25-30 lbs
United States
American Eskimo
Jack Russell Terrier

The Eskijack is a mixture of the American Eskimo Dog and the Jack Russell Terrier. He is likely to be a small dog and may be a variety of colors. He is a ball of energy, and he may be an escape artist as well. The Jack Russell Terrier is extremely intelligent and can be quite mischievous; however, he will endear himself to you with his genuine love for his family. His hair is likely to be medium in length, and, depending on the coat type of the Jack Russell Terrier parent breed, may be rough or smooth to the touch. The Eskijack will be most comfortable in a home with a yard.

Date of Origin
American Eskimo Dog and Jack Russell Terrier

Eskijack Health

Average Size
Male Eskijack size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Female Eskijack size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Eskijack Breed History

There is not a lot of information on the Eskijack breed itself, but we can learn about the parent breeds in order to understand what to expect from the hybrid breed. A relative of the German Spitz, the American Eskimo was once called an American Spitz. Due to a desire to distance the breed from its German lineage during war time, the name was changed to the American Eskimo Dog. Known for his startling white coat, this breed is of ancient bloodline and for centuries was a brave defender of property and people.He was also a circus performer, enjoyed for his agility and beauty. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1994. Strictly a hunting dog, the Jack Russell Terrier was a favorite of hunters due to his keen scent and excellent ability to flush foxes from their dens. He hunted with larger hounds and did the investigative work for them. From England, this terrier was brought to the United States in the 1930s. Recognized in 1997 by the American Kennel Club, his name was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier in the AKC's books in 2003. This canine is still sturdy and fast and now spends his time as an adored companion.

Eskijack Breed Appearance

The Eskijack will be a combination of both parent breeds, the American Eskimo Dog and the Basenji. While there is not a lot of information about the Eskijack breed itself, we can study the parent breeds in order to determine what the Eskijack will look like. The American Eskimo Dog is white and fluffy. He has a double-coat with a dense undercoat. The outer coat is long, thick, and silky. He has a pronounced ruff around his neck. The legs are feathery and he has profuse fur on his tail. He may be cream colored, but most often, his coat color is white. The Jack Russell Terrier is a small-medium sized dog. He generally is white with a few brown or tan markings. His hair is coarse and wiry; however, there are some smooth-coat Jack Russells as well. The appearance of the Eskijack is solely dependent upon the parents of a specific litter. Often, the Eskijack is seen as a white or cream colored canine; his ears will be perky but turned down like the Jack Russell Terrier or alert like the American Eskimo parent. Typically the tail curls over the back but not in an exaggerated fashion. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Eskijack eyes
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Eskijack coat
white Eskijack coat
brown Eskijack coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Eskijack wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Eskijack Breed Maintenance

The Eskijack is a dog who requires moderate maintenance. To keep his coat looking clean and cared for, brush him on a weekly basis with the pin brush. If his fur is a bit wiry like the Jack Russell Terrier, he may need a clipping now and then. If the fur is long, be sure to pay attention to tangles behind the ears and on the backs of the legs. Overall, his care is comparable to most dogs - the teeth should be brushed a few times a week and the ears checked at the same time for debris or wax. The nails cannot be neglected; if they are not cut often enough they may begin to curl, making walking painful.

Brushes for Eskijack
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Eskijack requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Eskijack Temperament

Due to the Jack Russell Terrier influence, your hybrid will be a lively, spirited little dog. If one has read the book or seen the movie of the same name, My Dog Skip, you will understand what is meant by lively and spirited. The Jack Russell Terrier is a highly intelligent and inquisitive dog. He loves his family dearly. It is not a good idea to leave your Eskijack unattended in the yard he is able to spring over many fences to get to what he wants. He may not get along with cats since they appear to be prey. Your hybrid can be a bit hard to train as both parents have a streak of stubbornness. Both parents do not like to be left alone so be sure to give your Eskijack the attention and guidance he needs to become a well rounded dog.

Eskijack Activity Requirements

Your Eskijack is a powerhouse of energy. He should never be left unattended in a fenced-in yard as he is notorious for scaling fences to get to whatever he wants. He loves people and is very curious so will want to meet (or bark at) everyone who passes by. Playtime in the yard is great but at least two brisk walks a day must be part of the activity schedule. Agility, flyball, earth dog competitions and obedience trials are things you may want to try with your intelligent, frisky companion. Not suited to apartment living due to his spunk and need for action, a rural or urban lifestyle he what he seeks.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Eskijack Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Eskijack Owner Experiences

8 Weeks
2 People
Have only had him for 2 weeks.
2 months ago
10 Months
3 People
Our eskijack is the sweetest most loving puppy EVER! She doesn't get along well with other dogs. We will continue to work on that.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Months
1 People
House & Yard
She is very energetic, playful, friendly, and good with kids.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
7 People
House & Yard
Running and playing
She is so energetic and clingy
10 months, 3 weeks ago
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