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Jackapoos are one of the most adorable small dog breeds. They are a mixed breed of Jack Russell terriers and miniature or toy poodles. They have a stubborn streak but they are also intelligent, so they can be pretty easy to train. Both puppy and adult Jackapoos are high-energy dogs and due to this high energy level, they need regular exercise or a good amount of playtime. These dogs are good with children and require very low grooming and maintenance. Weekly brushing of their coat is enough and they shed a very low amount too. A Jackapoo puppy can have either a coarse or curly coat inherited from its parents. The dog breed is a rather healthy one, but you should look out for some health issues, like skin disorders, Von Willebrand's disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye-related problems, and more. So keep reading to know more about this adorable dog breed!

Read on to find more about the Jackapoo, and if you like this article, then check out these toy poodle and miniture poodle facts too.

Fun Jackapoo Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?

Small animals

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

13-25 lb (5.9-11.3 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

10-16 in (25.4-40.6 cm)

What do they look like?

Black, brown, golden, white, gray, chocolate

Skin Type


What were their main threats?

Injuries And Diseases

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?



All Around The World Except Antarctica









Jackapoo Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Jackapoo?

The Jackapoo is a mixed breed of dog.

What class of animal does a Jackapoo belong to?

The Jackapoo belongs to the class Mammalia of animals.

How many Jackapooa are there in the world?

Jackapoos are domestic dogs that live as pets in households. They are widely bred around the world in households by specialized breeders. They are also a new breed of dog that was first bred only a few decades ago, like the Basenji dog. Therefore, the breed is still developing and that's why keeping a track of the numbers of their population is currently quite difficult.

Where does a Jackapoo live?

Even though the origin story of the Jackapoo is not known, some parts can be guessed and it tells us that these dogs probably originated in the United States. They were part of a trend where many breeders were trying to create new poodle mix breeds. The Jackapoo was a success and it caught the eye of many dog lovers and they now live as pets in many parts of the world, except Antarctica.

What is a Jackapoo's habitat?

The Jackapoo is a mixed breed of the Jack Russell terrier and the poodle. Both the parent breeds are domestic dogs and Jackapoo dogs were also first bred with the same intention. Jackapoos needed to be the kind of dogs that could live as pets, and they have lived since then as pets in households. They live worldwide today in households.

Who do Jackapoos live with?

The parent breeds of the Jackapoo, the Jack Russell terrier, and the poodle both are domestic dogs and so is the Jackapoo. Jackapoos were first bred only about two to three decades ago and they have since been living with their owners. They can also live with other animals and are also not aggressive towards strangers if training is done from an early age.

How long does a Jackapoo live?

A Jackapoo lives for about 12-15 years if they are healthy. They are small dogs, and small dogs usually live longer than large dogs. As the breed is a mixed breed, the Jackapoo doesn't have many diseases associated with the breed. Still, you should keep an eye out for a few diseases because the breeding process is still undergoing development for this new breed. They might inherit a few health issues from their parent breeds, such as eye diseases, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, Addison's disease, skin disorders, bloat, epilepsy and more. You should check your dog with the vet often to catch any of these potential health problems early.

How do they reproduce?

These dogs are a relatively new breed that is bred by breeders. If you decide to breed them, then you should keep some things in mind. Breeders should always check if the parents have any diseases. They should not take them for breeding if they have any diseases as the puppies can inherit these. Then breeders should check if the parents have any temperament issues that the new dogs might inherit too. The parents should not be taken for breeding until they are at least two years of age and females should only be taken for breeding once they have had at least three to four heat cycles. After mating, the gestation period is about 63 days for these dogs. As the dog breed is new, their litter size is still not known, but the average litter size of a Jack Russell terrier is six puppies and the average litter size of a poodle is about seven puppies. Hence, we can assume that the litter size of a Jackapoo would also be between six and seven puppies.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Jackapoo is Not Evaluated under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List. These dogs are loved by many people and they are also not facing any grave threats to their population.

Jackapoo Fun Facts

What do Jackapoos look like?

The breeding of the Jackapoo has not been perfected yet, so their appearance is still dependent on whether the Jackapoo puppy will inherit more characteristics from the Jack Russell or the poodle. They do have some generalized features though. They have slightly muscular bodies, and wide medium-sized muzzles on their head along with ears that are hung around the sides of their faces. They have oval or almond-shaped eyes that are quite dark. Their coat is short to medium in length and can be either curly (inherited from the poodle) or coarse (inherited from the Jack Russell terrier). Coats of dogs of this breed can be of various colors including black, tan, white, brown, golden, chocolate, gray, and sometimes mixes of these colors. These dogs are usually small to medium-sized.

Jackapoos have a coarse or curly coat and low shedding habit.

How cute are they?

These dogs are extremely cute. These small dogs with hair covering their faces and medium-length tails can win your heart when they run around the house or your backyard. They are also loving, lively, loyal, and cheerful. They are friendly and can get on well with children too. All in all, their behavior adds to their cuteness and makes them even more adorable!

How do they communicate?

