The Jackabee — also known as the Jack A Bee, Jack-a-Bee, and Beagle Jack — is a Jack Russel Beagle mix. This dog breed is a first-generation crossbreed; its bloodline is the result of mixing two purebred dogs.
With hybrid mixes, physical traits and temperaments can vary from dog to dog. Don’t worry, though, we’ll cover everything you need to know about owning a Jackabee dog.
What is a Jackabee dog?
Like most other designer dogs, no one knows the exact origins of the Jackabee. We do, however, know the history of the breed’s ancestors.
The Jackabee is a mix of the Jack Russell Terrier and the Beagle — both purebred dogs.
We can assume that the Jackabee breed’s development occurred around the ‘90s or 2000s decades, as this was when designer dogs started to become more common.
As a new hybrid, there is still no set breed standard for the Jackabee.
The Jack Russel Terrier and the Beagle originate in England, both with keen senses of smell. Most Jackabees bear this talent for sniffing out prey as well.
Jackabees fall under the hound dogs and working dogs classification.
If you’d like to see a quick video of the Jackabee showing off his hunting abilities, check out the link below:
When you look at the Jackabee’s lineage, it’s reasonable to assume breeders developed the dogs as hunters and trackers.
With their strong sense of smell and tempered aggression, Jackabees make great retrievers.
The name “Jackabee” comes from the dog’s parent breeds, the Jack Russel and the Beagle. This designer dog breed is also known as the Beagle Jack.
The American Kennel Club doesn’t yet recognize the Beagle Jack Russell Mix since this dog breed is new on the scene. Its ancestors, however, are well-documented.
The Jack Russell Terrier history
The Jack Russel Terrier originated in the United Kingdom; these dogs were bred to be working dogs in the early 1800s.
Jack Russels, like Beagles, are competent hunters and scent hounds. Their temperaments differ, however, as they are more fun-loving and energetic than Beagles.
The Beagle dog history
Beagle dogs are an ancient breed dating back centuries. There are even some instances of Beagle-type dogs as far back as 400 B.C. By the late 19th century, Foxhounds overtook Beagles as popular companions for hunters.
After Foxhounds took over, breeders started importing Beagles to the U.S. In 1884, the American Kennel Club in the United States recognized the Beagle in its official capacity.
What does a Jackabee dog look like?
As we’ve mentioned, Jackabees vary in appearance and even temperament due to how new this crossbreed is.
That said, there are some general physical traits that you can expect from a Beagle and Jack Russell mix.
Jack Russel Beagle mixes are small —though some can grow to a medium size depending on their parents — with a super cute appearance.
They will either have short, erect ears like Terrier dogs or wide and floppy ears like Beagles.
Jackabees have faces like Beagles, whereas their muscular bodies resemble that of the Jack Russell Terrier.
The length of their forequarter and hindquarter legs will also depend on how long their parents’ legs are. But again, much of this is up to chance.
These sweet and small dogs are a bit larger and rounder than Jack Russel Terriers —they are sometimes called “big dogs in little dogs’ bodies.” Jackabees also have long tails.
Jackabees have large, brown eyes with an alert expression and small black noses with wide nostrils for picking up scents. These dogs have muscular hindquarter legs used for jumping and chasing.
Size: How big will a Jack Russell Beagle mix get?
Jack Russel Beagle mixes are small-to-medium-sized dogs. On average, they are 15 inches tall (38cm), but some do get as tall as 16 inches.
There is no difference between the female and male Jackabees, and both will weigh between 15 and 30 pounds (7-14 kgs).
Beagle Jacks reach their full size at around one year old, like Jack Russel Terriers.
Raising any dog in a kennel or a pen is ill-advised, as dogs thrive when they have ample space to play and interact with their owners.
Jackabees should not live in apartments (for small living spaces, consider getting a French Bulldog), as they crave playtime outdoors. They especially love exercising off-leash.
What kind of coat does a Jackabee have?
Jackabees have thin, coarse, single coats. The Jackabee’s hair is quite smooth, and they have no undercoat.
The hair on the single coat ranges from short to medium in length. In color, Jackabees have predominantly white or cream coats.
Beagle Jacks have tan, black, and/or brown markings like others in the hound group.
They can also have red spots as markings, depending on their genetics and their parents. The combination of white, black, and tan or brown fur evenly spread in patches.
Jackabees have white stomachs and are dark around the eyes and ears. They have patchy spots on the legs and along the topline.
Temperament: Are Jack Russell Beagle mixes good family dogs?
If you’re struggling to choose between a male and a female Beagle Jack Russell Terrier mix — there’s no need to.
In temperament and size, male and female Jackabees are similar Training and socialization — more so than sex — play a big part in determining how each dog behaves.
Males tend to be more sexually aggressive, and you may find them messing about with your pillow when they’re puppies, but overall, males and females are similar across the breed.
