Jack Russell Terrier & Labrador Mix (Jackador) [1 Great Dog]

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If you are looking for some insight on what you can expect with a Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador mix, I can assure you that you are in the right place. I raise both a Labrador and a Jack Russell Terrier.

I am currently the proud owner and parent of a 3-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier and a 7-year-old Labrador.

When you have a full-bred Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador breed, you get a Jackador.

One of the best potential mix-breeds coming from both the Labrador and Jack Russell Terrier if you ask me, but I suppose I may be slightly biased.

The Jackador (Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Mix)

A Jackador is a mix between a purebred Jack Russell Terrier and a purebred Labrador. The Jackador is an outgoing, high-energy, loyal family dog who can live 10-14 years and reach 25-50lbs once fully grown.

Those are the quick minor details about the Jackador.

Considering I own both dogs being detailed in this discussion, I thought it would be fitting to give you a complete guide on the Jackador.

If you recently adopted or plan to adopt a Jackador soon, this discussion is 100% worth a brief 5-7 minutes of your time.

The Jackador (Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Mix), What Is A Jackador?

I wanted to begin with a quick chart breaking down key information about the Jackador including how big the Jackador will get at full size.

Take a look below.

The Jackador (Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Mix)Scale (1-10)
Weight LBs (Average)25-50
Height Inches (Average)10-16
Life Span Years (Average)10-14
Grooming8.9 (Easy)
Family Dog (Yes/No)Yes
Cost to Adopt$400.00-$700.00 USD
Social Dog Breed9.3

As mentioned a moment ago, the Jackador is a fantastic mix breed from 50% Jack Russell Terrier and 50% Labrador.  

This is, of course, assuming both parent dogs are purebred dogs creating this Jackador mix.

One of the most enticing reasons to adopt the Jackador is that you get some of the best qualities of both the Jack Russell Terrier and the Labrador.

Trust me, both of these dogs have their own quirky personalities and can bring a lot of joy to an individual or a family.

For starters, the Jack Russell Terrier is one of the most loyal and attached dogs you can adopt, filled with energy.

The Jackador is one of the most playful, energetic, and loving dogs you can adopt.

This is to give you an example for the time being, and I will dive more into these personalities traits in a few moments.

The Jackador is a hyper dog breed but known to be relatively harmless while still possessing the ability to make an excellent guard dog.

When you mix the Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador, you may get more or less of one of the dogs depending on which parent dog your mixed puppy favors more (genetically).

The good news is that whichever parent dog this ends up being, you still win, in my opinion, and the only other noticeable differences will be in their physical appearance and overall size (more on this shortly).

Jack Russell Terrier & Labrador Mix (Jackador)

Facts About The Jackador

Now that we have some of the brief overview of the Jackador out of the way, I want to begin diving into some facts explicitly about the Jackador dog breed.

Most importantly, you need to understand that the Jackador will be as described and either be like the Labrador or the Jack Russell Terrier or a nice balanced mix of both dogs.

This will include the personality and the physical appearance of one of these dogs or some of both dogs.

Again, some mixed breeds such as the Jackador will lean heavier towards one parent dog when it comes to behavior, personality, and overall physical appearance.

I can assure you that socialization and discipline are going to be 2 of the most important tasks you need to begin right out of the gates with the Jackador.

Both the Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador have tons of energy, are known to be relatively stubborn at times, and absolutely need exposure to plenty of situations, people, and even other pets.

With the stubborn side having potential with the Jackador and the playful mindset and high energy, the Jackador can be considered a dog that is difficult for first-time dog owners to handle.

Both my Labrador and Jack Russell Terrier certainly tested my patience.

Especially in the beginning, but now several years into raising both dogs, I can promise you that you cannot get much more loyal, obedient or intelligent dogs that shower love towards you and the entire family.

Jackadors are known to be relatively healthy dogs.

They have some common health issues that can occur early in life and several conditions that can occur later in their lifespan without proper care or routine follow-ups with a qualified vet (I will touch on these conditions later in the discussion).

