Husky Jack

Canis lupus

Last updated: May 11, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.



Husky Jack Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Husky Jack Conservation Status

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Husky Jack Facts

Fun Fact
Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.
Temperament
Social, energetic, and loyal
Diet
Omnivore

Husky Jack Physical Characteristics

Colour
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Light-Brown
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
11 to 16 years
Weight
40 pounds

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Due to the mix of genes, a Husky Jack’s coat may be a variety of colors including black, gray, white, red, sable, or mixed colors.

Husky Jacks are a mixed breed with one Siberian Husky parent and one Jack Russell Terrier parent. This hybrid breed was probably first created in the 1990s as a companion dog, but there aren’t set records to indicate exactly when it was first started. Due to the major differences in the appearance of Siberian Huskies and Jack Russell Terriers, there is a lot of variation in the looks and size of this crossbreed. Their personality can also vary quite a bit, but overall, they are very friendly and high-energy dogs. Since they have a tendency to be more stubborn, they are often a better choice for experienced owners or families with older children.

Owning a Husky Jack: 3 Pros and Cons

Pros! Cons!
Easy to groom: While these dogs do shed a fair amount, they are easy to groom. Brushing their coat about once a week is typically sufficient. Can be stubborn: Many of these dogs are very stubborn, which can make training them very challenging.
Playful: These dogs are a playful breed and can make a great companion for an active individual. High exercise needs: Husky Jacks are a very high-energy dog breed and will require a lot of daily exercise. Aim for 45 to 90 minutes each day with this breed.
Unique: Due to the mix of traits from the Siberian Husky parent and Jack Russel Terrier parent, they have a very unique appearance. Not hypoallergenic: Unlike some other mixed breed dogs, Husky Jacks are not a hypoallergenic breed and aren’t the best choice for homes with allergy suffers.

Husky Jack Size and Weight

Husky Jacks are a medium-sized dog breed. Males weigh slightly more than females with an average weight between 35 and 40 pounds compared to the females’ average weight of 30 to 35 pounds. Both males and females are typically between 17 and 19 inches tall.

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Height (Male) 17 inches to 19 inches
Height (Female) 17 inches to 19 inches
Weight (Male) 35 pounds to 40 pounds
Weight (Female) 30 pounds to 35 pounds

Husky Jack Common Health Issues

In general, these dogs are a healthy breed. However, there are still some health issues that they may face and you’ll want to be aware of them.

Epilepsy is one possible health condition that these dogs may develop. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures. If you suspect your dog is suffering from seizures, contact your veterinarian right away. They may be able to help control the seizures with medicine.

Some of them may also suffer from hip dysplasia. The ball and socket at the hip joint of a dog with hip dysplasia do not line up and develop properly. This causes them to rub against each other, which can make it very painful for the dog to walk. In some cases, surgery may be needed to correct hip dysplasia.

Laryngeal paralysis is another condition to look out for in some of these dogs. The voice box’s muscles are weakened by a degenerative disease. This can make it more difficult for dogs to breathe. This is more common in hot weather and can cause the dog to not be able to keep up with their regular amount of exercise. Contact your veterinarian if you believe your dog has Laryngeal paralysis; surgery may be required to correct it.

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Husky Jack Temperament and Behavior

The temperament of this dog can vary based on the specific mix of genes they inherit from the Siberian Husky and Jack Russell Terrier parents. In general, these dogs are very energetic and social. Most are friendly around other dogs but may try to prove that they are top dogs when in a group. For this reason, these dogs should be supervised around other dogs.

These dogs can also be very independent. While they are very intelligent, they can also be stubborn and mischievous at times as well, so they are not well-suited for inexperienced owners and can be quite challenging to train. Due to their personality traits and behaviors, Husky Jacks are also not necessarily the best choice for homes with young children.

How to Take Care of a Husky Jack

Since this is such a unique breed, it is important to keep their specific needs in mind as you care for them. Think about this breed’s temperament, nutritional needs, exercise requirements, and grooming needs as you plan to care for your new Husky Jack.

Husky Jack Food and Diet

As an active dog breed, it is important to make sure that your dog gets enough food. Choose high-quality food for active dogs for your Husky Jacks. In general, these dogs will need about three cups of food each day, but the exact amount your dog will require may vary based on his or her age, metabolism, health concerns, or other issues. Always check with your veterinarian if you are unsure if you are feeding your dog the right amount of food or the best formulation for his or her needs.

Puppies have a smaller stomach than their full-grown parents. Because of this, they should be fed smaller meals multiple times a day. Most puppies should eat between three and four times a day before they are six months. After this time, they can be fed twice a day.

Maintenance and Grooming

HuskThese dogs are not a hypoallergenic breed, and they do shed a lot. During the season changes, twice each year, they go through their shedding season and will shed even more. However, even with their shedding, they are still a pretty easy breed to maintain. Brushing them once a week can keep their shedding under control.

