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Terrier Mix – Pros and Cons of the Top Terrier Cross Breeds

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A terrier mix combines one parent from a terrier breed with another dog entirely.

They come in a huge range of shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments.

From the dainty Yorkshire terrier mixed with the diminutive Chihuahua, to the stocky Pitbull terrier mixed with a robust Labrador Retriever.

“Terrier mix” can mean a crossbreed of two types of terrier, or a terrier mixed with a dog from another group.

The possibilities are endless, and that means all kinds of coats, builds and personalities are possible in terrier mix dogs as well!

In this article, we explore some of the most popular terrier mix breeds already cementing a place in our homes and our hearts.

We’ll take a look at the pros and cons mixing different dog breeds, and the factors you should take into account when picking out a terrier mix puppy to join your household.

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What Does Terrier Mix Mean?

A terrier mix is a dog that has been bred by crossing one of the terrier breeds with another dog.

This will normally be a purebred dog from another breed, such as a Dachshund or a Labrador.

The most important thing to keep in mind about terrier mix dogs is that the word “terrier” means a group of breeds, not just one.

Dog breed organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC) group dogs into large categories based on their type, or original purpose.

The terrier group is made up of many different individual terrier breeds.

So what do we know about the terrier group in general?

The Terrier Group

Terriers vary greatly in size and appearance.

These scrappy dogs were developed centuries ago to control vermin around human farms and settlements.

Their background as tenacious hunters of vermin makes them famously brave, feisty, and strong-willed.

Even very small terriers got their start as working dogs – the cute little Yorkie was first bred to hunt small vermin like rats and mice.

These days, the AKC recognises 31 breeds in their terrier group, and the UK Kennel Club lists 27.

If you’d like to find out more about the history and origin stories of some of our most famous terriers, use these links to visit their main page:

With so many pure terrier breeds to choose from, why did we start crossing them with other dogs?

Let’s find out!

Where Do Terrier Mix Dogs Come From?

Crossbreeding different kinds of dogs is as old as domestication itself.

Perhaps one of the reasons it’s so easy to conjure up the mental image of a generic terrier is because these dogs have lent their genes to multitudes of mutts and mixed breed offspring.

In the last thirty years or so, a new kind of mixing has become popular: mating pedigree parents of two different breeds.

The first generation offspring of these crosses are sometimes known as designer dogs.

This trend can be good for dogs’ health – mixed breed dogs benefit from a wider genepool, which can protect them from hereditary illnesses.

But they are also difficult to predict.

There’s no promise that they’ll only take the “good” qualities of each parent, or reach a full grown size which is exactly in between sire and dam.

So next, let’s look closer at what you can expect from a terrier mix.

Terrier Mix Appearance

Terriers come in all shapes and sizes!

Some of the smallest Yorkies barely tip the scales at 4lb, whilst the stately Airedale Terrier can reach over 60lb!

Their coats range from long and silky to short and smooth, via every kind of wiry and wavy on the way.

A terrier mix dog can borrow their looks from either parent.

If their parents are a similar size, and they both have a smooth brown coat (say, a Rat Terrier and a Dachshund) the outcome is unlikely to surprise you.

But when a dogs with very different shapes and coats (say, a Standard Poodle and a Jack Russell Terrier) make puppies, the results can take many forms, even within the same litter.

Terrier Mix Temperament

What is the temperament of a terrier mix dog?

As there are many different breeds in the terrier group, and even more breeds outside the group to mix them with, it is impossible to define an archetypal terrier mix temperament.

Terrier breeds in general are often described as being smart, tenacious, proud, and confident.

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For generations we expected terriers to get on and do their work without sight of their handler, so even today they remain outgoing and independent dogs, fond of doing their own decision making.

And while terriers are frequently very loving and loyal towards their people, some do have a reputation for not getting along well with other animals, including other dogs.

Many still have strong chase instincts and a high prey drive, which can cause mayhem in the presence of wildlife.

Mixing Terrier Temperament With Another Breed

The temperament of a terrier mix dog is a lucky dip, with no guarantees.

Their terrier-ness might shine through, or it might be the other breed that they call to mind.

Remember that like any dog, a terrier mix is an individual.

If you get one as a puppy, there are no guarantees as to what its temperament will be as an adult.

For many dog lovers this is exciting! But if it’s not for you, that’s ok too.

Training and Exercising Your Terrier Mix

Terriers are generally very spirited and lively dogs.

Most dogs need between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise per day to stay happy and healthy.

It is highly likely that any terrier mix will be very enthusiastic, and a busy little dog. So lots of focused exercise is key.

