The Jack Russel Terrier is a classic dog breed with a huge energy level and a personality to match. It’s no wonder, then, that this breed is also commonly interbred with others. Taking a moment to look at a variety of common (and uncommon) mixes can really tell you a lot about how this dog’s genes interact with those of other breeds, and maybe even help you find the best dog breed for your household.
Jack Russel Terrier + Chihuahua
These little dogs look a lot like stocky Chihuahuas, but they actually get a great deal of energy from their Jack Russel parents. Loveable and energetic, these pets are perfect for families.
Jack Russel Terrier + Beagle
This mix is a well-loved and cute little Jack Russell Terrier mix, with plenty of affection and loyalty for its owners. With floppy ears and big beautiful eyes, this is a dog that’s very hard not to fall in love with.
Jack Russel Terrier + Pug
Sweet and just a little mischievous, the Jug resembles a Pug that doesn’t have the breed’s trademarked smushed face. This actually helps the mix to be much healthier and to avoid many of the Pug’s many breathing problems, which helps to make for a much easier ownership experience.
Jack Russel Terrier + Poodle
The Poodles, like the Jack Russel, get crossbred with just about every other breed. It makes sense, then, that the Jackapoo would be a popular breed with a lot to offer. More energetic than most poodle mixes, this is still a very popular crossbreed with families.
Jack Russell Terrier + Rat Terrier
This interesting Jack Russel mix can do a bit of everything, with skills in fields like hunting, sports, and playing fetch. Sadly, though, the Jack Russel and Rat Terrier are closely related enough that this hybrid tends to end up with many of the same illnesses to which both of its parent breeds commonly fall prey.
Jack Russell Terrier + Boston Terrier
Bo-Jacks tend to be gentle and sensitive dogs, though they do have a great playful side that makes them fun to be around. They do have a bit of a prey drive from the Jack Russel side of things, but most owners find these dogs to be very amiable creatures.
Jack Russell Terrier + Labrador Retriever
An active dog, the Jackador has all of the energy of a Jack Russel Terrier mixed with the athleticism of a Lab. These dogs also have the easy ability to be trained in a Lab, making them a great fit for families.
Jack Russell Terrier + Shih Tzu
Also known as the Russletzu, this unique crossbreed is small but has a shaggy coat. Generally very happy dogs, these pups are big cuddlers who absolutely fall in love with their primary owners.
Jack Russell Terrier + Dachshund
The Jackshund gets the body and paws of its Dachshund parent with a Jack Russel head, making it an adorably goofy little dog. Laidback but friendly, these dogs are great around kids and can be excellent dogs for seniors.
Jack Russell Terrier + Pomeranian
A fluffy family pet with some serious attachment issues, these tiny little Jack Russell mix pups are playful and perfectly sized for living in apartments. Though they need people around 24/7, these can be great dogs for those who need a full-time companion animal.
Jack Russell Terrier + Yorkshire Terrier
Also called a Yorkie Jack, this breed is curious and feisty, with a ton of Yorkie markings and a big Jack Russel personality. Though these dogs are quite small, they love to run around and really need a space in which they can freely roam to be in great health. Though they are generally too small for a wireless dog fence, a fenced-in yard is always an option.
Jack Russell Terrier + Corgi
The Cojack can actually be a mixture of either a Jack Russel and Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi, but the end result is almost always the same. These crossbreeds are herding dogs who love to play and tend to nip at the heels of little ones, but they’re also adorable dogs who love to be around the family and can play an important role in keeping an eye on the household.
Bully Jack Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier + Bull Terrier
Also known as the Bull Jack, these are smart dogs with an awful lot more bark than bite. Though these dogs might look like fighting dogs, the truth is that proper training reveals the Bully Jack to be a loveable crossbreed with a lot of affection to give his or her owners.
Mini Foxy Russell
Jack Russell + Toy Fox Terrier
It’s actually amazing that a dog this small can be this energetic, yet these stubborn little pups have all the energy of both parent breeds and all the attitude that can go with that kind of size. A good fit for experienced dog owners, this crossbreed is a great match for anyone who feels very comfortable establishing himself or herself as the head of the pack.
Jack Russell Terrier + Pit Bull Terrier
The first thing you’ll notice about this breed is that it’s incredibly muscular. This is a shame, though, because it might cause you to overlook the fact that this breed has all of the most positive traits of both of its parents. Both playful and incredibly loyal, these dogs do need a bit of help in training to stay appropriate for families. With that said, the right kind of socialization can make this cross a perfect family pet.
Jack Russell Terrier + Border Collie
A natural athlete with a razor-sharp mind and devious tendencies, this a crossbreed that’s specifically meant for those who have plenty of time and energy to spend on their dogs. Beautiful dogs that tend to get their coloring from the Border Collie parent, they’re amazing at dog sports but tend to get destructive at home if they don’t have something to occupy their time.
