Today’s post adds to my series about Whippet mixes. I’m focusing on the Whippet Jack Russell mix: a cross between two very popular dog breeds.
Like the Whippet, the Jack Russell Terrier has its origins in my home country, England. They too were bred to lend a helping hand and work for their keep.
The Jack Russell is an intelligent, feisty and fearless dog breed much loved by many. By contrast the Whippet temperament can be a little more reserved.
In this post I’m going to look at the Whippet Jack Russel mix to explain what you might expect from this cross breed dog. I’ll be looking at the following areas…
Table of Contents
- Whippet Jack Russell Mix Appearance
- Exercise & Care
- Whippet Jack Russell Mix Images from Instagram
Whippet Jack Russell Mix Appearance
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small, muscular dog while the Whippet is classed as medium-sized. It’s possible that due to the sizes of its parents, a Whippet Jack Russell mix will possibly fall within a height range of 12″ to 18″ (30.cms to 45cms) and have a weight between 14lbs to 40lbs (6.3 kg to 18.1kg).
It should be noted that Whippet Jack Russell mix sizes can vary considerably. It may be that a Jackawhip has the same size as either a purebred Jack Russell or a purebred Whippet.
Since the Jack Russell can have three different coat varieties (smooth, broken and rough), the coat of a Whippet Jack Russell mix may vary considerably too. Whippets have short, smooth coats so a cross with a Jack Russell might produce a smooth or wiry short coat.
In terms of coloration, Jackawhips can be varied too. Whippets come in a range of colours from white, blue, black, bridle to mixes in between. Jack Russells tend to be white with black or tan marks.lack
A Whippets Jack Russell mix may well be born with various colours and markings.
Like most terriers, the Jack Russell is feisty, confident and full of beans. They were bred for hunting and so they have a strong prey drive, which means they like to chase things. Whippets too have a strong drive to chase.
As a consequence, Whippet Jack Russell mixes will have a strong urge to run after things that look like sport. This might make it difficult for those with other smaller pets in the home.
We found that our purebred Whippet could not live with a cat, and this could definitely be the same for a Jackawhip. Maybe not impossible, but difficult.
Whippets and Jack Rusells generally make good family pets and are great with children but early socialisation will likely be beneficial for mixes of the two.
Whippets are not known to be very vocal dogs (though mine is a barker!) whereas Jack Russells have a reputation for being yappy. That said, I know someone who owns a Whippet Jack Russell mix and he’s quite gentle and not at all “yappy”… he is very playful though and full of energy!
I’ll say here that it’s important to ensure Jack Russell Whippet crosses get the exercise they need to keep them happy (see below).
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Whippet Jack Russell Mix Health
It’s always difficult to predict specific health issues that might affect crossbred dogs. Like all breeds, Whippets and Jack Russells are predisposed to certain health problems, which may or may pass onto a Whippet Jack Russell mix.
The following shows the health problems associated with both purebred parent breeds.
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia
- Luxating Patellas
- Primary Lens Luxation
- Leggs Perthes Disease
- Gum disease
- Canine Hemangiosarcoma
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Canine von Willebrand’s Disease
- Orthopaedic Injuries
- Sensitivity to Anaesthesia
- Sensitivity to Cold
As with any dog, screening your Jackawhip for health issues early on will enable you to prepare for or prevent certain health problems before they arise. It will also be worth understanding the health of both parents in advance.
Assuming a Whippet Jack Russell cross is given the exercise it requires and see a veterinary professional regularly, it may live between to 12 to 16 years.
Find out about more about Whippet health problems.
Jackawhip Exercise & Care
Jack Russells and Whippets are not low-maintenance dogs and require daily exercise and play.
Jack Russells were bred for hunting and they have great endurance. Whippets are speed merchants also bred for chasing and catching.
Put these two together and you’ll have a dog that needs up to an hour of exercise each day in a place where they can be let off the leash safely. An enclosed area would probably be best for them, since any dog with a strong urge to chase can get itself into trouble when the prey drive kicks in.
As such, you should always keep a Whippet Jack Russell mix on a leash if you’re walking together near roads or other places where running free might cause them or others a danger.
You’ll also need to be prepared to play together at home. Whippets and Jack Russells need mental stimulation too, like most other dog breeds
A lack of sufficient daily exercise and play may result in destructive or anti-social behaviours. However, a properly exercised Jackawhip that enjoys play with it’s family on top will help to keep it happy and healthy.
All dog breeds shed and no dog is completely hypoallergenic. A Whippet Jack Russell mix will require regular grooming to keep fur and dander down to low levels in your home.
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Whippet Jack Russell Mix Images from Instagram
The Whippet Jack Russell mix results in a playful, intelligent and perhaps independent dog as you might expect it’s parent breeds.
As a general rule, a Jackawhip will likely be smaller than a purebred Whippet and larger than a Jack Russel, though the size of any mixed breed dog can of course vary.
Here’s a snapshot of
- Weight: 14lbs to 40lbs (6.3 kg to 18.1kg)
- Height: 12″ to 18″ (30.cms to 45cms)
- Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years
- Temperament: Playful, loving and possibly independent (training may be advantageous)
- Exercise Requirement: High… up to 1 hour a day + additional play
- Suitable for Families: Yes… the Jackawhip’s size makes it suitable for apartment living
See all my posts about Whippet cross breeds.
Do you own a Whippet Jack Russell mix? What’s been your experience? Please leave a comment below to let me know.