The Jackapoo was first developed with the sole purpose of producing a family dog and an 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 recognised by the International Designer Canine Registry.
This breed is often described by owners as alert and cheerful, energetic, friendly, intelligent, lively, outgoing, and playful. It is a friendly breed but it will likely bark at strangers with a high-pitch bark or when someone is at the door, 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 love to entertain the whole family with its antics.
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.
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.
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.
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 yard but it can also live in an apartment or condominium 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.
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.