Jack Russell Terrier + Cairn Terrier
Cute and relatively low-maintenance, this cross is known for being easy dogs to train and maybe a little too eager to please its owners. This is a dog not just for those who love to play around with their pups, but also for those who don’t mind a dog who will follow them around everywhere they go. Above all else, though, this is an ideal family crossbreed that’s going to be great with kids no matter what their age.
Jack Russell Terrier/Miniature Schnauzer
Jack Russell Terrier + Miniature Schnauzer
Alas, there’s no cute name for this little mix but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a worthwhile cross. Playful and great with families, they do need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and often have to be prodded to do something beyond their owners’ supervision. Still, this cross is an adorable mix that really does have a lot to offer the right family.
Jack Russel Terrier + Australian Terrier
The Rustralian Terrier might be small, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a big personality. Incredibly loveable and excitable, this cross is a great hunter and even better at playing various games. They’re also very affectionate, which makes them ideal for anyone who is looking for a good companion.
Cocker Spaniel Jack Russell Terrier
Cocker Spaniel + Jack Russell Terrier
Another mix without a clever name, these relatively calm dogs are best known for being very devoted to their family members. They’re not quite at ease with strangers, though bringing them out of their shell can be done with the right training. They also need a lot of socialization to get along with small children at first, but they tend to be excellent when it comes to bonding with older kids.
French Bull Jack
French Bulldog + Jack Russell Terrier
This dog is one of the more popular designer crossbreeds out there, with the looks of both parents mixed in equally and a personality that really brings in the best of both worlds. Though the dog does need a lot of space in which to play, this is very much any inside type of dog who loves to be around people.
Golden Jack Retriever
Golden Retriever + Jack Russell Terrier
Golden Retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers are far apart on the personality spectrum, yet somehow this mix works quite well. Though they’re a little calmer than Jack Russells, these are still dogs who want to go out and play with family members, whether that means going for a run or even jumping in for a swim. A great family pet, these dogs also tend to be very patient and kind.
Siberian Husky Jack Russell Terrier
Siberian Husky + Jack Russell Terrier
This mix is rare enough not to have a dedicated crossbreed name, yet it’s actually a fantastic dog. This breed looks much more like a Husky than a Jack Russell, but the friendly nature of the Jack Russell Terrier makes itself known quickly in most of these pups. Independent and with a tendency to roam (you might want a GPS dog tracker collar for these pups!), these dogs need space to feel their best but they’re always going to come back to be with their favorite people.
Jack Russell Terrier + Rottweiler
This unusual crossbreed is a great guard dog that needs a very firm hand during the training process. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort to socialize this dog, though, you’ll quickly find them to be affectionate creatures who make friends with their family members quickly and would do anything for anyone who is perceived to be part of their pack.
Jack Russell Terrier + Papillon
This tiny breed is noisy, territorial, and hyperactive. With that said, it’s also cute and silly, though the dog does need a lot of stimulation to keep from getting bored and destructive. Not a dog for the apartment owner or for those not willing to put in time training, this cute crossbreed is nevertheless a pet that’s highly sought after by many.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Jack Russell mixes good dogs?
Jack Russell mixes can be fantastic dogs, especially if you train them correctly. There are some mixes in which the Jack Russell side virtually disappears, leaving behind only some key personality traits and some breed-specific behaviors. In other cases, though, the Jack Russell side stands out quite clearly and provides dog owners with an energetic and friendly crossbreed that takes on all of the best aspects of both of its parents.
2. What can Jack Russells be mixed with?
Jack Russells can be mixed with virtually anything. From tiny Papillions to Pit Bulls, there is a Jack Russel cross for just about anyone. While it’s always good to think about the mix of personalities before you are looking at the various crossbreed out there, the truth is that Jack Russells make such a good dog template that virtually anything that gets crossbred with this type of dog is going to end up taking on many of the most positive personality traits of the Jack Russell Terrier breed while also picking up fantastic traits from its other parent.
3. How big does a Jack Russell terrier mix get?
This one really depends on the dog with which Jack Russell gets crossbred. While some of the crossbreeds can be tiny, especially if the other parent is a chihuahua or a Papillion, there are also some crosses that definitely get up to at least medium size. There aren’t really many breeds that end up crossing with Jack Russells to make true giants, but breeding them with dogs like Pit Bull Terriers can result in dogs that are much bigger than you might expect. As such, it’s a good idea to look at both parents to determine how big the crossbreed might get.
4. Are Jack Russell terrier aggressive?
Oddly enough, the Jack Russell Terrier tops the list of the most aggressive dogs as well as the breeds most likely to attack people. With this said, these dogs don’t have to be aggressive – it’s usually a fault in handling the dog or training that leads to this type of problem. If you are going to adopt a Jack Russell Terrier, it’s a good idea to make sure that you socialize the dog early and that you spend a lot of time making sure that he or she is properly trained.