Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix (Jack Chi / Jackahuahua) - Facts and Pics

Jack Russell Chihuahua Mix (JackChi / Jackahuahua) – Pros & Cons

Jack Chi (Jackahuahua) is a designed dog breed resulting from the Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix. They are energetic and healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years. JackChi is a famous mix dog among dog lovers for his extreme energy, loyalty, and companionship.  

JackChi is a small dog with a big heart. Love, safety, entertainment, fun, and many things come in a pocket-sized package.

If you consider raising a Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix, you should know about their facts such as history, appearance, health, temperament, etc. Good luck! Once you finish reading this post, you will know everything about this beautiful and intelligent mix dog breed.

I have listed below the main topics and frequent questions people ask about this breed. Feel free to jump straight to the topic you want.

Fast Facts – Jack Chi / Jackahuahua (Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix)

Average height 12 to 16 inches
Average weight 10 to 20 pounds
Lifespan 13 to 15 years
Suitable for Singles or Couples, Families with grown Kids,
Active Seniors, Apartments
Temperament Active, Intelligent, Loyal, Bossy, Alert, Playful
Good for families? Yes, Need a proper Training
Other nicknames Jack Chi, Jackhuahua, Jackahuahua
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Origin of Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix (Jack Chi)

Origin of Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix (Jack Chi)

JackChi has a comparatively short history than other mixed dog breeds. However, there is a consideration that Jackahuahua’s origin could have happened in the 1990s somewhere in the USA.

The trend of crossbreed mix causes innovation for different breeds by dog owners, and JackChi could result from that.

American Kennel Club has not identified this Jack Russell Chihuahua mix yet. Therefore, you will not be given any pedigree certificates for this marvelous dog. 

However, JackChi is recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), and Dog Registry of America.

Since this amazingly designed dog is a result of the purebred Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix, it would be wiser to have a slight look at their parent’s origin to get a clear idea of JackChi’s origin.

History of Jack Russell Terrier

History of Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier has a long history that runs into the early 1800s’ in England. John Jack Russell had bred these amazing dogs as working companions.

They were used for hunting purposes in the early time because of their endless energy, undivided alert, and remarkable speed. They also have a good sense of instincts, which helped a lot in hunting small foxes and rabbits. 

Now, Jack Russell Terriers have become family dogs, and they have been able to win the dog lover’s love and affection. However, still, Jack’s are so energetic, alert, and aggressive (sometimes).

History of Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have a long history that drives to the 500 A.D. There is a discussion that this small dog is a result of a Fennec Foxes in Mexican jungles, which has a small body, big eyes, and ears.

However, it is evident that they originally come from Mexico since they have been given a particular city name.   

History of Chihuahua

The American Kennel Club recognized Chihuahua in 1907. At this time, they were considered ceremonial dogs that are used for special occasions.

However, they became family dogs now and have been able to win love and attention due to their small body size, entertainment, and funny appearance.

“Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix create a small but energetic result. Dog lovers say this is an all-in-one and pocket-sized package with energy, alert, love, intelligence, and companionship. This wonderful mixed dog will bring you endless joy for sure.”

The appearance of Jack Chi

Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix get their significant characteristics and prominent appearance from either parent.

However, their appearance is unpredictable since they are a crossbreed. Mostly, they are smaller than Jack Russell Terriers and a bit larger than Chihuahuas. Therefore, appearance may differ one to one even within the same litter. 

The appearance of Jack Chi

Jackahuahuas have a short and dense coat with White, Brown, Black, and Tan. Typically, their coat could be a combination of two colors.

Jackchis have relatively big and round eyes like their parent Chihuahua. Eyes colors may vary from one to one. Usually, they have folded triangular-shaped ears like Jack Russell Terriers.  

Jack Chihuahua Mixes hair may be short and can be smooth, touching. As a mix of Jack Russell and Chihuahua, JackChi’s physical appearance and features may slightly differ from one to another due to the quality of their parents’ genes.

How big does a Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix get?

Jack Russell Chihuahua mix creates a small-sized dog. Typically, their height is around 12-16 inches and 10-20 pounds in weight.

Contrary to their body size, they have a strong body structure with short and tightened muscles.

Temperament – Common facts about Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix

JackChi is an extremely energetic, smart, and loyal dog. They have taken the energy and the intelligence from Jack Russell and the loyalty and companionship from Chihuahua.

Ultimately, Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua Mix create a small-sized, muscular dog with intelligent, lovely, and adorable qualities.

However, Jackahuahuas may be a little bit stubborn if they didn’t train well. They are very good with family members but could be messy towards strangers or other animals.

Therefore, it is vital to give them good training and socialization at their early age.

