Jack-A-Bee is generally a healthy dog that has an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years, so expect a long-term company with this fur baby.
Additionally, being a designer dog, the Jackabee can benefit from what is termed as ‘hybrid vigor’.
Some evidence suggests that mixing two purebreds increases the fitness levels of the resulting pup by canceling out some of the purebred’s predisposed diseases.
Still, it is best to look out for some common health issues that might arise with your pet be it genetic or environmental in nature.
This is a major weight problem affecting lots of dogs. When your pet’s food consumption is greater than the amount of exercise it gets, obesity in later life could be a problem. This could shorten your pet’s life and several health issues are connected to being overweight like heart disease, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer and urinary bladder stones.
Legg Calve Perthes Disease
A genetic disorder common among Jack Russell Terriers affects the femur or the leg bone in the hip joints. When there is a decrease in blood flow to the femur, the bone cells die leading to the degeneration of the hip joints. Signs include limping, lameness, and loss of appetite.
This is an orthopedic condition when the kneecap shifts out of its normal position. Genes could play a role in this condition, or a traumatic injury, and symptoms include a skipping walk and lameness. A little rest and physical therapy are prescribed for this condition.
Other common health issues to look out for are hypothyroidism, epilepsy, and eye and ear diseases.