There are so many reasons to love Jack Russell Terriers; they have big hearts and a wide set of skills.
Jack Russell terriers were traditionally used as fox-hunting dogs but are now better known as fantastic family pups. Mixed-breed Jack Russell terriers harbor these same attributes, plus more. They are some of the most playful pooches, sweetest snugglers, and all-around enjoyable animals to have in your home.
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Traits of the Jack Russell Terrier
Before you run out and bring home a Jack Russell terrier mix, it’s important that you learn a thing or two about the breed (although you’ll obviously need to learn about the other half of your Russell terrier mix too).
Here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind about these little cuties:
- Jack Russell terriers are very affectionate dogs, who tend to bond strongly with their families. That means — unlike some other breeds, who have relatively aloof demeanors — Jack Russells want to be with their families as much as possible. They don’t want to just live in the backyard all by themselves.
- The Russell terrier is relatively easy to groom, but he does shed quite a bit. So, if flying fur isn’t really your thing, be sure to pick a Jack Russell terrier mix that incorporates a low-shedding parent breed, like a poodle.
- Jack Russell terriers generally get along well with other canines. These tiny terriers are pretty gregarious dogs, making them a blast at the dog park. However, they also have a strong prey drive and are ratter dogs, which can cause problems for homes with cats or other small mammals.
- Like many other small terrier breeds, Jack Russell terriers are smart dogs who are generally easy to train. One of the most appealing traits of these pooches is their intelligence. This not only makes them easy to train, it also makes them quite entertaining.
- Jack Russells are incredibly energetic puppers. Don’t get a Jack Russell terrier mix if you just want a dog who’ll chill out on the couch with you all day. These four-footers want to run, jump, play, sniff, and explore from dawn to dusk. This means you’ll need to ensure that your new pooch gets plenty of exercise.
- Some Russell terriers are vocal doggos. Unfortunately, Jack Russells can be prone to barking and howling, so be sure that your neighbors won’t be bothered by this before bringing home a little Russell terrier mix (this is particularly important when considering a mix that includes a hound dog parent).
Many of these traits make Jack Russel terriers (and Jack Russell mixes) excellent canine companions for van life!
23 Adorable Jack Russell Terrier Mixes
Now that you’ve met the star of the party, we can meet some of our favorite Jack Russell mixes! Check out these cool canine combinations!
1. Jack Russell Terrier x Fox Terrier (Jack-Fox Terrier)
One part Jack Russell and one part fox terrier, this darling little doggo has a true terrier’s drive to find and hunt vermin! This makes him a scrappy companion keen on chasing small animals, so he’s not a great choice for families with cats. His strong prey drive and inquisitive nature make walking him on a leash outside fenced areas critical in keeping him from running off.
Ample exercise and lots of attention are key to this canine’s happiness, as his boundless energy and love for his people need outlets. If you spend long periods of time away from home, a dog walker or doggy daycare is recommended.
2. Jack Russell Terrier x Pug (Jug)
This sweet pup has the adorable squished face of a Pug with the bouncy personality of a Jack Russell. Just be careful with this little one in hot weather, as his pug parent’s flatter face may cause breathing problems, making it hard for him to cool down. A few minutes of exercise outdoors is more than enough on hot days.
Proper training and daily physical and mental stimulation help shape this Jack Russell mix into his best self. Thanks to his compact size, he can also be an excellent choice for apartment living. While he’s likely to have a lively nature, he might not be as wild as other Jack Russell mixes on our list.
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3. Jack Russell Terrier x Beagle (Jack-A-Bee)
This adorable mix often displays the body structure of a Jack Russell and the pattern of a beagle, but his most noteworthy characteristic is his likely incomparable zeal for life, which comes courtesy of both parents. As a more active Jack Russell mix, he needs ample daily mental stimulation and regular exercise.
The Jack-A-Bee is likely to have an affectionate nature, which would make him a great pet for families with kiddos. Unfortunately, he may have a high prey drive, so he may not be a great choice for pet owners who also have cats. He can also have a stubborn streak, preferring to follow his nose over your commands. With such strong hunting instincts, he shouldn’t be trusted off-leash beyond fenced areas.
4. Jack Russell Terrier x Boston Terrier (Bo-Jack)
The Bo-Jack is a cross between the “American gentleman” (Boston terrier) and the spunky Jack Russell. The resulting pup is likely to be loaded with personality, much of which is driven by a love of playing. This active nature is a good match for families with children who can keep this canine busy with ample exercise.
Some health concerns may plague this pup, particularly if he inherits the shorter pout of the Boston. Special care should be taken to keep him cool in warm weather, as breathing issues can lead to overheating. Joint concerns like hip dysplasia are also possible.