Jack Russell Terrier Beagle Mixes bond hard and fast with their owners, as they are affectionate, friendly, and loving dogs. If socialized early, they can get along with young children, which makes them great family pets.
Be wary that Jackabees will respond with aggression if they feel frightened, so early socialization is critical when raising your newfound best friend.
Raising them around kids and other people will keep them from being skittish around strangers in the future.
Jackabees tend to chase or nip other pets, but they do get along well with other animals — even cats.
Again, socializing them early on with other animals will curb any aggressive tendencies your Beagle Jack may possess.
Jackabees are great pets if you want a lapdog who will get along with the kids at home. The fact that they’re so loving makes them wonderful companions to grow up around.
Remember, they thrive off the attention of their human owners, so you need to be able to spend loads of time with them.
Don’t leave a Jackabee alone for more than four or five hours (no more than two hours at a time for puppies) as they suffer from separation anxiety.
If your Beagle Jack is barking and howling a lot, that’s a sign they aren’t getting enough attention from you.
Excessive barking is also a symptom of improper training. Jackabees need a no-nonsense approach to discipline, and you should housebreak them with consistency and a firm hand.
If Jackabees aren’t disciplined well from a young age, they get snappy around strangers, and their aggressive tendencies may worsen.
Jack Russel Beagle mixes aren’t just cute; they’re also smart. If you follow our guidelines regarding training, your Jackabee will be easy to train and obedient.
Slack off with the discipline, however, and you’ll meet the wilful and stubborn side of your Jackabee.
Jack Russell Beagle mix puppies are manageable to potty train, which will come as a big relief to new owners.
Positive reinforcement with verbal cues and dog treats can go a long way in housebreaking your Jackabee.
Never scold your pet too harshly; Jackabees may be trainable, but they are sensitive, too.
How to take care of your Jack Russell Beagle mix
Jackabee dogs are a low-maintenance breed in more ways than one. They are inexpensive, cheaper to feed than bigger breeds, and require little grooming.
Of course, there are the medical costs that come with every dog — they can be upwards of $500 a year.
Keep in mind that Jackabees are sensitive to weather changes, and your Beagle Jack may be hesitant to go out in the cold. On hot summer days, make sure he also has plenty of water and shade.
Exercising your Jack Russell Beagle Mix
Jack Russel Beagle Mixes have high activity levels. Don’t let their small size fool you; these are robust and energetic dogs who need lots of daily exercise.
If they’re not running around in the yard, you’ll need to take your Jackabee on a morning and an evening walk.
You can take a Jackabee running, too, as he is fit enough to keep up. You may even find him running circles around you as you catch your breath. On average, Jackabees should run or walk at least 10-12 miles every week!
This will get them the physical and mental stimulation they need, as well as curb any destructive tendencies lurking beneath the innocent Jackabee exterior.
Grooming: Do Jack Russell Beagle mix dogs shed?
Because of their single coats, Jackabees do shed moderately. Even though there isn’t much hair loss, shedding does happen throughout the day.
Keep in mind that Jackabees are not hypoallergenic, and you’ll be vacuuming up that hair for the foreseeable future.
Beagle Jacks need brushing twice a week, and a standard dog brush will do the trick. You should also trim a Jackabee’s nails regularly (once or twice a month) and make sure you clean inside his ears.
Ear cleaning helps prevent infections, and you can do this with damp gauze. Make sure you dry the ears out afterward, too.
Overall, Jackabees are easy to groom as they only need to be bathed on occasion. The biggest inconvenience is keeping your furniture hair-free.
When it comes to Jackabee puppies, it’s hard to say how often you need to bathe them.
If your Jackabee pup is like its ancestral Jack Russel Terrier, it may smell bad after a few days. Then again, chance plays a big role in what traits your Jackabee possesses.
You may find that your pup only needs a bath once a month. A good rule of thumb is to bathe your pup when he is extra dirty or damp-smelling. Otherwise, you can stick to brushing twice a week.
Jack Russell Beagle Mix Food Consumption
While dry food like kibble is great for Jackabees, they also benefit from ‘human food’ like fish, beef, and chicken (as long as it’s cooked.)
A Jackabee puppy’s diet should consist of at least 22% protein and an adult at least 18%.
You should ensure that your Jackabee’s diet is also low in carbohydrates and high in fat content.
Because they are prone to obesity, you want to keep a close eye on a Jackabee’s diet. Adequate exercise is critical.
Make sure that you follow the recommended serving sizes for kibble, too, and use species and size-specific dog food brands.
Since, as we’ve mentioned, Jackabees vary so much in their needs, giving a hard portion size here would not be appropriate.
Instead, we recommend that you consult a veterinarian to advise you on your Jackabee pup’s specific requirement, based on his health and activity levels.
When you’re feeding your Jackabee puppy, make sure you split his portions into multiple meals throughout the day. You can consult a vet about this as well.
