Jackapoo

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Size

Small

Life span

15 Years

Weight

38 Kg

Group

Hybrid Dogs

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Jackapoo Overview

The Jackapoo is a small to medium size dog breed, a cross between a purebred Jack Russell Terrier and a purebred Poodle. It is also sometimes called Jackadoodle. Dogs crossed between two different purebreds are also known as hybrid dogs or designer dogs. The Jackapoo usually stands at 38 cm at withers and weigh around 22 to 38 kls. This hybrid dog possesses the good qualities of its parent breed – loving, cheerful, lively and forms strong bond with its human companion, a true family pet. Physically, the Jackapoo resembles the rough coated Jack Russell Terrier but has the temperament of both breeds. The coat of the Jackapoo is short and curly which can be coarse or soft and comes in all sorts of colours including black, white, black and white, blue, brown, brown and white, cream, all shades of brown, golden, grey, and silver.

Jackapoo Characteristics

Size InformationIntelligence
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Size InformationExercise Needs
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Size InformationDogs Health
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Size InformationChild Friendly
  • 5
Size InformationApartment
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Size InformationShedding
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Size InformationGrooming Needs
  • 2
Size InformationBarking
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Size InformationAlone
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Size InformationTrainability
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Size InformationEnergy Levels
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Size InformationDog friendly
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Pros

  • Highly intelligent and very easy to train
  • They shed very little
  • Very little grooming required
  • Good choice of dog breed fort first time owners
  • Great with children and other pets

Cons

  • Known to be stubborn and demanding
  • They like to bark
  • Prone to becoming bored if they’re not exercised correctly
  • They have a very high prey drive

History & Origin

The Jackapoo was first developed with the sole purpose of producing a family dog and a hypoallergenic guide dog for disabled people suffering from allergies. Breeders decided to cross two pedigree breeds, namely the Jack Russell Terrier for its cheerful, energetic, and friendly temperament and the Poodle for its hypoallergenic properties. First generation puppies inherit their parent breed’s characteristics and temperament which means that puppies from the same litter may look different from each other.

The Jackapoo is known to be a wonderful companion and family orientated. They’re loyal, playful and love to show their owners lots of affection. This dog breed is especially good for first time owners as they’re very easy to train. They are also known for being very good around children because of their temperament and relaxed nature.

Appearance

The Jackapoo is a cross between Toy or miniature poodle and a Jack Russell. In general, the Jackapoo is a small to medium sized dog breed with a flat head and large ears. This dog breed is known for having an alert expression to their face. Their bodies are compact and strong. Their legs are muscular and trimmed. The Jackapoos coat can be either smooth or coarse with a slight wave or lots of curls, which largely depends on their parents.

Size and Weight

The Jackapoo requires a healthy balanced diet as do all dog breeds. As they’re an active dog breed you must always feed them a healthy varied diet and exercise them regularly to support their needs. Feeding your Jackapoo the wrong food group may result in them gaining weight and developing health issues later in their life.

Coat and Colour

The most common coat colours for the Jackapoo are:

  • Tan
  • White
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Brown
  • Golden
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Cream

Jackapoo Temperament

This breed is often described by owners as alert, cheerful, energetic, friendly, intelligent, lively, outgoing, and playful. They’re a friendly dog breed but will likely bark at strangers with a high-pitch bark, which makes it a suitable watch dog. It is a very active breed, having inherited the high energy levels of the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jackapoo is also a lapdog, always wanting to cuddle on the lap of its master, a trait also inherited from the JRT. It is also curious about things, highly alert and loves to entertain the whole family with its antics.

First-time owners

The Jackapoo is an excellent choice for first-time owner’s because they are easily trained and highly intelligent. They aim to please and enjoy learning lots of new tricks. They make amazing companions as they love to give and receive attention.

Adaptability

This dog breed is highly adaptable. They do require lots of room to play and exercise so are better suited to a house with a garden. They require lots of mental stimulation otherwise they’re prone to becoming bored.

