Jackapoos or Jack-A-Poos, as they are commonly known, are a mix between a Jack Russell terrier and a poodle. In most cases, they inherit the poodle’s intelligence and loyal nature, and are extremely energetic and spirited like a Jack Russell terrier. DogAppy provides information about the physical characteristics, temperament, and health issues affecting a Jackapoo.
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Jackapoos being hypoallergenic, and a low-shedding breed, are great for dog-lovers who are allergic to them.
Jackapoos are called by several names like Jack-A-Poos, Jackadoodles, Jack-A-Doodles, Jack-A-Poodles, Poojack, and Poo-Jack. They are very friendly, energetic, and playful dogs. With a Jackapoo around, you would never feel bored or lonely; they’ll keep you entertained with their tricks all day long.
They enjoy long walks and like to play with kids. They make a great pet for families and befriend other pets easily. Refer to the table below for some basic information about a Jackapoo.
|Other Names||Jack-A-Poo, Jack-A-Doodle, Poo-Jack|
|Parent Breeds||Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle|
|Height||10 – 15 Inches|
|Weight||13 – 25 Pounds|
|Lifespan||12 – 15 Years|
The Jackapoo breed is a very recent one and little is known about its physical and behavioral characteristics. Here are some commonly observed traits, and also some pictures of a Jackapoo and his mom and dad. Take a look!
Physical Characteristics of a Jackapoo
➔ In most cases, Jackapoos are a mix of Jack Russell terriers and Miniature poodles, and are therefore small in size. They can have a smooth furry coat like that of a poodle, or coarse coats like Jack Russell terriers. The coat color can range from shades of black, brown, tan, or white. Their coat also has markings in some cases, which are often black, tan, or brown. They have a wide, medium-length muzzle, and a curled tail (which some owners prefer to dock).
➔If you’re concerned about shedding, don’t worry; Jackapoos are classified under the ‘minimal shedding’ category. This might be a physical trait inherited from the poodle, as poodles shed comparatively lower than Jack Russell terriers. Considering all individual variables, these pooches in any coat texture or color combination look very cute and cuddly. In fact, they actually like to be cuddled and played with.
➔Coming to their temperament, Jackapoos may either have dominant traits from a poodle, or vice versa. In order to understand a Jackapoos temperament, it’s essential to know the behavioral traits of its parent breeds.
➔Jack Russell terriers belong to the working dogs category, they were originally bred to chase foxes out of their dens. This justifies their small and long size. These dogs are extremely intelligent, active, and hardworking. They have a tendency to bark, which can be reduced by systematic training. They have a very high exercise requirement, lack of which can make them moody and destructive. However, apart from their daily exercise regime, when left alone, they are known to entertain themselves by discovering new ways to have fun. They prefer playing to regular walks, and also require a lot of room indoors in order to use up their big bundles of energy. Jack Russell terriers require a lot of obedience training and socializing, this helps them peacefully co-exist with other pets or animals, and reduces their tendency to be aggressive and stubborn. Overall, these dogs are storehouses of energy and never seem to tire; they need to be kept busy.
➔Talking about poodles, they are known for their obedience and trainability. They are very sociable and intelligent dogs, and are quite popular in context to several dog sports like agility, flyball, tracking, and schutzhund. Poodles make great family dogs, and have a special affinity towards children; children also enjoy playing with these soft teddy-bear-like dogs. They are very loyal to, and protective of their owners. Originally being water retrievers and game hunters, poodles tend to exhibit marking or hunting drives at times. Also, they are excellent swimmers and love the water. Being very energetic dogs, poodles require a certain amount of exercise daily. They also enjoy and require intellectual activities, these may include games, tricks, or even dog sports.
➔Do not expect a Jackapoo to be 50% poodle, and 50% Jack Russell terrier. They can either be ‘more poodles’, or ‘more Jack Russell terriers’; a perfect 50-50 is very rare. However, in most cases, Jackapoos take almost all the common traits seen in both parents; these include, agility, intelligence, and obedience.
➔These doggies, in most cases, do not have any hereditary disorders, and are considered as healthy crosses. However, they can suffer from dry skin, ear infections, and other common illnesses. Taking proper care of their hygiene is a must; this includes bathing, brushing, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth. Also, quarterly visits to the vet will surely ensure good dog health.
Food and Exercise Needs
➔It’s ideal to feed dry kibble meant for small dogs. When choosing food for Jackapoos, always check the ingredients on the package. Look for a brand which contains chicken, rice, and chicken fat. The food should be high in protein, as protein-rich food helps them gain all energy and calories they’ve burned by playing and jumping around.
➔Talking about exercise, a daily walk for 40-50 minutes is a must for this dog. Apart from this, if you can spare some time to play with it, it would be most delighted to be with you. In case you can’t play with it, give it sufficient amount of distractions to play, and spend its practically unlimited energy and time.
In case you already got a Jackapoo, we’ve helped you know more about your dog. In case you’re looking forward to adopt one, you now know how to take good care of your new pooch.