The Jack-A-Poo has been developed by crossing the Jack Russell Terrier and the Toy or Miniature Poodle. This designer dog has a muzzle of medium length, curled (or docked) tail and a long, curly coat. Having gained a lot of popularity in the United States in the recent years, this breed has a variety of names recognized by the different Kennel Clubs. Inheriting the intelligence of both its parents, the Jack-A-Poo is a pleasant natured dog with a soothing temperament.
|Other Names||Jack-A-Doodle, Jackadoodle, Poo-Jack, Jackapoo, Jack A Poo|
|Coat||Straight, curly, coarse, fluffy, short|
|Color||White with tan or black marks, black, brown, brown and white, chocolate, golden, gray, blue|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer dog|
|Lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Weight||14 to 25 pounds|
|Height||10 to 16 inches|
|Temperament||Energetic, Intelligent, Smart, Outgoing|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||Emits a high pitched bark on seeing strangers|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, IDCR, DBR|
This recent breed was designed with the intention of creating a family dog. In 2009, it attained recognition from the International Designer Canine Association, which also began recording the registration for it. However, the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club is yet to recognize this breed. The different names that have been registered by various kennel clubs are as follows:
American Canine Hybrid Club: Jack A Poo
International Designer Canine Registry: Jackapoo
Designer Dogs Kennel Club: Jack-a-Poo
Designer Breed Registry: Jack A Poo
This Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle mix have a blend of the temperament of both parents. Having inherited the high energy levels of the Jack Russell Terrier, these dogs are extremely active. They are perfect family dogs, getting along well with children and elderly people. The Jackapoos with a gentle disposition mingles well with other dogs though it is not advisable to keep them in a family having other pets as well.
Their trait of emitting a high pitched bark whenever a stranger is at the door makes them act effectively as a doorbell, warning their owners of the unknown person. They enjoy being cuddled in the lap of their owners, a trait that they partially inherit from the Jack Russell Terrier. They are also very curious about things, alert and love to keep their family members entertained and amused.
This intelligent breed is easy to train when taken up by a firm tactful trainer who has perfect control over them, preventing them from being the masters. It can grasp tricks or commands with great efficiency. Proper socialization and obedience training will help them get along well with strangers.The chewing habit seen in Jackapoo puppies should be corrected to prevent further destruction. Incorporation of rewards or incentives in the form of food will help in boosting their energy, making them respond well to training.
It is required to feed the Jackapoo three-fourth to one and a half cup of dry dog food on a regular basis to give them adequate nutrition. Give them a diet that is rich in protein as it will help them in gaining the energy they have lost because of their intense activity.