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15-28 lbs
Jack Russell Terrier

Jackshunds are bred from two very different but equally fun dog breeds. The combination of these breeds will be a medium sized dog with a big personality. They are fun and affectionate, but also energetic and stubborn. They are best suited to owners with previous canine experience, but make great family pets. This breed is well behaved around children and other animals, but needs to be properly socialized. The overall maintenance of the breed can vary, since there are a number of possible coat textures available to this designer breed. Despite their enthusiastic nature, they do not need too much exercise and can be well suited to people of all lifestyles.

Companion, Watchdog, Guard dog
Date of Origin
Jack Russell Terrier, Dachshund

Jackshund Health

Average Size
Male Jackshund size stats
Height: 8-23 inches Weight: 15-28 lbs
Female Jackshund size stats
Height: 8-23 inches Weight: 15-28 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Deafness
  • Diabetes
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Back Problems
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Spinal Tap
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Neurologic Exam
  • ECG
  • Blood Electrolytes
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Myelogram
  • Urinalysis
  • ACTH Stimulation Test

Jackshund Breed History

The Jackshund is a newly made mix of the Jack Russell Terrier and the Dachshund, which are both excellent dogs on their own. This modern trend of creating designer dogs has become more popular within the past 20 or so years, and has been the source of many new dog breeds. The exact origins of the Jackshund are unknown, but we do know those of the parents. The Dachshund is a breed that originates from Germany. This breed was mainly used to hunt badgers, foxes and other similar prey, as well as larger game when hunting in packs. The dog’s fearless nature paired with his elongated body type made them perfect for the job of digging down into burrows. They are thought to have been created sometime around the 15th century, at which time dogs of this breed could be found in a variety of sizes which would be altered depending on the dog’s purpose. It was in England sometime around the 1800s that these dogs were used as companion pets and not just hunting dogs. The breed made an appearance in America during the 19th century. Jack Russell Terriers have a different story. They came to be in the South of England during the 1800s. This breed was created by a man named Parson Russell, hence the name of this courageous canine. His goal was to create a working dog that would be able to hunt foxes alongside hounds. People who would hunt on horseback became particularly fond of the breed. The Jack Russell Terrier was eventually brought to the United States in the 1930s.

Jackshund Breed Appearance

Jackshunds are unique and fun dogs who will have an appearance that is similar to both of the parents. It is definite that they will be born with characteristics from both the Dachshund and the Jack Russell Terrier, but the exact appearance can change with each individual dog. Overall they will be small to medium in size, with an average height of 8 to 13 inches and a universal weight of about 15 to 28 pounds. Depending on which genes the dog develops from the parents, their coat can be either double or single. Dachshunds alone can have 3 different types of coat, and then there is that of the Jack Russell Terrier to add on top of that. This gives them a pretty wide variety of coat possibilities. It can be either short or long, fine and straight or wiry and curled. The dog’s body and ears will most likely be long and similar to that of the Dachshund parent, with a face and other characteristics resembling the Jack Russell Terrier.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Jackshund eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Jackshund nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Jackshund coat
white Jackshund coat
cream Jackshund coat
black Jackshund coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Jackshund wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Jackshund Breed Maintenance

Since the coat type of this dog can vary greatly among individuals, it is hard to say how much grooming will be needed among the whole breed. The dogs who have been born with longer coats will need to be groomed and trimmed more often than those with shorter coats. If the fur is wiry, the dog may require regular stripping that should be performed by a professional. Even if your Jackshund has a short coat, they should still be brushed at least a few times per week. With all fur types, baths should only be performed when necessary. The rest of the maintenance requirements are the same as for any other breed. Ears should be cleaned and checked weekly and teeth should be brushed several times a week, at least two or three, unless you can do it every day. Nails will need to be trimmed regularly as well.

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

Jackshund Temperament

This adorable hybrid dog has a loving personality and overall are happy and alert, but can sometimes be stubborn. This breed is loving and quite social, which means that they will get very attached to their owners, although they can be suspicious of strangers. Because of this, they may not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They make great family pets and will be excellent around kids, especially when well socialized. The same goes for dogs and other household pets - they are well behaved when properly introduced. However, these dogs may have a high prey drive and could chase after small animals. They have a high tendency to roam, and should have a yard with a fence. They can also do well in apartments, as long as they get the proper amount of exercise daily. They are fairly suitable for owners who are new to owning a dog, but would probably do best with someone who is experienced. Despite their stubborn nature, they are moderately easy to train.

Jackshund Activity Requirements

This designer breed is lively and energetic but not does not have a high activity level. To ensure that your Jackshund is healthy and fit, they must be exercised for at least 30 to 45 minutes every day, which can be made up of a combination of several small walks and some play times in the yard. These dogs enjoy exercises such as hunting, performing tricks and racing. They are also suitable guard and watch dogs.

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

Jackshund Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Jackshund Owner Experiences

10 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Long walks
Lively energetic and fun great with grandchildren
1 week, 5 days ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Max is a rescue dog. He has settled well with us and is gaining confidence daily. He's a cheeky chap who loves cuddles he has made so much difference in our lives we have only had him in our lives for 6 months we look forward to the future with him
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Jack Daniels
5 Years
4 People
House & Yard
We rescued our Jackshund from an abusive owner, so he is quite aggressive with strangers, however is loving with the family. He is gentile with the baby and loves snuggling and sleeping, but also likes to play and run around. Although he is a short hair, he sheds quite a lot, however brushing weekly helps this. He has a bad back because of his Dachshund background, however a close eye and daily exercise helps with this.
4 months, 1 week ago
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