I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Have you ever heard about the mixed breed the Jackawawa? I bet it doesn’t sound too familiar. Well, if you like to have a small charming little dog, Jackawawa can be your choice. With its rising popularity, it became one of the most favorites by many pet owners.
A Jackawawa or jack chi is, a designer cross-breed of a Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier. It originated in the US in the year around 1980 and 1990. The purpose of this breed is to be the people’s companion. Jackawawa’s are friendly and energetic. The excellent combination of an energetic Jack Russell Terrier and a loyal chihuahua makes a right breed of a Jackawawa and the primary reason why many dog owners loved them.
Designer cross-breed are the cross-breed animals wherein the parents are purebred, and Jackawawa is one of them.
What Does Jackawawa Look Like?
Jackawawa has a muscular body and elongated one, but has a short neck, and they also come in different colors such as Chocolate, cream, brown, white, black, fawn, bi-color, and tri-color. Jackawawa has a medium and dense coat; However, the physical appearance may depend. Like if the cross chihuahua has a long hair, then there’s a possibility that the Jackawawas has long fur also. The male and female Jackawawa’s weight and size are not that far. They weigh around 8 to 18 pounds, but commonly the males are the heavier one. Also, Jackawawa grows ranging 14 to 15 inches in height.
Jackawawa’s ears can be in two types: floppy and folded similar to the cross-parent Jack Russell, or erect and pointy like the cross-parent Chihuahua. In general, they have a quite large size ear. Grooming the Jackawawa is very easy as two times a week as their grooming requirement.
Jackawawa Personality and Temperament
Jackawawa is very friendly to anyone. They are easy to please and easy to get along. They have an energetic and playful nature that even it is their first time to meet you, they will still want to play with you; They loved human friendship and have a sweet side that they love to cuddle with you. They spread joy and entertainment to the family with their cute gestures and dynamic characteristic.
Jackawawa love’s chewing things. So, to prevent them from eating your slippers or anything that they might see, instead, give them a chewable toy. Through that, they will learn to use the toy rather than the things that caught their eyes. It is best to provide them with and trained as early as it should be.
How to Take Care of a Jackawawa?
Having a Jackawawa is not easy, so as taking care of it. One of the most important things that you should give to a Jackawawa is your company and love. A company which you lend time to have a walk with them and time to play. You need to also express your love to them like tapping or cuddling them. Jackawawa’s love the attention from their owner. They are too energetic and love to play with them. Also, here are some additional information about Jackawawa dogs.
Training the Jackawawa
Jackawawa is a very energetic breed is inherited in their cross-parent Jack Russel Terrier. Since it has high energy, it needs a daily exercise requirement of at least 30 to 60 minutes’ walk and playtime. Also, when they are in an open area, you need to have them leashed. The possibility that it may hunt something while they have a walk, so you have the control on it, and you will not chase him after.
Jackawawa can live in urban and rural areas. Its athletic side is right in rural areas such as hiking and running up the hill. Its cuteness in small and size are high in urban areas which they can also cope-up with life in the city.
For the new and dog owners that have a Jackawawa, they may that it is hard to train one. But it’s not true. Jackawawa’s are smart and are trainable. They are known as a stubborn breed. But, as the owner, you need to have the leader of the pack attitude to let them know you’re the boss. To train them well, as early as they are still puppy you need to start teaching them. You should have to control them so that they will obey your commands.
In starting to train them, you need more patience. An excellent strategy to do is a reward-based training. Foods are their weaknesses, so, it is a good strategy in getting their attention. However, you need to praise and reward them after they do their business not before because there are tendencies that they stop as they got so excited.
To take care of your pet, you also need to know the possible health problems that they might get. Jackawawas are prone to diseases like in dental problem. They tend to suffer from overcrowding, which is typical of them. The dental crowding causes the teeth to rub each other and wears enamel down. Jackawawa is also prone to:
· Glaucoma – It is where they can lose their vision and be blind because of the pressure in their eyes, causing insufficient fluid drainage.
