What are Jack Chi puppies? It’s what you get when you cross a Jack Russell Terrier with a Chihuahua of course!
Jack Chi (Jackahuahua) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and a Jack Russell Terrier
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC) and International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 12 – 16 pounds
» Average height of approximately 12 – 15 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Medium
This relatively new cross of two well known small breeds is becoming more and more popular. With the spunk of a Jack Russell and the sweetness of the Chihuahua, you are sure to get a wonderful mix.
Information about Jack Chis
Within the last decade, the designer dog craze has given us many mixed breed dogs, but the most common are the smaller breeds, such as the new Jack Chi.
Because this is a very new intentional crossing of two breeds, there is only a bit of reliable information as to what to expect if you were to get one today.
Each breed used to create the Jackahuahua is very different in temperament and characteristics. What is known for sure is that you can get a Jack Chi that is most like a Jack Russell or most like a Chihuahua.
Makes sense right?
Characteristics and Traits of Jack Chis
With any Jack Russell Chihuahua mix puppy you cannot be sure what you will get, although there are some certainties based on the two breeds used to create the cross.
For instance, the size of the Jack Chi can range anywhere from 5 pounds to a whopping 20 pounds. They can also range in height from 8 inches at the shoulder to 15 inches or more. These sizes and weights will depend on what breed your Jack Chi mix puppy takes after the most.
For the most part, Jack Chi mixes tend to look more like the Jack Russell half. This means that you will most likely get a larger dog than a Chihuahua with a longer muzzle and thinner face.
The ears should be similar to both breeds, long and pointed. They should stand up straight but it has been reported that a lot of Jack Chi ears do not stand and remain folded, usually an undesirable trait in each breed.
The coat type for both the Jack Russell and the Chihuahua is short and dense and comes in a variety of colors. The most common colors include fawn, black and tan, party colored, white, and white and black. As long as the Chihuahua half of the cross was short haired, you should not see any long haired or feather haired Jack Chi mix puppies.
Health and Temperament of Jack Chis
The temperament of Jack Chis has been reported to be most like a Jack Russel’s. This means that the Jack Chi will have a tremendous amount of energy and will require more exercise than your average dog. They also have a tendency to become destructive in the house if not properly stimulated on a daily basis.
With all small dogs there are certain health concerns to keep in mind, including certain eye disorders, degenerative muscular and nervous disorders, and patellar luxation. To avoid most of these issues, be sure that your breeder has screened the parents, and that they are cleared of any genetic disorders.
Regardless of the calmer Chihuahua half of the Jack Chi, the Jack Russell Terrier is the stronger of the two. It is recommended that you do more research on the Jack Russel Terrier before you decide if the Jack Chi is the right dog for your family.
Whatever you decide, know that as long as you provide a loving home and tend to the needs of the specific breeds that were crossed, Jack Chi puppies could be a great pet for you and your family.