Jackapoo Dog: Jack Russell Poodle Mix

Jackapoo Dog: Jack Russell Poodle Mix

Height: 10–16 inches
Weight: 13–25 pounds
Lifespan: 12–15 years
Colors: White, black, brown, gray, blue, or a mix of these colors
Suitable for: Active families, those looking for a low-shedding dog
Temperament: Happy intelligent, energetic, gentle, loyal, affectionate, stubborn

The Jack a Poo is a cute and cuddly hybrid dog that’s a cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Miniature Poodle. This is an energetic little dog that can take on the appearance and personality of either or both parent breeds. However, this dog usually inherits the smarts and loyalty of the Miniature Poodle along with the robust energy and playfulness of the Jack Russel. A Jack a Poo is an intelligent, sweet, and loving dog that’s always ready to play.

The Jack a Poo is also known as the Jackadoodle. This is a dog that needs a lot of exercise, and it adores being outdoors. If a Jack a Poo doesn’t get the exercise it needs, the dog can become destructive so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of getting one. These dogs can also be yappy which can be a concern if you live in an apartment or have close neighbors. Overall, Jack a Poos make great family dogs as they love kids and can get along with other pets.

What is a Jackapoo?

The Jack-A-Poo is a lively little addition to the family that brings the super-charged energy of a Jack Russell Terrier together with the fun-loving, low-shedding properties of a Toy or Miniature Poodle. While he’s great with kids and is always up for a rigorous game of catch, he doesn’t always do well with other pets and early socialization is important.

The Jack-A-Poo is a mix of Toy or Miniature Poodle and Jack Russell Terrier.

Jack-A-Poo Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts
Jack-A-Poo Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts


Because of the rise in popularity of low-shedding dogs, Poodles are often used in the creation of Designer Dogs and this pooch is a classic example of that cross-breeding. The Jack-A-Poo brings together the Miniature Poodle which dates back to 16th century Germany and the Jack Russell terrier that hales from mid-1800’s England.


Jackapoo - A Complete Guide To The Jack Russell Poodle Mix
Jackapoo – A Complete Guide To The Jack Russell Poodle Mix

The Jack-A-Poo does not qualify for registration with the American Kennel Club (AKC) because he is a cross-breed however both parent breeds are members. The Parson Russell Terrier (AKA Jack Russell Terrier) became a member of the AKC’s “terrier” group in 1997 while the Poodle joined the “sporting” group in 1887.

Diet and Nutrition

  • Your Jack-A-Poo is a smaller to medium sized dog and should be fed a high-quality kibble that reflects his size and activity level. Meals should be spread between 2 to 3 feedings with no fillers such as carbs or grains that may cause him to over-eat to feel full. Because of the Poodle DNA, your Jack-A-Poo may be prone to two digestive diseases: pancreatitis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis when he hits hit middle age. High fat meals and treats are a big no-no.
  • A Jack-A-Poo is an energetic pooch who needs regular daily exercise and active play for mental stimulation.

How easy are Jackapoo to train?

  • Jackapoos can be stubborn, but they are very intelligent and will always look to please their owner. They are fast learners, which means they can pick up bad habits just as quickly as good ones.
  • They don’t respond well to heavy-handed treatment or scolding, instead preferring positive reinforcement, praise and plenty of treats. Keep training sessions short, reward-based and different each time.
  • Jackapoos have a high prey drive thanks to their Jack Russell heritage, so they will instinctively chase after small fleeing animals. Bear this in mind when you take them for a walk, only let them off lead in a secure environment.
  • As is the case with all breeds, Jackapoos will start to approach new experiences with caution when they are around 12 weeks old. Therefore, it’s really important for their development that they experience as many different situations as possible.


The weight of a Jack-A-Poo can range between 13 and 25 pounds depending on whether his lineage includes a Toy or Miniature poodle.

How would you describe the temperament of Jackapoo?

  • Jackapoos are kind and loving dogs that make for a fantastic addition to the family. They are playful with a cheeky personality, and will generally get on well with children and other pets. When it comes to living environments, Jackapoos are quite adaptable and will happily live in an apartment or a house in the country.
  • They are really clever dogs, inheriting the brains from both the Poodle and the Jack Russell. Whilst they are still young and receptive, it’s a good idea to introduce your Jackapoo to other dogs, people and livestock as well as car travel and unfamiliar noises, such as traffic.
  • They form strong bonds with their families and don’t like to be left alone for long periods, so if you’re out of the house for most of the day, this is something to bear in mind. It’s good practice to leave them on their own for small periods during training so that they can get used to being by themselves.
  • If you’re looking for a strong-minded companion with an enthusiasm for life, bags of personality and a cheeky streak, a Jackapoo may be just the breed for you!

How healthy are Jackapoo?