Temperament - Common facts about Chihuahua Jack Russell Mix

Chihuahua Jack Russell mix creates an extremely energetic dog that will never get tired of playing with you. So, regular exercises are essential to maintain their physical and mental stability.

However, Jack Chis knows how to adapt to the situation. If you don’t want to go out, he will enjoy the indoor atmosphere by curling on your lap, sleeping on the couch, and sitting on your feet all day.

Are JackChis aggressive?

The answer depends on the situation. They could be highly aggressive if you didn’t train and socialize them well at their young age. However, they are loyal and obedient dogs to the family members.

Sometimes, Jackahuahuas can become little bit destructive when they haven’t enough exercises or activities to do.

Are Jackahuahuas stubborn?

Yes, sometimes. It is evident that mixed dogs carry good qualities as well as bad qualities from their parent breeds.

As we know, Jack Russell Terriers and Chihuahuas both have stubborn behavior. Therefore, Jack Chis can be stubborn and bossy.

Are Jackahuahuas stubborn?

They expect to do what they want. But the best thing is, all the stubborn actions will fade away when you give some treats or a hug.

Are Jack Russell Chihuahuas mix guard dogs?

Yes, of course. Contrary to their body size, they will guard you against the threat. One of their parents is a Jack Russell Terrier that is considered a guard dog and hunting dog. Therefore, Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix create a small-sized guard dog.

Typically, they are so noisy. When there is a threat, they will inform you of it with a continuous and loud noise. And also, JackChis has qualities of being a guard dog, such as attentiveness, intelligence, and courage.

How often should you wash a Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix?

Typically, they have a short and thick coat. Therefore, they don’t have a stronger doggy smell. It means you don’t need to wash them frequently.

However, it is advisable to maintain and brush their coat regularly. This is a big plus of raising a Jack Chi.

How much exercise do Jack Chi Terriers need?

Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix dogs have qualities of both parents half to half. So, they may be highly active and energetic.

Therefore, it is essential to give them at least 30-40 minutes of regular exercise daily. Otherwise, they may become destructive.

How often should you wash a Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix?

What are the common Health issues Jack Chis have?

Jack Chis are typically healthy and tough dogs. Their major health concerns are deafness, eye problems, and allergies.

There is also a possibility of having skin infections and partly blindness with their age. However, they are comparatively healthy and strong dogs against common diseases.

Do Jackahuahuas get along with other pets?

Yes, of course. They are good with other pets. However, they need good training at their younger age to avoid some destructive behaviors.

Otherwise, they could get messy around with other pets. And also, other pets may get tired of playing with them because of their endless energy.

Are Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix good for families?

Yes, they are good for families. However, it is not advisable to raise a Jack Chi with small kids. Typically, they are so gentle with kids. Although, they can be aggressive when their temper goes higher. 

Jack Chis love playing with you the whole day. And also, if you don’t want to go out, he knows to lay on the couch for days without making a noise. They are good at adapting to the situation.

Are Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua mix good for families?

How much do Jack Chi puppies cost?

Jack Chi mix puppies’ cost could be 500$ to 700$ (450-600 Euros) depending on their health, color, and size.

There is a possibility that Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix puppies get different appearances within the same litter. Therefore, it is advisable to negotiate with the breeder or the seller before you buy.

Also, it would be best if you kept some extra bucks for initial expenses like tests, shots, deworming, chipping, carrier, collar, and leash. 

Chihuahua Jack Russell Terrier Mix lifespan

Jack Chis have got 13-15 years of average life expectancy as their parent breeds. Read about Jack Russell Terrier’s lifespan from here.

However, they are susceptible to heavy weather. Therefore, your proper care and attention will give them a maximum lifespan. 

Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix are one of the cutest and playful dog breeds in the world. If you have a Jack Chi, you can share your story with us. Please write to us using our contact details.

You might be interested in reading about other JRT mixed dog breeds such as, Border-Jack, Husky-Jack, Dal-Jack, Cav-A-Jack, Jacktese, Bull-Jack, Jack-Shepherd, Bo-Jack, Irish Jack Russell, EskiJack, JackShund, Jackador, Cojack, Jack-Pit, Jackabee, JackRat, JackaPoo, Jorkie, Jug, Jack Tzu, and many more.

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    Lisa W. is a practicing certified veterinarian (BVetMed Hons in Veterinary Medicine) who graduated from Royal Veterinary College, UK. One of her research fields is mixed-dog breeds and their temperament, behavioral issues, and genetic health concerns. Also, she gathers data about purebred dog breeds and their origin, lifespan, and genetic conditions. Lisa is a loving dog parent who is keen to share her expertise with other fellow dog parents.

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