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Due to the close resemblance, it is easy to mistake a Jack Russell Poodle cross for a Jack Russell. The best way to differentiate the two is through their appearance. A poodle will have a furry or wooly coat while a Jack Russell will usually be rough haired. This cross is not recommended for first-time owners since they are high maintenance and can prove ill-tempered with children and other animals.
A plump, short-legged dog, resembling that of your average terrier but with hair similar to that of your average poodle – what could such an animal be? Without false judgement or speculation, I introduce you to the unfortunate hybrid: The Jack Russell Poodle Cross.
In a world where most people are quick to judge, both the Jack Russell and Poodle have enough to deal with. For a hybrid to be born of these two breeds, it is inevitable that the owner will be questioned and undoubtedly turned away by many adoption agencies.
Any dog owner will tell you that dogs are a lot of work and require constant attention – obviously more than children. Therefore, it is not recommended to purchase a dog as a first pet for obvious reasons. It takes patience and the time needed to commit to looking after an animal properly – which come at the cost of your free time. For many, this isn’t a problem and it is easy to see how rewarding owning a dog around the house can be. Jack Russell cross breeds require a great amount of exercise – at least 2 X 30 minutes walkies per day.
When you bring two highly intelligent breeds together, don’t be surprised if they want nothing more than to one-up each other and prove who is boss. This can cause problems in the house when both dogs are of similar intelligence and size. Therefore, it is best to match a Jack Russell with an animal that will not compete or fight back. A Jack Russell Poodle cross won’t appreciate other small animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs.
These dogs are often the result of genuine love for both breeds. It isn’t uncommon to find a Jack Russell Poodle cross in the households of those who own neither of the original breeds, but wish to add more to their home. However, it is advised that you know the temperament of all dogs involved before attempting this cross. Know what each dog is like and how they will get along with each other before buying.
One advantage of the Jack Russell Poodle Cross is that Jack Russells shed a lot of fur, but with a Jack Russell Poodle cross, this is much less likely to be the case due to the fur of the poodle, which is hypoallergenic.
If you enjoy having your dog around the house as a companion and would like more than one to keep your company, go for it! But also remember that these dogs will not be able to be left alone for long periods of time as they will require exercise and training – which are both time consuming activities.
Believe me when I say this: If you choose this breed, it is not as simple as owning any other dog. It requires your constant attention and a degree of patience and understanding.
In the end, it all depends on your lifestyle and whether or not you feel ready to take on such a responsibility.