By Jags Goldie Last updated: 18th October 2022



Jags Goldie
Last updated: 18th October 2022

The Jackabee is a small-sized breed, produced by crossing between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Beagle. Although its appearance and traits vary from one another, it usually resembles its terrier parent but has a beagle face. Characterized by a muscular body with patches and a long tail, the ears of the Jackabee can be big and floppy or short and straight like the terrier.

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Quick Information

Other namesJack Russell terrier-beagle mix, jack-a-bee
CoatThin, coarse, smooth with no undercoat
ColorWhite or cream with tan, black, and red spot
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedHounding, terrier
Life span12-16 years
Weight18-35 lbs (8.16-15.9 kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 15 inches on average
TemperamentAffectionate, intelligent, alert, loyal
Good with ChildrenYes
Country of OriginUnited States of America
Competitive RegistrationIDCR, DRA, DDKC, ACHC

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Temperament and Behavior

Being loving, friendly, and faithful by nature, it enjoys human attention and loves to spend time with its family. This family pet is good with small kids as well as other pets, acting as a great playmate. However, the dog may show anxiety and shyness around strangers, which can be taken care of by properly training your pet in its puppyhood. Predominantly a sweet-natured dog, it may sometimes exhibit signs of aggression, especially if it is scared. Due to its active and alert disposition, it does a great job as a watchdog alerting its owners. They have a keen sense of smell and sniff a lot to follow the source of the scent.



Since it is naturally active and playful, this breed may get destructive if not exercised well. Take him out for a long, brisk walk every day, but do ensure to keep it on a leash It requires plenty of mental as well as physical stimulation to remain calm and happy.  Take your pet out for a long, brisk walk every day, but do ensure to keep it on a leash. It loves to run fast, as also to jump high up in the air, and so requires enough room in the form of large fenced yards to play and run freely.


Although minimal care is needed to maintain its upkeep, you should brush its coat regularly to remove dead hairs. Occasional bathing is recommended to keep the fur clean and hygienic.

Health Problems

Even though a healthy breed, the beagle-jack russell mix is known to suffer from specific allergic reactions including nasal allergies, itchy skin, and red, itchy, watery eyes.


Because of its high intelligence, the jackabee is capable of learning the commands quickly. However, its stubborn and independent nature is hard to deal with, requiring firm, patient, and consistent training methods. Since it has an inherent hunting instinct, introducing the puppies to obedience training methods as well as establishing authority over them is essential. Socialization and potty training are equally essential to curb any unwanted behavior in the future.


Provide it with one and a half to two cups of preservative-free, organic dry kibble regularly. Few occasional treats such as baby carrots, sweet potato chews, and other snacks, including tuna and salmon, can be added to its diet. But be sure to check its daily calorie intake.

Interesting Facts

  • Agile and alert, the Jackabee performs well in tasks like hunting, sighting, and showing tricks.
  • It easily gets distracted and may run after smaller animals, if unleashed outdoors.
  • Some jackabees bark loudly, resembling the characteristic howl of a beagle.

34 responses to “Jack-A-Bee”

  1. Herman says:

    I want a Jack-A-Bee puppy please.
    Cel: 084 444 8150

  2. Brenda Miller says:

    Looking for a Jack-A-Bee pup. My first dog ever was a jack a bee and I LOVED her. Looking to raise another. Any help finding a breeder in Michigan would be great!

  3. Paula Jonack says:

    Looking for a small jackabee 6 to 10 weeks old female

  4. cinni says:

    Jack-A-Bee is NOT a breed. It is a mutt.

    There is nothing wrong with mutts. But please stop pretending they are a special breed. They are not.

    People intentionally breeding crosses like this are taking advantage of ignorant people who prize novelty over health history, genetic soundness, and quality breeding.

    • Campbell says:

      A Jack-A-Bee is a type of breed. It is a mix between a Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle. If you say that Jack-A-Bee’s are not a breed that’s like saying a Cockapoo or Pomapoo aren’t breeds. Like what? A Cockapoo is a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. And a Pomapoo is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Poodle. Like why are they not a breed then? They are let me make it simple for you. A Jack-A-Bee is a cross between ONLY 2 breeds and those are a Jack Russell Terrier and a Beagle. A mutt you don’t know what breeds make up their genetics. Purebred dogs have parents that are both of the same breeds. For example, the father is pure poodle, and the mother is pure poodle. Crossbred dogs have 2 purebredsparents, but they are of different breeds. For example, if the father is pure Yorkshire Terrier, and the mother is pure poodle, the puppies will be a cross between the two, a Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle or a Yorkiepoo. Crossbred dogs can also have one parent that is purebred and the other that is crossbred. For example, if the father is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle and the mother is a purebred poodle, the puppies are still a cross of just two breeds, Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle aka a Yorkiepoo and are still considered crossbred. Mixed breed dogs, or mutts, have MORE THAN 2 breeds in their genetic make-up, sometimes even more than 3 or 4. For example, if the father is a cross between a Labrador and poodle and the mother is a German shepherd, the puppies have more than two breeds in their makeup (Labrador/Poodle/German Shepherd) and are considered a mixed breed. So Jack-A-Bee’s are considered a crossbreed of a Jack Russell Terrier and a Beagle also called a Jack-A-Bee. My mother is a veterinarian so I know what I’m talking about. And we also used to own a Jack-A-Bee.
      Good Day.

