Jackabee

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

Origin
England, Australia <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. and Great Britain

A brief presentation of the Jackabee

Crossing the cheerful, sociable Beagle with the lively, courageous Jack Russell Terrier has resulted in a little hybrid with a lot to offer. The Jackabee's gentle nature and playful behavior make it a good addition to households with children, even if owners need to be able to meet their high exercise requirements. Small but sturdy, Jackabees are robust dogs with soft, endearing ears and melancholy brown eyes. They must be lean and well-muscled, a true dog athlete. They have short, glossy coats made up of a mixture of white, brown or black fur.

History of the Jackabee

The Jackabee is one of the most recent hybrids, a cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and the Beagle. It is thought to have originated in the United States. Despite their American heritage, both parent breeds are British, which means this specific cross-breed could well qualify for dual nationality. Having only been developed in the last two decades, there's little history on the Jackabee story, but there's plenty to say about the Jack Russell Terrier and the Beagle.
        

A little of the Jack Russell Terrier

        
The Jack Russell Terrier is sometimes affectionately called a terror by Jack Russell because it can have a big, fierce personality. Although these dogs originated as Fox Terriers in England in the 1800s, the Jack Russell was quickly exported to Australia, where the breed was developed. Traditionally bred to hunt foxes and rabbits, the Jack Russell was never a pocket dog and would have had to work for its supper. This has resulted in a tenacious breed with a strong character. As these dogs are extremely energetic and intelligent, they are frequently kept on farms and as working dogs.
Standard of the Jack Russell Terrier

A little of the Beagle

The Beagle has been present in Britain since at least the 1400s, but it wasn't until several hundred years later that the Beagle we know today was standardized. Foxhounds and other smaller scent hounds were bred together to create a dog capable of hunting close to the ground and with a superior sense of smell. Most would hunt in large groups, and even today's Beagle is happiest in the company of other dogs. As with many other breeds at the time, the Beagle was on the brink of extinction after the First World War, but fortunately, some dedicated Beagle enthusiasts of the time ensured the breed's survival.
Standard of the Beagle

Appearance of the Jackabee

Although it's difficult to make a general statement about the appearance of the Jackabee, as the population is still highly variable, there are certain characteristics common to a large number of crossbreeds. Typically, many will have the skull and face of a Beagle with the body of a Jack Russell. They are small dogs weighing between 7 and 13.5 kg and measuring between 25 and 40 cm, most reaching a height of around 38 cm. The dogs have a wedge-shaped face with a wrinkling forehead and wide-set brown eyes. Their ears are relatively large and tend to droop. They have dark, leathery noses that never seem to stop sniffing and that shake and twitch. Their bodies are compact and robust, with short but densely boned limbs. Their tails are of medium length and straight. The Jackabee's coat is short to medium and always straight. Most dogs are bicolored or tricolored, with brown, white or black fur. Large spots are common markings, as are flecks. Jackabees are known to shed a lot, and are by no means a hypoallergenic breed.

Temperament of the Jackabee

Hold on tight, Jackabee owners. These energetic dogs are active and fast, challenging even the most athletic owners. They have kind natures and caring souls, bonding closely with their families and playing happily with children for hours on end. Very loving, once they've burned off all their energy for the day, they snuggle up to their master and relax for the evening. Sometimes wary of new people and shy when in new situations, this is a breed that really benefits from extensive socialization. Owners should be committed to exposing them to all kinds of circumstances and conditions from an early age, especially if they are less than 12 weeks old and still developing their social skills. A dog that can be prone to excessive barking and can be perceived as vicious if not raised with consistent rules, the Jackabee requires firm training and an impeccable attitude. Spoiled and unhealthy individuals may be at risk of developing small dog syndrome, and can be aggressive and lively with people outside the family.

Needs and activities of the Jackabee

Jackabees love to walk and run. He doesn't mind being outside to sniff and investigate. He loves games of fetch and Frisbee and, since he's a natural digger, getting him involved in Earth Dog activities in which he can dig for rodents will be a great way to satisfy the urge to dig. A note worth mentioning, he's a digger whose natural instinct is to burrow and dig for prey, which means your garden probably won't be spared his investigations. Since he's a very active dog, he'll do much better in a home with a fenced-in yard where he can let off steam and roam. He's quite the escape artist and that electric fence simply won't work to contain him. He'll need plenty of physical activity to expend all his energy, which will keep him, and probably everyone in the house, up all night. He needs mental as well as physical challenges to avoid some of the mischievous activities he'll probably resort to when bored. He can live in both urban and rural areas and can tolerate most climates, although he needs protection from cold temperatures, as well as water and shade in warmer areas.

Maintenance of the Jackabee

The Jackabee is considered hypoallergenic, but that doesn't mean it doesn't shed, and it's known to do so constantly. He'll require low-maintenance grooming, weekly brushing and monthly bathing. He will need regular examinations and cleaning of his ears to keep them clean and infection-free. As with many purebreds and hybrids, dental examinations and teeth cleaning should also be carried out regularly to prevent the development of periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss over time. Eye examinations are also in his interest, as he has a number of eye conditions to which he is predisposed by his parent breeds and which will need to be monitored regularly to keep him happy and healthy.

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