Your dog should also be bathed about once a month to keep them clean. Keep their ears clear of wax and build-up to prevent infections and trim their nails regularly to keep them short and prevent pain when walking. Be sure to also brush your Husky Jack’s teeth every day.

Training

These dogs are very intelligent, but also very stubborn. This mix of traits means that they can be a real challenge to train. Husky Jacks are not generally recommended for inexperienced owners due to how challenging they can be to train. If you adopt this crossbreed, you’ll want to start training them right away. You may also want to consider enrolling them in an obedience training class. If training your dog at home, stick with positive reinforcement methods are be sure to conduct shorter training sessions.

Exercise

Your dog will require a lot of exercise each day since they are such active dogs. Aim to get to your dog around 90 minutes of exercise each day. This can be in the form of long walks/jogs, games of fetch, or time to run around in a fenced-in backyard. Be sure to also have plenty of toys available in the house for your Husky Jack to play with.

Puppies

Since these dogs can be very stubborn, you’ll want to begin the training process with your new puppy right away. Look for an obedience training class for your puppy where you’ll be able to work with an experienced dog trainer. Also, be sure to socialize your puppy so they learn how to interact and behave in different situations.

Before bringing home your new puppy, purchase all the food and supplies he or she will need so you’re prepared. Make sure you have a dog bed, crate, toys, leash and collar, and treats for your dog. Also, find a veterinarian and schedule the first checkup to occur shortly after you bring the dog home.

Husky Jacks and Children

Husky Jacks are a very energetic breed and enjoy playtime with their families. They are also very loyal and loving. However, since these dogs can also be very stubborn and challenging to train, they are not generally recommended for homes with smaller children.

If you plan to bring a Husky Jack into a home with young children, be sure to supervise the children closely when they are with the dog to prevent accidental injury to either the child or the dog.

Dogs similar to Husky Jack

Siberian Huskies, Jack Russel Terriers, and Jackabees are three breeds that are similar to these dogs.

  • Siberian Husky: Husky Jacks are half Siberian Husky, so it makes sense that these two breeds are similar. Both breeds are known to be very stubborn and shed quite a bit. However, Siberian Huskies can be larger than Husky Jacks. While Husky Jacks only weigh up to 40 pounds, Siberian Huskies may weigh 60 pounds or more.
  • Jack Russell Terrier: Jack Russell Terriers are Husky Jacks are both very energetic breeds. Both breeds are also very intelligent. Jack Russell Terriers are smaller than Husky Jacks. They only weigh around 15 pounds compared to the 30- to the 40-pound weight of a Husky Jack.
  • Jackabee: Jackabees and Husky Jacks both have one parent that is a Jack Russell Terrier. Both crossbreeds inherited the Jack Russell’s high energy and will require a lot of exercise. Jackabees are typically shorter than Husky Jacks. Jackabees are only 10 to 16 inches tall, while Husky Jacks are 17 to 19 inches tall.

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Husky Jack FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does Husky Jack cost to own?

The cost to purchase a Husky Jack can vary based on the breeder you choose and the area where you live. In general, though, most Husky Jacks cost somewhere between $600 and $1,000 to purchase from a breeder. In some cases, you may also be able to find a Husky Jack to adopt through a rescue organization. This will likely cost less, and you should expect to spend a few hundred dollars.

As you think about the cost of purchasing a Husky Jack, keep in mind that you’ll have additional bills beyond the price the breeder or rescue organization charges. Husky Jacks have an average lifespan of 11 to 16 years, and you’ll need to be prepared to provide them the care they need for their entire life. You’ll need to purchase food, toys, supplies, veterinary care, and obedience training. Your first year owning the dog will likely cost between $1,000 and $1,500, and the following years of ownership will likely cost between $500 and $1,000.

How long does Husky Jack live?

The average lifespan of a Husky Jack is 11 to 16 years.

What is a Husky Jack?

A Husky Jack is a hybrid breed formed by breeding a Siberian Husky and a Jack Russell Terrier. Their personality and temperament can vary depending on the specific mix of genes that is inherited from each parent, but generally, they are a very high-energy and social breed. Husky Jacks are also intelligent and can be stubborn, so training them can be difficult.

How big do Husky Jacks get?

Husky Jacks typically weigh between 30 and 40 pounds and are between 17 and 19 inches tall.

Are Husky Jacks good family dogs?

Husky Jacks can be a good family dog for families with older children. They do best with experienced owners who are able to provide them the training and socialization they need since this breed can be very stubborn.

Are Husky Jacks hypoallergenic?

No, Husky Jacks are not a hypoallergenic breed. They shed a fair amount, especially during their two heavier shedding seasons.

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