The Cocker Jack: A Complete Guide

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A Cocker Jack is a hybrid breed that has seen the Cocker Spaniel and Jack Russell being brought together to produce a breed that is not only full of fun but is also exceptionally cute.

It just seems as if this is a hybrid breed that is the result of the two perfect breeds being brought together.

However, as it is still viewed as being a relatively new breed, then there will probably be a lot about them that you do not know.

At this point, there is no real certainty as to when this breed first appeared.

Both of the breeds that make up the Cocker Jack have been around for some time, so it is surprising that it took such a long time for both to be put together in this way.

Also, people generally know very little about the breed, but that is where our complete guide is going to prove to be quite useful.

It is our intention to be able to educate you on all of the different aspects of the needs and requirements for this breed, to then allow you to provide them with the life they want.

That being said, we are going to start our complete guide to the Cocker Jack by looking at something a bit closer to home, you.

Cocker Jack Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Cocker Jack jumping over a fence
The Cocker Jack is full of energy and fun.

Prior to going ahead and getting your puppy, there are a number of things that we want you to think about.

However, you must also turn the spotlight onto yourself simply because it will be important for you to be honest with your ability to look after a dog.

Even though a Cocker Jack is not a breed of dog that will require constant attention, you do still need to be able to answer various questions before you take ownership.

You should also think carefully about them throughout the out guide as we will cover so many of the answers that you are searching for.

Questions such as the following should be on your mind:

  • Have you ever owned a dog before?
  • Do you know the needs and requirements of a Cocker Jack?
  • Are you able to meet those needs?
  • Have you ever previously trained a dog?

As we said, you need to be honest with yourself because the future life of your puppy is going to be at stake.

What Price are Cocker Jack Puppies?

Perhaps though, we can begin by looking at the price that you should be paying for a Cocker Jack puppy. However, there will be some variation in what you need to pay.

As with any breed, their price varies depending on their pedigree. The better it is, then the higher the price.

Also, the price does vary not only from country to country but also within the same country. There are areas where a breed is more popular than others, so that does change the price.

That being said, the average price you should be paying for Cocker Jack puppies in the United States is somewhere in the region of $700, but that does depend on where you are in the country.

In the United Kingdom, you would be expecting to pay around £800 for a puppy. A non-KC breeder could sell them for substantially less, so do keep that in mind.

How to Find Reputable Cocker Jack Breeders?

The key here is in finding a reputable Cocker Jack breeder, but thankfully there are several things that you can do to make this a whole lot easier.

Of course, you should begin with the Kennel Club and Dog Breeder’s Association in your country as they can be a wonderful resource.

They will tend to have lists of breeders that they view as being responsible and meeting their standards, so that is a great place to start.

Also, check out groups dedicated to the breed. Those owners that love the breed will only be too happy to point you in the right direction of a breeder that you can trust.

3 Little-Known Facts About Cocker Jack Puppies

There are so many cool things to know about Cocker Jack puppies, but we have decided to limit this to only three different facts.

The intention is that it will provide you with a better sense of what this breed is all about.

  • They will fall in love with your lap

The surprising thing about the Cocker Jack is that they are full of life and energy until you sit down.

They are going to fall in love with your lap, but then having this cute dog snuggle up to you is hardly a bad thing.

  • Be careful of their digging

This breed does have a naughty side to its nature, and one of the ways in which this naughty side comes out is thanks to their love of digging.

They need to be able to get out into a yard but check for holes or they will dig like crazy.

  • That cute look is not all as it seems

So, we now that the Cocker Jack is cute, but do not fall victim because this is a breed of dog that can have a real stubborn side to them as well.

Keep this in mind when it comes to trying to train them

Physical Traits of the Cocker Jack

A light brown Cocker Jack laying on the floor
The Cocker Jack is a wonderful hybrid breed.

The Cocker Jack is not the biggest of dogs. Also, it does come across as being a very real blend between the Cocker Spaniel and Jack Russell.

The only problem is that one dog will have more traits from one parent, and as both breeds are different from one another, then you can have two dogs in the same litter that has a slightly different appearance.

Some will have more of a spaniel look complete with those floppy ears and fluffy tail. Others will be more akin to the Jack Russell, so you have shorter hair and a straight tail.

