EskiJack (American Eskimo Jack Russell Mix) - Cross Dog Breed

EskiJack (American Eskimo Jack Russell Mix) – Cross Dog Breed

EskiJack (Jacksimo) is a medium-sized hybrid dog breed resulting from American Eskimo Jack Russell mix. They are playful and family-friendly dogs, with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

This hybrid dog breed is not that famous as other Jack Russell mixed dog breeds. Therefore, I thought about sharing all the information after doing thorough research on Jacksimos.

Suppose you consider raising an American Eskimo and Jack Russell Mix. In that case, you might be thinking about their breed facts such as origin, appearance, health, behaviours, etc. Once you finish reading this, you will know everything about this beautiful dog breed. 

I have listed the main topics that I discuss in this topic below. Feel free to jump straight to the topic you want. Let’s get started.

Fast facts – Jack Russell Terrier and American Eskimo mix (EskiJack)

Average height 10 to 14 inches
Average weight 25 to 30 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 14 years
Suitable for Singles or Couples, Active seniors, Apartments
Temperament Playful, Alert, Intelligent
Good for families?Yes
Other nicknamesJacksimo, JackEski, EskiJack, Eski Russell
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Origin of Jack Russell American Eskimo Mix (EskiJack)

Origin of Jack Russell Eskimo Mix (EskiJack)

EskiJack and Jackskimo are other names for American Eskimo and Jack Russell Mix. The origin of this hybrid dog breed is still a mystery. There is not any documented evidence about their origin.

However, it is considered that EskiJack’s origin could have happened in the 1990s somewhere in the USA.

This Hybrid dog breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) yet. However, the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), Dog Registry of America (DRA) and Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) have recognized this designed dog breed.

Typically, the mother is American Eskimo, and the father is Jack Russell when the Eski Jack mix happens because of their size difference. Since both parents were bred as working dogs, we can expect some hunting instincts and predatory behaviors from Eskijacks.

It would be better to explore the purebred Jack Russell Terrier and American Eskimo’s origin to get a clear idea of EskiJack’s origin.

Origin of American Eskimo

Origin of American Eskimo

The origin of American Eskimo runs to the 1800s in Germany. They were bred as working dogs on the farms. They were highly trainable and intelligent.

Therefore, they helped farmers to control sheep, cows and other animals with minimum supervision. It made a higher demand for these beautiful and fluffy dogs.

In the early 1900s, German people brought this dog breed to the USA. Later, they changed the name to American Spitz. However, Americans changed that dog’s name again in the 2nd world wartime due to distance from its German lineage. Then, it became the American Eskimo.

However, Eskimos have become one of the best family dogs nowadays because of their beauty, bravery and loyalty. They are not working dogs nowadays, but we can see them perform in circuses and dog shows.

The American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1994. There are three sizes in American Eskimos: Standard, Miniature and Toy.

The standard size is a full-sized dog with 15 – 19 inches tall and 25 – 35 lbs weight. Miniature dogs are tall, around 12 – 15 inches and weigh around 10 – 20 pounds. Toy Eskimo is the smallest one with an average height of 9 – 12 inches and 6 – 12 lbs in weight.

They have a beautiful White color coat with long hair. The chubby and fluffy look makes them adorable. The black eyes and nose highlight their white color body and bring a cute look to their faces.

History of Jack Russell Terrier

History of Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell has a long history that runs for two centuries back. Mr John Jack Russell bred this marvellous dog breed, also known as Parson Russell Terrier, in England in the early 1800s’.

Jack Russell has endless energy, remarkable speed and undivided alert. They were good at hunting, digging and following small animals to make the pace for easy hunting for their owners. Therefore, hunters used them for hunting purposes at that time.

However, Jacks have become family dogs nowadays. They are one of the trending dog breeds because of their small size, skills and loyalty. Most importantly, JRTs have high intelligence and common sense.

