Learn All About Beagle Jack Russells Mixes
The Beagle Jack Russell is an interesting mix, because it brings the hunting terrier together with the scent hound. Beagles bring those distinctive floppy ears to the mix. Apart from that, Beagles and Jack Russells are fairly similar in size and color. The main differences between the Jack Russell Beagle and a purebred Jack Russell are in the dog's personality and temperament, as well as its sense of smell.
Jack Russells and most Beagles look fairly similar to begin with, so don't expect huge variation as far as appearance goes with this mix. A Jack Russell Beagle mix may show more dark colors than white, whereas purebred JRTs are mostly white. Obviously this will depend on the colorings of the parent dogs. They can be slightly bigger than the average Jack Russell, with typical Beagle size being between 13-16 inches (33-40 cm). This also means they can grow heavier than a purebred Jack Russell, up to about 35 pounds (16kg). But the biggest difference you'll notice is that these dogs will sniff a lot more than a purebred JRT. Of all dog breeds, Beagles are definitely in the top three when it comes to sense of smell. So, expect to see some of the well-known Jack Russell Terrier characteristics:
Combined with a sprinkling of Beagle traits:
The breeding history of the Beagle parallels that of the Jack Russell Terrier. Beagles are hunters first and foremost, and what they can smell may be more important to them than your direction. Expect a Jack Russell and Beagle mix to be a very independent and headstrong dog.
If you want a hunting dog, a Jackabee can be an excellent choice. Because of their superior smell, a Jack Russell Beagle mix can pick up a scent a lot faster than a purebred Jack Russell, while also having the courage and tenacity of the Jack Russell to corner or chase its prey.
A Jack Russell Beagle can also make a great house pet, but it will require plenty of exercise and lots of attention. Consider it if you need a slightly more young-child-friendly dog than a purebred Jack Russell.
If you own or are thinking of getting a Jack Russell Beagle, you will want to be aware of the common training mistakes made my JRT mix owners. You can nip any training issues in the bud and ensure you don't have to deal with the stress of a misbehaving dog by reading my complete guide to Jack Russell training. It contains a full chapter on training JRT mixes.