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Jack-A-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier & Miniature Poodle Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Jack-A-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier & Miniature Poodle Mix)

Height: 10–16 inches
Weight: 13—25 pounds
Lifespan: 12—15 years
Colors: White, brown, tan, gray, blue, and black
Suitable for: Families with children, homes with a yard
Temperament: Fun, playful, smart, loyal

The Jack-A-Poo Create created by blending the Jack Russell with a Miniature Poodle. This dog also goes by many other names, including Jackadoodle, Jackapoodle, Jackpoo, and Poojack. It’s believed to have originated in the United States in the 1980s or ’90s, but little information other than that exists. It can vary quite a bit in appearance. It can look like either parent or a mix of the two.

Jack-A-Poos usually have a muscular body with the strength to jump high in the air. They have an alert, inquisitive expression, oval eyes that are almond color, and medium-length ears that fold over. It will also likely have a long tail and round feet.

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When you’re looking for a Jack-A-Poo, take your time to find a reputable and ethical breeder who will put the puppy’s health as a priority. While genetic testing is not very common in mixed breeds, a quality breeder can often breed out common problems that afflict the purebred parents, leading to a higher price. These pups can also be found in dog shelters. Try asking in a couple of shelters, and if you can’t find one, you can also ask if they have other mixed dogs that resemble the Jack-A-Poo.

These dogs tend to be loyal and love to spend time with their human companions. They create strong bonds with their families, especially with children. They’re a great fit for families or people who have enough space for this pup to run around in.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Jack-A-Poo

1. Many consider the Jack Russell parent the perfect earthwork dog.

An earthwork dog specializes in digging burrows seeking out vermin. Jack Russells are known for their digging skills, so the Jack-A-Poo could have that characteristic.

2. The Poodle parent is one of the most intelligent dog breeds.

Poodles are included on the list of the top 30 most intelligent dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. While the Jack Russell did not make this list, the Jack-A-Poo will still be above-average in terms of intelligence.

3. Both parent breeds of the Jack-A-Poo are super friendly.

The Jack Russell and Poodle are both very friendly breeds, meaning that the Jack-A-Poo will be good for families with children. But their friendliness might not make them good guard dogs.

Parent Breeds of the Jack-A-Poo
Image Credit: Jumpstory

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Jack-A-Poo 🧠

Most owners described the Jack-A-Poo as gentle, loving, affectionate, cheerful, energetic, loyal, and playful. It gets along well with all family members, especially if it receives plenty of early socialization. It’s wary of strangers and likes to wander off, so you’ll want to purchase a leash.

The Jack-A-Poo gets all its intelligence from its Poodle parents. It’s quick to pick up new tricks, learn the family routine, and learn new ways to get what it wants. Their high intelligence makes them great watchdogs. It can often determine friend from foe without help and know when it’s time to wake you up due to an intruder or other emergency.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Jack-A-Poo makes a great family pet because it’s not very big and is smart enough to play games and entertain the children. It usually chooses to hang out near family members and likes to be included in any family functions. Its excellent watchdog skills will keep your family safe.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Jack-A-Poo Girls get along with most other animals, but early socialization will help lock out any bad behavior before it begins. The Jack Russell in your dog will find it hard to resist chasing birds’ other animals it finds in your yard, but they will often get along with your household pets much better.

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A Jack Russell Terrier and a Poodle getting into mischief. | Image credit: smrm1977, Shutterstock

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a Jack-A-Poo

In this section, we’ll discuss some things you may not have yet considered.

Food and Diet 🦴

The Jack-A-Poo is a smaller size dog, but it’s very active, so it may require more food than you think it would. You can expect to feed your pet up to a cup of dog food each day, spread out over several meals. We recommend a dry dog food with high-quality protein listed as its top ingredient.  We also recommend foods that contain antioxidants and omega fats.

Exercise 🐕

The Jack-A-Poo Is an active dog that will require 40 to 60 minutes of moderately intense exercise every day. You can achieve this exercise by playing catch or going for walks. If you are a jogger, they might like to run with you, and in many cases, children can help your pet get the exercise it needs. You may also find that your Jack-A-Poo likes to take the occasional swim and that it’s quite good and making its way through the water. Swimming is a great way to burn off excess energy.

Training 🦮

Training a Jack-A-Poo is very easy due to the intelligence of its Poodle parent. The Jack-A-Poo is also eager to please and will enjoy learning new tricks to satisfy their master. There are many tricks you can teach them, and the key to keeping them interested is to use positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement means showering your pet with praise and offering treats when they successfully follow one of your commands. As they get better at following your commands, you can reduce the number of treats you give out to prevent weight gain. Holding your training sessions at the same time each day is also a critical component of a successful training session.

Grooming ✂️

The grooming shouldn’t be too bad with this breed. You will need to brush them about once a week with a stiff-bristled brush to remove any tangles and debris that may have become trapped in the fur. Since their ears are floppy, you will also need to clean them often to reduce the risk of ear infections due to moisture and wax build-up. You will also need to trim the nails about once a month or when you hear them clicking on the floor when they walk.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Mixed breeds like the Jack-A-Poo usually have fewer health issues than their purebred parents, but we’ll list some of the common problems that still occur in this section.

Minor Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation: Patellar Luxation is a condition that causes the kneecap to slip out of place due to the stretching of the Patellar ligament. It’s a serious condition that can affect the amount of weight your pet can place on the leg, but most pets don’t show any signs of pain from the condition.
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia is another condition that can affect your pet’s mobility, and this one affects the back legs. Hip Dysplasia is a genetic condition that causes the hip socket to form incorrectly.
Serious Conditions
  • Epilepsy: Epilepsy is a condition in dogs that can cause them to have seizures. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder that affects dogs, and almost one percent of all dogs suffer from it.
  • Addison’s Disease: Addison’s disease is a condition that affects the hormone production in the outer part of the adrenal gland. In most cases, Addison’s disease can be treated with medication, either by eating it or taking it intravenously.

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There is no noticeable difference between male and female Jack-A-Poos. The biggest difference will come from what parent it takes over and not whether it’s a male or female Jack-A-Poo. Both are typically the same height and weight and have the same temperament.

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The Jack-A-Poo makes a great family pet as well as an affectionate companion. It likes to play games, learn new tricks, and watch over the house. It may chase some smaller animals around the yard, but the Jack-A-Poo usually gets along well with family pets, especially if they receive early socialization.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our look into the Jack-A-Poo breed and found something you like. If we have helped you find your next pet, please share this Jack-A-Poo Complete guide on Facebook and Twitter.

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