The Jackaranian, a cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and Pomeranian, is a friendly and lively little dog that makes an excellent family pet. It has a compact body with well-balanced head, flat skull, almond-shaped eyes, black nose, prick ears, and a high-set tail. Though a bit strong-willed by nature, the Jackaranian will fill your days with love and laughter if provided with the training and supervision it needs.
|Alternative Names||Jack-A-Ranian, Pom Jack, Pom-a-Jack, Jack Pom|
|Color||Black and brown, brindle, black and white, black, brown, cream, chocolate, brown and white, gray, golden, orange, silver, spotted, speckled|
|Height||About 10 inches|
|Temperament||Affectionate, alert, fun-loving|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DDKC, ACHC, DRA, IDCR|
Video: Jackaranian (Jack Russell-Pomeranian Mix) Playing
Temperament and Behavior
Jack-A-Ranians are a favorite among those who appreciate their entertaining antics, liveliness, portable stature, and bold personality. Devoted to their family members, these dogs thrive when they are with their people. They do not enjoy spending extended periods of time in the kennel or outdoors.
Owing to their terrier ancestry, Jackaranians can be suspicious of strangers and aggressive towards other animals, including cats. Jack Poms are patient with children, but they dislike being abused and handled roughly.
Since the Jackaranian has boundless energy, it needs 30-40 minutes of regular exercise. Off-leash play in a fenced yard in addition to long daily walks on a leash is recommended for burning off its abundant energy. It can learn tricks, play fetch, and run a flyball or agility course.
It needs one or two brushings per week to remove loose and dead hair. Moreover, occasional bathing helps keep its coat free of dirt as well as parasites. Other grooming care involves regular brushing of teeth and trimming of nails twice a month.
Pomeranian-Jack Russell mix dogs may be affected by Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, patellar luxation, allergies, hip dysplasia, deafness, glaucoma, and lens luxation.
Jackaranians, being stubborn by nature, are hard to train even for experienced handlers. The owner should remain calm and assertive while training his pet.
Leash Training: Keeping its chasing instinct in mind, you should teach your pet to walk on a leash. Start by letting him stand on your left with the leash attached to its neck. While holding several treats in front of its nose, walk in your desired direction. If your Jackaranian walks along at a smooth pace, praise and give it a treat. Stop immediately, if it moves to the side or pulls ahead. With regular practice, your dog will learn to walk without a lure.
Socialization: To lessen its aggression towards other pets, early socialization is important. Dog walks are an excellent way by which your Jackaranian puppy can meet other people and dogs. If it barks or behaves aggressively, do not shout or pull back on its leash since it will consider the event as a negative experience. You can distract your pet with a correction.
Dry kibble containing chicken, beef, or fish is ideal for your Jackaranian. It needs half to one cup of dry food per day to remain healthy.