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5. Jack Russell Terrier x Border Collie (Border Jack)
The Border Jack is one part Jack Russell and one part border collie, and the result is potentially an incredibly athletic pooch who might thrive at canine sports. Given that both parent breeds have innate agility, this pup needs an active family with a big yard prepared to provide plenty of exercise per day.
Be sure to keep your Border Jack busy, lest he get into mischief while trying to entertain himself. It’s also important to keep him on a tight leash while walking, as this mixed-breed dog has an intense prey drive. While adorable, he’s not the best choice for a first-time dog parent.
6. Jack Russell Terrier x Cairn Terrier (Jacairn)
The Jacairn is a big dog in a small package, packing plenty of attitude in a short, stocky body. He’s also all terrier; therefore, expect a high prey drive and a propensity for digging. Never trust him off-leash outside of your yard, as he will give chase to perceived prey.
This doggo is sure to have tons of energy to burn, so he’s not recommended for couch potatoes. Adequate exercise daily is essential; otherwise, your Jacairn may act out with destructive behavior like chewing furniture.
7. Jack Russell Terrier x Chihuahua (Jack Chi)
The Jack Chi — a cross between a Jack Russell terrier and a Chihuahua — is a lovely little lad who’s likely to prefer not straying far from your side. The lapdog ways of the Chi can lead to him being a legendarily loyal companion, but obedience training is vital in helping these desirable traits shine and avoiding small dog syndrome. Watch for yappiness, too, a quirk that doesn’t mesh well with apartment living.
While this petite pooch doesn’t need vigorous exercise, the Jack Chi still needs daily physical and mental workouts to keep him healthy. A walk or two paired with indoor play is perfect.
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8. Jack Russell Terrier x Cocker Spaniel (Cocker Jack)
This sweet pup can have the boldness of the Jack Russell terrier combined with the more reserved nature of the cocker spaniel mix, resulting in a pooch that’s a perfect, balanced blend of puppy attributes. He has the potential to be a medium-sized dog, too, making him sturdy enough for families with small kiddos.
The Cocker Jack can be quite loyal and loving, being particularly devoted to his human companions. This affectionate nature is a double-edged sword, offering lots of love when you’re around but a headache if you work long hours, as the Cocker Jack can develop separation anxiety.
Another potential hassle is grooming, as depending on his coat type, you may find yourself devoting time a few times weekly to brushing your Cocker Jack.
9. Jack Russell Terrier x Dachshund (Jackshund)
The combination of two very different dogs can result in one of the most affectionate and fun-loving pups out there. Though each dog has its own personality, the Jackshund is generally well-behaved yet energetic and playful. He can have a surprisingly strong prey drive, so he’s not ideal for pet lovers who have cats or other small critters at home.
Understand that you may need to pick up some puppy pee pads before bringing your new Jackshund home, as his dachshund parent may lead to some house-training issues. Proper training and patience will pay off, but he may not be the best match for first-time owners after an easy-to-train canine.
10. Jack Russell Terrier x French Bulldog (French Bull Jack)
The French Bull Jack is considered one of the most appealing mixed-breed pups around, as he often inherits the sturdy frame of the French bulldog and the outgoing personality and scrappiness of a terrier.
Typically, the Bull Jack is a very energetic breed, so despite his small size, he needs lots of space to run and play! But if you can provide sufficient daily exercise, this mix can make great family dogs, even for first-time dog owners and apartment dwellers.
While the Jack Russell is generally healthy, the Frenchie is often plagued with health issues, so this cute combination canine may have some issues. Allergies, hip dysplasia, and eye problems are a handful of concerns to watch for. Keep this sniffer with a stocky body moving and grooving, and feed him a balanced diet to prevent excess weight from creeping on, as every extra pound risks joint issues.
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11. Jack Russell Terrier x Basenji (Jackenji)
An odd combo, mixing the Basenji and a Jack Russell terrier can result in a bit of a mystery – your pup may have the noisy vocalizations of the Jack Russell or might be more silent and stoic like a basenji (which is known to be one of the most quiet dog breeds out there)!
That said, the basenji can yodel and scream — two surprise noises that certainly won’t work well for apartment dwellers. His looks are also a tossup, as he can possibly get the stocky body of a Jack Russell or the compact yet leggy look of a basenji.
This mix will likely have tons of energy since it combines a ratter with a hunting hound. The energetic nature can be a great match if you’re committed to providing ample exercise through daily walks, hikes, or canine sports, but it can be a real headache otherwise. Luckily, grooming him shouldn’t be too tough, as he won’t have the fluffy coat of several other pups on our list. Just brush his short hair occasionally and bathe him as needed.
