If you’re searching for a poodle that is both incredibly intelligent and friendly, but also very zestful, a Jackapoo may be the perfect dog for you! Although they’re are some of the newer breeds we see today, they are rapidly growing in popularity. Here are some of the top questions and answers:
What are the parent breeds: Poodle + Jack Russell Terrier
Do Jackapoos shed? Yes, but significantly less compared to other breeds.
How big do Jackapoos get? Depends on the size, but generally between 13-26 pounds.
How much is a Jackapoo? $250-$800
How long do Jackapoos live? 10-15 years
What’s a Jackapoo’s temperament? They tend to be bubbly, outgoing, and supportive.
Other name(s): Jack-a-doodle, Jackadoodle, Jackdoodle, Jackapoodle, Jackpoo, Poojack, Poo-jack
The History of the Breed
The Jackapoo is a mixed breed. This means that he is a cross between two different purebred breeds. In this case, the parents are the miniature Poodle (or toy poodle) and the Jack Russell Terrier.
The Jack Russell Terrier was originally bred in England in the 1800s to hunt foxes. It is a small but mighty dog, weighing in at only 13 to 18 pounds. It’s known for its high energy and fearless nature.
The poodle was originally bred in Germany as a water retriever. It is a versatile dog who comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Standard poodle is the largest of the group, weighing in at 45 to 70 pounds.
The Jackapoo was first bred in the United States in the 1980s, although the exact date of the breed’s creation is unknown. However, it did not gain popularity until the 1990s when designer dogs became all the rage.
The Jackapoo is a relatively rare breed, although its popularity has been increasing in recent years. The breed is prized for its intelligence, playful personality, and low shedding coat.
Like other hybrid breeds, the Jack-a-poo can inherit the best traits of both of its parent breeds. However, the puppies can also inherit any combination of traits from either parent, so it is important to do your research before you commit to adding one of these dogs to your family.
Do Jackapoos Shed?
Because a Jackapoo is a mix between a poodle and Jack Russell Terrier (a breed that sheds minimally). However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred Jack Russell Terriers, and in the grand scheme of dog breeds, they don’t shed much comparatively.
Because there are different types of Jackapoos (f1 Jackapoos, f1b Jackapoos, f2 Jackapoos, etc.), Jackapoo puppies will shed according to the progeny you own. More specifically, this depends on the genetics of the parent breeds (how the dominant and submissive genes of the poodle & the Jack Russell Terrier come together to make your puppy). In this case, since poodles and Jack Russell Terriers are dog breeds that don’t shed much, it won’t make a significant difference.
These doodles typically come in 2 different coat types: straight, or curly. A straight coat Jackapoo dog has a smoother texture to them. A curly coat occurs when a Jackopoo receives a curl gene from both of its parents. Although this type of coat can be harder to brush, dogs that have this are the least likely to shed.
For more information on doodle generation types, check out our article on the difference between F1b and F2b.
Are Jackapoos Hypoallergenic?
Truth be told, no breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed (however little that may be). So this is still a point of concern for people with allergies. Although if you decide to bring a Jackapoo into your home, they tend to be very hypoallergenic. In other words, they’re an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is primarily due to the incorporation of poodle characteristics. We know that pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that commonly produce allergic reactions. Luckily, poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and a non shedding fur. Therefore, when these traits are inherited, they will be more allergy-friendly. So, a F1b Jackapoo will be more allergy friendly than a f1 Jackapoo.
How Big Do Jackapoos Get?
When it comes to Jackapoo size, there are generally two classes: small Jackapoos, and medium Jackapoos.
Small and Medium Jackapoos are between 14-25 pounds when they’re an adult. They’ll stand around 10-16 inches tall, with the medium proportions at the higher end of the scale. Small Jackapoos will tend to weigh closer to 14 or 15 pounds. This is a great choice if you don’t have as much space for a large dog, or if you just prefer smaller to medium sized dogs. Keep in mind, though, that regardless of their size, they have boundless energy, so they still need to be able to run around and play.
The Jackapoo is a relatively healthy breed, although there are a few health conditions to be aware of. These include patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and von Willebrand’s Disease.
- Patellar luxation is a condition in which the knee joint slips out of place. This can be painful for your dog and may require surgery to fix.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease is a condition that affects the blood supply to the hip joint. This can lead to pain and lameness in your dog.
- von Willebrand’s Disease is a blood clotting disorder that can cause excessive bleeding during surgery or after an injury.
While these health conditions are not common, it is important to be aware of them.
Jackapoo Care & Grooming
The Jackapoo is a relatively easy breed to take care of. They are an adaptable breed that does well in both hot and cold weather.
Jackapoos require regular grooming and exercise, and they also need plenty of mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take care of your pooch:
- Brush your dog’s coat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles.
- Take your dog for a walk or run every day. Jackapoos have high energy levels and need plenty of exercise to stay fit.
- Playing games is a great way to keep their mind active. Try hide-and-seek, fetch, or even agility training.
- Pay plenty of attention to them. Jackapoos are prone to separation anxiety, so it’s important to maintain a regular routine and provide them with plenty of love and attention.
As far as grooming goes, you only need to brush your dog once or twice a week to prevent matting. They also only need to be bathed when necessary. Their nails should be trimmed on a regular basis, and their teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent tartar build-up.
Overall, the Jackapoo is a low-maintenance breed that makes a great companion for families or individuals looking for an affectionate and intelligent dog.
How Much Does a Jackapoo Cost?
Pricing depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $250-800. There are also a number of other factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: There are a number of different Jackapoo colors. In addition to the typical black Jackapoo, you can find professional breeders who can provide you with golden jackapoos, grey jackapoos, black jackapoos and white jackapoos, among others. The more “exotic” the color, the higher the price tag.
Coat: Breeders charge different prices based on the coat. Essentially, the more evident the “poodle” characteristics within the doodle, and the more allergy-friendly the dog, the higher the pricing!
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live, along with how high the demand is. Bigger metropolitan cities such as San Francisco or New York will often have higher price tags, not only because of the higher cost of living, but also because these cities usually have a higher demand for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When it comes to purchasing a Jackapoo, often it can be tempting to take the route of least resistance (i.e. the path that will save you the most money, such as Craigslist). So you certainly want to do your research in order to end up with a healthy, happy pup. Finding a reputable, established breeder (if that is your preference), makes a world of a difference! So if you want a long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money and time on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find these doodles in shelters and other rescue centers.
How Long Do Jackapoos Live?
In general, Jackapoos will live between 10-15 years. However, there are a few factors that can result in outliers. For example, smaller dogs usually live longer than larger dogs. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with the place where you purchase the pup from (for a reputable breeder you will likely see a longer lifespan).
What’s a Jackapoo’s Temperament?
Because of their vibrant personalities, Jackapoos are the perfect family dogs to have around. They lighten the mood and bring a smile to children’s faces. Their immense energy makes it super easy for people of all ages to have a good time. These doodles love to have company, so the more adoration you show them, the happier they get.
When you think about the perfect dog, you probably think about one that is friendly, outgoing, affectionate and great with your family and friends. If that sounds like your kind of pup, then say no more. The Jackapoo might be a dream come true! No matter the size of your family, there is always room to welcome the addition of this ball of sunshine!