There will be other differences, but that just adds something even cooler about the breed in general.

No matter which parent has the most input, you will generally find that they have a roundish head with a long muzzle.

They will also have large, oval eyes with a tendency for there to be a dark rim surrounding them.

Their body is always very strong and sturdy with short legs. Their paws are also quite small in size and, once again, this does not vary depending on the main breed.

You should also brush them weekly. Their teeth should be cleaned on a regular basis as well, but start this when they are a puppy to make your life easier.

How Big is a Full-Grown Cocker Jack?

A full-grown Cocker Jack is going to vary between 12 to 14 inches in height.

This means that there is not a lot of scope for there to be a difference between males and female although the male will often be ever so slightly larger.

For their weight, then they can be anywhere between 15 to 25lbs, and the male will still tend to be the heaviest out of the two.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Cocker Jack?

The life expectancy of the Cocker Jack is slightly above average for a dog of this size.

A number of them will live until they are 14 or so, and some can be older depending on the way in which you care for them throughout their life.

Thankfully, we are going to help you with all of this through the remainder of our complete guide.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Cocker Jack

The first thing to say in his section is that a Cocker Jack is going to be so full of fun and mischief that you cannot help but love them for it.

They will also try to test your patience, but it will be in a playful way rather than anything else.

They are cute and super affectionate, which is why they love getting up onto your lap at any opportunity. Their energy is infectious, and they will always want to explore anywhere that they can.

They are undoubtedly intelligent, which can be seen best when it comes to training them.

They should be very easy to train but do only work with them for a short period of time at first because a young puppy can easily lose their focus.

Overall, there is little chance of you not liking or enjoying the personality and temperament of a Cocker Jack.

They might be slightly wary of strangers, which does not make them out to be the best guard dog, but for a loving companion then they are the best.

The Cocker Jack’s Diet

A close up of a Cocker Jack's face
The Cocker Jack is a loyal companion.

The diet for the Cocker Jack is going to be relatively simple as they are not the kind of dog that requires a substantial amount of food. You are looking at around one cup of Kibble per day.

However, this is something that you need to work your way down as a puppy is going to require more than that.

If you have gone to a reputable breeder, then they should provide you with details as to what they are eating and how often. If you have that, then stick to it.

As they have a lot of energy, you need to make sure that they get the correct nutrients.

Avoid cheap food that is bulked up with useless ingredients, and focus on getting quality food that is suitable for their needs.

You can consider giving them some fish or lean meat that you are cooking, but they do at least get the correct nutrients in their dry food.

Keep snacks to a minimum, and do not leave food lying out there or else they will nibble away all day.

How Much Exercise Does a Cocker Jack Need?

As we have said time and time again, the Cocker Jack has a lot of energy, so you need to provide them with around 90 minutes of exercise per day.

This is going to primarily be a long walk, but add some variation as they do love to explore and you need to give them something new to check out.

They do love to have a yard or back garden to play in, but it has to be well sealed in due to that digging ability mentioned elsewhere.

You do also need to entertain them because they can get bored.

Cocker Jack Health and Conditions

Even though the number of different health concerns that are linked to the Cocker Jack is few and far between, that doesn’t mean that they are immune to it all.

There are still several conditions that you need to pay attention to.

When you contact the breeder, you might want to ask them about the parents and whether or not they have been checked for these diseases or conditions.

So, the conditions to look out for are as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
  • Epilepsy

Furthermore, they can also suffer from allergies as well as other normal infections and conditions that can affect all dogs.

My Final Thoughts on the Cocker JackA small Cocker Jack looking up at you

The aim of this complete guide is to help you to look beyond the cuteness that surrounds the Cocker Jack, and to see that this is a wonderful hybrid breed that will show you a huge amount of love on a daily basis.

These guys are cheeky, full of energy and fun, but will be loyal companions that will just adore snuggling up to you whenever they have the opportunity to do so.

The only thing to look out for is that they can dig some impressive holes, and they are also slightly reserved with strangers.

Overall, the Cocker Jack is an absolute pleasure to own, and with them not suffering from too many diseases in their life, then it just gives you something less to worry about.

So, if you want that loyal companion, then this is a breed that we do recommend.

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