Jack Russell Labrador Mix (Jackador) - Cross Hybrid Dog Breed

Jack Russell Cross Labrador Mix (Jackador) – Hybrid Dog Breed

Jackador is a designed hybrid dog breed resulting from the Jack Russell cross Labrador mix. They are healthy, family-friendly and intelligent dogs. Jackador is famous for his lovely appearance, playful attitude and exceptional companionship.

Jackador is a mid-sized dog with a lovely and adorable appearance. They have an average of 12 years lifespan, a relatively lower lifespan than other mixed dogs. Lab Terrier mix is an excellent combination of two hunting dogs that have ancestral predatory behaviors.

Therefore, Jackador is an all-in-one package for companionship, fun, safety and many things that a dog owner expects.

Suppose you consider raising a Lab Jack Russell cross Mix. In that case, you might be thinking about their facts such as origin, appearance, health concerns, temperament, etc.

Bingo! I am going to discuss all the essential facts in this post. Once you finish reading this, you will know everything about this lovely dog breed.

I have listed below the main topics and frequent questions people ask about this breed. Feel free to jump straight to the topic you want. Let’s get started.

Fast Facts – Jackador (Jack Russell Labrador Mix)

Average height 16 to 20 inches
Average weight 25 to 50 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 14 years
Suitable for Singles or Couples, Families with Kids,
Active Seniors, Apartments
Temperament Intelligent, Active, Loyal, Playful, lively
Good for families? Yes
Other nicknames Jackador, Lab Jack, Jack-a-Dor,
Jackdor, JackLab
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Origin of Jack Russell cross Lab Mix – What is a Jackador?

Origin of Jack Russell Lab Mix - What is a Jackador?

Jackador, JackDor, LabJack and Jack-A-Dor are other names for Lab Jack Russell Mix. The origin of this trending hybrid dog breed is a mystery yet.

There is not any documented evidence about their origin. However, it is considered that Jackador’s origin could have happened in the 1970s 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) and Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) will take steps to recognize this dog breed due to high demand. That is a plus point for going for a Jackador than other mixed dog breeds.

Read – Pit Bull and Jack Russell Terrier Mix (Jack Pit)

As I mentioned earlier, Jackadors inherited hunting instincts and sociability from their parents. They are easy to train, friendly and good companions for families.

And also, still, they have ancestral predatory behaviours that give you safety from strangers and threats.

Typically, the mother is Labrador, and the father is Jack Russell when the Lab Jack mix happens because of their size difference.

Since both parents were bred as hunting dogs, we can expect some extreme energy and a healthy lifestyle from the Jackadors.

I hope that it would be better to explore Purebred Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador retriever’s origin to get a clear idea of Jack-A-Dor’s origin.

History of Jack Russell Terrier

History of Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell has a long history that runs for two centuries back. There was a need for a working dog with endless energy and high intelligence with a small body for hunting small foxes and rabbits.

As a result of that, Mr. John Jack Russell bred this marvelous dog breed, also known as Parson Russell Terrier, in England in the early 1800s’.

The specialities of Jack Russell are endless energy, remarkable speed and undivided alert, which were every hunter’s expectations.

They were good at hunting, digging and following small animals to make the pace for easy hunting for their owners. Therefore, JRT had a massive demand at that time within the hunters.

However, Jacks have become family dogs nowadays. They are one of the trending dog breeds because of their small size, multitasking skills and companionship. Most importantly, JRTs have high intelligence and common sense. They know how to adapt to any environment quickly.

Read – All You Need to Know about Jack Russell Terrier

There are pros and cons of Jack Russells as every dog breed. However, if you train them well regularly, you can expect a gentle dog. As I mentioned earlier, they have a relatively long lifespan. Typically, Jack Russells have fewer old age problems than other dog breeds.

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

Origin of Labrador Retriever

Origin of Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers have a long history like JRTs. They originated in Newfoundland, Canada, in the middle of the 1800s. Initially, they were bred as working dogs, especially for hunting purposes.

They are good at swimming and resisting heavy weather conditions. Therefore, fishermen used Labradors for retrieving fishes and hauling Fishermen boats from the water.

