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Information About Bichon Russell Mix Puppies

Updated November 21, 2016

Bichon Russell puppies, also known as "Jackie-Bichon" puppies, are a mix of two purebred dogs--the Bichon Frise and the Jack Russell. Mixing two purebred dogs to create a hybrid, or designer dog, has become very popular. The Bichon Frise and Jack Russell each possess similar characteristics such as size and weight, but vary in personality and need for exercise. One cannot assume all Bichon Russells will be the same, as hybrid dogs have the potential to take on individual traits from each breed.

Hybrid Dogs

A hybrid dog is bred from mixing two purebred dogs of different breeds. Hybrid dogs are also referred to as designer dogs, and have become popular for their unique personalities and looks. Unlike purebred dogs, which are consistent in their traits due to generations of breeding, hybrids dogs can vary widely in appearance even within the same litter. Hybrid dogs are considered to be sturdier and healthier than purebred dogs, since they acquire the characteristics of two separate breeds.

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell is a spry, lively terrier known for its intelligence and strong hunting instincts. The Jack Russell enjoys playing with toys and has substantial energy for running, jumping and climbing. As with many small dogs, a Jack Russell can exhibit Small Dog Syndrome if not adequately trained. Small Dog Syndrome is demonstrated in dogs who believe they are the alpha pack leader and may give rise to dominant or wilful behaviour. However, with training and plenty of exercise, a Jack Russell terrier can be a loving, devoted pet. Jack Russell terriers have a lifespan of approximately 15 years, and require very little grooming due to their short, coarse coat.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise dogs are lively and affectionate companions, known for their charm and loyalty. They are obedient dogs requiring a patient but firm owner who does not tolerate inappropriately dominant behaviour such as Small Dog Syndrome. The Bichon does not shed and is hypoallergenic, and therefore requires frequent grooming to maintain the dog's fur. Bichons are descendants of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle, and were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1972. They have a lifespan of approximately 15 years.

Appearance

Given that both the Jack Russell and the Bichon Frise are small dogs, it is certain that the Bichon Russell puppy will be less than 9.07kg. and around 12 inches in height. However, that is where the similarities end. The Bichon Frise has a fluffy outer coat of fur and a soft under coat, and is hypoallergenic. The Bichon may be white, cream or apricot coloured, but generally is entirely the same colour. The Jack Russell has a short, coarse coat and is at least 51 per cent white in colour, with patches of brown, tan or black. The hybrid puppy may therefore be fluffy or coarse, and may be a single colour or patchy.

Temperment

Both the Bichon Frise and the Jack Russell breeds are known for their lively and spunky personalities. The Bichon is a sociable dog, good with children and other animals, and requires moderate exercise. The Jack Russell can be feisty and wilful with other animals if not trained properly, and must have brisk and thorough exercise on a daily basis. The hybrid puppy will likely be charming and friendly, but may vary in energy level and ability to deal with other animals in the household. As with all puppies, early training and consistent rules will help bring out the best traits in any breed.

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Sharon Harleigh has been writing for various online publications since 2008. She specializes in business, law, management and career advice. Harleigh is a proud graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School.