-Jack breeder that is within reasonable driving distance to adopt your new puppy.
Pricing of The Bo-Jack Terrier
Bo Jack puppies are going to range anywhere from about $400.00-$700.00 depending on the parent’s pedigree and supply and demand.
Breeders always can change pricing at their discretion based on supply and demand, and that is something that you need to keep in mind.
On the flip side, Bo-Jacks are going to cost less in most circumstances then adopting a Jack Russell Terrier or a Boston Terrier that is pure-bred.
My Jack Russell Terrier was $1000.00 to give you an idea.
Bo-Jacks will typically always be cheaper than adopting a purebred Boston Terrier or Jack Russell because they are a mixed dog.
Mixed dogs generally cost less.
Fun Facts About the Bo-Jack Terrier
Below, I wanted to point a few other fun facts about the Bo-Jack Terrier
Fun Fact #1- The Bo-Jack Needs to Be Around You
This is extremely like the needs of my Jack Russell Terrier.
She always needs to be around me and follows me around literally everywhere.
The Bo-Jack Terrier is going to act in the same fashion and loves to be around their owners and can even suffer from separation anxiety.
I have a video where I break down what my Jack Russell Terrier was like during crate training and when I would leave her home alone.
Be sure to check it out really quick directly below to give you an idea of how your Bo-Jack may act.
Fun Fact #2- The Bo-Jacks Parents Are Considered Hunters and Fighters
We touched on this some previously, but I find it to be interesting.
The Jack Russell Terrier was primarily bred to hunt, and the Boston Terrier was initially bred as a fighting dog.
Therefore, the cute little Bo-Jack puppy that you just adopted is going to have some of that 50% hunter and 50% fighter blood in them.
Fun Fact #3- The Bo-Jack Typically Sheds Less Than A Jack Russell Terrier
I was shocked to find out how much my Jack Russell Terrier was going to shed.
The good news is that the Bo-Jack is known to shed less than the JRT and has a relatively clean coat of hair.
Outside of the occasional bath when necessary and a good nail trimming every now and then, your grooming tasks will be minimal.
Fun Fact #4-Bo-Jacks Are Highly Intelligent
Much like the two dogs that it takes to create the Bo-Jack terrier, they are extremely intelligent, and trainability is not a matter of concern.
The Bo-Jack Terrier is eager to please their owners and can be used as an exercise companion or just a normal house dog capable of obeying orders.
Nonetheless, the Bo-Jack is an intelligent and obedient breed of terriers.
Fun Fact #5-Bo-Jack’s Live A Long Time
Much like the Jack Russell Terrier and the Boston Terrier, the Bo-Jack Terrier has a long-life span assuming major health complications do not arise.
You can expect a Bo-Jack to live on average for 12-15 years.
Are the Bo-Jack’s Good Family Dogs?
Yes, Bo-Jacks make excellent family pets, much like the Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier.
With discipline and training, the Bo-Jack can not only serve as a protective dog for the family but will be very loyal to their caregivers and members of the household.
The Temperament and Behavior of The Bo-Jack
With any dog breed we choose to adopt, it is always important that we understand their behavior and temperament that we can expect after the adoption.
Overall, the Bo-Jack Terrier is still going to produce some hyper behavior but is more well-mannered than the Jack Russell Terrier.
You will not have as much as the jumping and digging behaviors out of the Bo-Jack.
However, with many dog breeds, including the Bo-Jack, the behavior ultimately falls back into the lap of the owners.
Without proper training and guidance, a Bo-Jack could become quite the handful.
With proper training and guidance, the Bo Jack can become a great dog to choose for the family.
Bo-Jack’s with Other Pets
Bo-Jacks can get along with other dogs and other pets in the household.
However, you should realize that it is essential to begin the socialization process with this dog breed at a young age.
Bo-Jacks do have a natural prey drive that comes from the 50% Jack Russell Terrier they are bred from.
Start the socialization process young, and you will not have any concerns with your Bo-Jack being around other family pets.
Bo-Jacks with Children
The same applies to Bo-Jacks being around children in the household.
They can make great pets for young children as well.
However, as mentioned previously, it is best to get your Bo-Jack acclimated and around children beginning at young ages.
The more exposure your Bo-Jack can have to other pets, children, and society in general, the more behaved and controlled they will ultimately be when social situations present themselves in the future.
A Few Things You Should Know When Adopting a Bo-Jack
With many dog breeds, it is always nice to know a few key things to keep in mind before loading up the car and heading to the adoption.
Since I have owned a Jack Russell Terrier now for several years, I wanted to be clear about a few things you need to understand before adopting a Bo-Jack.
Never Neglect Exercise
First and perhaps most importantly, never neglect exercise with a Bo-Jack Terrier.
They are much like the Jack Russell Terrier, and they need the ability to burn off some energy every day.
This not only ultimately creates a calmer dog for the rest of the day but is the ethical way to raise this dog breed.
Consider activities you can do with your Bo-Jack such as the following:
Whichever exercise you prefer to do is perfectly fine.
Just ensure that you take the time to provide this for your Bo-Jack for ultimately keeping your Bo-Jack happy, healthy, and stimulated.
Bo-Jacks Aim to Please
I have got to witness this firsthand during my two years of raising my Jack Russell Terrier.
Bo-Jacks are the exact same way with their personalities.
They want to please you as the owner and crave the ability to do so.
Be sure to show your Bo-Jack some love, affection and give them the opportunity to show off some of their intelligence and willingness to work.
Bo-Jacks Can Be As Loyal as Any Other Dog
A Bo-Jack with their hunting and fighting backgrounds coming from their parent dogs (Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier) can be a territorial dog depending on their upbringing.
They can also grow very fond and close to their owners.
Therefore, it is always stressed that you socialize a Bo-Jack beginning at a young age.
This is a loyal dog that would be willing to go to extremes to show their loyalty and love for you and the family.
Not to mention, the ability to make an excellent guard dog.
Grooming and Shedding
We touched on this some previously, but I wanted to do a summary.
Bo-Jacks will be a light shedding dog compared to the Boston Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier.
Outside of a bath, when necessary, proper nail trimmings and keeping their ears clean, they will not need much in the form of grooming.
You can brush your Bo-Jack once per week for optimal grooming.
The Bo-Jack is a highly trainable dog and wants to learn as much as your willing to teach them.
The sky is the limit when it comes to training a Bo-Jack Terrier, so be sure to set aside some time each day to do so.
They can become a loyal, loving, and extremely impressive dog with their abilities if given a chance.
Male Vs. Female Bo-Jacks
When it comes to owning or adopting a Bo-Jack Terrier, the differences between a male and female will be hardly noticeable.
Both male and female Bo-Jack Terriers will make for excellent family dogs. Both have the same trainability and social skills.
It really comes to preference and which sex is available at a local breeder near you.
Bo Jacks Give You the Best of The Jack Russell Terrier and Boston Terrier
Listen. Bo-Jack Terriers are a fantastic dog you can choose to adopt.
I am a big fan of the Jack Russell Terrier and with good reason.
I have been able to witness firsthand for the past few years how amazing this dog breed can be if provided the right home and environment.
Boston Terriers are no different.
With a Bo-Jack Terrier, you get the best of both dogs and a long-living, energetic, loyal dog to enjoy for the next two decades with the family.
Seems like a no-brainer to me!
Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Bo-Jack Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you if you do ultimately decide to adopt.
Do You Want a Bo Jack? Share Your Thoughts
What do you think of the Bo-Jack Terrier?
Are you a bigger fan of the Bo-Jack Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, or the Boston Terrier?
What is your reasoning behind that decision?
Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.