However, Labs have become one of the best family dogs nowadays because of their smart, friendly and charming attitudes. They are intelligent dogs with high energy and patience. Therefore, it is easy to train them well without losing their focus.

We can see they serve as service dogs and guard dogs in many countries. It is because of their training capacity and easy maintenance.

Labradors are full-sized dogs with a strong body structure. They could be 18 to 22 inches in height and 35 to 45 lbs in weight.

Labradors are bigger than Jack Russell Terriers. Therefore, JRT is the father when the Lab Jack Russell mix happens. However, it creates a mid-sized dog consisting of their parent breeds’ notable appearances.

The appearance of Jackador

We have discussed in our previous posts 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.

As I mentioned earlier, a Labrador retriever is a larger dog than the Jack Russell Terrier. Therefore, the mix of Jack Russell and Labrador creates a small dog in between the sizes of Jacks and Labs.

Nevertheless, the size of the mixed dog depends on the influence of either parent’s genes and the quality.

We have seen some Lab Jack Russell cross dogs are the same size as Labrador retrievers though the Jack Russell Terrier is small. Therefore, they may look like anything between a fully grown JRT or a small Lab. And also, Jackador’s size could differ even within the same litter.

The appearance of Jackador

Typically, Jackadors get a strong body with dense muscles. Their height can be between 16 – 20 inches, and their weight can be 25 to 50 lbs. Male Jackador’s can be a little bit bigger than females.

They have a short and water-resistant coat like their parents. And also, they have triangular-shaped folded ears. Still, sometimes I have seen there are some Jackadors with partially erect triangular shaped ears.

We have seen that Labradors have several coat colors such as White, Black, Yellow and Chocolate. And, Jacks have the standard white and brown colors. However, Lab Jack Mix mostly takes Labrador’s coat colors such as Cream, Brown or Black.

Read – Jack Russell and Pug Mix (Jug)

How big does a Jack Russell cross Labrador Mix get?

Typically, the size and appearance of a mixed dog cannot be predictable. It can vary even within the same litter. However, Jackador’s average size is 16 to 20 inches in height and 25 to 50 lbs in weight.

Female Jackadors are a little bit smaller than males. If you plan to adopt a Lab Jack Mix, my advice is not to worry about their size because they don’t give an exact standard size or measurements.

Their appearance totally depends on their parent breed’s influence and the quality of their genes. You can expect a small to a medium-sized dog because of JRT’s size.

The best thing is, every mixed dog is a unique dog and has a different appearance and size.

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The temperament of Labrador Jack Russell Mix (Common Facts)

As we discussed earlier, Jackador’s parents were bred as hunting and working dogs. Still, they carry their ancestral predatory behaviours and hunting instincts.

Therefore, you can expect excessive energy, uninterrupted alert, and overprotective behaviours from Jack Russell Lab mixed dogs.

However, Jack Labs are lovely and obedient dogs with undivided love for their family members. They respect their owner’s commands when they train well. Jackadors are extremely intelligent. Therefore, they can learn tricks, commands and other skills easily and quickly.

Most importantly, Jackadors know how to adapt to the situation. They know how to read human behaviors well and react to them. Therefore, I can say that Lab Jack mix creates a perfect companion.

And also, we know that Labrador has a gentle and kind approach towards kids. Jackador has got the same attitude which is highly tolerative and protective about kids. That is another plus point of Jack Lab mix.

However, as I mentioned earlier, Jack and Lab both dogs inherited hunting instincts. Therefore, it would be best if you start training them at their younger age. Proper and continuous training is beneficial for maintaining your dog’s destructive behaviours.

Most importantly, if you raise a dog with small kids, you should teach your kids the safe way of approaching the dog. That will create an unconditional relationship with your kids and dogs, no matter what dog breed.

The temperament of Jackador (Common Facts)

Sometimes, they may become aggressive towards strangers and small animals. Therefore, it is recommended to socialize them as much as possible at their younger age. That will help them to build trust towards strangers and behave well.

Jack Russell cross Labrador mix is a playful dog. They have excessive energy and capacity for playing hours. So, they need space to be active all the time. It would be best if you have enough space in the home or have access to a garden.

Like Jack Russells, Jackadors will get mentally and physically suppressed if they don’t get enough exercise. Therefore, keep in mind to provide the freedom they need.

