Jack-A-Poo: A Complete Guide

Last Updated:

Dog, man’s best friend, whatever you want to call it, are some of the best creatures on this planet.

They are kind and loyal pets that will stand by your side through thick and thin, and be there for your highest of highs, and lowest of lows.

To bring a dog into your life is to bring a whole new personality and commitment to your everyday schedule. It’s not just a tail-wagging woof machine; it’s a representation of family and friendship.

The Jack-A-Poo is quite a new, fresh breed in the hybrid market, combining that of a Jack Russell Terrier and a Poodle.

Both the parent breeds of the Jack-A-Poo were hunting dogs and were meant for the retrieval of animals like ducks and foxes.

However, through domestication, they have evolved to become kind, loving and affectionate canines.

The Jack-A-Poo, while still having a small instinct for the hunt, will inherit these traits, and prove to be a great addition to any family.

In this guide, I will detail the necessary information for you to go out on your own, and purchase a Jack-A-Poo.

I will discuss price, maintenance, diet, exercise and a flurry of other things, to serve as the almanack in this 10-15 year quest you are readying yourself to venture on.

If the eccentric, affectionate and loving Jack-A-Poo sounds like a dog you may be interested, continue reading to learn more!

Jack-A-Poo: Before You Buy

A Jack A Poo running
The Jack-A-Poo is a loving and affectionate breed.

Before purchasing a Jack-A-Poo puppy, there’s a slew of things you need to determine before you bring it into your household.

These things include:

  • The amount of space you have in your house/apartment. You need to provide designated spaces for the Jack-A-Poo to play and rest comfortably. You don’t want to keep it cooped up and claustrophobic.
  • Your daily schedule. Dogs need socialization, and they need their owner to provide it for them. You need to determine the time you can dedicate to helping the dog assimilate into the world throughout the growing process. If you do not have ample time to prioritize a dog on your own, then it may not be the right time for you to get a puppy. However, if you have a family, and one member is at home most of the time, it will be fine.
  • Gender. You need to decide if you want a boy or a girl.
  • Colour. What’s your favourite colour? What colours does the Jack-A-Poo come in? All the things you need to know.
  • Spaying/Neutering. An important factor that you need to decide carefully.

How much is a Jack-A-Poo Puppy?

The Jack-A-Poo is an affordable dog and ideal for those on a budget.

It is estimated that you can purchase a Jack-A-Poo puppy for around $500-$600, which is considerably cheaper than the $1000+ price point of a Poodle and around the same as that of the Jack Russell Terrier.

The Jack-A-Poo is a  great alternative for those looking for a cheap designer-esque dog.

How Do I Find a Reputable Jack-A-Poo Breeder?

There’s a considerable amount of things you need to consider before purchasing from a breeder, as the actions of a breeder can affect the health and the life expectancy of your dog.

It is important to choose the right breeder in order to assure you are getting a professional quality and a happy, healthy dog.

Things you need to analyze when searching for a reputable breeder include:

  • The space in which the dog is raised. The dog needs to be kept in an environment with ample space to grow efficiently, play around and live comfortably.
  • How the breeder treats the dogs. The Jack-A-Poo, much like other canines, needs to be socialized from an early age. If the breeder does not provide this, the dog’s temperament will be anxious and destructive.
  • Knowledgeable. The breeder needs to know about the parent breeds of the Jack-A-Poo to breed this hybrid correctly. If the breeder appears to know nothing, it is most likely that the dog you are getting is not authentic.
  • Helps you out. The breeder needs to help you out with things such as equipment and any other needs and information to help the puppy grow.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Jack-A-Poo.

  1. The Jack-A-Poo is a hypoallergenic dog. This means that it is sensitive to those with allergies, and it barely sheds its hair.
  2. The Jack-A-Poo is known to be stubborn initially.
  3. The Jack-A-Poo loves to swim.

The Physical Traits of the Jack-A-Poo

A Jack A Poo enjoying a scratch
The Jack-A-Poo is a hypoallergenic dog.

Due to the Jack-A-Poo being a mixed breed, it can resemble that of both its parent breeds, with the superior similarities weighing down to the gene pool.

Often, the Jack-A-Poo has masculine legs and sturdy torso to assist it with jumping, while sporting a short to medium coat that can either be black, brown, blue, white or red.

They have oval-shaped, brown eyes along with a black nose, and always looks alert and full of expression.

They have medium-sized ears that fold over its flat face, as well as a long, straight tail.

How Big is a Full-Grown Jack-A-Poo?

