Jack-A-Ranian: Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix

JackaranianThe Jack-A-Ranian dog is a crossbreed between the Pomeranian and the small Jack Russell Terrier.

These fun dogs are sweet and playful, and human contact is very important to this particular breed. This dog is a dog that likes to please its owner and will mostly show its loving side.

They do have the tendency to be overly protective of their human family, which will result in them barking and jumping when they sense danger or see someone or something unfamiliar approaching.

They are energetic dogs and like to run about, but as soon as they have had a bit of exercise, they are likely to fall asleep.

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix History

It is not known when exactly the first Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian mix was created. During the 1990s, people began breeding designer mixed breed dogs with all sorts of different dog breeds.

A lot of the mixed breeds we know today are a result of someone trying to create a new hybrid breed during the 1990s.

Below you will find information about the Jack Russell Terrier and the Pomeranian parent.

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier originated in England, where it was used to hunt and track small animals. The breed was first seen in the 1800s, aiding hunters by going inside of fox dens.

As time passed, the breed still helped hunters but eventually became more of a family companion. As all dog breeds do, it eventually made its way to the United States and gained more popularity.

There are many people today who love and adore this purebred dog breed.


The Pomeranian was originally made for the sole purpose of herding sheep. Back then in Germany, the breed was significantly bigger than the Pomeranian dog breed we know today.

The Older generation Pomeranians were once over thirty pounds; as the breed was refined, it got smaller and smaller like it is today.

Once the Pomeranian gained more popularity, it left its lifestyle as a herding dog and became a family companion and lapdog.

This breed was seen in the United States at the end of the 18th century and was accepted by the AKC in 1914.

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix Appearance

The Jack-A-Ranian usually takes after its Jack Russell Terrier parent in appearance. It has a short thick double coat that comes in a variety of colors, the most common ones being white, black, brown, orange, red, silver, gray, or a mix of the above.

It has a well-proportioned body with pointy ears. The Jack-A-Ranian’s eyes are dark and oval-shaped. Overall, this is a healthy, sturdy dog with a muscular and well-defined body.

Jack-A-Ranian Coat

The Jack Russell Terrier parent has a natural hypoallergenic coat. This could pass down to the Jack-A-Ranian if your dog takes on that gene.

The coat can either be very short or a medium length like a Pomeranian. The coat is a double-dense one that will likely be straight in appearance.

Remember to still brush your dog each week even if it does not shed very much. This will grab loose hairs and dirt from your dog’s coat.

Below you will find a list of possible colors that your Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian mix will come in.

What Colors Do They Come In?

These colors below are coat color possibilities that your Jack-A-Ranian may possibly come in.

  • Black
  • White
  • Silver
  • Gray
  • Brindle
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Golden

Your dog will have the traditional black nose with brown eyes.

Jack-A-Ranian Sizes

The Jack-A-Ranian is a small dog, slightly bigger than the Jack Russell Terrier but smaller than the Pomeranian.

The average Jack-A-Ranian weighs anywhere between 6-14 pounds and measures approximately 15 inches in height.

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Jack-A-Ranian Health Issues

Jack-A-Ranian’s do not have as many genetic problems as their full-bred parents. The biggest health concern with the Jack-A-Ranian is that it will gain weight easily if it is not exercised.

You can reduce the risk of obesity by giving your dog daily walks and not over-feeding it.

Life Expectancy of a Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix

The average Jack-A-Ranian will live on average for between 13-15 years if healthy.

All dogs are different, and some may live even longer or shorter.


Jack-A-Ranian Temperament

The Jack-A-Ranian takes after the Jack Russell parent in temperament. It is very excitable and loves to play.

It loves to socialize with humans, and if socialized from a puppy, it is very good with children.

The Jack-A-Ranian thrives on human contact, and as long as there are humans about, they are sweet and loving dogs.

They become loyal dogs very quickly and tend to be overly protective of their human family.

They are very active, and if not exercised properly, they will become destructive in the home, and they may also chew your belongings.

Because the Jack-A-Ranian is a very alert dog, it has the tendency to bark a lot with unfamiliar things and people – this makes the Jack-A-Ranian a good watchdog.

Like the Jack Russell Terrier, the Jack-A-Ranian is a very intelligent dog that makes it easy to train. It is obedient once trained.

