Boston Terrier Cocker Spaniel mix
The Jack Russell is a small terrier breed characterized by a white, rough skin coat. Its length ranges from 10 to 15 inches, and weight between 14 and 18 lbs. Lifespan of these sturdy and tenacious canines ranges from 13 to 18 years.
The Jack Russell Terrier is primarily a hunting dog. It is named after John Russell, who first bred the dog. It is known for being athletic and fearless and thus, is widely used for different kinds of dog sports. Generally, Jack Russells don't suffer from major health problems. However, you need to watch out for health issues like myasthenia gravis, cataracts, congenital deafness, ataxia, patellar luxation, and ectopia lentis.
As the name suggests, these breeds are a result of cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and other breeds. An account of the characteristics of these crossbreeds can be found below.
Jack Russell-Cocker Spaniel Mix
Jack Russell Terrier
Cocker Spaniels are docile in nature and therefore, they can be trained without much trouble. These cuddly and lovable dogs are loyal to their owners. However, they are not considered good guard dogs. Cocker Spaniels are known for prolific hair growth. It also means the owner has to deal with the problem of shedding frequently. In contrast, Jack Russell Terriers are energetic dogs, so the mix between them and Cocker Spaniels results in an active and playful dog. It is important to note that few Cocker Spaniels may suffer from 'Rage Syndrome', wherein they exhibit sudden rage. It is quite rare though, and most dogs never show any signs or symptoms associated with it. The health problems that are commonplace in the resultant breed include skin allergies, ear infections, eye problems, and impacted anal glands.
Jack Russell-Sheltie Mix
Jack Russell Terrier
The Shelties, just like Jack Russells, are energetic and hardworking dogs. Thus, it is obvious that the resultant mix requires regular exercise for maintaining good health. It takes an experienced dog owner to train these active and energetic dogs. They need enough space to play and stretch their limbs; therefore, they are not suitable for the enclosed environment of apartments. Abnormalities of knees (patellar luxation) and hips (hip dysplasia) are among the important health issues observed in these dogs. In some cases, problems associated with eyes are also observed.
Jack Russell-Chihuahua Mix