In addition to regular walks, your terrier mix will also enjoy play sessions with you several times a week.

You can do casual activities like chasing a ball in the park, or get your dog involved in organized activities like flyball or agility trials.

High energy terrier mixes might enjoy a sport called terrier racing.

In terrier racing, small sized terriers chase a lure across a course that contains obstacles like short hurdles they can jump over and tunnels to run through.

Popular Terrier Mixes

Terrier mixes are often eagerly sought after by potential owners.

Which are the most popular terrier mix dogs?

Many people have fallen for the adorable Whoodle, a Soft-Coated Wheaten terrier and Poodle mix.

Other crosses are also popular, even if they don’t have their own “designer” name.

Small terrier breeds crossed with other small breeds are very popular among fans of the terrier mix.

It’s good to remember that many mutts available at your local animal shelter may be terrier mixes too.

Shelters try their best to identify the breeds that went into their resident mutts, and you can also get your dog DNA tested to confirm the breed mix in your new best friend.

Now let’s look more closely at the profiles of some popular terrier mixes.

Chihuahua Terrier Mix Dogs

The Chihuahua terrier mix is particularly popular among people who like toy dogs.

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Chihuahuas are often bred with the smallest terriers to create a small and cute companion animal.

You will often see Chihuahuas crossed with Rat terriers to create the Ratchi and with Yorkshire terriers to create the Chorkie.

The Ratchi is usually a small, short coated dog with an alert face set off by large, bat-like ears. This breed mix can have the temperament of either parent breed.

The Chorkie is a small sized dog with a medium to long length coat. The average adult Chorkie is under 10 pounds.

Chihuahua Terrier Mix Health

The personality of this mix can vary.

Fanciers say that the Ratchi forms a close bond with its owner, but may be suspicious of strangers and overactive children. They can also be barkers.

Like both Chihuahuas and Yorkies, the Chorkie tends to be very affectionate with its owners but can be wary of strangers and small children.

Chihuahua Terrier Mix Health

All crossbreed dogs can inherit genetic health issues from either parent breed.

What concerns might a Chihuahua terrier mix dogs find in store for them?

Both Chihuahuas and terriers are prone to luxating patellas – knee joints which sit too loosely together and dislocate easily.

Chihuahua and terriers are also similarly vulnerable to Legg-Perthes disease – a malformation of the hip joint.

In common with Rat terriers and Bull terriers, Chihuahuas are prone to hereditary heart disease.

In common with Fox terriers and Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas are prone to allergies.

Chihuahuas also bring a heightened risk of hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and tracheal collapse (a degenerative condition affecting the windpipe) to all Chihuahua terrier mixes.

Reputable breeders will provide you with a health history of your puppy’s parents, with special attention to any common health concerns.

You can find out more about what to expect from the amazing array of Chihuahua terrier mixes here.

Poodle Terrier Mix Dogs

Besides the Whoodle Wheaten-Poodle mix, there are other popular Poodle terrier crosses.

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There’s the Westiepoo (West Highland White terrier and Poodle), the Jackapoo (Jack Russell terrier and Poodle), and the Yorkipoo (Yorkshire terrier and Poodle).

Most Poodle terrier mix dogs tend to be small, with a medium to long length coat that is curly or wavy.

The Whoodle is bit larger than toy Poodle terrier cross breeds, ranging from 20 to 30 pounds.

The cute and popular Yorkipoo can be as small as 4 or 5 pounds, depending on the size of the Poodle used.

Be cautious if a Poodle terrier mix puppy is described as “teacup” size. Dogs bred for extremely small size can have significant health problems.

Poodle Terrier Mix Health

Poodle terrier mixes can inherit genetic health conditions from both Poodles and the founding terrier breed.

Poodles are vulnerable to a number of inherit several diseases, especially Standard Poodles.

Around one in ten standard Poodles experience hip dysplasia – a malformation of the hip joint which causes arthritis and lameness.

Hip dysplasia has a genetic component, and is also closely linked to size.

When a Poodle is crossed with an Airedale terrier for example, both parents should be screened for signs of hip dysplasia first.

Be sure to ask your breeder for detailed health information on your puppy’s parents.

Labrador Terrier Mix

The Labrador Retriever is often bred with larger terrier breeds.

The Lab is crossed with an Airedale to create the “Lab’Aire.” Lab and Pitbull terrier mixes are known as Labrabulls or Pitadors.

Lab terrier mix

The Lab’Aire tends to be an active, medium to large sized dog. The coat can be rough and shaggy, usually black and/or brown in color.

