A Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix is a lively bundle of joy that you and your kids will absolutely adore. Read this article to know more about this breed of dog, its attributes and personality.
When it comes to pets, dogs are the universal favorite! They’re loyal, a bundle of joy and sometimes the perfect companion a person can or wants to have. With so many different pure and mixed breeds of dogs, it becomes a little difficult to choose which one to bring home. The Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix is a perfect solution to this dilemma. Why so? Well, you’re going to have to read on to know why this is a perfect pet for your family! You won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure!
What is a Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua Mix?
As the name suggests, a Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix is a hybrid of the Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua dogs. It has an endearing mixture of attributes, both physical and other, of both the parent breeds. The result is a charming and lovable dog that is a great companion. The name, Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix is abbreviated to Jack-Chi or combined into Jackahuahua. These names are approved by the International Designer Canine Registry (ICDR) and by the American Canine Hybrid Club (AHCB). Other common misspelled names of this breed include,
Weight: A typical, fully grown Jack-Chi weighs between 6 – 8 pounds. The puppies weigh around 2 to 2.5 pounds.
Body: The Jackchi’s body takes after the Terrier gene. It has a lean and strong body which gives it excellent stamina. The forelegs of the Jack-Chi are similar to a Jack Terrier’s while the hind legs are firm and strong. The paw pads can range from pink to brown depending on the color and coat.
Head and Face: The head of this breed of dog is small and triangle-shaped. Its face is a perfect blend of both the dog breeds. It has the big, expressive eyes of the Chihuahua and the folded or straight ears of the JRT. The color of the nose depends on the color of the coat.
Coat and Shedding: The coat of this dog has short and shiny hair. This is a great relief as it does not require constant grooming like other dogs with longer hair. The coat has a natural shine to it which makes it a low maintenance pet! (Psst: The Jack-Chi usually sheds around summer time so be prepared!)
This Chihuahua Terrier mix has a mixture of personality traits of both the parent breeds. Listed below are breed wise traits that it may possess.
|Character Traits||Chihuahua Traits|
|Affectionate||Happy Go Lucky|
|Energetic||Sometimes aloof among other dogs|
|Strong||Attached to a single person|
|Hunting Instinct||Extremely loyal|
Any pet needs to be cared for. The simple dog health tips for this adorable dog given below, will keep your dog happy and healthy.
Exercise: This is a lively dog and loves to play around. So spend some time daily in the garden with your kids and your dog. The exercise will help all of you!
Food: Some dogs may be choosy and some may eat whatever you give them. So it’s really up to you to find out what your Jack-Chi likes by trial and error, and feed him the appropriate food accordingly.
TLC: Everybody requires some tender loving care. Why should your Jack-Chi be an exception? Shower your dog with as much love as possible. Jack-Chis are fiercely loyal and get attached to one person. But at the same time, it’s a great family dog that enjoys fooling around with everyone!
Training your Jackchi
One of the most difficult aspects of having a pet is training it. Luckily for you, if you have a Jackchi as your pet, you can be a little relaxed about the training part. Jackchis, as mentioned above are smart and energetic. They have a tendency to pick up on your instructions pretty fast. So, if it’s something like training him to SIT, STAND or FETCH, you can employ the most basic and widely used methods of training like using treats and commands simultaneously to get him to do what you want him to do. Also, in order to house train one of these little fellas you can use some simple training methods like marking out an area and commanding him to do his business in that area only, by taking him there every time he looks uncomfortable. You’ll be able to gauge these signs for yourself once you get familiar with him. He will respond automatically after a few commands seeing what it is that you want him to do. Work for some time, give him some rest and then continue so as to check if he still remembers the commands that you taught him. Follow the same routine for some days without a break and once he gets the hang of it, he’ll do everything at your command.
This is one of the best dogs to own simply because it is friendly, fiercely loyal and can play for hours on end. Rest assured that it will keep you from harm. Don’t be fooled by its size. Remember, it is part Terrier and will use its hunting instincts when necessary.