Behaviour Traits

Generally, the Jackapoo is well behaved and has a relaxed temperament. Providing they receive the correct training and daily exercise; this dog breed behaves very well and will be obedient.

Affection Levels

The Jackapoo Is very affectionate and loves to give lots of wet kisses and cuddles. Equally, they love to receive plenty of affection from their loved ones, this can be done through relaxing on the sofa together or playing ball in the park.

Playfulness

The Jackapoo is very playful and enjoys nothing more than to spend time with their owners and play their favourite games. Being outdoor is a joy to this dog breed, they love to explore and go on adventures with their loved ones.

Barking Tendencies

This dog breed is known for being very vocal. The Jackapoo needs to be taught from a young age not to bark too loud and when they should and shouldn’t bark. Training must be done from a young age and must continue throughout their adult years. 

Territorial

This dog breed doesn’t have the tendency to be territorial. However, they still require the correct training from a young age to prevent any issues in their adult life.

Training

Training the Jackapoo is a breeze because it is highly intelligent, hence very easy to train. It is known to listen quickly to commands and obey, thus making repetitions unnecessary when training the dog. Training should be firm but gentle from a consistent handler who knows how to handle breeds with terrier lineage. Early and proper socialisation and training from as much experiences as possible will help the Jackapoo get along well with strangers and grow up to be a well-balanced breed.

Grooming

The Jackapoo is a low-maintenance dog that seldom needs grooming to maintain upkeep. It sheds very little and is considered hypoallergenic. Brushing the coat two times a week is all that is needed to keep the coat in pristine condition. Clipping should also be done as needed as well as bathing. Check the ears once a week for signs of infection or wax build-up, cleaning as necessary.

Health

The Jackapoo has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years and is generally a hardy breed. There is, however, a chance that the Jackapoo might inherit some of its parent’s health predispositions, including Addison’s Disease, bloating, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, eye problems, patellar luxation, Von Willebrand’s disease, deafness, and skin allergies.

The Jackapoo lifespan ranges from 12-15 years. They’re generally a healthy dog breed but are known to suffer with a few hereditary health conditions, these are:

  • Posterior luxation
  • Patellar luxation
  • Anterior luxation
  • Deafness
  • Arthritis
  • Cataracts
  • Dental issues
  • Cushings disease
  • Bladder stones
  • Allergies

Jackapoos are prone to suffering from allergies. Finding the triggers can sometimes prove very difficult and so can preventing the flare ups.

Listed below are some of the most common allergy triggers:

  • Airbourne pollens
  • Flea and tick bites
  • Dust mites
  • Food groups
  • Chemicals found in household products

Vaccinations

The Jackapoo should be given their initial vaccination before they’re sold. It is then the new owner’s responsibility to ensure that the puppy then has their follow-up injects within the given time period. The recommended time frame is 10-12 weeks of age. It is worth noting that the puppy will not have the full protection straight away and will only be fully protected 2 weeks after they have then received their second vaccination.

Neutering

It is recommended that owners should wait until their dog is slightly older before they are neutered. Vets recommend that you should do this when they reach the age of 6 to 9 months. This also applies to both male and female dogs and all dog breeds. Mypetzilla suggests you seek professional advice from your veterinary practice regarding this matter.

Care

This dog breed is full of life which means they love playtime and they should be provided with adequate amounts of exercise and mental stimulation. They also need to be groomed to help keep their coats in optimum condition.

The Jackapoo needs plenty of love and attention to help them blossom into a loving, devoted dog breed. Any dog owner considering a Jackapoo must be understanding and willing to give their love and attention.

Puppy Care

French bulldog puppies are typically very loving, boisterous and extremely playful. This dog breed will keep you entertained for hours with their playful ways and funny personality. As they love playtime, they’re prone to banging into things and falling over during their puppy years. It is very important that you puppy proof your home before you bring your Jackapoo home.  

