13-25 lbs
United States
Jack Russell Terrier
Jackadoodle, Jack-A-Doodle, Jackadoodle, Jackapoodle, Jack A Poo, Jackapoo, Jack-A-Poodle, Jackpoo, Poojack, Poo-Jack

Your Jack-A-Poo is a fairly new hybrid, resulting from the breeding of a Jack Russell Terrier and a Miniature Poodle, which originated in the United States.  While there is no precise date of origin, it is estimated that the mixing of these two breeds occurred two to three decades ago (1980’s or 1990’s).  While this hybrid is too new to be recognized by any of the major canine organizations, it was recognized by the International Designer Canine Association in 2009.  This energetic little canine can take on the physical appearance and personality traits of either or both of its parent breeds, the Jack Russell Terrier and the Miniature Poodle.  If you know anything at all about the parent breeds, then I’m sure you know that your little furry family member will be sweet, loving, affectionate, intelligent and possess unbelievable amounts of energy.  This little bundle of love can have a coat that’s smooth and thin or curly and thick, depending on which parent breed has dominance in the bio mix.  He will likely be a minimal shedder who is hypoallergenic and will need low maintenance but lots of love and attention.  He will waggle his way into the hearts of each and every family member and will enhance the lives of those who choose to own him.

Date of Origin
Jack Russell Terrier, Poodle (Miniature )

Jack-A-Poo Health

Average Size
Male Jack-A-Poo size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 13-25 lbs
Female Jack-A-Poo size stats
Height: 10-16 inches Weight: 13-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Eye Examinations
  • Various Blood Testing Modalities
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations

Jack-A-Poo Breed History

Your Jack-A-Poo family member is the product of the breeding of two purebreds, the Jack Russell Terrier and the Poodle, most often the Miniature or Toy version of the Poodle.  The hybrid Jack-A-Poo itself originated in the United States, most likely in the latter decades of the 1900’s.  The original purpose of mixing the breeds appears to have been to create a dog with blended appearance and personality traits of sweetness and lovingness to be adored by any family who chooses to own them.  The Jack Russell Terrier parent breed originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1800’s and was utilized for hunting and tracking activities.  The smaller size of the Jack Russell Terrier made him perfect for activities related to seeking and routing foxes from their dens.  The Poodle’s exact origin is unknown but they have been known to have been used in France and Germany, as far back as the 1400’s, as hunting and retrieving dogs, water dogs and companions.  Today, the Poodle is one of the most popular house, companion and family dogs because they possess a companionable temperament and high levels of intelligence.  These traits of the Poodle are also similarly mirrored in the temperament and intelligence levels of the Jack Russell Terrier, making this combination of purebreds a great family companion for any type of family.  The Jack Russell breed parent adds lots of energy and playfulness to the bio mix, which further enhances this hybrid’s attraction for families who are looking for a loyal, sweet, loving and entertaining furry family member.  This hybrid is recognized by: American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc.and International Designer Canine Registry.

Jack-A-Poo Breed Appearance

While the hybrid can take on the appearance traits of either or both of the parent breeds, fully grown, your Jack-A-Poo will likely be between 10 and 15 inches tall and will probably weigh between 13 and 20 pounds.  He will be muscular of body especially in the hindquarters, giving him the strength for jumping which he inherits from the Jack Russell side.  His facial expression will be alert and inquisitive, with eyes that are almond or oval in shape and darkly colored.  He will have a wide, muzzle of medium length with a scissors bite, and a flat head with ears of medium length that fold over.  His coat can be short, curly, straight, coarse or fluffy, depending on the breed parent having the greatest influence in the bio mix of your hybrid.  Your Jack-A-Poo will likely have a longer tail which can be docked as a pup.  He can have round or oval feet which neither turn in or out, are small and thickly padded and with short nails.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Jack-A-Poo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Jack-A-Poo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Jack-A-Poo coat
black Jack-A-Poo coat
brown Jack-A-Poo coat
gray Jack-A-Poo coat
blue Jack-A-Poo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Jack-A-Poo curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Jack-A-Poo Breed Maintenance

Your Jack-A-Poo will require low maintenance for his coat, requiring at least weekly brushing with a stiff bristled plastic brush and bathing as needed.  As is the case with most canine breeds, regular checking and cleaning of his ears is essential to prevent infections,  The regular checking of the ears is especially important in canines having a folded over ear set to keep them clean.  Regular eye examinations are necessary to assess and monitor the various areas of the eyes which tend to cause canine problems as they age.  Dental check ups should also be done regularly along with teeth cleaning at home, if possible, to prevent or reduce the opportunity of periodontal disease development which can cause tooth loss over time.  This hybrid is considered a low shedder and hypoallergenic.

Brushes for Jack-A-Poo
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Jack-A-Poo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Jack-A-Poo Temperament

Your Jack-A-Poo hybrid will have personality traits which have been inherited from either or both breed parents.  Specifically, those traits are described as: affectionate, alert, cheerful, energetic, gentle, lively, loving, loyal and playful.  The Jack-A-Poo hybrid inherits the high levels of intelligence from the parent breeds as well as the stubbornness which is sometimes displayed, especially during training periods.  Your hybrid will be great with the kids and other animals in the household but it is highly recommended that he be appropriately socialized as early in his life as possible to assure better adaptation to children and other pets.  He is friendly for the most part, but will likely be wary of strangers, though early socialization can modify this trait as well.  He is quite intelligent and responds well to positive reinforcements and encouragements in training but be aware that he can be stubborn and unfocused at times.  He has a high tendency to wander and hunt so it is highly recommended that he be kept on leash when outside.  He loves to be with his human family and, as such, he prefers not to be left alone for long periods of time.  

Jack-A-Poo Activity Requirements

Your Jack-A-Poo is an active little companion who requires 45 to 60 minutes per day of exercise.  This exercise can be in the form of several daily walks, active games of fetch or frisbee and obedience training practice.  Since your hybrid is a natural digger and hunter, involving him in “earth dog” activities in which he digs for rodents will satisfy the natural instincts in this area.  Any activity which provides mental challenges will also keep him quite happy and entertained.  The small size of this hybrid makes him perfect for apartments, condos or family home, with or without a fenced yard.  His activity level, however, may compromise apartment or condo living unless the owner is willing to assure that he is appropriately exercised on a daily basis.  He can live in urban or rural communities and can tolerate all climates, provided he is given extra protection for the extremes in colder or hotter temperatures.  As to the issue of his natural digging and jumping tendencies, it is important to note that the average fenced yard may need some modifications to contain him.  And, to answer the expected electric fence question...no, that will not be sufficient to contain this lively and intelligent little escape artist.

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

Jack-A-Poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Jack-A-Poo Owner Experiences

13 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Mojo is the most kind and loveable dog ever. He is starting slow down now that he is 13 years old, but in his younger years he was very energetic!! He makes family trips to the lake so enjoyable with our walks and swimming while playing fetch. Jack-A-Poo’s are by far the best breed!! Mojo is one of a kind!!
3 years, 5 months ago
11 Years
1 People
Eating Snacks
Chopper has been a great dog so far. He's a good companion and always wants to be with me. He's very smart, lively, and fun loving.
3 years, 1 month ago
16 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
He is lovely very friendly,easy to train,can be grouchy with children
2 years, 11 months ago
3 Years
2 People
he’s amazing ! he loves to play and the most loveanle dog i’ve ever met. there’s no sitting alone with little oreo .. he sits with you !
1 year, 11 months ago
3 Months
1 People
Boat ride
Haven’t had him to long don’t know yet
9 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Playing with his toys
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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