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Life span

15 Years


38 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

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.

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Jackapoo Characteristics

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Size InformationChild Friendly
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Size InformationBarking
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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 


  • 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


  • 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.

Jackapoo Video

Here is a short video you can watch of the Jackapoo breed.

Jackapoo 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.


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.


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. 


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.

Jackapoo 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.


Jackapoo dogs have a coat that can vary from straight to curly, and can be either short or medium in length. Their coat will require regular grooming to keep it healthy and tangle-free.

A slicker brush and metal comb are recommended for grooming Jackapoo dogs. Brushing their coat at least once a week will help to remove loose hair and prevent matting. If their coat is curly, it may require more frequent brushing to prevent tangles and matting.

Regular bathing is also important for Jackapoo dogs, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors or get particularly dirty. A mild dog shampoo should be used, and their coat should be thoroughly rinsed to avoid any soap residue.

Jackapoo dogs may also require regular trimming or clipping of their coat, particularly around their face and paws. This can be done at home with the proper tools and techniques, or by a professional groomer.

It's important to regularly check and clean the ears of Jackapoo dogs to prevent the buildup of wax and debris, which can lead to ear infections. Nails should also be trimmed regularly to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.


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


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.


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.


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.

Jackapoo Exercise Needs

Jackapoo dogs have a moderate exercise requirement and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. They require at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day to keep them healthy and happy.

Playing fetch, going for walks, and taking them to the park are great ways to keep Jackapoo dogs active and stimulated. They also enjoy interactive play with their owners, such as tug-of-war and hide-and-seek.

Jackapoo dogs are adaptable to different living situations, including apartments and houses with yards. However, it's important to ensure that they have enough space to play and exercise.

It's important to note that Jackapoo dogs can have a high prey drive, which means they may be prone to chasing small animals. Therefore, it's recommended that they are kept on a leash or in a secure, fenced area when outside.

Regular exercise not only helps to keep Jackapoo dogs physically healthy, but also mentally stimulated and emotionally balanced. Incorporating exercise into their daily routine is important for their overall wellbeing.


When buying a Jackapoo puppy, the breeder should give you a feeding schedule for the puppy to have a routine when they arrive at their new home. Not sticking to a feeding schedule can cause tummy upset and other digestive issues. You can eventually change your Jackapoo’s diet, but this will have to be done gradually and with the advice from your local veterinary practice. 

An adult Jackapoo should be fed twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. You must give your Jackapoo regular exercise to prevent them from putting gaining weight which can lead to other health issues, such as obesity. Jackapoo’s are prone to gaining weight easily and therefore will need their food intake and exercise under a strict regime. 

Puppies should be fed a well balanced and highly nutritious diet for them to develop and grow into a healthy adult dog. You must also ensure their meals are adequately spread out throughout the day and as a general rule of thumb, they should be fed three to four times a day. For further expert advice please speak to your vet.  

When your Jackapoo puppy reaches the age of 11 months old, they can be fed adult dog food. 

Adult Jackapoo’s need to be fed a high-quality diet to ensure their health is optimised.

Jackapoo Price

The cost of a Jackapoo puppy can vary depending on several factors, including the breeder, location, and demand for the breed. On average, you can expect to pay between £500 to £1500 for a Jackapoo puppy in the UK.

It's important to do your research when looking for a breeder and to choose one that is reputable and follows ethical breeding practices. A reputable breeder will provide health clearances for the parent dogs and ensure that the puppies are properly socialized and raised in a clean and healthy environment.

In addition to the initial cost of a Jackapoo puppy, there are also ongoing expenses to consider, such as food, grooming, veterinary care, and training. It's important to budget for these expenses to ensure that you can provide your Jackapoo with the care they need throughout their life.

While the cost of a Jackapoo may seem high, it's important to remember that investing in a healthy and well-bred dog can save you money in the long run by reducing the risk of costly health issues and behavioural problems.

Children and other pets

Jackapoo dogs are generally friendly and social dogs, making them a great choice for families with children and other pets. They have a playful nature and enjoy interacting with their human family members.

When introducing a Jackapoo to other pets, it's important to supervise their interactions and gradually introduce them to each other. This can help to prevent any potential conflicts or aggression.

Jackapoo dogs are also known for their patience and tolerance with children. However, it's important to teach children how to interact with dogs properly and respect their boundaries. It's also recommended that children are supervised when playing with dogs to prevent any accidental injuries.

Jackapoo 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.