Jacko – 4 year old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Collie

Jacko is a 4 year old male Cross-Breed. Jacko is a sweet boy, pretty chilled and laid back, he has a nice temperament and is a gentle soul. He came in via RSPCA Inspectors as he had bad skin and coat, which had not been properly treated. (Fast forward a few weeks and his coat is looking much better, with no sign of any fleas or inflammation or irritation – it’s amazing what proper flea treatment can do)! Jacko can be a little wary of strangers initially but once he trusts you and knows there is no threat to him, he quickly settles, will approach you for affection and will even give you a little kiss if you let him! He’s a sweetheart.

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Jacko is a clever boy and knows the basics – sit, paw, both paws, fetch. He walks well on lead and harness and enjoys walking in a large group of other dogs and handlers. He is okay with other dogs most of the time but has had one grumble to a large German Shepherd Dog. So I would say that he needs careful introductions with other dogs at this stage. He responds well to training with food and using positive reward based techniques. He loves his treats, rawhide and tripe stuffed Kong.

This is what the previous owner has said: Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Collie (however, I would expect him to be more lively as I have seen in other cross breeds of this type). Lived with a young toddler. Very good in the home but not so confident around strangers. Needs muzzling at vets. No previous operations, no allergies. Not prone to biting, no unusual behavioural habits. Never been destructive in the home. Housetrained (tries to stay clean in kennel). Travels well. Interested in other dogs but not used to interacting with them. From what we have seen over the last few weeks, I would say this is fairly accurate information from the previous owner, however we cannot confirm all of this ourselves.

Jacko isn’t particularly handsome and will be overlooked for more striking dogs, being a Staffie cross he will wait longer for a home than other small, fluffy and cute breeds. However, this boy deserves his forever home as much as those dogs do. Look past his breed and his looks, come and visit him, spend time with him and you will find a dog with a heart of gold, willing to please and with a very sweet nature, that’s why we have named him Joyful Jacko!

RSPCA Essex South West
The RSPCA Essex South West Branch is, like all RSPCA branches, an independent charitable trust. As such, it has to be financially self-supporting – in other words it has to raise the funds it needs to support its animal welfare activities. The Branch covers an area ranging from Dagenham & Barking in the South to Epping & Nazeing in the North, Waltham Abbey to the West and Abridge to the East. Although we do rehome our dogs to all other areas. The Branch is run and staffed entirely by volunteers. The main activity of the Branch is in rescuing and finding new homes for companion animals that for a variety of reasons are either homeless or cannot stay with their present owner. We work in partnership with Goddard's Chingford Kennels, who board and care for our rescue dogs. All dogs who are rehomed from us will have their initial course of vaccinations, worm and flea treatments, will be neutered, microchipped and come with 6 weeks free pet insurance in conjunction with the RSPCA and More Than insurance company. In the last eight years (to December 2012) the RSPCA ESSEX SOUTH WEST Branch has re-homed approximately 2200 cats and 1700 dogs. 220 dogs were re-homed in 2013. For further details regarding adopting a dog from RSPCA Essex South West branch, please visit our website http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/essex-south-west-branch. Email: Trish.rspcaessexsw@aol.co.uk or for telephone enquiries please call 07944 234360 (sociable hours only please).
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