This dog breed loves to spend time with their family and strengthening the bond with their loved ones. The Jackapoo is relatively easy to train and will quickly learn when and where they need to do their toilet business. It is important that patience is applied to toilet training your puppy. As with any puppy during their toilet training, they will have the odd accident, whilst they learn to notify you when they need to go outside and do their business. With this, it is important that you use gentle and encouraging guidance and the correct direction as to where they need to go. You must never shout and scare the puppy as this will cause them anxiety and further issues down the line.

Training should start from a young age. Training when they’re young will help prevent behavioural issues further down the line. The training must always be gentle, consistent and instructed in a clear and patient manner. You must never be too tough or mishandle your dog should they not follow through your command. Shouting at your dog will only make them scared and cause further issues later in their adult lives.

All puppies need their own space to relax and sleep. You should aim to provide a quiet corner of the room where they can relax and not be bothered by the noise of the house. They must always be provided with fresh drinking water and their own area where the can drink and eat in peace.

All puppies should receive their first worming treatment before being sold and the breeder should provide all documentation to prove this, as well as information regarding their microchip. Their working treatment should be given as follows:

  • 6 months old
  • 8 months old
  • 10 months old
  • 12 months old

Senior Dog Care

As with all senior dogs, the Jackapoo will need extra care and attention as they become older. Majority of senior dogs are at more risk of developing health conditions as they grow older. As a dog ages they develop less tolerance to change and tend to respond less to what is happening around them because of their hearing and vision becomes impaired. Typically, the Jackapoo  will go grey and they may potentially develop other conditions such as: 

  • Weight changes
  • Arthritis
  • Lower pain threshold
  • Reduced strength and stamina
  • Reduced immune system, meaning they’re susceptible to develop infections
  • Loss of muscle tone

You should aim to change their food as they grow older, providing them with a diet that is suitable for a senior dog. It is also important that you monitor their exercise levels.

Their bed should be comfortable and easy access should be provided.

Exercise

This breed needs regular exercise like other dogs, to maintain a healthy mind and body. Its active nature means that it requires sufficient amount of exercise as well as mental stimulations on a daily basis to prevent the Jackapoo from becoming bored and developing unruly behaviours. It is most suitable to a family with a large house and a large garden, but it can also live in an apartment or house setting provided that it is given daily exercises. Daily long walks or several minutes of fast running or a free romp in the park are good physical exercises for the breed to channel its excess energy in a positive way.

Children and other pets

Playful, energetic, lively and affectionate, the Jackapoo is a breed suitable for kids of all ages. It has the good qualities of the Poodle when it comes to children. It is also quite friendly with other dogs, making it a suitable house pet to an owner with more than one dog in the house. It also has no problems living with non-canine animals such as cats and other mammals.

Buying Advice

Before committing to buying a puppy Jackapoo, there are several important questions you must the breeder/seller. Here is an article on dog breeder questions you might want to ask. It’s also worth printing these off and taking them with you during your visit.

Listed below are some very important considerations Mypetzilla recommends you ask before committing to buying a Jackapoo:

  • You must research the price range of a puppy Jackapoo before committing to buy. Due to the popularity of the Jackapoo there are rogue sellers that will overcharge and possibly ask for the money upfront before you see the puppy. This should raise a red flag and you must report an unlawful seller to the authorities.
  • Ask the seller for the official documents for the vaccinations. This must have been done in the UK and not the EU. If they have been imported from the EU, they should at least be of an age of 15 weeks and have been vaccinated against rabies. They must also come with an official pet passport.
  • Make sure to visit the puppy’s parents and check the health and socialisation of them. If the puppy has been raised in dirty and neglected circumstances, this should also be a warning and they must be reported to the authorities.
  • Never pay money upfront before seeing the dog. A reputable breeder will want to check over the buyer’s credentials and ensure the puppy is going to a safe home. If the breeder/seller is pushing for money upfront, chances are the dog doesn’t exist and you’re potentially being subjected to fraud.

Jackapoo Facts - Did you know?

  • Jackapoos are very intelligent which makes them very easy to train
  • As they are very easy to train this makes them great for first-time owners
  • They are good around young children
  • Being intelligent requires a lot of mental and physical stimulation otherwise they will get bored 

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