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 make them cover with a blanket.

Read – Why Jack Russells are Shaking?

After considering the above facts, you can see that the purebred Jack Russell and Labrador retriever mix creates a remarkable combination.

Are Jack Russell Labrador mix guard dogs?

Yes, of course. Both of their parents were hunting and guard dogs. Therefore, the Jackadors have the same strength, courage, and attentiveness in their genes.

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. They will guard you no matter the size of the threat. 

Are Jackadors aggressive?

Yes, sometimes they may be aggressive like any dog. It doesn’t mean that they are dangerous. If they think something or someone could be a threat, they will be aggressive. 

Typically, they are loyal and obedient dogs to family members. However, early age training is mandatory if you plan to raise a Jackador.

Also, let them move with other pets and strangers to socialize at their young age. This will help to minimize their aggressive behaviors.

Are Jack Russell cross Labrador mixes stubborn?

Yes, sometimes. Mixed dogs carry good qualities as well as bad qualities from their parents. Jack Russell Terriers have stubborn behaviors. Even though Labrador retrievers are obedient dogs, Jack Russell and Lab mixes may be stubborn. 

It is the nature of energetic dog breeds. They may not respect the new instructions and orders when they are in a mood. Sometimes, they think they are the leader of the pack. Therefore, you need to train them well to follow the instructions. 

And also, it would be better if you let him understand that you are his boss. It’s not a complex task. Continuous training can reduce a dog’s unwanted behaviors easily.

How often should you wash a Labrador and Jack Russell mix?

Typically, Jackadors have a short and thick coat. Therefore, they don’t have a strong doggy smell. You don’t need to wash them frequently. It would be better if you can wash them once per week.

It is recommended to brush their coat and teeth regularly. That is a big plus about adopting a Jackador. 

How much exercise do Jackadors need?

How much exercise do Jackadors need?

As I mentioned earlier, Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Retriever were working dogs. They have excessive energy and capacity for physical activity for hours. Therefore, they need a lot of exercises to maintain their mental and physical health. 

It is recommended to have around 30 – 40 minutes of regular daily activities such as running, walking or playing with Jackadors. The plus point is, you can spare more time for your physical fitness when you have an active dog.

What are the common Health issues Jack Lab mixes have?

Jack Russell and Labrador mixes are healthy and tough dogs. Nevertheless, they are prone to common genetic health issues from their parent breeds. That is a common fact for most mixed dog breeds.

Jack Russell Terriers

  • Eye diseases – There is a possibility of having several 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. It is one of the painful old age problems that Jack Russell suffer.
  • Deafness – JRTs are prone to complete or partial deafness in their old age.


  • Heart diseases – Labs are prone to a range of heart problems such as Cardiomyopathy, Heartworm disease and Chronic degenerative valve disease. 
  • Ear infections – Lab’s large and floppy ears cause bacterial infections easily.

Therefore, Jackadors may have the above-mentioned health issues. However, they are comparatively healthy dogs against common diseases. Most importantly, they are good with heavy weather conditions.

Do Jackadors get along with other pets?

Do Jackadors get along with other pets?

Yes, of course. They love to play with other pets. However, you need to train them and socialize them to avoid their destructive behaviour towards other pets at their younger age. Otherwise, they could get messy around with other pets.

Are Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador mix good for families?

Yes, they are perfect family dogs. Typically, they are so gentle with kids. However, please keep your eyes open when they are with small kids. You can expect a perfect family companion with regular and proper training.

How much do Labrador crossed with Jack Russell puppies cost?

Jack Lab 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 JackPit, Cojack, Jackabee and Jackhuahua

Puppies of first litter are 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. 

Labrador and Jack Russell Mixed lifespan

Jackadors have got 10-14 years of average life expectancy. It has relatively less lifespan than other Jack Russell Mixes like JackRat, Jorkie, Jackapoo and Jack Tzu

Read – Jack Russell Terrier’s lifespan

Most importantly, it would be best to understand that any dog’s lifetime depends on its owners. Proper care and the alert about our dogs is the key for them to give the maximum lifetime.

Conclusion of Labrador crossed with Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier and Labrador Mix create a humble, gentle, and strong dog breed. We 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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