Jack-A-Ranian Grooming

The Jack-A-Ranian is an easy dog to groom of because of its short coat. Brush every second day with a bristle brush to maintain its shiny coat.

Bathe the Jack-A-Ranian only when needed. A lot of patience will be needed when giving your dog a bath due to the Jack-A-Ranian’s love of water and high energy levels.

You don’t really have to do much more when it comes to the coat of the dog, but you will want to brush your dog’s teeth to reduce buildup and tarter.

Always check your dog’s ears to see if you see any redness, dirt, or alarming puss in your dog’s ear that could cause ear infections.

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix Exercise

The Jack-A-Ranian is a playful and energetic dog, it will require daily exercise coupled with mental and physical stimulation.

If you do not exercise this breed daily, it will develop typical dog behavioral problems. They need a yard to run about in as they like to explore and roam.

Since this is a high-energy dog, it will need between 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. You don’t have to complete all the exercise in one sitting; you can break it up into two or even three exercise sessions.

Jack Russell Terrier And Pomeranian

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix Feeding

The Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian mix is a small dog breed that will need one cup of either wet or dry food per day. Break the cup of food into at least two meals meaning 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the evening.

It would be even better if you could break the meal up into three separate sections. The Pomeranian parent usually needs to eat a grain-free dog food due to allergies, and this might carry over into the mix.

I have an entire article on the best dog food for Pomeranians which would be a great food option for your Jack-A-Ranian.

This is a small breed dog food, so it is very important that you purchase a small breed food because the kibble size will be smaller for your dog’s mouth.

Do your best not to be tempted by that cute little dog face into giving your dog a lot of human food. This will be considered overfeeding your dog, which can lead your dog to be obese.

Jack-A-Ranian Training

Typically, the Jack-A-Ranian is a very alert dog, which means that it has the tendency to bark at unfamiliar situations. It needs to be trained from a puppy not to bark otherwise, it can be quite a loud dog.

When you first start training your dog, make sure you make the sessions short to get your dog used to it. Always praise your dog to show it that you are happy with its progress.

It is an intelligent dog and responds well to commands. It is eager to please, which makes it easier to train. The Jack-A-Ranian has a high intelligence level, so it should be quite easy to teach it tricks and commands.

Some dogs develop a stubborn streak and don’t like to listen. One way to curb this is to keep at training, reward your dog with praise, and make sure your dog knows you are the alpha.

Jack-A-Ranian Suitability and Living Conditions

The Jack-A-Ranian suits families because of its playful nature, but it does need a lot of attention.

Additionally, it would also be a suitable dog for a farm as it tends to take after the Jack Russell parent with its instinctive hunting nature.

Although it can adapt to living in an apartment, it is not recommended as it needs an area to run around in.

The Jack-A-Ranian should be kept as an indoor dog, and it does not do well with excessive heat. Its double-thick coat will help it adapt in cooler climes.

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix Puppies

The Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian mix is quite a small mixed dog breed. When it is a puppy, it will be even smaller and fragile, so it is important to teach young children and even adults to handle this mix with care.

The first step in acquiring a Jack-A-Ranian puppy will be to begin your search by looking for a reputable breeder. Since this is a newer mixed breed, it may take some time to find a reputable breeder.

Don’t get discouraged and buy a dog from a puppy mill or pet store. These facilities don’t take the best care of the dogs, and they usually inherit health issues that will impact them in the future.

When you find a breeder, they may charge between $300 to $700 for a puppy. This, of course, will be different depending on pedigree, breeder location, and if the parent breeds are registered with a kennel club.

There is always the possibility of being able to find this mixed dog breed in a shelter. Shelters charge much less for adoption fees. You may just have to compromise because, likely, the dog will not be a puppy.

Jack Russell Terrier Pomeranian Mix Litter Size

A female Jack Russell Terrier can have right around six puppies in a litter. Depending on your Jack Russell’s size will ultimately depend on how many puppies she will have in a litter.

A female Pomeranian can have between one to four puppies in a litter. Again this will all depend on the size of your dog.

With that being said this mix will likely yield between one to five puppies in a litter.

Close relatives of the Jack-A-Ranian

Here are some other mixed dog breeds and purebred breeds we think you would like to check out.

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