· Patella luxation – the kneecap becomes dislocated, which this is also a common for small breeds like Jackawawa. It can be inherited and can develop in their four-month age. The cure for this is to undergo surgery, but there’s a slight chance of success in the operation.
· Tracheal collapse – their trachea is composed of rings cartilage. If these rings are weak or formed improperly, it may cause to the failure of the trachea. Its signs are difficulty in breathing and coughing. If detected immediately it can be cured by medicines. But if severe, a surgery must be performed.
· Deafness – White pigmentation is said to be the cause of the deafness of the Jackawawa. However, it was only a speculation, and there is no definite explanation about it.
· Blood disorder- Thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia are a rare blood disorder of jack Russell. These are the probable cause of the immune system to attack the red blood cells and leads to anemia and blood clotting.
Getting to know the probable health problem may give you an idea to what you should do to help and to prevent it from happening to them. Also, once you see any signs of these diseases, it is essential to visit your veterinarian to help in curing your Jackawawa.
Diet & Food
There are instances that they became picky about what they eat, but in common they can eat whatever food you will give them. The Chihuahuas are prone to dental diseases, and cross-breed Jackawawa might inherit it. So, for you to be sure, you must give them a high-quality dog food or dry foods that don’t contain soy. Some are allergic to soy, so you need to observe your dog if they have allergies also. The food servings will depend on the Jackawawa’s age.
Jackawawas are prone to gain weight, and you must give the minimum food that they need. You can also monitor their pressure by keeping in touch with your veterinarian. Also, to maintain its good health, regular exercise is a must.
Jackawawa is suitable to be your long companion considering their average lifespan ranges from 13 to 15 years.
Jackawawa is the right pet and is safe to the family. It is also suitable for a family that is energetic and has older children. They are not suggested for families that have small children or infants. They are best for families that can cope up with their energy and has time to give them a walk and play regularly.
Pros of having a Jackawawa
· They are loyal, friendly, and intelligent.
· They can be an excellent guard dog.
· They have low maintenance coats.
· They are great companions.
Cons of having a Jackawawa
· They need a regular exercise so must also do
· They are a little challenging to train
· They suffer from separation anxiety
· They are friendly with other pets, especially the small ones.
Are you looking for a small fun breed dog? Are you ready to own one Jackawawa? Overall, this breed is a fun, sweet, and feisty dog, which makes it ideal for single individuals or a family pet. Jackawawa might be suited for you. But having a Jackawawa, or overall, you should know how to take care of them. There are lots of things that you should consider in having one from their food, character, and many more. Having a pet is not only for companionship and entertainment, but you should also take care of them and be a responsible owner. Give your love as they also will give their love too.
When trying to work out the life expectancy of a Jackawawa it can be quite difficult as with any mixed breed dog as you don't quite have the same body of statistical data to draw from. Plus, you don't know what genetic traits they have picked up from which parent.
What we can do though is compare the parents of the mixed breed dog and then come with an appropriate estimate over how long they might live for.
So if we take the Jack Russel for example, we can see that they can be seen to live between 13 years old and 16 years old. The middle age of that is 14.5 years.
Then let's compare that with a Chihuahua. They can live between 12 to 20 years, which is a middle ground of around 16 years old.
So they are likely to live between 14.5 to 16 years old, with a range of 12 to 20 years. Hence, they are likely to live quite a long time actually.
Where to Buy Jackawawa Puppies?
There are actually plenty of places that you can go to source on of these gorgeous Jackawawa puppies for sale, you just need to make sure that you are carrying out the necessary research to make sure that are getting sold one by a reputable breeder.
The first place, you need to naturally head to is your preferred search engine and type Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix breeder (near your location) and see what comes up. If there's nothing that strikes you immediately, look to specialist listing sites where people can go to sell puppies.
Failing that, you can head to a more main stream breeder and let them know what you are interested in. Chances, are they will be able to put you in touch with someone who knows someone who is selling one. Of course, you can let people know through social media that you are on the look out for one and if anyone knows anyone who is selling one to get in touch with you.
As mentioned though, ensure you are getting one that has been properly bred and raised before you go right ahead into purchase.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen