Pit Bull and Jack Russell Terrier Mix (Jack-Pit) - Facts, Pics and More

Jack Russell Pitbull Mix (Jack Pit) Cross Dog Breed

Jack Pit (Jackit) is a beautifully designed dog breed resulting from the Pit Bull and Jack Russell mix. They are healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Jackit is famous for his aggressive appearance, undivided loyalty, and playful attitude.

Jack Pit is a mid-sized dog with an aggressive and robust appearance. I can simply say that Jack Russell Pit Bull mix is an all-in-one package including safety, fun, companionship, affection, and many things that a dog owner expects.

If you consider raising a Pit Bull Jack Russell Mix, you may have many questions about their facts such as history, appearance, health, temperament, etc. Before making your mind, you should be confident about everything in detail and the suitability of owning a Pit Bull & Jack Russell mixed dog.

Once you finish reading this post, you will know everything about this wonderful 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 Pit (Pit Bull Jack Russell Mix)

Average height 14 to 17 inches
Average weight 30 to 48 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Suitable for Singles or Couples, Families with Grown Kids,
Houses with yard, Experienced dog owners
Temperament Intelligent, Active, Alert, Playful, Aggressive
Good for families? Yes, Need to Train well
Other nicknames Jack-A-Pit, Jack Pit, Jackit
Complied by Jack Russell Owner

Origin of Jack Russell Pit Bull Mix – What is a Jack Pit?

Origin of Jack Russell Pit Bull Mix - What is a Jack Pit?

Jack Pit, Jackit, and Jack-A-Pit are the other names for the Jack Russell Terrier and PitBull mix. The origin of this mixed dog breed is a mystery. There is not any documented evidence about the exact date or a place. However, there is a consideration that Jack Pit’s origin could have happened in the 1980s somewhere in the USA.

There is a misunderstanding among most dog lovers about American Pit Bull Terrier, and the American Bull Dog is the same. It would be best if you understood these are two dog breeds in entirely different two dog groups. We call Jack Pit or Jackit for the combination of American Pit Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier.

However, I will briefly discuss the American Bulldog and Jack Russell Mix, which is called American Bull Jack.

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

I hope that it would be better to explore Purebred Jack Russell Terrier and American Pit Bull terrier’s origin to get a clear idea of Jack Pit’s origin.

History of Jack Russell Terrier

History of Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier has a long history with many stories. Mr. John Jack Russell wanted a dog with endless energy and exceptional intelligence for use as a working dog. As a result of that, Jack Russell Terrier, known as the Parson Russell Terrier breed, was found in England in the early 1800s’.

They were good at hunting because of their endless energy, undivided alert, and remarkable speed. Their sense of smell and intelligence helped hunt small foxes and rabbits.

However, Jacks have become family dogs later on. They have easily adapted to the family environment today. They were also able to win the dog lover’s attention and affection because of their cute look. Jack Russells are a healthy dog breed and have a decent lifespan.

This breed is more suitable for experienced dog owners because of the quick, agile and sporty nature of the Jacks. And also, they need regular training in a gentle manner. Otherwise, Jacks won’t accept new instructions.

Jacks need early socialization to reduce their aggressive behavior towards other small animals and pets. On the contrary, he knows how to interact with friends and take the lead.

Read – All you need to know about Jack Russell Terriers here.

Origin of Pit Bulls

Origin of Pit Bulls

As we discussed earlier, Jackit is the result of Jack Russell Terrier and Pit Bull mix. Therefore, we should draw our attention towards Pit Bulls as well. In fact, the term ‘Pit Bull’ refers to a wide variety of dog breeds as bulldogs and terriers. Although those are in different dog groups, they have similar features.

There is a myth among the people that Pit Bulls are aggressive and dangerous. They have a strong body structure and a kind of rowdy face. But they are amiable dogs with owners and even with strangers.

The reason for that unnecessary fear towards Pit Bulls might be their history. They have a long history that runs ages more than Jack Russell Terriers. Pit Bulls were bred to use in blood sports and violent activities.

Colt the Jackpit of Meghann
Meghann’s Jackpit named Colt

They were good at defending themselves in a battle. Therefore, they were famous fighters in the round, and people enjoyed the dead-end fights.

However, Pit Bulls have become family dogs. They are not aggressive towards other dogs anymore. Now, they are playful and adorable family companions. Actually, they are one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world.

