Breed History / Description

The Jackapoo is a newcomer to the dog scene and for the moment, they are not recognised by any of the major international breed organisations which includes The Kennel Club. They were developed by crossing a poodle with a Jack Russel Terrier and as such, Jackapoos may inherit some of both their parent breed's characteristics and traits. However, it is luck of the draw as to how puppies turn out especially when they are first generation. With this said, Jackapoos are known to be wonderful companions and family pets thanks to their charming looks and their loyal, tenacious, playful and affectionate natures.

They are a good choice for first time dog owners because Jackapoos are highly intelligent, easy to train and they love to please. They are also known to be good around children which is why they have become popular family pets. However, having “terrier” in their lineage, Jackapoos have a high prey drive and as such care should always be taken when they are around pets and other animals they don’t already know.


The Jackapoo first appeared on the scene around twenty years or so ago when breeders decided to cross two pedigree breeds, namely the Jack Russell Terrier and the Miniature or Toy Poodle. First generation puppies can inherit any of their parent breed characteristics and traits which in short, means that puppies from the same litter can look very different to each other.

Because the Jackapoo is such a new hybrid more time is needed to see how the breed turns out in the future. They are not recognised by any of the major international breed organisations, but fortunately local breed clubs have been set up in many countries with an end goal being to make sure Jackapoos are bred responsibly so they remain healthy and good-natured dogs.

Anyone wishing to share their home with a Jackapoo should research both parent breeds namely the miniature  or Toy poodle   and the Jack Russel Terrierr in order to understand what kind of temperament a Jackapoo might have. When it comes to looks, it really does depend on the parent breeds as to how a puppy may turn out and whether they look more like a Poodle with a curly coat or if they bear more of a resemblance to a Jack Russell Terrier with a wiry coat. Today, the Jackapoo has made a mark on the dog world and have found their way into the hearts and home of many people thanks to their sweet natures and charming looks.


The Jackapoo has fast become known an being an excellent companion and family pet thanks to their kind albeit energetic natures. They are good all-rounders being great with children and other dogs more especially if they have been correctly socialised from a young enough age. The Jackapoo is also highly adaptable and is just as happy living in the country as they are living in an apartment, as long as they are given enough mental stimulation and daily exercise that is.

Because of the "terrier" in them, they are best suited to people who are familiar with the needs of a very energetic and clever dog because Jackapoos must be given a ton of daily exercise and they need to know who is boss in a household or they can quickly become unruly and that much harder to handle. They love being in a family environment and enjoy being included in everything that goes on around them. They form strong bonds with their owners and don't particularly like being left on their own for any length of time.

As such they are best suited to families where the children are slightly older and where one person usually stays at home when everyone else is out of the house. They are definitely more suited to people who lead active outdoor lives and who would like a smart, energetic dog at their side. Once tired, a Jackapoo is just as happy to relax on a sofa cuddled up next to an owner, but only after having been given a ton of exercise.

They are loyal, loving and enjoy taking part in lots of activities, however, Jackapoos are also known to have a bit of a stubborn streak in them which can make training them more of a challenge. They do tend to like the sound of their own voices which is a trait that needs to be gently curbed when dogs are still young so it does not turn into a real problem later especially if there are neighbours close by.

It's very important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs. Their socialisation must include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated. It's also crucial for their training to start early too and it must be consistent throughout a dog's life. A Jackapoo is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. If they don't know who is the alpha dog in a household, they may quickly take on the role of dominant dog which can make them harder to live with and handle.

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