The full size of a Jack-A-Poo just borderlines on a medium-sized breed, with it growing anywhere between 10-15 inches long.

This is smaller than the usual size of a poodle, but around the same as the Jack Russell Terrier, and overall is on the lower end of the scale of medium-sized breeds.

Its size signifies that it’s not quite a lap dog, but instead a slightly larger blanket of fur for snuggle times.

Weight-wise, it usually grows to around 25 pounds, making it a relatively easy dog to carry around if needed.

The male is usually the bigger of the genders, and it is important to watch the Jack-A-Poo around toddlers and babies for safety reasons.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Jack-A-Poo?

The Jack-A-Poo is expected to live a long 13-15 years, which is around the average for most medium-sized breeds.

This is similar to both the 10-15 year life expectancy of a Poodle and the 9-16 year lifespan of a Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack-A-Poo, however, tends to live longer as most hybrid dogs do.

Life expectancy can be altered depending on health, so it’s important to watch out for any possible illnesses.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioral Traits of the Jack-A-Poo

The Jack A Poo is a mix of the Jack Russell Terrier and a Poodle
The Jack-A-Poo’s both parent breeds are hunting dogs.

The Jack-A-Poo is an affectionate, alert, caring and calm dog that is always ready to play.

It is incredibly intelligent, and because of this, it can be stubborn during training, so frequent obedience trials need to be performed with positive reinforcement tactics such as snacks.

If provided with the right amount socialization early in its life, it can assimilate into households with kids of all ages, and a variety of different pets.

It is loving towards its owner and familiar faces, but initially wary of strangers, which makes it an effective guard dog.

It is important to keep it on a leash when outside because it has hunting instincts and will follow scents.

The Dietary Needs of the Jack-A-Poo

The Jack-A-Poo does not each a large amount of food per day, and as a result, is incredibly cheap to maintain. It will eat around 1 cup of food a day, resulting in around $20-$25 dollars a month.

It doesn’t tend to handle meats well, so it’s important to stick to a strict regime of dry dog foods for its needed nutrients.

How much exercise does the Jack-A-Poo need?

The Jack-A-Poo is an active dog and will need roughly around 45-60 minutes of physical activity per day.

This can include running, jogging, frisbee, fetch and various other games and activities. Walking wise, it will need anywhere between 8 miles and 9 miles a week.

Due to its size, it is adaptable to any living situation including an apartment, provided it is treated to ample exercise outside.

It is not sensitive to any particular weather, but make sure to keep it hydrated and stimulated during hot days. It is also recommended you buy it a sweater for the winter.

Obedience training and other mental activity will also improve its mood, and see its stubbornness decrease.

The health conditions and issues of the Jack-A-Poo

The Jack-A-Poo is prone to more health conditions and issues than most dogs its size. It important that you schedule regular trips to the vet for various x rays and check-ups.

Health concerns and issues include:

A Good Guard Dog?

It is important to analyze the physical and behavioural traits of the Jack-A-Poo to decide its worth as a guard dog.

The physical traits of the Jack-A-Poo do not support its ability to protect you well. The Jack-A-Poo is a small dog with an average height of only 10 to 15 inches.

Similarly, this dog also weighs very less at an average of around 25 pounds, which is far less than what most dogs weigh.

Though muscular, the legs of the Jack-A-Poo are also very small which can hinder its ability to run fast after a potential intruder.

Combined, these physical traits make the Jack-A-Poo look approachable and non-threatening in every way which is why this dog is highly unlikely to scare away an intruder.

This dog is very affectionate and loving, and with the right amount of socialization, it gets along with most people which again makes it less than ideal as a guard dog.

However, the Jack-A-Poo is unquestionably a very intelligent breed of dogs and is initially wary of strangers, and both of these traits make it a little capable as a guard dog.

In addition to this, this dog has very strong hunting instincts and can help find an intruder hidden nearby.

Another personality trait of the Jack-A-Poo that makes it slightly suitable as a guard dog is its fierce and unwavering loyalty.

This dog will protect you in every danger and stand by you through thick and thin.

However, due to its small stature and limited physical abilities, despite its desire to protect you from an attack, the most this dog can do is bark to alert you of an uninvited arrival.

Afterwards, you will have to take things in your own hands which is why the Jack-A-Poo cannot act as a good guard dog.

Jack-A-Poo ConclusionA small black and white Jack A Poo

Overall, the Jack-A-Poo is a great dog for those with allergies and those with families.

It may pose a bit of a challenge for first-time dog owners, but with persistence, dedication, and socialization, the Jack-A-Poo has the potential to be the best of medium-sized companions.

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3