The Jack-A-Ranian dog is a cross breed between the Pomeranian and the small Jack Russell Terrier. These fun dogs are sweet and playful and human contact is very important to this particular breed. This dog is a dog that likes to please its owner and will mostly show its loving side. They do have the tendency to be overly protective of their human family, which will result in them barking and jumping when they sense danger or see someone or something unfamiliar approaching. They are energetic dogs and like to run about, but as soon as they have had a bit of exercise they are likely to fall asleep.
The Jack-A-Ranian usually takes after its Jack Russell Terrier parent in appearance. It has a short thick double coat that comes in a variety of colors, the most common ones being white, black, brown, orange, red, silver, gray, or a mix of the above. It has well-proportioned body with pointy ears. The Jack-A-Ranian’s eyes are dark and oval shaped. Overall, this is a healthy sturdy dog with a muscular and well-defined body.
The average Jack-A-Ranian will live on average for between 13-15 years if healthy.
The Jack-A-Ranian is a small dog, slightly bigger than the Jack Russell Terrier, but smaller than the Pomeranian. The average Jack-A-Ranian weighs anywhere between 6-14 pounds and measures approximately 15 inches in height.
Jack-A-Ranian Health Issues
Jack-A-Ranian’s do not have as many genetic problems as their full-bred parents. The biggest health concern with the Jack-A-Ranian is if it is not exercised, it will gain weight easily. You can reduce the risk of obesity by giving your dog daily walks and not over-feeding it.
The Jack-A-Ranian takes after the Jack Russell parent in temperament. It is very excitable and loves to play. It loves to socialize with humans and if socialized from a puppy, it is very good with children. The Jack-A-Ranian thrives on human contact and as long as there are humans about, they are sweet and loving dogs. They become loyal dogs very quickly and tend to be overly protective of their human family.
They are very active and if not exercised properly, they will become destructive in the home and they may also chew your belongings. Because the Jack-A-Ranian is a very alert dog, it has the tendency to bark a lot with unfamiliar things and people – this makes the Jack-A-Ranian a good watchdog. Just like the Jack Russell Terrier, the Jack-A-Ranian is a very intelligent dog making it easy to train. It is obedient once trained.
Jack-A-Ranian Grooming and Exercise
The Jack-A-Ranian is an easy dog to groom of because of its short coat. Brush every second day with a bristle brush to maintain its shiny coat. Bathe the Jack-A-Ranian only when needed. A lot of patience will be needed when giving your dog a bath due to the Jack-A-Ranian’s love of water and high energy levels.
Because the Jack-A-Ranian is a playful and energetic dog, it will require daily exercise coupled with mental and physical stimulation. If you do not exercise this breed daily, it will develop typical dog behavioral problems. They need a yard to run about in as they like to explore and roam.
Typically, the Jack-A-Ranian is a very alert dog, which means that it has the tendency to bark at unfamiliar situations. It needs to be trained from a puppy not to bark otherwise it can be quite a loud dog. It is an intelligent dog and responds well to commands. It is eager to please, which makes it easier to train. Because of their high intelligence levels, it is also possible to teach a Jack-A-Ranian tricks.
Jack-A-Ranian Suitability and Living Conditions
The Jack-A-Ranian suits families because of its playful nature, but it does need a lot of attention. Additionally, it would also be a suitable dog for a farm as it tends to take after the Jack Russell parent with its instinctive hunting nature. Although it can adapt to living in an apartment, it is not recommended as it needs an area to run around in.
The Jack-A-Ranian should be kept as an indoors dog and it does not do well with excessive heat. Its double thick coat will help it adapt in cooler climes.