There are pros and cons of Jack Russells as every dog breed. However, if you train them regularly, you can expect a gentle and obedient dog. Jacks have a relatively longer lifespan than other small dog breeds. And also, JRTs have fewer old age problems than other dog breeds.

Jacks need early socialization to reduce their aggressive behaviour towards other small animals and pets. On the contrary, he knows how to interact with friends and family members well.

Read – Jack Russell Terrier Breed Facts (All about JRTs)

The Appearance of EskiJack

The Appearance of EskiJack

We know that it is not easy to predict precisely the appearance of a hybrid or a mixed dog. Typically, they take a significant appearance from either parent. And also, the appearance may vary even within the puppies of the same litter.

As I mentioned earlier, the American Eskimo is a larger dog than the Jack Russell Terrier. Therefore, the mix of Jack Russell and Eskimo creates a small dog in between the sizes of Jacks and Eskimos. Nevertheless, the size of the mixed dog depends on the influence of either parent’s genes.

Typically, Jackskimos get a strong body with dense muscles. Their height can be between 10 – 16 inches, and their weight can be 25 to 30 lbs. Male Eskijack can be a little bit bigger than females.

They may have a long coat like the Eskimo or a short coat like JRTs. And also, they have triangular-shaped short ears.

We have seen that Eskijacks have several coat colors such as White, Brown and Cream or a mix of those colors. Typically they have black eyes and nose that highlight with their wide smile.

How big does an American Eskimo Jack Russell Mix get?

Typically, the size and appearance of a mixed dog cannot be predictable, especially when the parents’ sizes differ. However, EskiJack’s average size is 10 to 14 inches in height and 25 to 30 lbs in weight.

Female EskiJacks are a little bit smaller than males. However, there is not any standard size or weight for this mixed breed yet. Their appearance totally depends on their parent breed’s influence and the quality of their genes.

The temperament of EskiJack (Common Facts)

As we discussed earlier, EskiJack’s parents were bred as hunting and working dogs. Still, they carry their hunting instincts and predatory behaviors with them.

Therefore, you can expect excessive energy, uninterrupted alert, and companionship from Jack Russell and American Eskimo mixed dogs.

EskiJacks are lovely and obedient dogs with unconditional love for their family members. They respect their owner’s commands when they train well. EskiJacks are extremely intelligent. Therefore, they can learn tricks and skills easily without putting in too much effort.

And also, EskiJacks have a gentle and kind approach towards kids. They are highly tolerative and protective of kids. That is another plus point of the Jack Eskimo mix.

However, as I mentioned earlier, Jack and Eskimo both inherited hunting instincts. Therefore, it would be best to start training them at their younger age, around 3 to 6 months.

Sometimes, EskiJacks may become aggressive towards strangers and small animals due to the Jack Russell Terriers temperament influence. Therefore, try to socialize them as much as possible at their younger age.

Eskimo and Jack Russell mix create playful and funny dogs. They have excessive energy and capacity for playing hours. It would be best if you have enough space in the home or have access to a garden. That is the best joy they can have.

Like Jack Russells, EskiJacks will get mentally stressed if they don’t get enough exercise. Therefore, keep in mind to provide them with enough physical activities to keep them active.

These dogs are highly tolerant of any weather condition. Therefore, they can stay the same in high temperatures or minus degrees.

However, if you take them out in the wintertime, try to cover them with a heat-protective blanket. And also, you can use a cooling pad in the summertime to reduce the heat.

After considering the above facts, you can see that the purebred Jack Russell and American Eskimo mix creates a wonderful dog.

Are American Eskimo Jack Russell mixes guard dogs?

Yes, they can be guard dogs. Both of their parents were hunting and guard dogs. Therefore, the Jackskimo have the same strength, courage, and attentiveness in their genes which are vital to guard dogs. 

As we discussed earlier, they are overprotective about the owner’s safety. Therefore, they may be aggressive towards strangers. And also, they are loyal dogs with endless love for their owners.

Are EskiJacks aggressive?

