Jack Russell Yorkie Terrier Mix (Jorkie) - Facts, Pics and More

Jorkie (Jack Russell Yorkie Terrier Mix) – Is It A Good Cross?

Jack Russell Yorkie Mix (Jorkie) is a small and intelligent designed breed resulting from the Jack Russell and Yorkshire Terrier mix. They are loyal, active, and family-friendly dogs, with a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. Jorkie is famous for its remarkable affection, intelligence, and companionship.

If you plan to raise a Jorkie, you will have many questions on your mind. Don’t worry! Once you finish reading this post, you will get a clear idea of this playful breed.

I have listed below the main topics and frequent questions that I discuss in this topic. Feel free to jump straight to the topic you want.

Fast Facts – Jorkie (Jack Russell and Yorkie Mix)

Average height 9 to 13 inches
Average weight 10 to 18 pounds
Lifespan 13 to 15 years
Suitable for Singles or Couples, Families with Kids,
Seniors, Apartments
Temperament Loving, Intelligent, Energetic, Friendly, Playful, Curious
Good for families? Yes
Other nicknames Jorkie, Yorkie Jack Russell Mix, Yorkie Russell
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Origin of Jack Russell and Yorkshire Terrier Mix (Jorkie, Yorkie Russell)

There is not any documented evidence about the origin of Jorkie. Although, researchers suggest that Yorkshire Terrier and Jack Russell mix is a relatively new designed breed. It was identified in the 1990’s and has become a famous breed among dog lovers.

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However, researchers believe that Jack Russell and Yorkshire Terrier’s mix could have happened accidentally or unexpectedly before it identifies correctly. We can find out the highlights of Jorkie’s origin by looking at their parent breeds. 

History of Jack Russell Terrier

The history of the Jack Russell Terrier drives into the early 1800 in England. Mr.John Jack Russell had bred them for hunting purposes. This small, energetic and active breed was used to hunting foxes and rabbits, ball games, and other fun activities.

They have endless energy for running everywhere all day and a strong sense of instincts. However, now they don’t hunt but become a family companion.

History of Yorkshire Terrier

The history of Yorkshire Terrier runs to the 1800’s in Northern English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. It was a fashionable dog breed that lay on a rich women’s lap and ladies’ companion.

There is also a discussion that these Yorkshire Terriers are a mixed result of Scottish Terriers and some others.

There is evidence that the Yorkies’ first appearance in the USA happened in 1870 and registered in AKC in 1885. England Kennel Club had registered Yorkies in 1886.  

Typically, this mixed breed has both qualities of their parents as usually mixed dogs. They have got energy, strength from Jack Russell Terrier, And the companionship, love from Yorkie.

The appearance of Jorkie?

The appearance of Jorkie?

Jack Russell Yorkie mix has a cute demeanor and fluffy appearance. They are as small in the body as Yorkies and have a strong body structure like Jack Russell. However, Jorkie takes his prominent appearance from either parent. 

Typically, they have round heads, floppy ears, dark round eyes, bushy tails, and medium mussels. Sometimes, they got a beard and a mustache, depending on the Yorkies’ gene influence.

Jorkie’s coat can be mostly closer to Yorkie; medium smooth or silky and long. Their colors are a mix of Black, White, Black & Tan, Brown. 

How big do Jack Russell Yorkie mixes get?

Jorkie is a small dog with an average height of 9-13 inches and 10-18 pounds in weight. They may have medium mussel and longer fluffy tails. These small dogs like to lay on ladies’ lap; due to their less weight, it is easy to keep them for hours. 

Common facts about Jack Russell and Yorkie Terrier mix

Jorkie is a friendly, intelligent, and loyal small dog that always wants to play and lay on the owner’s lap. Jack Russell Yorkie mix creates a great family pet. They are playful and very good with children.

However, if you hope to raise them with small kids, it is advisable to train and socialize them properly. Usually, they are obedient to the owners and expect full attention from them. 

Contrary to the size, Jorkies are so strong. Therefore, they may be a bit stubborn sometimes; especially, when they need attention and being selfish.

You can turn them in a way you want by a small treat or snack. That is awesome. However, you can expect a perfect companion who plays with you and curls on your lap.

Common facts about Jack Russell and Yorkie Terrier mix
  • They don’t have a strong dog smell

This is an advantage for the owners. Jorkies don’t have the strong doggy smell like some other dogs. It means you don’t need to shower them frequently.

  • They bark rarely

Jorkies don’t bark too much, being contrary to the reputation that small dogs are noisy. Indeed, it is one reason the Jack Russell Yorkie mix becomes more popular among the people who live in apartments. It means you are safe from neighbor complaints.

Are Jorkies guard dogs?

They can become good guard dogs with quality training because they have unique qualities like bravery, loyalty, and defending the owner from their parent breeds.

Jorkies are suitable for attention and alert. They will inform the threats by making noises.

Does Jorkie Get Along with Other Pets?

They like to play well with other pets like other dogs and Cats. However, Jorkies need to be adequately trained and socialized at a younger age to avoid some of their destructive behaviors.

They are a little selfish and childish pets. Therefore, Jorkies may have some troubles with other pets. 

And also, these Jack Russell and Yorkie Terrier mix dogs are winning-minded. It is advisable to keep your eyes on them around the larger dogs.

Are Yorkie Russell mixes Good for Families?

Are Yorkie Russell mixes Good for Families?

Yes, they are suitable for families. They are gentle with children and will never get bored of playing with them, chasing balls, and running everywhere. However, as I mentioned earlier, they need to be trained well. Otherwise, it would not be a good idea to keep them with small kids.

They expect company; so, you have to give full attention to Jorkie. This wonderful mix breed is a perfect combination for people who expect love and joy.

What’s the Price of Jack Russell Yorkie mix Puppies?

The selling price of Jorkie may be between 500$ to 800$ (600-950 Euros). The price depends on the appearance, health, pedigree of parents, and bloodline.

However, it is possible to vary the prices within the same litter based on the puppies’ appearance. 

It is advisable to keep some extra bucks for other expenses. It will also cost 500$ to 600$ for initial expenses that will cover tests, shots, chipping, deworming, neutering, carrier, collar, and leash.

How long do Jack Russell Yorkie mixes live?

Jorkies have a decent life span like their parent breeds. Typically, Jack Russell Terriers have a lifespan of 14-16 years. Also, Yorkshire Terriers live between 12-15 years.

Therefore, as a combination of those two breeds, Jorkies have an average lifespan of around 13-15. 

Finally, I can say that Jack Russell’s mix with Yorkshire Terriers creates a really intelligent and small dog that makes your life beautiful. I hope this post helped you to have an idea about this breed. Thank you for reading this post.

You might be interested in reading about other Jack Russell mixed dog breeds. We have written about 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, Jackahuahua, Jack Rat, JackaPoo, Jug, Jack Tzu, and many more. You can find them by clicking on it’s name.


  • Lisa Watson

    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.

  • George Brown

    George B. is the founder of the JRO Organization. He believes in creating a better world for domestic animals. He believes domestic animals are more vulnerable than other animals, especially dogs, since they have been used to depending on their owners for generations. So, he started JRO to share his ideas and insights while helping vulnerable dogs worldwide. George runs multiple projects on street dogs in developing countries, especially Sri Lanka.

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