Pit Bulls are medium-sized dogs with a strong body structure. Most American Pit Bull Terriers could be 18 to 22 inches in height and 35 to 45 lbs in weight. They have short and strong muscles. They are a little bit bigger than Jack Russell Terriers.

However, the pit bull and Jack Russell terrier mix create a mid-sized dog consisting of their parent breeds’ notable appearances.

Since the Pit Bulls have different variations, it would be better to go through one by one.

American Pit Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix – Jackit / Jack Pit

American Pit Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix - Jackit / Jack Pit

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is one of the most popular Pit Bull breeds. He is a medium-sized dog with a solid and bold appearance. They are extremely intelligent and energetic.

APBTs love to play and spend their time outside. Therefore, they are suitable for dog owners who have a backyard or a garden. These dogs are loyal to their owners, and they have a humble attitude towards family members.

They know how to deal with strangers and other pets. Most importantly, American Pit Bulls are gentle with kids. As a result of that, they have a high demand from families.

However, APBTs need to be socialized and trained at their young age to avoid their misbehaviors and practice their tolerance. Owners should have the patience for continuous and constant training until they meet the expected result. Contrary to their dangerous look, they are obedient dogs comparing other terrier breeds.

American Pit Bull and Jack Russell Mix create a strong and energetic dog called the Jack Pit or Jackit. Let’s dive into the deep and discuss all the details about this mix breed.

The appearance of Jack Pit

We have discussed in our previous posts that it is not easy to predict precisely the appearance of a mixed dog. Typically, they take a significant appearance from either parent. As I mentioned earlier, American Pit Bull is a much larger dog than the Jack Russell Terrier.

Therefore, the mix of Jack Russell and Pit Bull creates a small dog in between the sizes of Jacks and Pit Bulls. Nevertheless, the size of the mixed dog depends on the influence of either parent’s genes.

We have seen some Pit Bull & Jack Russell mix dogs are the same size as Pit Bulls though the Jack Russell Terrier is small. Therefore, Jack Pit’s size could differ even within the same litter.

How big does a Jack Russell Pit Bull Terriers Mix get?

Typically, Jack Pits get a muscular body with short and dense muscles. They have a short coat like their parents. And also, they have triangular-shaped folded ears. There is a possibility of having a strong and square-shaped jawline, but it depends on the gene influence.

However, they will have an aggressive look due to the body shape, short coat, and the folded ears.

How big does a Jack Russell Pit Bull Terriers Mix get?

Typically, the size and the appearance of a mixed dog could vary even in the same litter. However, as we discussed earlier, their average size is between 14 to 17 inches in height and 30 to 48 pounds in weight.

Female Jack Pit’s are a little bit smaller than males. Nevertheless, you don’t have to worry about your pet’s size because Jackit’s size has no exact standards because they are a hybrid mixed breed. It totally depends on their parent’s gene influence.

The temperament of Jack Pit (Common Facts)

Jack Pits are lovely and humble dogs. Typically, they love and respect owners and family members. And also, they have a friendly attitude towards strangers being contrary to their aggressive appearance.

These dogs are extremely intelligent and smart. They know how to adapt to the situation and read the human behaviors. Therefore, they are famous as quick learners and family companions.

American Pit Bull and Jack Russell mix create a dog with a gentle attitude towards kids and other pets. APBT is known as ‘nanny dog’ because of his kind approach towards small kids and have unconditional love for children and enjoy their company.

However, if you plan to raise a Jackit with your small kids, you need to train them well at their younger age. And also, you should teach your kids the proper way of approaching the dog.

We have to keep in mind that American Pit Bull and Jack Russell Terrier both used to be hunting dogs. There is a possibility of raising their aggressive instincts at any time. Try to socialize them as much as possible with other pets and strangers. It will help them to build their trust and behave well.

The temperament of Jack Pit (Common Facts)

Jack Russell Pit Bull mix is an energetic and playful dog. They need space to release their energy. Therefore, they will not be a perfect match for the people who live in apartments. But, if you have regular access to a garden or a playground, that would be the best treatment for your Jack Pit.

Jack Pits will get mentally and physically suppressed if they don’t get enough exercise. They love digging like Jack Russells and running like Pit bulls. Therefore, keep in mind to provide the freedom they need.

