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Jack A Ranian

Jack A Ranian Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 12-15”
Weight: 8-14 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Jack A Ranian is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Golden
  • Tan
  • Chocolate
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 13-15 years
Jack-A-Ranian pups are a cross between a Pomeranian and a Jack Russell Terrier. These high-energy dogs contribute a lot to the temperament and overall health of the crossbreed. Both of the parent breeds have health issues later in life, but the Jack-A-Ranian is known for being a healthy breed. There are a few health problems, but the major issues can usually be taken care of with regular medication, and sometimes surgery.


Some dogs are born deaf, whereas others have health conditions that cause deafness later in life. Jack-A-Ranian dogs are prone to frequent ear infections, thanks to their Pomeranian genetics. This results in blockages of ear wax and other gunk, which if left untreated, can cause a partial hearing loss in one or both ears. Old age, ear canal injuries (scratches, lacerations, bug bites, etc.), and congenital ear abnormalities can also cause deafness. There is no cure for deafness, but you can consult with a vet and professional dog trainer to discover new ways of communication with your pup.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

This disease affects the femur bone, causing it to decay slowly and collapse. The degeneration allows one bone to rub against the other, which can pinch nerves and cause a painful, grinding limp. Over time, if left untreated, this disease can result in debilitating arthritis and further degradation of surrounding bones. Through surgery, vets can usually replace them femur bone with a synthetic bone. Prescription painkillers can help with any arthritic pain.

Other health problems that Jack-A-Ranian dogs may face include cataracts, allergies, epilepsy, and dental decay. To keep your pup happy and healthy, schedule regular vet visits, feed your dog healthy, wholesome meals, and make sure they get plenty of exercise. They have a lengthy lifespan of 13-15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

Vibrant, lively, and boisterous, Jack-A-Ranian dogs are very high-energy and social. He loves playing outside, especially running with other dogs or playing games with young children. He is an excitable breed, thanks to his Jack Russell Terrier genetics. His love of people makes him eager to please and loyal, but he can be protective if he thinks his owner is in danger. He wants constant attention, but his stubborn, defiant streak comes out when he doesn’t think he’s getting the love and affection he deserves.

Sometimes Jack-A-Ranian pups have a problem with animals that are bigger than them. Big dogs, because of their intimidating size, are seen as threats, so your crossbreed canine might get a little jumpy and hostile. He can be yappy when distressed, so socialize your pup early to avoid size-aggression issues. Take him to a dog park as a puppy to show him that he can play with all kinds of dogs. Or, introduce him to other dogs in your family or neighborhood to help him get over his fear of larger breeds.

Jack-A-Ranian dogs are smart and eager to please. These traits make him easy to train, but he has a short attention span. To keep his attention trained on you, persuade him with praise and the promise of desirable treats to reward good behavior. These dogs are prone to barking continuously if they feel threatened or scared. Persistent, consistent training is a good way to teach him when it’s okay to bark and when he should keep quiet.

These crossbreed pups are small, but they have explosive energy packed into their tiny bodies. When he is outside, you can bet he’ll be running, digging, jumping, and having a great time. You can teach him to be calmer inside to make him a better indoor dog for small apartments. Take him on at least three walks a day, and invest in plenty of toys to keep him occupied indoors.


Jack-A-Ranian dogs usually take after the Jack Russell Terrier with a short, silky coat. This means they can be hypoallergenic, but you’ll have to consult your vet to make sure. Dogs with this type of coat should be brushed at least two times a week to avoid shed build-up.

If your Jack-A-Ranian takes after the Pomeranian with a long-haired coat, he should be brushed at least once daily to remove excess hairs. Bathe him when he gets dirty (around once a month). Trim or file his nails bi-weekly. Invest in a dog toothpaste to brush his teeth 2-3 times a week.


Jack-A-Ranians are little, but they have tons of energy, so a high-protein, moderate-fat diet helps them re-energize. Keep wholesome dry kibble on hand for two meals a day. Feed your Jack-A-Ranian a ½ cup of dry dog food for each meal. Opt for a heartier kibble with wholesome ingredients, like lean meats and whole grains. These crossbreed canines have a tendency to gain a lot of weight if they overeat, so stick with healthy foods that do good things for their body.

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On average, a Jack-A-Ranian pup will cost between $200-$500 from a breeder. Some breeders charge more or less depending on the gender, color, and your plans to breed, spay, or neuter your new puppy. Some breeders will even ask you to sign a waiver that contractually obligates you to spay or neuter your pup when it comes of age.

Check out the local shelters first to see if any Jack-A-Ranian dogs need a good home. Adoption fees range from $150-$300, but that often includes a rabies shot, flea treatment, and routine vet check-up

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. Jack-A-Ranian dogs are a 1.5 on the Paws ‘N’ Pups scale. They are easy to care for with lively, sweet, rambunctious dispositions. The only negatives are their health issues later in life and their stubbornness towards other dogs. However, health problems are easily taken care of with regular vet visits. And the stubborn streak can be trained out of them with determined socialization and persistent commands.


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