Husky Jack

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Siberia <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Husky Jack

The Husky Jack is an energetic cross between a Siberian Husky and a Jack Russell Terrier. These active puppies are bold, loyal and affectionate. They are medium-sized, with an average lifespan of 11 to 16 years, a weight of 13.5 to 18 kilos and a height of 43 to 48 centimeters. Their short, smooth coats are combinations or plain versions of white, black, gray, red, sable and agouti with black, brown, beige, cream or tricolor markings. The Husky Jack is a well-known Husky mix that has probably been bred since the late 1900s. However, this breed is not stabilized and, consequently, is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) list of thoroughbreds.

History of the Husky Jack

The name Husky Jack is a combination of the names of the dog's two parent breeds: the Siberian Husky and the Jack Russell Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Siberian Husky

        
The Siberian Husky has been used as a sled dog, guard dog and reindeer herder for centuries by the Chukchi tribe. They were perfectly suited to the job, as they could withstand the elements. The breed originated in Siberia and was later brought to Alaska by fur traders. There, they took part in Arctic Malamute races, where they excelled due to their speed. In 1908, these dogs took part in the All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, a 250-kilometer race by dog sled. In Nome, Alaska, there was a diphtheria epidemic in 1925. This event was the reason why the Siberian Husky became so popular, as it was recognized after carrying medicine to the people. They were also used in Admiral Byrd's Antarctic expeditions throughout the 1900s. These dogs were also used in the army's Arctic Search and Rescue unit during the Second World War.
Standard of the Siberian Husky

A little of the Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier has a broad genetic make-up and was originally known as the Fox Terrier. Jack Russell Terriers were first bred from several small working dogs in England in the mid-to-late 1800s for hunting. The breed eventually migrated to the USA in the 1930s with a wave of immigration. Meanwhile, disagreements between American and English breeders led to the evolution of two breed variants: the "English" version, which has longer legs and was renamed the "Parson Jack Russell Terrier", and the "American" version. Nevertheless, Jack Russell Terriers became very popular in North America in the mid-1900s. The hybrid combination of Siberian Husky and Jack Russell Terrier is relatively new, and there is no known date of origin for the Husky Jack. Yet the breed has probably been bred for decades and is appreciated by many for its lively personality.
Standard of the Jack Russell Terrier

Appearance of the Husky Jack

Husky Jacks are unique-looking dogs. They are medium-sized and muscular, with pricked or half-pricked ears. They generally reach a height of 43 to 48 centimeters and a weight of 13.5 to 18 kilos. Husky Jacks have an arched neck and robust posture, like that of a Jack Russell Terrier. Yet they also have powerful fore and hind legs and oval padded feet, like a Siberian Husky. Their coats are generally short and smooth with a soft undercoat and come in solid or multicolored variations of white, black, gray, red, sable and agouti with black, brown, beige, cream or tricolor markings. Husky Jacks have almond-shaped brown or blue eyes and a friendly, almost awkward expression. Overall, these dogs exude energy with their agile, bouncy gait.

Temperament of the Husky Jack

Husky Jacks are high-energy puppies. They like to be active and social. This breed is friendly with most other dogs, but is known to assert dominance in groups. As such, it's best to supervise Husky Jacks around new furry friends. Fortunately, Husky Jacks also value their independence and enjoy playing alone or in the company of their favorite chew toy. These puppies are also highly intelligent and mischievous by nature. As a result, they can be stubborn and harder to train than some other breeds. Owners can combat this to some extent with obedience training and socialization from an early age. Note also that, given their bold temperament, Husky Jacks may not be the best companion for new owners, young children and cats. Yet this feisty animal can be very affectionate and loyal to family members, and will never miss an opportunity to give and receive a little love.

Needs and activities of the Husky Jack

Husky Jacks have above-average energy levels and need plenty of exercise. They love long runs, hikes and walks and should get between 45 and 90 minutes of such exercise a day. They may even enjoy a trip to the dog park. As such, Husky Jacks do best when they have access to a yard in a rural or suburban area. Yet, because they're medium-sized, Husky Jacks can acclimatize to city or apartment life if they spend enough time outdoors. Husky Jacks also love toys and can entertain themselves for long periods if they have something to chew on. Nevertheless, it's important to note that spending quality time with his family is also an important part of this puppy's day.

Maintenance of the Husky Jack

Husky Jacks are not hypoallergenic dogs and are therefore not suitable for owners suffering from allergies. Their smooth, short coats don't require much grooming. However, Husky Jacks do shed a lot, especially twice a year when the seasons change. Owners can reduce shedding and keep their Husky Jacks' coats clean and shiny with weekly brushing sessions. This breed should also be bathed monthly and have its ears checked regularly for wax build-up. In addition, Husky Jacks should have their nails trimmed 1-2 times a month to prevent painful proliferation or nail separation. Like all breeds, Husky Jacks should have their teeth brushed daily.

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