Pit Bull Jack Russell mix creates a dog that is sensitive to heavy weather conditions. The Jack Russell terrier can tolerate any weather condition and can quickly adapt to it. Nevertheless, American Pit Bull terriers are more vulnerable to severe weather conditions.

Are Jack Russell Pit Bull mix Guard dogs?

Yes, of course. Both of their parents were hunting and guard dogs. Therefore, Jack Pits have the same strength, courage, and attentiveness in their genes. However, as we discussed earlier, they have a gentle approach towards strangers.

Jackits have a muscular and robust body structure that could make anyone afraid of them. This is an advantage of having a Pitbull and Jack Russell mix. And also, they are loyal dogs with endless love for their owners. They will guard you no matter the size of the threat. 

Are Jack Pits aggressive?

Are Jack Pits aggressive?

Yes, sometimes they may be aggressive as the same as any dog. But, they could be more violent and aggressive if you didn’t train them. It doesn’t mean that they are dangerous. 

Typically, they are loyal and obedient dogs to family members. You should also let them move with other pets and strangers to socialize them at their young age.

Are Jackits stubborn?

Yes, sometimes. It would be best if you understood that mixed dogs carry good qualities as well as bad qualities from their parents. As we discussed earlier, Jack Russell Terriers have stubborn behaviors. Even though American pit bulls are obedient dogs, Jack Russell and Pit Bull mixes may be stubborn.

They may not respect the new instructions and orders when they are in a mood. It’s not a big deal! You can put them on the track by giving them some treats.

How often should you wash a Pit Bull and Jack Russell mix?

Typically, Jack Pits don’t have a strong doggy smell due to their short and thick coat. It means you don’t need to wash Jack Pits frequently. It is a big plus for raising this mixed breed.

However, most dog owners say that Jack Pits have bad breath. Therefore, you need to care about their oral health. It is recommended to brush their coat and teeth regularly.

How much exercise do Jack Pits need?

As we discussed earlier, Pit Bull and Jack Russell mixes are an energetic and active dog breed. Therefore, they need a lot of exercise and activities to maintain their physical and mental health.

They need regular daily activities for around 30 – 40 minutes. Jack Pits are great jogging companions. So, you will also get regular exercise. Isn’t it bad?

What are the common Health issues Jack Pits have?

What are the common Health issues Jack Pits have?

Jack Russell and Pit Bull mixes are healthy and tough dogs. Typically, there’s a possibility of having genetic health issues for mixed breeds from their parents. Therefore, Jack Pits may have deafness, eye problems, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas, and allergies.

However, they are comparatively healthy and strong dogs against common diseases. And also, they are vulnerable to severe and extreme weather conditions.

Do Jack Pits get along with other pets?

Yes, of course. They love to play with other pets. However, you need to train them and socialize them to avoid their aggressive behavior towards other pets at their younger age. Otherwise, they could get messy around with other pets.

Are Jack Russell Terrier and Pit Bull mix good for families?

Yes, they are perfect family dogs. Typically, they are so gentle with kids. That is why they are called ‘Nanny Dogs.’ However, please keep your eyes open when they are with small kids until you build up the trust.

How much do Jack Pit puppies cost?

Jack Pit Bull mix puppies’ cost could be 600$ to 750$ (500-600 Euros) depending on their health, color, and size. Puppies with Big heads and Big bones are more expensive than others. And also, first litter puppies are even more expensive than others.

Therefore, my advice is to negotiate with the breeder before you make the purchase. Also, keep some extra bucks for initial expenses like tests, shots, deworming, chipping, carrier, collar, and leash. 

Pit Bull and Jack Russell Mix lifespan

Jack Pits have got 12-15 years of average life expectancy. It is an excellent lifespan for a mid-sized mixed dog breed. You might be interested in reading about Jack Russell Terrier’s lifespan; find it here.

Most importantly, it would be best to understand that any dog’s lifespan depends on its owners. Proper care and the alert about our dogs is our responsibility.

Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Mix create a humble, gentle, and strong dog breed. I hope this post helped you to know the most needed facts about Jack Pits. If you have a Jack and Pit mix, send us photos through our contact page. We will love to share them with other people who love dogs. 

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Thank you for reading this post. Cheers from Shaggy and Lenny.


  • 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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