All dogs communicate in two different manners: through body language and vocally. All these dogs have some similar traits that they show physically when they are trying to express something through their body language. For example, if your dog is standing straight or tilting towards the front with strong paws and a straightened tail while barking, the chances are that your dog is being territorial or defensive towards something. If your dog is crouching with its tail tugged behind and growling in a low voice looking towards someone or something, the chances are your dog is fearful and might be getting ready to fight. Other than these, dogs also communicate vocally and owners need to understand the different growls or barks their dogs make for their different needs. Jackapoos bark more than most dogs, but these barks can have a few meanings. They can bark to alert you about a stranger or a threat, to tell you that they are hungry or bored, or for many other reasons.

How big is a Jackapoo?

The size of Jackapoos depends on whether Jack Russell terriers are bred with miniature poodles or toy poodles, but in general, their height is about 10-16 in (25.4-40.6 cm) when they are standing. When compared with Chihuahuas, one of the smallest dog breeds, Jackapoos are twice their size. Chihuahuas stand about 5-8 in (12.7-20.3 cm) tall.

How fast can a Jackapoo run?

The exact running speed of the Jackapoo is not known, but we can guess their speed by their parent breeds. The Jack Russell terrier is a fast dog compared to its small size. It can run at a speed of 30 mph (48.3 kph). The poodle is also another breed of dog that is fast and the miniature and standard poodle breeds both run at the same speed as the Jack Russell terrier. Toy poodles run a little slower, so we can assume that the Jackapoo can also run at a speed of more or less 30 mph (48.3 kph).

How much does a Jackapoo weigh?

The Jackapoo is a small to medium-sized dog. It weighs only about 13-25 lb (5.9-11.3 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

Males of the species are called 'dogs' and females of the species are called 'bitches'.

What would you call a baby Jackapoo?

The baby of any dog is called a 'puppy' or 'puppies'. Hence, the baby of a Jackapoo would be called a Jackapoo puppy.

What do they eat?

The food habits of any dog depend on many factors such as age, size, and energy level. The food habits of your dog, like the amount of food and the number of times it should be given, will change in accordance with their age. It changes when they enter into adulthood from their puppy phase, and then changes again when they enter into the senior phase from adulthood. For example, at 12 weeks old a Jaakpoo puppy should be eating between 2.6-6.3 oz (75-179 g) of food. The Jackapoo is a small to medium-sized dog similar to Schnoodles, so the amount of food that they need should be given according to their size. They have a high energy level, so require a high amount of activity for better physical and mental stimulation, the amount of food will also depend on that. They can be given either commercial or tailor-made food as suggested by your vet. If you're giving your dog commercial food, then always opt for high-quality food if you can. Their food should be properly balanced with all kinds of nutrients.

Are they dangerous?

Jackapoos are not dangerous at all. They are rather friendly, lively, good-natured just like Shih Poos. They can be wary of strangers, both humans and animals alike, but with proper training from a young age, this can be dealt with. They have great energy, which means they can be very lively and they are also very fun around children so they do rather well in families. They don't express an aggressive nature at all.

Are they slobbery?

These dogs are not slobbery at all. They drool sometimes, such as when they are around food or when it's a hot day outside. They also don't shed much, a characteristic which they get from the poodle. Poodles are hypoallergenic, which means they have low drooling and low shedding to non-existent shedding habits. Jackapoos only shed occasionally and don't slobber at all. They are hypoallergenic and require less grooming than many other dog breeds. In terms of grooming a Jackapoo requires frequent trimming and de-matting.

Would they make a good pet?

They can make excellent pets. They are an intelligent breed with loyal, loving, lively, and energetic traits. They don't require much grooming and are low maintenance too. They only need to be brushed once a week and bathing them should be done according to what your vet recommends (normally a Jackapoo is showered or washed once every month). If proper training is done from a young age, they can get on well with other dogs and children of the house too. Their high energy levels require proper daily exercise and playtime. They are also easy to train as they are an intelligent breed, so obedience training is relatively easily done with them. All in all, they can make great pets along with other family dogs like the Chug dog.

Did you know...

This Jack Russell terrier-poodle mix is known by many other names, like, Jack-a-poodle, Jack-a-doodle, Jackadoodle, Jack-a-poo, poo-Jack, and more.

The Jackapoo got its name on the designer breed registry by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and it's also recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club. The popularity of these dogs is at a medium level currently.

Do Jackapoos bark a lot?

Jackapoos have a habit of barking a lot, but their barks can mean different things. They bark when they are wary of strangers, or when they are defensive of their living space, so they can be good guards or watchdogs. They also bark when they are angry or when they are bored and are not getting enough daily exercise or mental stimulation. Dog owners should get accustomed to the different barks of the dog and learn how to help their dog when he or she barks.

How big does a Jack-a-poo get?

The size of a Jackapoo depends on whether their parent breed includes a toy poodle or a miniature poodle. A toy poodle and Jack Russell terrier mix can be shorter than a miniature poodle and Jack Russell terrier mix. The Jackapoo grows to about 10-16 in (25.4-40.6 cm) tall in terms of height and is between 13-25 lb (5.9-11.3 kg) in terms of weight on average.

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Moumita Dutta

Moumita is a multilingual content writer and editor. She has a PostGraduate Diploma in sports management, which enhanced her sports journalism skills, as well as a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's good at writing about sports and sporting heroes. Moumita has worked with many soccer teams and produced match reports, and sports is her primary passion.

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