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The Jackshund is a cross of the Dachshund and Jack Russell Terrier also known as a Dachshund/Jack Russell Terrier Mix or a JackWeenie. He is a small to medium mixed breed with talents in hunting, watchdog, guarding, tricks and racing. He has a life span of 12 to 16 years and is an energetic dog who is very loving and demonstrative but with a stubborn side.
|Here is the Jackshund at a Glance|
|Average height||8 to 13 inches|
|Average weight||15 to 28 pounds|
|Coat type||Smooth, wiry or long|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to very good depending on coat|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization – can have a high prey drive|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||High|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good – but needs regular activity each day outside|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to good – best with someone with experience|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||High – food and exercise should be monitored|
|Major Health Concerns||IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Patellar Luxation,|
|Other Health Concerns||Obesity, ear infections|
|Life Span||12 to 16 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$250 to $600|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$660 to $760|
Where does the Jackshund come from?
The Jackshund is a recently developed designer dog part of a popular trend that has risen amongst celebrities and public alike over the last 20 years. There are a growing number of these dogs now, some have some intent or careful breeding to them but unfortunately a lot are being bred by ignorant or bad breeders and puppy mills. This is why researching your breeder before you give them money is key. A lot of designer dogs have names that blend their two purebred parents names. These dogs are first generation puppies so there can be differences in looks and temperament from one dog to the next, even in the same litter. With no origins known about the Jackshund we can look at the parents to get a better idea about them.
The Dachshund is a German bred dog where he was used to hunt badgers and other den animals like foxes. In packs he also would hunt larger animals. He comes from around the 15th century and back then he varied in size depending on his purpose. Over many years he was altered to create a dog who was fearless and elongated so he could dig into burrows. During the 1800s he also started to be bred to be a companion not just a hunter, particularly in England. At the end of the 19th century he arrived in America.
The Dachshund is a bold dog still and is lively and intelligent. He can be too bold sometimes and is also quite stubborn. They like to cuddle when not trying to get his own way. Some can be shy but that is a sign of a poor line.
The Jack Russell Terrier
In the mid 1800s the Jack Russell Terrier was developed in the South of England by Parson Russell. He wanted a working dog who could work with hounds to hunt foxes. It became popular with hunters on horseback and by the 1930s became more known in the US too. There was some argument about how the dog was to compete in shows and whether he should remain a working dog.
Now he is energetic, spirited and he packs a lot of personality into a small body! He loves life and passes that enthusiasm on to those around him. He is loving and loyal and can be quite entertaining. He has to be watched as he is quick and will chase anything. He is smart but he is willful so training can be hard. Some do not do well around other dogs even when socialized and he sees other pets as prey to chase. He is bold but that can lead to him putting himself in danger. Training has to be short and interesting.
The Jackshund is an alert and happy dog with lots of energy. As well as being lively he is also social, he loves to be with people and is very devoted to his family or owner. He can be bold and he is quite intelligent but he also has a stubborn side that can make things interesting at times! He does not like being left alone for too long a time. If you teach him some tricks he will love performing them for you and others to get lots of attention. Because he can be willful he is best with an experienced owner. He is affectionate and loving with his family but more wary when around strangers.
What does the Jackshund look like
He is a small to medium sized dog weighing 15 to 28 pounds and standing 8 to 13 inches tall. His coat can be double or single but it depends on which parent he takes more after. The Dachshund can have 3 types of coats, then there is the Jack Russell Terrier’s coat. This means it could be short to long, curly and wiry to straight and fine. Colors can include brown, white, cream, golden and black. His ears can be floppy.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Jackshund need to be?
This is a slightly active dog, while he is energetic and lively he still does not require an awful lot of time to get the right level of exercise he needs. This means he is suitable to living in an apartment and having owners who themselves are not able to be too active. A couple of 15 minute walks a day should be enough along with some indoor play time. He would also benefit from visiting a dog park for some off leash time and a chance to socialize and play. He enjoys the usual dog games of fetch and running and so on.
Does he train quickly?
His training really can vary, some are more tricky and some are easier. Overall they are moderately easy, they have the intelligence to learn but the stubborn side to them can make things more difficult. As their trainer you need to be firm, consistent but positive in your approach. Use treats, rewards, praise and encouragement. Do not punish them him or scold him. Remain patient and calm. In some cases some Jackshund can be harder to house train. Early socialization and obedience training are very important. It makes him a better more well rounded dog, one who is happier, more adaptable and more trustworthy.
Living with a Jackshund
How much grooming is needed?
The amount of grooming he needs really depends a lot on the coat he has inherited. Longer hair is going to need more brushing to keep debris and tangles away and it will need regular trimming. Wiry hair will need stripping at a professional groomers on a regular basis. Even he short coat will need brushing a couple of times a week at least. This means his shedding can be low to moderate. Whichever type you have bathing needs to be done only when it is needed using a dog shampoo so that over bathing does not cause dry itchy skin. His nails will need to be clipped when they get too long but since dog nails have blood vessels and nerves to avoid it may be a good idea to have a groomer do this for you too. Brush his teeth two to three times a week and check his ears once a week for infection and give them a wipe clean.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Jackshund is good with children, he likes to play and be lively with them and he is affectionate to them. With other pets he can be good with socialization but he tends to chase small animals so if he is not in a contained safe area he needs to be on a leash. He is not good with other dogs and socialization is very important here, he especially has a tendency to challenging bigger dogs so you will need to supervise him.
He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you if there is an intruder trying to break in. He barks just occasionally but his bark can be loud so that may bother some neighbors. He will need to be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, and that should be divided into at least two meals.
There are health issues the Jackshund can inherit from his parents and they include IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Patellar Luxation, Obesity and ear infections. Visit the puppy before you buy to see his health and the conditions it is kept in. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for both parents.
Costs involved in owning a Jackshund
A Jackshund puppy can cost $250 to $600. Other costs at the time of purchase will be medical procedures and items needed. Blood tests, a physical exam, deworming, vaccinations, micro chipping, neutering will cost around $300. A crate, carrier, leash and collar will cost about $190. Annual costs for non-medical basics like grooming, food, treats, toys, license and training come to between $660 to $760. Medical costs for things like flea prevention, vaccinations, check ups and pet insurance come to between $460 to $560.
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The Jackshund is not a perfect obedient lap dog. He tends to have his own personality and a sense of independence that means early socialization and training which will be needed, may need some work. He also does not always house train easily. He could be a great family dog or companion to a couple, single, young or older. He brings a lot of energy and cheerfulness to a home and is quite demonstrative.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Jackshund come from?
- What does the Jackshund look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Jackshund
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Jackshund
- Popular Dachshund Mixes