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The Lovable Hunter: Facts About The Beagle Jack Russell Mix

At A Glance

What happens when you cross breed a Jack Russell, famous for its strong hunting skills and a Beagle, known for its sniffing and tracking ability? You get an energetic, agile, and tenacious hybrid that ticks all the right boxes and has:

  • Incredible hunting skills
  • Astute tracking abilities
  • Keen problem solving potential

Last Updated on: Aug 10, 2023

The Beagle Jack Russell mix houses a genetic pool that abounds with the hunting prowess of the Jack Russell Terrier and the tracking abilities of the Beagle. It’s a dynamic combination that makes this designer dog invincible.

Besides its love for hunting, this small-to-medium-sized dog also makes for a loving, loyal companion, especially when it is socialized at an early age. However, Jack-A-Bees (or even Jackabee) is a high-energy breed that requires plenty of mental stimulation and affection.

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A Look at the Jack-A-Bees’ Lineage

The Jack Russell Terrier Beagle mix is a fairly new, mixed-breed dog. The Jackabee was likely bred around the ’90s and early 2000s. The plausible scenario is that it was bred to produce a new class of expert hunting and tracking dogs.

Parent Breeds

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The Beagle and Jack Russell are among the popular breeds around. It’s natural, then, that their offspring – the Jackabee hybrid has its following among dog breeders for several reasons.

Jack Russell Terrier

Believed to have descended from the now extinct White Terrier and Fox Terrier, Jack Russells are small, compact, and muscular dogs known for being agile, intelligent, and highly energetic. Curious and independent, this breed thrives on mental and physical stimulation and harbors an instinct to hunt or find. The jaunty Jack Russell Terriers originated in England in the 19th century and were primarily used to hunt foxes.

The dog breed got its name from the Reverend John Russell, who was instrumental in developing terrier breeds with a blend of intelligence, social skills, energy, and strong hunting capabilities.

Its weather-resistant double coat is typically short and dense with varying patterns and colors, including white, black, tan, or brown. It has long, slender legs, a hallmark rectangular head, a defined jaw, almond-shaped eyes, and triangular ears that fold forward.

The Beagle

With deeply expressive eyes and a warm, friendly gaze, the Beagle is among the most popular family dogs. It has floppy ears, an upright tail, and a bi-colored or tri-colored coat in white and shades of brown. Just like the Jack Russell Terrier, the Beagle is also a fun-loving and active breed. It has a keen sense of smell that makes it an astute hunter and tracker.

The breed’s roots can be traced back to the mid-1400s in England, where it was primarily used as a hunting companion. Modern-day Beagles are believed to have descended from Talbot Hounds from around the 11th century. But some dog history enthusiasts believe that Beagles were already around as early as 400 BC.

Facts About the Beagle Jack Russell Terrier Mix

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A Loyal Family Pet

The amiable Jackabees generally get along with children and other pets if socialized at an early age. They are inherently playful, active, deeply loyal, and nurturing, which makes them ideal family pets.

“They bond with the entire family rather than primarily one person (sometimes two). They’re high energy though, and require a lot of attention.” says Ian Armstrong, an animal lover.

Appearance & Grooming

The Beagle Jack Russell Mix is a small-to-medium-sized dog, approximately 10-15 inches tall, with an athletic build, proportioned physique, and coat and facial appearances similar to terriers.

As a result, it has low-to-moderate grooming needs, and an occasional bath is all this breed needs to maintain its coat. Regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, dental care, and routine vet checkups should be enough to keep it healthy and in good shape.


Like its parent breeds, this dog is intelligent and responds well to firm, consistent training and positive reinforcements. However, thanks to its genetic layout, this breed is known to assert its independence.

Katie Bjorkman, a dog trainer, agrees. She says, “It is certainly not a dog I would get if obedience was high on my list of desired traits in a dog.”

But an assertive trainer can easily address this issue.

Exercise Level

Given the active nature of the parent breeds, Jackabees get bored easily. They thrive in environments with plenty of activity and stimulation. Therefore, if you are thinking of bringing home a Beagle Jack Russell mix, pencil in time for daily exercise and play, such as fetch, agility courses, long walks, tug of war, and more.

It also enjoys puzzle games and hunting games due to its keen problem-solving and hunting skills.


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Given its Beagle and Jack Russell lineage, this breed is loyal, amiable, curious, intelligent, and fun-loving – all the traits that make it a devoted family pet. However, its need for independence can also make it stubborn.

Jackabees require immense stimulation and attention. If bored, they can turn destructive and resort to chewing objects or digging.

Health & Nutrition

The Beagle Jack Russell mix is primarily an active, working dog breed and requires healthy, nutrient- and protein-rich meals.

This breed is susceptible to health issues such as hip dysplasia, obesity
, allergies, and vision problems.

Living Conditions

Despite its small size, the Beagle Jack Russel Terrier mix requires ample space to move around and exercise. They are highly adaptable, and can live comfortably in any living environment, including apartments.

However, since it is an active breed, it requires exponential activity and exercise without which it will turn restless and even destructive.

Size and Weight

Adult male and female Beagle Jack Russell mixes grow between 10-16 inches in height and can weigh between 15-30 pounds.


The average lifespan of a Beagle Jack Russell Terrier breed is 10-15 years.


The average cost of a Beagle Jack Russell Terrier is $350-$1,000 in the United States. If you intend to get this breed, ensure you connect with a reputable, professional breeder who has experience working with this breed.

Many experienced breeders can also help you choose a puppy with a temperament that matches your requirements.

Male Vs. Female Jackabees

Typically, a male Jackabee may be slightly bigger than a female Jackabee. Further, a male Jackabee also scent-marks its territories more than a female, and displays prominent dominant behavior.

Frequently Asked Questions


How Big Will A Jack Russell Beagle Mix Get?

An adult Beagle Jack Russell Mix can grow as tall as 10-16 inches at the withers. However a dog’s height also depends on its parental genes.

What Is The Personality Of A Jack Russell Beagle Mix?

This breed is clever, athletic, playful, and curious and makes for excellent hunters and trackers. It is independent and can be stubborn at times, but is also loyal, friendly, and eager to please.

Are Beagle Mixes Hard To Train?

Beagle and Jack Russell mixes are intelligent and eager to please. However, its need for adventure combined with its assertive and independent nature, can make it challenging to train this breed to sit still and follow orders.

However, with patience and consistency, you can teach it to behave a certain way, especially around people and other pets.

Do Jack Russell And Beagles Shed?

Jackabees are moderate shedders but may shed more during summer. But, if the dog takes after its Jack Russell parent, it may also shed during the spring and autumn transition.

Are Jack-A-Bees Hypoallergenic?

The Jack-A-Bee is a relatively hypoallergenic dog but still sheds (low to moderate). Brushing its hair down in the morning would be best to keep it from shedding inside your home, especially during the shedding season.

The Beagle Jack Russell Mix is a master hunter and tracker with a warm and affectionate personality. While it may not be recognized by major kennel organizations, it is an impressive breed that offers keenness and kindness that’s hard to resist.

If you’re looking for a family pet (and want to rid your home of rodents), an early socialized Jackabee is a great option. These furry friends never seem to run low on energy and can fill your home with liveliness, warmth, and a strong sense of connection.



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