If you’re looking for a loving, playful breed of dog to be a companion for you and your family, then the Jack-A-Ranian is well worth your consideration. The parent breeds of this designer dog are the Jack Russell Terrier and the Pomeranian. It takes from these two breeds the small size, social nature and alert intelligence.
Colors and Appearance:
Depending on the parent dogs, these puppies come in a wide range of colors. The most common colors are brown, light brown, chocolate, black, black and white, golden, gray, cream and brindle. They can be single colored, speckled or spotted. They generally have short to medium hair, depending on whether the Jack Russell or Pomeranian traits are more dominant.
You need to be prepared for moderate to heavy shedding so you may need to vacuum a little more than you’re used to. Regular washing, brushing and grooming help to reduce shedding and keep the coat healthy and shiny. They tend to be more comfortable in winter and the hotter months can be difficult on them.
This intelligent breed is fairly easy to train. If you put the effort in early, then toileting, social behavior and walking should come to your Jack-A-Ranian quite naturally.
Exercise, Socialization and Lifestyle:
This is a fairly active breed and will need regular exercise. With training, they walk really well on a leash and are quick learners who can be trained to enjoy playing fetch with a ball. They are a social breed who are generally good with other dogs, so the local dog park or agility course could be a great option. You and your family will have lots of fun teaching your pup to overcome the obstacles and many Jack-A-Ranians participate in dog agility competitions.
Is this the Puppy for You?
Jack-A-Ranians are an excellent choice for young families. They are loyal, great with children and expect to become one of the family right away. They can also adapt easily to other pets, such as cats. If you’re willing to put the extra time into grooming, socialization and exercise, then you should be very happy to welcome one of these little cuties into your home.
Size: Weighs around 8 pounds. Up to 15 inches tall.
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Temperament: Playful and social.