  5. wanda wright says:

    my jackabee is 4 years old. we have had her for 3 years now. she sleeps 3/4 of the day and night. is that normal.

  6. Ken Crowley says:

    We have a beautiful beagle cross with Jack Russell ,he was our 1st puppy I’d never grown so close to another puppy as much as Charlie he was like semi human he’d wake us up in the am licking my partners eyelids and refused to leave the bed excerpt to use him training matts , even didn’t have his breakfast till my Ciara got up Charlie lay beside her . He was knockdown killed on the spot , the lowlife wouldn’t stop

  7. Kim Kochheiser says:

    I just rescued my sweet jackabee a month ago, she is the sweetest lil girl and loves my pit bull and kitty. They play very well together, she showers me with kisses every morning, great watch dog, my pittie hardly ever barks so I like that she will bark. She’s a great addition to our home 🙂

  8. wendy bertrand says:

    Yes these type of dogs needs lots and lots of chewing toy!!!!!!!

    • Len Robinson says:

      I’ve read that in a lot of places. I guess we got the exception that proves the rule. We’ve tried and tried and our sweet little jackabee could care less about chew toys or any other type of toy. She’ll “stalk” anything living thing that moves (including several deer last week who appeared in our neighbor’s yard) but if it ain’t breathing, she ain’t caring about it lol.

    • Alice Carter says:

      Regarding chewing: Lucy Too is 4 1/2 years old and chews so much we have had to use “aggressive chew” toys for much larger stronger dogs.
      Remember that dogs burn energy two ways. Exercising and play or chewing. Our dog loves to fetch the ball also. Hope this is helpful.

  9. Denny Groves says:

    Searching for a small female jackabee puppy. Prefer 6 to 10 weeks old so I can bring her up myself. I live in Michigan near the Ohio line. Text 517-398-1511

  10. Sandra Treen says:

    I have a 1 and 1 year old Jack-a-Bee. Love her to death. She is training to be my service dog. I got her when she was 10 weeks old from the pound, somebody set her out next to a road and left her. She is very loving and loves the grandkids when they are around. We have noticed though that she has seperation anxiety with me. If I go somewheres and my husband is home with her he says she cries like a baby while Im gone. So that is something I have to work on since Im having knee surgery late March. I would not take anything in the world for my baby.

  11. Lynsey Mcclure says:

    I have a 4 year old jackabee named Iris! Her father was a jack russel & her mother is a beagle. She is the most loving, selfless little creature. Shes very welcoming when i come home, jumping on me and trying to get to my face to slop it up with kisses. Not to mention her little almost there hound dog squeals. She is very social and friendly with other dogs, shes always licking and loving on her jackabee brother & her beagle mother. I cant go anywhere without her! she is always at my heels, which is good because i am a type 1 diabetic and if i pass out she can always alert somebody. she is sensitive to bad energy (such as yelling, loud noises) though, as i think any dog would be. she is always calm and she helps stop my psychotic episodes before they get out of hand. i highly recommend this breed, they truly are a family pup.

  12. Fiona Tough says:

    Had my jackabee for a year and she wakes me up when I am having a hypo, we never trained her to do this she just does, my little life saver, love her so much knowing the poor wee thing has been bred twice and she is only 2-3 years old

  13. Beverly Lampack says:

    I just adopted a one year old jackobee. she was passed around in 3 different homes and kept chained and crated mostly. she is loving but bites if I try to control her. not hart biting but nipping . I want to keep this poor girl as she has had it rough. she is spayed . How can I, retired 81 yr old woman , help her to be a delight as a pet.

    • Kat Francl says:

      We took on a Jackabee 4 years ago when he was 3, we are his 4th owners. He was a biter and that took a while to get under control, we had to be firm but loving. Our boy, we found out had been physically abused by the first owner. He was emotionally neglected by the second owner and the 3rd owner had no time for him. It takes time for the Jackabee who has been in a lot of homes to come to trust. Make your home a safe haven for her. Re assure her every chance you get. Make sure she has toys that she can chew on and encourage her to use her chewy toys when she is frustrated. Like a child we had to create a doggie time out corner when ours would misbehave. He has to go to this space and lay down and stay until he is calm.
      With time she will come to trust you. Lots of attention and love is required.

