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Jackshund (Jack Russel Terriers and Dachshunds Mix)

Genevieve Dugal

Height: 8-13 inches
Weight: 15-28 pounds
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Colors: White, cream, brown, black
Suitable for: Active families, those looking for a low-shedding dog
Temperament: Stubborn, energetic, playful, affectionate

If you are torn between your love for the high intelligence of Jack Russel Terriers and the insatiable curiosity of cute Dachshunds, then the Jackshund could be your dream dog. This mini dog, also known as Jackweenie, inherited characteristic personality traits from his parents, such as high loyalty to his owner and affection towards his family. On the other hand, he is also known to be extremely stubborn, which can cause problems during his education, especially if he is your first dog. However, if you are firm and consistent throughout his training, then the lovable and goofy Jackshund will become a much-loved member of your family.

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Jackshund Puppies – Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Jackshund Puppies?

Considering the puppy’s lineage, the pedigree of its parents, and the breeder’s reputation, you can expect to pay between $600 and $800 for a Jackshund. Avoid puppy mills and breeders offering prices that are too good to be true. If you want a more affordable puppy, you can try your luck at shelters or reputable websites, but the Jackshund is a relatively new breed and more difficult to find in these places.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Jackshund

1. They can jump very high.

Don’t be fooled by their small size: Jackshunds can jump as high as 5 feet! So, be very careful if you leave your dog in your yard unattended; he can decide to jump the fence and escape. However, it is unlikely that he would run very far, given his strong bond to his family.


2. They are sensitive to sunburn.

It is crucial, especially if the Jackshund’s fur is cream or white, to apply sunscreen when playing outdoors. The strong UV rays of the sun can pass through his hair and cause painful sunburns for your small dog. Ask your vet for advice if you are unsure of which sunscreen to use, but there are several good options made especially for dogs that you can find at pet stores.


3. They have a strong prey drive.

Jackshunds have inherited this particular trait from their parents, making them formidable hunters for all the small animals that roam your house. So be careful, especially if you have other small pets in your household, such as hamsters, rabbits, and mice. Even cats are not immune to these dogs’ hunting instincts unless they have grown accustomed to living with cats early on.

Parents of Jackshund. Image Credit: Jack Russel Terrier (Left), Dachshhund (Right), Pixabay

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Jackshund

Jack Russels and Dachshunds are known for their high energy, intelligence, curiosity, playfulness, and affection. So, there is a good chance that your Jackshund puppy has inherited these personality traits. They are also particularly stubborn, which can cause a challenge in their education. Plus, since they love to be the center of attention, they need an owner who can devote a lot of their time and energy to them. Besides, these dogs hate spending long hours alone and need the company of their human parents to be happy and well-rounded.

They also make excellent watchdogs as both parents are wary of strangers. Therefore, they will not accept a stranger into their home without announcing it. This canine trait can be good, but not if you have neighbors who hate loud dogs. Fortunately, once he gets to know someone, he becomes attached to them like his family.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Jackshunds make good family dogs, as long as they have been socialized from a young age. Kids will love spending hours playing with this energetic little furball, who will snuggle up against them for a movie after a busy day. On the other hand, the Jackshund can become so attached to his family that it can lead to separation anxiety; if you are away for a few hours, leave him many toys to ease his stress.

These little dogs adapt well to apartment life, as long as you can take them out for two long daily walks. They will also be thrilled if you can bring them to the dog park!

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Generally, Jackshunds don’t have problems with their canine companions; rather, these other dogs can be put off by the sometimes excessive energy of Jackshunds! This is why it might be a good idea to acquire a second puppy, especially if you cannot spend enough time with your pooch. They can spend their energy together and then collapse on your knees!

As mentioned earlier, be extra careful if you have other small pets due to the Jackshund’s particularly developed hunting instinct. Of course, the ideal would be to have a home with only canine companions, so as not to take any risks.

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Things to Know When Owning a Jackshund:

Food & Diet Requirements

These dogs tend to be gluttonous and can easily become overweight, especially if their activity level is not high enough.

Give them two or three small meals a day, consisting of high-quality kibble. You shouldn’t get them used to table scraps, but you can give them a bit of chicken, rice, and meat in reasonable amounts. This type of food can also be used as a reward when training your puppy.

Exercise

Jackshunds need at least 30 to 45 minutes a day of exercise to be healthy. A mixture of play, jogging, hiking is a good idea to keep your puppy mentally and physically stimulated.

Agility training is another excellent option for this type of dog, given their high intelligence and insatiable energy.

Training

Be firm and consistent in training your Jackshund puppy: this will be arguably your most significant challenge! Indeed, this breed is stubborn and will test your patience, but you will have a balanced dog that is entirely dedicated to your family if you are successful in their education. He’s not as strong-willed as the Husky, but he’s definitely not as docile as the Labrador.

The best technique for training your Jackshund is to use positive reinforcement in abundance; he will not respond well to punishment or screaming. If you are in doubt about your coaching and leadership abilities, do not hesitate to seek the help of a professional trainer. This one will know how to show you to be a calm and effective leader. In fact, the techniques taught by professionals can be useful for any breed of dog.

Early socialization is also a key factor in having a well-balanced dog, not fearful or aggressive towards strangers or new situations.

In short, the Jackshund needs an experienced owner who is up to the challenge. If you are not prepared, you will end up with a problematic dog on your hands.

Grooming

Grooming the Jackshund is not too complicated, but be aware that if your puppy has inherited the longer coat from one of its parents, you will need to brush him daily to loosen any knots and keep a healthy coat. You can also take it to a professional groomer if your budget allows. If your puppy is more like the short-haired Dachshund, weekly brushing should suffice. Finally, regular nail trimming, tooth brushing, and ear cleaning complete the basic care to be given to your Jackshund.

Health and Conditions

The Jackshund is generally a healthy dog, but it is subject to a number of conditions common to its parent’s breeds. Also, although you have no control over the genetic factors, you can prevent obesity in your dog by managing his diet well.

Serious Conditions
  • Deafness
  • Patellar luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
Minor Conditions
  • Ear infections
  • Eye problems

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Male vs Female

There is little difference between males and females with this breed. They are about the same height, and their temperaments are about the same. Any minute differences will decrease even further following a spay or neuter operation.

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Final Thoughts

Jackshunds are true joy balls, strongly dedicated to their family, energetic and entertaining. They even make excellent guard dogs, don’t require hours and hours of exercise, and love children and other canine companions. But since they are very stubborn, regular, and firm, training is essential. Then, you will be well rewarded by having an adorable little furry companion without behavioral problems.


Featured Image Credit: Lux Blue, Shutterstock

Genevieve Dugal

Genevieve is a biologist and science writer. Her deep love for capuchin monkeys, pumas, and kangaroos has taken her worldwide to work and volunteer for several wildlife rehabilitation centers in Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada, and Australia. As a Canadian expat, Genevieve now lives in Argentina, where she wakes up every morning to horses and cows saying hello from the vast plain next to her home office window. She is the proud mom of three rescued dogs, Lemmy, Nala, and Pochi, and a frisky kitten, Furiosa. Having the privilege of sharing her knowledge and passion for animals of all kinds is what makes her fulfilled and happy.