12. Jack Russell Terrier x Golden Retriever (Golden Jack Retriever)
The Golden Jack Retriever may seem like a puzzling combination of parent breeds, but the result can be doggone darling! He comes in several colors, but most will have a yellow or white coat, though some may also display brown colors. Thanks to his golden retriever side, he may have a somewhat fluffy coat, so expect to brush him a few times weekly to prevent tangles.
The Russell-terrier-golden-retriever mix tends to embody the characteristics of both breeds, as he is often energetic, goofy, and loves, loves, loves swimming in the water. Daily exercise and attention are important since this lovebug may develop behavioral issues without proper care. Separation anxiety is another concern, making doggy daycare ideal if you work long hours outside the home.
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13. Jack Russell Terrier x German Shepherd
The Jack Russell and German Shepherd mix is not a very common pooch, but this intelligent canine looks cute! Just be sure this pooch has ample space to run and play, as he sure does have plenty of energy. Expect to provide daily physical and mental workouts, plus obedience training early on. While shepherds often make excellent guard dogs, this wary nature can be a headache without proper socialization.
Also, you’ll need to be ready to deal with a fair amount of fur lying around the house, as both the Russell terrier and GSD are pretty heavy shedders. A good vacuum, brush, and sense of humor are musts!
14. Jack Russell Terrier x Pomeranian (Jack-A-Ranian/Jack-Pom)
The Jack-Pom is great for families who aren’t always active because he’s usually great at entertaining himself! He’d much rather play with you than enjoy solo playtime, but interactive dog toys are helpful when you aren’t available. Backyard play and daily walks are excellent ways to work this woof out, though he’s also a good candidate for canine sports if you’re interested.
Training this little one can be easier than some other breeds on our list, as Pomeranians are intelligent and eager to please. Even so, keeping treats on hand and mixing up your lesson plans are critical steps in keeping this canine engaged in learning, as this smart cookie can lose interest fast.
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15. Jack Russell Terrier x Rat Terrier (Jack Rat)
Another combination of two terriers, the Jack Rat is a tried-and-true ratter, so inspect a confident, scrappy, and potentially noisy (but endlessly amusing) companion in this cutie! He may also be affectionate, with the rat terrier one of the biggest sweethearts in the dog world. These lovey-dovey ways are great most of the time, but they require you to be present often, otherwise this little one may struggle with loneliness.
The rat terrier comes in two sizes, too, so he may be on the short and squat side or a little leggier, depending on his lineage. Health-wise, he isn’t at risk of as many concerns as a few other doggos on our list, but knee problems, heart issues, and eye disease may occur.
16. Jack Russell Terrier x Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie Jack)
The Yorkie Jack often looks like a Yorkie, but he usually has fiery characteristics that come courtesy of the Russell terrier side of the equation. His double-terrier lineage can make him a ratting wonderdog, so consider canine sports like Barn Hunt to put him to work.
Another way to fulfill the daily exercise needs of your Yorkie Jack is to take him on long, leashed walks where he can explore new sights, sounds, and scents while launching his little body over new obstacles.
The Yorkie Jack generally has a medium-length coat that needs regular brushing to prevent matting. Opting for a short sport cut is ideal for easier upkeep, especially if your pooch will frequent brush-covered areas full of coat-tangling debris, like leaves.
17. Jack Russell Terrier x Siberian Husky (Husky Jack)
The Husky Jack can vary in appearance, but he usually has the body of a terrier and the coat of a husky. As a result of the two parent dogs, this canine can be energetic and needs a lot of space to run and play, making the Husky Jack a poor fit for apartment life. His propensity for being very vocal can also be an issue in urban areas where neighbors are in earshot of your home. If you have a fenced-in yard, he’s a great option for families with kiddos looking for an active doggo!
The Husky Jack can be a super shedder, requiring frequent brushing to remove loose tumbles of fur. This shedding can be especially heavy seasonally. If you aren’t about clumps of hair rolling around at times, he’s not a good match for you.
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18. Jack Russell Terrier x Australian Cattle Dog
With a cross between two high-drive dogs like the Jack Russell terrier and the cattle dog, you better have plenty of extra time to provide this pup with the exercise he needs to be happy! He’s a perfect candidate for canine sports like Flyball and agility, though daily jogging at your side combined with backyard play can meet his intense exercise demands.
Just keep him leashed outside of fenced areas since he’ll chase anything he thinks is a prey item or in need of herding.