  14. Beth says:

    We just adopted Milo, 4 1/2 month old jackabee, and he has been nothing but a delight! Aside from the corner of the arm of my couch, a few charging cords (unplugged when he found them), and of course the few piddles in the house, he makes puppyhood very easy. From what I can see in the 2 weeks that we have had him, mastering 4 commands, answering when his name is called (we changed his name from Murphy to Milo when we adopted him), perfect on a leash, extremely loveable and gentle, very friendly, and now pretty much house broken. This article is surely on point. He will be trained as a service dog for my 7 year old autistic son, as he responds so well to dogs specifically, and will be a boyhood/family dog for both my oldest and my youngest who is 2. Both of which he loves sitting next to while they play and he chews on his bone.

  15. Aaron says:

    I adopted a jackabee. I named her Arya after Arya Stark from Game of thrones. She is 9 months old. This article is very accurate. She is very smart but she has separation anxiety. Very affectionate and playful. She is by far the best dog I’ve ever owned even though she tore up my couch and chews on everything.

  16. Monica Knight says:

    Our Beagle just had EIGHT Jackabee pups this morning! This should be an adventure!

  17. Chad R says:

    I have a Jackabee named Angel (~23 lbs as an adult) She was found at an animal shelter at around 9 months old. She was picked out bc she could jump so high. Hyper in her early years for sure. She’s since calmed down…so smart and loyal. She’s hyper when you want her to be and calm when you want her to be. Full of energy and eager to please, she’s a sweet, loving dog who NEVER barks. Okay, maybe three times I’ve heard her bark. Great around kids, strangers and other pets.
    One time I brought her to a friend’s house with nine five-month-old kittens. When Angel hopped out of the car, she spotted the kittens and took off. About half, the ones she chased, darted toward the woods, but she couldn’t catch them. The other half stayed by the house with their mom. Angel ran up to them a sniffed…that’s it. She wouldn’t hurt another animal unless it truly threatened her. But she’ll chase anything.

  18. Roberta says:

    Ours is a female and we rescued her almost two years ago. Her owner died and the daughter took her, but she was in a crate about 20 hours a day. She first went to another family who found her too active for their older dog, so we were next in line. She has been a wonderful dog and was lost when her “sister” passed away six months ago. We are the ones blessed to have this dog in our lives.

  19. Kandy says:

    I have a male Jackabee that my Autistic son and I rescued. I have severe Anxiety with panic attacks that make me pass out. My Jack can sense when I have one coming on even in my sleep and will alert me so as I can take my meds. He isn’t just a family pet in our home. He is a member of our family

    • Aaron says:

      How are they with seizures? My son has seizures and I didn’t know this breed could sense certain things

  20. Gary Patnode says:

    I got mine 9 months ago and he has destroyed $200 of shoes but we still love them. I suggest you get one they are very playful and energetic ares even earned the name Rat dog

  21. Tyler says:

    I found mine 7 years ago and she’s such an awesome and smart dog I love her. This article is on point with the stubbornness thing though and the selective deafness type thing. They push the limits just like little kids

  22. Toni Koopmeiners says:

    I got a Jackabea when she was 8 weeks old. Cutest pup! Her litter mate looked to all tan beagle. Mother was all white terrier. I had her sleep up by my head because she was so small. By the time she was 3 months old she would wake me up if my blood sugar would drop. She just turned 2 and she sleeps on bed and if my blood sugar drops she will shake the bed to wake me. She is a wonderful dog for me and extremely smart.

    • Chris Wall says:

      We rescued a male Jackabee almost two years ago now. They told us he was 11 months old when we first got him, but about a month later, they sent us updated information, telling us he was only five months old. Given how much he’d grown, we figured he couldn’t have been 11 months old.

      Your post caught my attention because I’m a Type 1 diabetic as well, and I get the benefit of a dog that can identify when your blood sugar level drops. That’s pretty cool.

      Barkley, our Jackabee, is an incredible jumper! Here he is jumping over a 42-inch high fence at the dogpark (without even touching it!!!):

      And here he is (with my other pup, a raggle, or rat terrier / beagle mix) jumping up into a tree…. Watch the fourth jump!

    • Fiona Tough says:

      Had my jackabee for a year and she wakes me up when I am having a hypo, we never trained her to do this she just does, my little life saver, love her so much knowing the poor wee thing has been bred twice and she is only 2-3 years old

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