On average, since they’re small in size, Jackabees will set you back around $500 per annum in food costs.
How long do Jackabees live?
Jackabees have a lifespan of 12-16 years, so you’ll have a friend for many years to come. The Jack Russell Beagle mix lifespan is affected by the health issues of your dog, of course.
Jackabees can suffer from any one of the health problems listed below:
- Nasal allergies
- Skin allergies
- Dislocated lens
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Cherry Eye
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD)
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Factor VII Deficiency
- Von Willebrand Disease
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Chondrodysplasia (Dwarfism)
- Cleft Palate
Other issues that occur in Jackabee dogs include Musladin-Lueke Syndrome — once known as Chinese Beagle Syndrome.
This is a recessive mutation in the dog’s genes that disturbs the normal functioning of the connective tissue in the skin.
You can keep an eye out for symptoms in the form of slanted eyes, the dog walking on his toes instead of his pads, and a flattened head.
To keep an eye on the skin and nasal allergies in your Jackabee, look out for red, watery, and itchy eyes.
You should also take your dog for occasional health screenings like eye and knee examinations. This will keep you informed of any health problems your dog may face.
Be sure to ask your breeder if your new Jackabee has had a DNA test, too, as this will check for the presence of Von Willebrand Disease.
Crossing purebred dogs eliminates much of the hereditary health conditions purebreds often have. That said, crossbreeds suffer from their own afflictions, too.
Jackabees usually die from the more severe conditions listed above, like LCPD, if not from old age.
How much does a Jack Russell Beagle mix puppy cost?
You can find Jackabee puppies for sale for $350-$600, depending on the puppy farm or pet store you shop at.
Since all Beagle Jacks are different, it’s easier to shop for them online, where you can chat to breeders and ask the right questions before making any commitments.
Remember to ask about any health screening the dog has undergone and what the results showed.
If you have to bear the cost of screening yourself, medical expenses could set you back over $1000 in the first year. This includes flea treatments and deworming.
Jack Russel Beagle mixes are born in litters of varied sizes depending on the mother Jackabee’s genetics.
Jack Russell Beagle mix breeders
When choosing a Jackabee breeder, you want to make sure that they have the right papers on your dog’s health screening.
Unless you have the means to take care of a sick puppy, you’re going to want to know upfront what health conditions your Beagle Jack has.
You can find Jackabee puppies for sale with some Jack Russel Breeders and Beagle Breeders, too.
They may be harder to find than purebred dogs, but if you’re determined, you’re bound to find the puppy you’re looking for.
Try the following organizations if you’re looking for Jackabee puppies for sale:
Jack Russell Beagle mix rescue and adoption
If you prefer to provide a home for an adult Jackabee in need, you can find one to adopt through a rescue organization.
Rescues and shelters like those listed below often have mixed breeds who would love to come home with you.
Curious about other Jack Russell and Beagle mixes?
Keep on reading if you’re curious about the other Jack Russel and Beagle mixes out there. Like purebred dogs, mixed breeds have so much to offer, and we’ve described a few of their characteristics below.
Also known as the Beaglier, this affectionate and athletic crossbreed is fluffy, adorable, and great to cuddle with. This mixed breed originated in Australia in the 1990s.
The Beagle Corgi mix, or Beagie, has unpredictable characteristics like the Jackabee. In general, though, these dogs are cute with chunky bodies and furry coats.
Another name for the Beagle Boxer mix is the Boggle Dog, a fun-loving dog with a warm personality. A first-generation crossbreed, these dogs make great family dogs.
The Jack Russell Chihuahua mix, or the Jack Chi, makes for an excellent companion. Also known as the Jackawawa or Jackhuahua, these designer dogs suit a modern, apartment-living lifestyle.
- Jack Russell Terrier and Toy or Miniature Poodle Mix
The Jackapoo is an adorable designer dog, a crossbreed of the Jack Russell Terrier and the Toy Poodle. In 2009, the Designer Canine Association recognized this designer breed.
- English Jack Russell and Rat Terrier Mix
A mix of the Rat Terrier and the English Jack Russell, the Jack Rat Terrier is a high-energy and intelligent dog with great hunting instincts.
Should I get a Jack Russell Beagle mix?
If you have an active lifestyle, the Jack Russel Beagle mix will be a good fit.
However, if you don’t have much spare time, giving the Jackabee all the love it needs may not be feasible for you — unless you have friends or family who are willing to dog-sit.
Caring for a Jackabee may be challenging for first-time down owners. Sure, they’re not high maintenance, per se, but they need loads of exercise and time outdoors.
However, there are also many pros to owning a Jackabee. Family-friendly, sweet, and protective to boot, the Jackabee dog breed is well-liked amongst dog-owners.
Do you own a Jack-A-Bee? Comment below and let us know what you think of the breed, and if we’ve missed out any important information?