Jackweenie : Dachshund Jack Russell Mix Temperament & Size

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Jackweenie is a mixed breed of two pure breed dogs – the Jack Russell Terrier, and the Dachshund. They are active, lovable,& affectionate companion dogs who thrive in family settings. 

A Dachshund Jack Russell Mix goes by many names like Jackweenie or Jackshund.

Jackweenie Specifications

SpecsJackweenie
Height8 – 23 inches
Weight15 – 28 pounds
Coat colorBlack, brown, white. Mixed coat (di/tri-colored)
Eye colorBrown
Coat typeLong/short in length. Straight/curly/wavy
TemperamentEnergetic, stubborn to train, affectionate, playful
Lifespan12 – 15 years

Appearance of Jackweenie

This is relatively a new designer breed so limited information is available.

Most people will struggle to identify designer dog breeds such as this one. This is simply because the distribution of traits inherited from parent breeds can vary so much. Whomsoever parent has more dominant genes, the Jackweenie would tend to be similar to him.

Quite often you would see they are relatively longer in the body like a Dachshund. Their eyes are generally brown with a black nose.

They can have either a single or a double coat. The hair characteristics vary widely and their hair can be short or long, fine and straight, or wiry and curly hairs.

The colors are usually restricted to a combination of black, brown, and white.

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Jackweenie Size

Jackweenie is a small to medium-sized dog who can reach up to a height of 8 to 23 inches and weigh up to 15 to 28 pounds. His size is perfect for both apartment living or a house with backdoor space for him to run around in.

Lifespan

The Jack Russell Dachshund is a healthy breed having a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Love the Jack Russell Terrier but want a larger stronger dog? Check out the Border Collie Terrier mix that is larger and still has Terrier traits.

Jackshund Temperament

Jackshund owners will describe this Dachshund mix as one that loves to bask in the presence of their beloved human. They are playful, energetic, and always in a happy mood. 

This is an active dog and not a lazy pooch who will want your undivided attention! After an exercise or playtime, he may happily cuddle beside you.

We would recommend 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise for keeping them healthy. It can be long walks, Jogs, fetch games etc.

With the traits he inherits from his parents, Jackweenie has a prey drive. He can chase small animals and birds.

He should be taught how to behave with children and other pets from an early age to avoid conflicts. If you get a Jack Russell Dachshund mix puppy, early socializing will assure he learns to love children as much as adults. 

Although the Jackshund prefers to be the sole pet, he can adjust to having canine siblings. However small pets such as mice or hamsters, even cats could bring out the prey-drive in him.

Outdoor training is necessary! Because of their Terrier background they like to dig holes. When not trained properly, they could dig up your favorite flowers.

Training his bad habits out of him will be met with staunch resistance. This stubborn attitude is a trait it inherits from the Jack Russell Terrier. For example, he may attempt to jump the fence and escape!

Dachshund Jack Russell Mix

Coat Color, Characteristics and Grooming

The Jack Russell Terrier Dachshund mix can derive his coat either from the Dachshund or the Jack Russell. With Dachshund coming in 3 different types of coats, Jackshund has a very wide variation in coat color and characteristics.

Their coat can either be single or double depending on whose genes are more dominant.

Additionally, coat texture can feature one of below:

  • Short or long hairs
  • Straight
  • Wiry
  • Curly

Grooming needs will depend on the type of coat your dog has. Expect more grooming on a regular basis if the coat is long or textured as they are more susceptible to mats and tangles that do not look good. 

A long-haired coat will also need to be trimmed every now and then. If you are not up to it, take your pet to the groomers. Even if your dog has a short-haired coat, we would recommend you to brush the coat a minimum of three times a week.

The kind of grooming that you would expect would vary based on the season. Double coat Dachshund Jack Russell mix dogs will shed mostly before spring and fall. These times call for ramped-up grooming efforts. 

Apart from season shedding, year-round shedding is expected. Normal brushing will suffice in maintaining the coat. An occasional visit to professional groomers is more than welcome to provide extra coat care. 

Diet

The Jackweenie diet should be based on age, activity level, and weight. Food should be carefully portioned out during the day, as these hybrids are prone to weight gain. We would recommend approximately 2.5 to 3 cups of good quality dog food per day divided into two meals.

It is important so you can avoid bone and joint issues and skin-related ailments that Jackshund are prone to.

It could be difficult to assess the right feeding amounts as it is based on the size, age, the activity level of the dog. If you are unsure, consult your veterinarian. A dog’s nutritional needs change from puppyhood into adulthood so his food has to change as per his needs.  