Training this cutie can be a treat sometimes with the cattle dog’s smarts, but it can also be challenging once he bores of your lesson plan. Still, early and ongoing obedience training and socialization are critical in molding him into his best mutt self and an excellent family pet.
19. Jack Russell Terrier x Rottweiler (Jackweiler)
OK, so this is a bit of an unusual breed combo, but it’s hard not to aww at the results!
The Jackweiler — who is one part Russell terrier and one part Rottweiler — comes in different patterns and coat colors, but all can be some of the most loyal dogs in the world. This doggo may also be affectionate, dependable, and goofy with a decent energy level, making him a wonderful woofer companion for active families with children.
Early obedience training and socialization are musts for your Jackweiler to build his confidence and establish boundaries. He may be hard-headed at times and push the limits, requiring an experienced dog owner with patience and humor. He can be on the large side, too, needing plenty of space to exercise.
20. Jack Russell Terrier x Poodle (Jack-A-Poo)
The Jack-A-Poo can be a playful dog that is great for families, as this poodle mix may be affectionate, caring, playful, and cuddly. Being part poodle, he can also be quite smart and pick up things quickly. This intelligence may aid in training, but it also requires you to keep learning fun, or he’ll tune you out. He won’t need tons of time to work out, either, only requiring 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily.
Most pet parents will love this cutie for another reason: this little doggo sheds very little, thanks to his poodle parent. This may make him a good choice for allergy sufferers and neat freaks alike. Just prepare yourself (and your budget) for regular grooming.
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21. Jack Russell Terrier x Papillon (Papijack)
The Papijack pooch is a delightful little mixed breed doggo, created by breeding a Russell terrier with a papillon. He generally makes a fantastic family pet who’ll ensure you never experience a dull moment. Both pup parent breeds are people lovers, so expect this cutie to gobble up attention left and right as the center of attention with an affectionate personality.
Just be sure you’re ready to stay active before bringing one of these little lovable floofs home — he needs a lot of exercise and attention. He is also quite expressive and playful, which makes him an all-around wonderful pupper as well as a great exercise buddy.
22. Jack Russell Terrier x Corgi (Cojack)
The Cojack is a mixed breed dog who’s half Pembroke corgi and half Russell terrier. This makes for a truly one-of-a-kind canine who is a pure bundle of energy that’ll thrive in most family environments. He can vary in terms of looks, but most have the tail, face, and goofy nature of a corgi, with the pattern, prey drive, and playfulness of a terrier.
Everyday exercise and play are important for this pup, but if your Cojack has the long, low build of a corgi, special care is necessary to avoid back injuries. Don’t let him jump off furniture or run up and down the stairs.
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23. Jack Russell x Shih Tzu (Jack Tzu)
Crazy hair days galore can occur with this cutie if he gets the famous Shih Tzu ‘do, especially if you keep his hair long rather than clipped. If left long, the Jack Tzu’s coat will need regular brushing to prevent knotting, particularly around his ears. A sanitary trim is also a good idea for keeping him squeaky clean.
The Jack Tzu may be playful and affectionate with his people in terms of personality, but he’s also likely to be less tolerant of children than other doggos on our list. He’s best matched with adults-only families or those with teenage kiddos prepared to give him his space as needed.
Jack Russell Terrier Mixes: FAQ
Do you still have questions about Jack Russells or Jack Russell terrier mixes? Check out the most commonly asked questions about the pups and the matching answers for more helpful information!
Is a Jack Russell mix a good dog?
A Jack Russell mix can be a great dog in the right household. While his ultimate personality depends on his parent breeds, this four-footer will likely be active, playful, and courageous. He may also be inclined to chase small animals and dig — two instincts that need a safe, healthy outlet to keep him content.
With proper training, socialization, and exercise, a Jack Russell mix can shine as the best example of his breeds. His family just needs to be committed to helping him rise to such heights.
What is the temperament of a Jack Russell mix?
The temperament of a Jack Russell mix depends on what breed he’s combined with. A mutt mixed with another scrappy terrier like the Cairn, fox, or Yorkie can be a spitfire of energy, prey drive, and take-no-nonsense attitude. On the other hand, a pup that’s half cavalier may be a sweetheart without the sass.
What terrier looks like a Jack Russell?
Several terriers look like the Jack Russell, sometimes confusing those interested in the four-footers. Similar-appearing breeds include the fox terrier, rat terrier, and Jagdterrier.
How big does a Jack Russell terrier mix get?
The ultimate size of a Jack Russell terrier mix depends greatly on what breed is combined with the scrappy terrier we all know so well. A small terrier like a Westie or Cairn will likely create a petite canine, while a larger breed like a cocker spaniel or Labrador retriever could result in a medium-sized pup.
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