One of the last things I want to touch on during this brief overview of the Jackador is how trainable they are and become.

Black Jackador
Jackador photo courtesy of a reader from Scotland

Once you get a consistent routine, they learn very quickly.

Potty training routines, discipline, and consistency will be huge factors that determine your overall success with a Jackador, and the more patience you can have, the better.

I will also cover what I consider the “best practices” you can implement and utilize with your Jackador in a few minutes.

First, I want to cover how to adopt and what the adoption process may look like if you are leaning towards adopting a Jackador.

Adopting A Jackador (Jack Russell Terrier & Labrador Mix)

Here is the deal when it comes to the Jackador.

The Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador are two dog breeds that differ significantly in physical characteristics and size.

When this is the case, breeders do not typically breed intentionally.

While some designer dog breeds, you may see intentional mix-breeds created, this is not currently one of them.

Trust me, I know this to be true as well.

My yellow lab is almost 100 lbs, and my Jack Russell Terrier is 14lbs, and both dogs are fully grown.

No need to worry; this does not mean you cannot adopt a Jackador.

It simply means that you should likely shift your attention towards online adoption centers and rescues instead of searching for a breeder.

If you do happen to locate a breeder that offers the Jackador, be sure that the breeder is certified.

Do plenty of research on the Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador parent dogs.

This will help you avoid potential health issues and also enables you to prevent adopting from puppy mills or potential scams.

Plenty of reputable websites are now available for your convenience, allowing you to search for a specific mix breed such as the Jackador.

Again, do your due diligence and do not rush the process, and you can adopt a Jackador with some effort and luck.

You can also try performing some outreach in social media groups online to help locate a Jackador if that is what your heart desires for your next family dog.

How Much Do Jackador’s Cost

A Jackador will cost you between $400.00 and $700.00, assuming you have a Jackador breeder or rescue available near you.

The cost is going to fluctuate based on some of the following factors:

  • Health, History, and Bloodline of the Parent Dog (Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador)
  • Supply and Demand
  • Coat Color
  • Size of Jackador
  • Rescue, Adoption, or Breeder

As I mentioned a moment ago, I urge you that if you are going to adopt a dog such as the Jackador, do your research and get proof of the mix breeds and parent dogs to ensure you are getting the dog you desire.

If you are not dead set on the Jackador and are specifically looking for a lower-cost mix breed of the Jack Russell Terrier, you can also consider other mix-breeds such as the following:

Interesting Jackador Facts

To mix things up and give you some fun and exciting information, I wanted to provide you with a quick list of some of the top qualities and exciting information you may not know yet about the Jackador.

1.) The Jackador Is Not Going To Leave You Alone

This is highly like the needs of my Jack Russell Terrier.

She always needs to be around me and follows me around literally everywhere.

The Jackador will behave very similar to this and is known to experience separation anxiety and form a strong bond and loyalty towards the pack leader in the home.

To give you an idea of what I mean, I have a video on my YouTube channel explaining how my Jack Russell reacted when being left home alone in the beginning.

Considering the Jackador is 50% Jack Russell Terrier, this should give you better insight into what to expect when you do the same.

Here it is.

2.) The Jackador’s Parent Dogs Are Ranked Near The Top For Energy Levels

If you are the kind of person or dog owner who would love a dog always looking for excitement or a dog with spunk and energy, the Jackador would be a perfect dog for you.

Similar to a Jack Russell Golden Retriever mix, the Jackador is full of energy and needs the ability to use it.

Whether this is through exercise, play, or training, it is essential with a dog like the Jackador that you can provide your dog the ability to burn off this energy.

This will help you avoid negative behaviors that stem from boredom or not having the ability to burn off some of that excess or pent-up energy.

3.) The Jackador May Be Less Prone To Hunting And Have Weaker Prey Drives

As someone raising a Jack Russell Terrier now, I can tell you that they have one of the most substantial prey drives out of any dog breed.

