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The Jack a Bee – a Jack Russell cross Beagle dog

Beagle dog and Jack Russell dog advice
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If you’re looking for a fun little dog for lots of family fun, then the Jack a Bee is the pup for you. This Jack Russell cross Beagle dog has a fantastic personality.

By Dawn Parrish

The Jack a Bee, a lively little breed of dog that is a wonder to watch.  However, its activity levels and amount of enthusiasm could probably be overwhelming for quieter owners. Known either as a Beagle-Jack Russell mix, or a Jack Russell-Beagle variety, this is a really unique breed. Eager to please its owners and very intelligent. If you’re considering a new canine addition then the Jack a Bee could be the one.

About the Jack a Bee breed

As this breed is a fairly new introduction to the canine world, the history is quite limited. Certainly, there is more information available relating to the parent breeds, the Beagle and the Jack Russell terrier. The hybrid Jack a Bee was first devised in the United States of America around the 2000s.  It seems as though there is limited information relative to the date and time of the crossbreed’s origin. Certainly, around this period, designer dogs became quite trendy. Breeders cottoned onto this popularity and since then the trend has continued to rise.

Beagle dog
Beagle parent dog ©Pixabay


Jack a Bee pups make marvellous pets for children when introduced at just a few weeks old. In contrast, an adult Jack a Bee might be quite apprehensive when introduced to strangers. Above all, they are a very easy breed to train, although may prove challenging for a first-time owner. Likewise, a Jack a Bee can be quite stubborn at times and easily distracted during training. However, with positive reinforcement and lots of discipline you should have a positive result.

jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier - parent of Jack a Bee ©Pixabay

Characteristics of the Jack a Bee

A Jack a Bee dog will present in various colour combinations. Certainly, the most widespread colours are white and black, white and tan, white with black patches and black.

Height Average: height of adult dog between 10 to 16 inches
Weight Average: weight between 15 to 30 lbs
Lifespan: between 10 and 15 years

Jack a Bees are compact size, bold, yet athletic dogs. With floppy ears from the Beagle genetics and being a slightly rounder, larger version of the terrier parent. Even more so, its tight, smooth coat takes after its Beagle relatives. Your pup may have either a cropped tail like the Jack Russell terrier or a longer version like the Beagle parent.


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Character of the Jack a bee

Both parent breeds, the Beagle and the Jack Russell terrier stem from British stock. Both species of dogs share similar mannerisms and personalities. Although dogs from the parent breeds are sometimes used for hunting sports, the Jack a Bee is almost always bought as a companion pet. Very loyal dogs, quite intelligent and certainly friendly. Ranking low on the upkeep scale although both parent dogs are prone to a slight shedding of their coats. Generally taking their facial features from the Beagle breed and body even more so like the terrier parent.

Common health issues  of the Jack a Bee

In the main, Jack a Bees are quite healthy dogs. Many of this breed live up to 15 years of age, some even longer. Certain breeders recognise that the dog’s vivaciousness results from hybrid strength which results when two purebreds have been combined.  Some health issues that can arise are allergies and skin problems.  They also appear to have problems processing human food.


The Jack a Bee requires just a balanced maintenance routine. Grooming a few times a week to keep the coat in tip-top condition and regular nail clipping. Certainly, due to their Jack Russell terrier lineage, they’re an energetic dog requiring plenty of playtimes, jogs and long walks. You will also discover that this Beagle cross Jack Russell dog loves playing vigorous games like fly-ball and Frisbee.


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Every dog has some traits that are quite undesirable, and the Jack a Bee is no exception. As a result of its Beagle ancestry, it will probably bark quite a lot. Likewise, expect a hyper personality, a bit like its Jack Russell parent. Certainly though, with correct training, you can keep your Jack a Bee pup well under control.

Additional information

These very sweet dogs have wonderful temperaments towards both children and adults. They are very happy socialising with new people in their lives. This big dog personality will certainly liven up your home. Likewise, it might be a bit of a handful. Get ready for lots of fun activities, playtime and chasing!

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