Jack Russell Beagle Mix Information:
The Jack Russell breed originated from England in 18th century. They are known as “Beagles” because they were originally bred to hunt foxes. Today, there are two types of the breed; the American Jack Russell Terrier (also called American Pit Bull Terrier) and the English Mastiff. Both breeds have their own characteristics which make them different from each other.
American Jack Russell Terriers (AKS) are generally smaller than the English Mastiffs. Their body length ranges between 60 inches and 70 inches while their height varies from 75 to 90 centimeters. The AKS’s coat color is white with black markings. They weigh between 30 and 40 pounds while the average weight of an adult mastiff is around 80 pounds.
English Mastiffs (EMA) are larger than the American Jack Russell Terriers and reach up to 90 centimeters in height. Their body length ranges between 100 inches and 120 inches while their height varies from 110 to 130 centimeters. The EMA’s coat color is reddish brown with black markings. They weigh between 35 and 50 pounds while the average weight of an adult mastiff is around 95 pounds.
What Makes A Good Pet For You?
Both the American Jack Russell Terrier and the English Mastiff are loving, friendly, loyal and intelligent. These are traits that make them good pets. They are also fiercely protective of their owners and families. Training both dogs is easy as long as you set rules, boundaries and limitations for them while they are still puppies. They want to please their masters so they can be easily molded into obedient dogs.
The biggest difference between the two breeds is their size, demeanor and energy level. While the American Jack Russell Terrier is more energetic and playful, the English Mastiff is calm, patient and relaxed. The former breed is also more adaptable to apartment living while the latter prefers a house with a yard.
However, it is important to know that both dogs need adequate exercise and enough room to roam. If you have the time and energy to walk them and play with them daily, either of the two breeds can become a good pet for you.
Can You Afford Them?
Both the American Jack Russell Terrier and English Mastiff can be expensive to own. The average cost of an AKS is between $500 and $700 while the average cost of an EMA is around $700 to $900. This does not include the costs of essential medical care, food, toys, license, training classes and other miscellaneous expenses. It simply covers the initial cost of buying them. These costs also do not include the cost of buying a house big enough to accommodate your dog. If you prefer to buy a house with a big yard, the price will go even higher.
If cost is an issue, consider getting a mixed breed dog instead. Although purebred dogs are less likely to have health problems, mixed breeds are healthy too. They are also cheaper to buy and maintain. Expect to pay between $50 and $150 for a mixed breed dog.
What Else Should You Consider?
Both breeds have similar characteristics so whether you choose an American Jack Russell Terrier or English Mastiff, you are going to have a wonderful pet. However, if you want a dog that is easy to train, slightly smaller in size and does not shed too much, the American Jack Russell Terrier might be a better choice. This breed is also better for people who live in small apartments or do not have a yard to allow their dog to exercise. On the other hand, if you want a calm, loyal and loving companion that can also serve as a guard dog, the English Mastiff is a better option. Despite its large size, this breed is less energetic and is fine indoors or outdoors.
Whichever breed you choose, these dogs are sure to bring you many years of companionship and love.
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