My JRT is consistently looking for animals in the backyard and trying to track them down.

On the flip side, my yellow lab has almost no prey drive.

While he still will chase a rabbit or squirrel, he doesn’t have that natural prey drive like the Jack Russell Terrier.

With the Jackador, you have a good chance of getting the prey drive of the Labrador or a mix of both dogs reducing the overall prey drive of the Jackador.

4.) Jackador’s Are Much More Intelligent Than Many Believe

Like the two-parent dogs of the Jackador (Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador), the Jackador is one of the most trainable and intelligent dogs you can choose to adopt.

Especially if you take your time doing your homework and research before adopting.

With some patience, consistency, and a routine schedule, you can test your Jackadors intelligence and begin training immediately after adoption.

5.) Jackador’s Have Long Lifespans For Their Size

For a dog breed that can reach 25-50lbs in size, the Jackador has a relatively long life span compared to other dog breeds in the same weight class.

Most larger dogs do not live as long as smaller dogs.

With the Jackador, you get a medium-sized dog with a lifespan capable of reaching well past the double digits.

You can expect a Jackador to live on average for 10-14 years.

Are Jackador’s Good Family Dogs?

The Jackador has the potential and likelihood of becoming one of the best family dogs you can choose to adopt.

Much like the Jack Russell Terrier and the Labrador dog breeds.

Families looking for a loyal dog with a strong love and amount of affection for their families should be looking or considering the Jackador.

Overall, this dog is excellent.

The only downfall may be the training and supervision required to have a Jackador around young children or babies (more on this later).

Nonetheless, suppose you are looking for a dog breed with a strong potential for becoming an excellent family dog.

The Jackador is definitely one of the best options you have.

Behavior and Temperament of The Jackador

If you plan to adopt a Jackador, understanding their behavior and temperament is 100% beneficial.

The most distinct behavior of the Jackador is going to be the energy and playful demeanor.

Up next, the Jackador can also be somewhat stubborn during training and requires patience as the dog owner.

Digging is also a concern with the Jackador.

Both the Labrador and Jack Russell Terrier is known to dig in their early years during puppyhood.

Additionally, the playfulness of the Jackador can lead to unwanted jumping on the company out of excitement or the craving for attention from anyone willing to provide it to them.

Excessive barking may also be a concern with the Jackador until it is appropriately trained out of them.

When you adopt a Jackador or any dog for that matter, I am a firm believer that behavior, temperament, and even socialization often fall on the owner’s lap and can be blamed on the owners of the dog.

Without proper training and guidance, a Jackador may be an overwhelming dog breed for many owners.

Especially first-time dog owners.

On the flip side, with patience, proper training, a loving home, and some consistent routines, the Jackador can become one of the best dogs you could raise and have as part of the family.

The choice and responsibility that fall on you are the points I am trying to make.

Be sure to do your best and provide what a Jackador needs for the best results.

Jackadors With Other Dogs and Pets

Jackadors are capable of living with other dogs in the household.

I want to make sure you understand that the Jackador will do best when given plenty of chances to socialize and the more they are exposed to other pets and social situations.

This is typically true of any dog.

I highly recommend you begin the socialization process when your Jackador is young.

This will help eliminate anxiety and potential issues as your Jackador ages and can help your Jackador become an excellent dog when exposed and around other dogs or animals in the home.

Jackadors With Children and Babies

Jackadors are not necessarily the best dogs with children or babies but not because of anything that is their fault.

This is a hyper dog breed that tends to be a bit clumsy.

It is essential that if you have young children or a baby, you supervise the interactions at the beginning with your Jackador.

Aggression is not necessarily the concern.

The concern is more based on jumping and rowdy behavior.

With training and some discipline, your Jackador will learn what is permitted and not permitted around children or babies.

This can be said about most dogs, so it should not come as much of a surprise to anyone reading.

Work with them and show love, and you can absolutely adopt a Jackador whether you have children or babies today.