Yes, sometimes they may be aggressive like any dog. But they are not dangerous to raise as a family dog. Typically, they are loyal and obedient dogs to family members.

However, early age training is mandatory if you plan to raise an EskiJack. Also, let them move with other pets and strangers to socialize at their young age. This will help to minimize their aggressiveness.

How often should you wash an Eskimo and Jack Russell mix?

Typically, EskiJacks have a long and thick coat. Sometimes, they may have a short and dense coat like JRT. Therefore, the washing frequency depends on their coat. 

EskiJacks with long hair may have a strong doggy smell. If so, you can wash them twice a week or less. However, it would be best if you brush them frequently because they shed moderately throughout the year. If not, you won’t be able to find a spot without their shiny hairs.

How much exercise do EskiJacks need?

As I mentioned earlier, Jack Russell Terrier and American Eskimo were working dogs. They have excessive energy and capacity for physical activity for hours. Therefore, their mental and physical health depends on their exercises. 

It is recommended to have around 40 – 50 minutes of regular daily activities such as running, walking or playing with EskiJacks. They are perfect Jogging companions that motivate their owners to be healthy.

What are the common Health issues EskiJacks mixes have?

What are the common Health issues Jack Eskimo mixes have?

Jack Russell and American Eskimo mixes are healthy dogs. Nevertheless, they are prone to common genetic health issues from their parent breeds. 

  • Eye diseases – There is a possibility of eye diseases like Cataracts, Lens luxation and Glaucoma.
  • Patellar luxation – This is a congenital disease among small dog breeds. It happens with the misalignment of the kneecap.
  • Deafness – EskiJacks are prone to complete or partial deafness in their old age.
  • Heart diseases – Eskimos are prone to a range of heart problems such as Cardiomyopathy, Heartworm disease and Chronic degenerative valve disease. 

However, they are comparatively healthy dogs against common diseases. Most importantly, they are good with heavy weather conditions.

How much do EskiJack puppies cost?

American Eskimo and Jack Russell Mix puppies’ cost could be around 400$ to 650$ (500-600 Euros), depending on their health, colour, and size. It is a relatively lower cost than other Jack Russell mixes like Jug, JackPit, Cojack, Jackabee, Jackshund and Jackhuahua

Puppies of the first litter could be even more expensive than others. Therefore, my advice is to negotiate with the breeder before you make the purchase. Also, keep some extra bucks for initial expenses like tests, shots, deworming, chipping, carrier, collar, and leash. 

American Eskimo and Jack Russell Mix lifespan

EskiJacks have got 12-14 years of average life expectancy. It has a relatively better lifespan than other Jack Russell Mixes like JackRat, Jorkie, Jackapoo, Jackador and Jack Tzu

Read – Jack Russell Terrier’s lifespan

Every dog’s lifespan depends on its owners’ care and protection. Therefore, we have a liability of taking care of them in the best interest.


American Eskimo and Jack Russell Terrier Mix create a gentle and strong dog breed with a lovely appearance. We have discussed their origin, history, temperament, appearance, health and many more. I hope this post helped you to know about this beautiful dog breed. 

Thank you for reading this post, and stay tuned with us to read more about dogs! Cheers from Shaggy and Lenny.


  • Lisa Watson

    Lisa W. is a practicing certified veterinarian (BVetMed Hons in Veterinary Medicine) who graduated from Royal Veterinary College, UK. One of her research fields is mixed-dog breeds and their temperament, behavioral issues, and genetic health concerns. Also, she gathers data about purebred dog breeds and their origin, lifespan, and genetic conditions. Lisa is a loving dog parent who is keen to share her expertise with other fellow dog parents.

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  • George Brown

    George B. is the founder of the JRO Organization. He believes in creating a better world for domestic animals. He believes domestic animals are more vulnerable than other animals, especially dogs, since they have been used to depending on their owners for generations. So, he started JRO to share his ideas and insights while helping vulnerable dogs worldwide. George runs multiple projects on street dogs in developing countries, especially Sri Lanka.

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