Jackapoo - Jack Russell
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Learn About the Jackapoo Jack Russell/Poodle Mix

The Jackapoo is a "designer dog" cross-breed of the Jack Russell and the Poodle. Jack Russell Poodles show traits common to both these dogs. They tend to show signs of the longer, curlier coat of the poodle. This means there are some special requirements for grooming this mix. Read on for more information on the Jack Russell Poodle personality, characteristics and some useful training resources.

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Jack Russell Poodle Traits and Care

A Jack Russell Poodle's personality and appearance will consist of a mish-mash of traits from each breed. They can grow bigger than the average Jack Russell, depending on the size of the Poodle parent.

All the usual Jack Russell-raising rules apply to the Jack Russell Poodle as well. They should be given to satisfy the hunter in them that comes from the Jack Russell genes. As well as showing these some of these JRT traits:

  • high stamina
  • excitability
  • independence
  • strong hunting instinct
  • impressive physical strength
  • affectionate
  • sense of humor

Jack Russell Poodle puppy on grass.

Jack Russell Poodles can also show a combination of these common Poodle traits:

  • comfortable in smaller spaces
  • curly coat that needs a lot of grooming
  • darker colors
  • good with children
The traits will depend on whether or not the parents are purebred to begin with, and what type of Poodle the parent is (miniature, toy, or standard). Some traits, such as intelligence and trainability, are common to both breeds. It's interesting to note that poodles are more likely to die of old age, whereas Jack Russells are more likely to die as the result of being hit by cars.

Remember also that "intelligence" doesn't always make a dog easier to train - in fact with Jack Russells, it often makes them more independent and harder to control. If you are having difficulties training your dog, my complete training guide may be the solution.

Jack Russell Poodle puppy.

What Are the Benefits and Downsides of Owning a Jack Russell Poodle?

Jack Russell Poodles can be good pets for people who like Jack Russells but can't quite handle the intensity of their nature. Jack Russell Poodles tend to be less prone to aggression and hyperactivity than purebred Jack Russells, meaning they are more suitable for older, retired people and people with young children.

They are more of a companion dog and less of a hunter than the purebred Jack Russell. This also means they can adapt more easily to living in apartments. Jackapoos may also be less susceptible to some diseases that affect purebred Jack Russells. You'll need to balance this against the extra grooming a Jack Russell Poodle will require compared to a purebred Jack Russell. Poodle grooming can be a notorious hassle.

There is one other major upside to Jack Russell Poodles: they are hypoallergenic. So if you love Jack Russells, but you're allergic to dogs, a Jack Russell Poodle mix may be the solution.

More Information

As with any Jack Russell mix, you need to understand the ins and outs of training Jack Russells when you're dealing with a Jackapoo. Make sure you're up to speed with my free special report, The Top Ten Jack Russell Training Mistakes.

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