Things You Should Know When Adopting a Jackador

Owning a dog is a big responsibility.

Before heading to a local breeder, it is essential to know as much as possible about the breed you’re adopting, including the Jackador.

This, clearly, will help you provide what’s needed for your Jackador and provide a loving home for them.

Not to mention, it makes the process much more enjoyable for both you and your Jackador

Now, with 3 years under my belt owning both parent dogs of the Jackador, I wanted to fill you in on a few other key things you should understand about the Jackador to determine if they are the right dog for you or not.

Jackadors Demand Plenty Of Exercise

With hyper dog breeds, you have to understand how important exercise is.

This could be argued for any dog breed, but Jackadors absolutely need plenty of exercises.

Exercise will help eliminate nervous behaviors and help your dog respond to all training and discipline in a better fashion.

Not to mention, it is an excellent way for your Jackador to get additional socialization when they are young.

With Jackadors, some joint or popular exercises you can consider include the following:

It does not really matter which exercise you choose as long as it’s provided at an amount of about 60-75 minutes per day for your Jackador.

Jackadors Are Loyal And Want Your Approval

I have learned raising my Jack Russell Terrier how essential approval and the owner’s love are for them can be.

It provides pure happiness for a dog such as the Jackador.

The Jackador is a working dog breed and needs your love, attention, and approval.

If you are struggling to provide this, you need to find a few minutes a day where you are not as distracted, so you can interact more personally with your Jackador.

Trust me, the bond and relationship will mature much more quickly if you follow this advice.

Jackadors Are One Of The Most Outgoing and Social Dogs You Can Adopt

I think everyone here can admit how outgoing, loving, and social both the Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador are.

The Jackador will follow suit with this personality trait and be one of the most loving and friendly dogs you can adopt.

While they can also make an excellent guard dog for the home, do not be mistaken.

This is a people’s dog that will love any interaction provided to them and often demand it.

Grooming and Shedding With Jack Russell Terrier & Labrador Mix

Both my Labrador and Jack Russell Terrier are heavy shedding dogs, and the Jackador will shed as well.

The Jackador is not considered hypo-allergenic.

If you have severe allergies or cannot handle shedding, the Jackador probably is not the best dog for you.

Brushing daily or as frequently as possible will help with the grooming process.

Overall, the grooming process is not overly demanding. You can follow my guide about grooming your JRT here, which can also apply to the Jackador.

Trainability With Jackadors

Training a Jackador can definitely challenge your patience, but it is 100% worth it in the end.

The Jackador is somewhat challenging not due to intelligence but due to high energy and stubbornness.

Once you break past these behaviors and barriers, you can make a lot of progress and end up raising one of the most trainable and intelligent dogs possible.

You just have to make sure to push through those times in early puppyhood to reach the reward with a Jackador.

Female Or Male Jackadors

A Jackador can be a great family dog and excellent companion regardless of choosing a male or female Jackador.

Both sexes of the Jackador need a loving home, and most personality traits and physical appearances will remain the same with the Jackador.

Both male and female Jackadors can make excellent family pets.

It really comes to preference and which sex is available at a local breeder near you.

The Jackador Is A Combo Of 2 Of The Best Dogs You Can Bring Into The Family

Hopefully, this far into this discussion, you are on the same page and agree that the Jackador truly is a dog breed that gives you the best of 2 dogs.

The Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador are two of society’s favorite dogs by themselves and, when mixed, create a loyal, loving, and spunky dog breed.

And, of course, the Jackador is nothing short of adorable.

I genuinely do not believe you can be wrong with this dog breed.

The Jack Russell Terrier and the Labrador are two of the best family dogs you can potentially adopt.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Jackador Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you if you do ultimately decide to adopt.

Have You Owned a Jackador Or Plan To Adopt A Jackador Soon?

Have you ever raised a Jackador or plan to in the future?

Do you agree that the Jackador is a combo of 2 of the best dogs you can own and raise?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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