Jackapoos are prone to certain health problems, just like all breeds. This doesn’t mean your dog is guaranteed to contract any particular disease – it’s just something to bear in mind.

To keep your Jackapoo as healthy as possible, monitor them closely and attend routine 6-monthly health checks with your vet. This will allow the vet to give your dog a thorough check-up and to pick up on minor (often symptomless) conditions before they have a chance to escalate into something worse.

Possible health complications for Jackapoos Include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Obesity
  • Dental disease
  • Allergies
  • Deafness

Before welcoming a new dog into your household, make sure you’re able to cover the costs of any routine or emergency medical treatment they may need. Pet insurance will help massively with this. Why not ask your vet about their recommended pet insurance policy?

How long will Jackapoo live?

A Jackapoo lives for about 12-15 years if they are healthy. They are small dogs, and small dogs usually live longer than large dogs. As the breed is a mixed breed, the Jackapoo doesn’t have many diseases associated with the breed. Still, you should keep an eye out for a few diseases because the breeding process is still undergoing development for this new breed. They might inherit a few health issues from their parent breeds, such as eye diseases, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, skin disorders, bloat, epilepsy and more. You should check your dog with the vet often to catch any of these potential health problems early.

How active are Jackapoo?

Despite their small size, Jackapoos are very active dogs. They have a low boredom threshold and can become bored if they don’t get enough physical & mental stimulation.

They’ll need to be walked for at least 1 hour per day to ensure that their exercise needs are met. This can be split into a shorter walk in the morning and a longer, more interesting walk in the evening.

They have a high prey drive and it’s their natural instinct to chase after squirrels and rabbits. To keep them happy and healthy, take them to a secure environment where they can run off-lead, with lots of interesting things to see and sniff.

As with all breeds, be careful not to over-exercise them whilst they are still growing, as this can have long term effects on their joints. As well as outdoor activities, Jackapoos need to stay mentally stimulated with training and puzzle games.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Jack-A-Doodle, Jackadoodle, Jackpoo, Jackdoodle, Jackapoo and Poojack, the Jack-A-Poo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club however he is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Breed Registry (DBR), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)


The Jack-A-Poos’s coat is typically coarser than that of a Poodle however he did inherit the Poodle’s low-shedding characteristics which make him relatively low maintenance. Twice weekly brushing should be sufficient for this dog with professional grooming every few months to keep him looking his best. He does have floppy ears so inspection and cleaning to remove debris can prevent infection should be conducted at the same time he is brushed.


Jack-A-Poo puppies are tiny bundles of energy and need early obedience training and socialization. Some may have chewing issues between 6-12 months of age so be prepared to load up on fun and interesting chew toys to keep him busy. In spite of the inclination to tire this little firecracker out with walks, he does come from two breeds that experience joint issues so take it easy on his little legs.

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

  • A Jack a Poo can live happily with another dog and even with cats if they’re introduced properly. This dog may look at a small pet like a hamster or rat as prey, so caution is advised if you have such a pet. The same holds true for birds. A Jack a Poo that’s living with a bird must learn that the bird is not something to chase and kill.
  • This dog can become jealous if a new dog is brought into the family. However, over time, the Jack a Poo will likely realize the new dog isn’t a threat wherein the two can live under one roof without any issues at all. Jack a Poos are known for their friendliness and they’re typically as friendly to people as they are to dogs and other pets they meet.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Jack a Poos make wonderful family pets. This dog will love everyone in the family, from the smallest child to the eldest. This dog is well-suited for an active family that likes to get out and go. The perfect home for a Jack a Poo is a house with a fenced yard that’s owned by an outdoor-loving family that spends lots of time in the great outdoors.

What’s the Price of Jack a Poo Puppies?

  • A Jack a Poo puppy can cost as little as $300 or as much as $800 depending on a few factors including location, whether the puppies are spayed, neutered, and chipped, and the history of the parents. A reputable and responsible breeder may charge $700-$800 for a Jack a Poo puppy that’s been vet checked, wormed, and microchipped.
  • In addition to the initial cost of buying a Jack a Poo puppy, you also must spend money on getting the dog spayed or neutered, dog food, grooming fees, pet insurance, toys, etc. Before committing to buying a Jack aPoo puppy, be sure you have the financial means to cover all the dog’s needed expenses for the rest of his life.

Final Thoughts

If you’re interested in getting a small-sized, cute, intelligent, and energetic dog, a Jack a Poo may be just what you’re looking for. This is a friendly fun-loving dog that makes a wonderful family pet. Just be sure you have plenty of time for taking daily walks and playing because this dog needs to burn off lots of energy!

You shouldn’t have any problem finding a Jack a Poo puppy as this is a popular hybrid dog breed in the United States. Remember to ask the breeder about the background information of any puppy you’re interested in buying to ensure it’s healthy.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.