A balanced diet consisting of high-quality dog food and treats will guarantee your Jackshund healthy growth internally and externally. 

Exercise

Jackweenie is a lively dog who would love to play outdoors. He needs to be exercised 60 to 90 minutes per day. This includes indoor and outdoor activities. 

Just walks could be boring, try introducing other exercises that test the brain as well as the body. It is a good idea to involve yourself in these exercise sessions. It will strengthen the bond between dog and owner. 

When outdoors, make sure you watch your dog as he can jump high and escape the yard. Make sure to install a high fence to keep him contained. He is an energized dog who has incredible jumping heights. 

If exercising outside your home, keep him on a leash. This will help you control his prey drive and help to protect him if there are larger dogs in the area. Getting him used to a leash should be a part of his training. 

Training 

This Doxie mix is smart and not one of the easiest to train. They can be trained well but you would need to be patient with them. They can be stubborn with the traits of a terrier!

The Jackshund is a high jump expert which can make things a little more difficult. Use positive reinforcement instead of negative training methods.  

Use tasty treats and praise to win over his trust and train good habits into him.

Common Health Concerns

As a hybrid, the Jackweenie will inherit health issues from both the Dachshund and the Jack Russell Terrier parents. Some of these illnesses are:

  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Eye problems
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg – Calve – Perthes disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Ear infections
  • Deafness
  • Diabetes 

Care required for Jackshund

The best way to keep unpleasant surprises from happening is to keep a watchful eye on health and hygiene.

Your dog is happy being active, so keeping him from obesity should be easy. He would enjoy walks in the park, catching a frisbee, and playing games at home too.

Dogs need to be physically and mentally stimulated too. Playing games that involves you or the whole family would appeal to him the most.

Bathing 

People often think they must bathe their dogs regularly (like on a weekly basis). This is false, especially for smaller dogs with delicate skin.

Unless your dog is smelly or has decided to treat himself to a mud bath, you do not have to worry that much. You can bathe your Jachshund once in four to six weeks with an oatmeal-based dog shampoo.

They are suitable for dog skin and are made with natural ingredients.

Eyes

From time to time, you will notice a white substance in the corners of his eyes. This is a secretion from the eye. Do not throw water over his face to clean it. Use a small damp cloth and gently wipe the eye while it is closed.

If the discharge is hard, use wet cotton wool to soften and lift any particles. Be on the lookout for other problems as these dogs do suffer from eye issues. Red eyes, watery eyes, or swollen eyes require a vet consultation. 

Teeth 

Brush your dog’s teeth every day if possible. If the daily routine is not possible, multiple times a week is good enough. It is good to keep good oral hygiene. If neglected gum and teeth diseases can develop.

Nails

It is a good practice to clip your dog’s nails once a month, if you cannot do it the groomers can do it. By watching the groomers, you can learn and try doing it yourself. 

Long nails are unattractive and can hinder your dog’s movement with a clicking sound. Long nails can also be destructive if your dog loves to scratch at furniture. 

Ears

When bathing your dog make sure the ears are dried well since they can be prone to ear infections. Check that their ears are clean and not smelly as this could be a sign of infection.

Jackshund Pro’s and Con’s

Pro’s 

  • Small, suitable for apartments
  • Social and playful
  • Cute and energetic 

Con’s

  • Prefers adults and older children
  • Can be stubborn
  • Vulnerable to injury and diseases 

Lineage

Let us have a look at the parents, the Dachshund, and the Jack Russell Terrier.

Dachshund

The Dachshund is a small dog breed that has garnered many fans with its “hot dog” body shape. These dogs are short in height having small limbs with an elongated body. Their ears are long and flap around when they run. 

Their eyes are large and round and have an innocent look. Their short coats are known for the distinct black and brown combination with markings. 

They are considered a great companion who have some guarding instincts. 

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is part of the Terrier dog breed. A breed that originated in England for fox hunting. These small dogs typically have a white coat featuring brown patches. Their coat can be either smooth or rough. 

Their lineage can be traced back to the days when hunting was a common sport. These working Terriers were used to sniff out ground-dwelling animals and chase them out of their burrows.

People call the Jack Russell Terrier a balanced, tough, and alert canine. This dog is one that loves activity and exercise that keeps him occupied. 

Final Thoughts

For singles, individuals, and adult families, the Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier has much to offer in terms of companionship. Active families will get the most from adopting a Jackweenie puppy.

References

  1. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/dachshund/