The Labrabull has a short coat and is medium to large in size.

Although there is no guarantee of a crossbreed’s temperament, this mix tends to be active, loyal, and protective in nature.

Labrador Terrier Mix Health

Health issues can be inherited from both the Lab and the specific terrier breed it’s crossed with.

Labs are known to have joint problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. All Labs intended for breeding must be screened for these conditions first, to protect future generations.

The Airedale can pass several inheritable conditions on to their puppies, including hip dysplasia, heart problems, and some forms of cancer. Pit Bull terriers can also be prone to joint problems.

Make sure that any Lab terrier mix breeder you are considering is a champion for and participant in canine health screening.

You can find out more about the Labrador Pitbull mix here.

Beagle Terrier Mix

The Beagle terrier mix is another popular cross breed.

As with other mixes, several different terrier breeds are used. They include the Rat terrier – resulting in a Raggle – and the Jack Russell terrier – creating a Jack A Bee.

Beagle terrier mix

The Raggle is a small to medium sized dog with a short coat, often white mixed with brown and/or black.

Fans of the breed say that the best Raggles combine the Beagle’s loving nature with the Rattie’s perky energy. However, as with any cross breed, the ultimate outcome is unpredictable.

Jack A Bees are also small to medium in size with short coats that are often white with tan and/or brown markings.

They are frequently described as friendly and loving towards their owners, but can be timid or even aggressive with strangers.

Beagle Terrier Mix Health

Beagle terrier mix dogs can inherit health problems from both terriers and Beagles.

Common Beagle health conditions include thyroid disorders, hip dysplasia, and a condition known as “cherry eye.”

Around 1 in 8 Beagles carry the gene for factor vii deficiency, which causes excessive bleeding after surgery or injury.

A small proportion of Beagles are also troubled by the same luxating patellas which so many terrier breeds suffer from.

Regardless of the exact Beagle terrier mix puppy you’re interested in, both parents should be screened for luxating patellas before mating, and a good breeder will offer you evidence of that.

Reputable breeders should be willing to provide you with health records for both of your puppy’s parents.

Dachshund Terrier Mix

What about if you’re a Doxie fan – are Dachshunds crossed with terrier breeds?

Yes! In fact, there are several popular Dachshund terrier cross breeds.

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The Jack Russell terrier mixed with a Dachshund is affectionately called a Jackshund.

You will also see the Dachshund crossed with Cairn terriers, Fox terriers, and Yorkshire terriers (the diminutive Dorkie).

Most Dachshund terrier mixes are short in stature, with an elongated body. That’s because they inherit the gene for anchrondpasia – also known as dwarfism – from their Dachshund parent.

Both Dachshunds and terriers can have smooth or wirehaired coats, so the coat of a Dachshund terrier mix will vary, depending on the parents.

Dachshund Terrier Mix Temperament

This mixed breed dog tends to be friendly and playful, but is more comfortable around its family than strangers.

Usually an alert and active dog, the Dachshund terrier mix benefits for living with people who can devote time and energy to occupying their busy minds.

Your individual Dachshund terrier Mix can have any personality trait of either parent breed, so there is no guaranteed temperament.

Dachshund Terrier Mix Health

The most important health issue to be aware of in any Dachshund mix dog is a spinal condition called intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).

Dogs affected by IVDD can suffer from lameness, incontinence, and even paralysis.

Researchers suspect that both body type and genetics play a role in IVDD.

Ask breeders if both genetic testing and radiographic scans were done on your puppy’s Dachshund line, before you meet them.

Do not buy a mix whose Dachshund parent has not been certified clear for this problem.

Schnauzer Terrier Mix

The Schnauzer is often referred to as a terrier-type dog, and it does share some common physical and personality traits with terriers.

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Schnauzers range in size from miniature to giant, and terrier breed sizes vary, so the size of a Schnauzer terrier mix can vary great as well.

Terrier breeds often mixed with Schnauzers include the Cairn terrier (producing a Carnauzer), the Airedale terrier (resulting in a Schnairedale).

The Schnauzer terrier mix tends to have some of the distinctive Schnauzer bearding on their muzzle, and a medium length coat. Coat color can vary, and eye color is usually brown.

Schnauzer Terrier Mix Temperament

The Giant Schnauzer is a calm and loyal large dog, the Standard Schnauzer is lively and smart, and the Miniature Schnauzer is perky and playful.

The temperament of Schnauzer terrier mixes can vary from one dog to another, given the personality differences of both Schnauzers and terriers.

You can generally expect an alert and energetic dog.

Schnauzer Terrier Mix Health

The Miniature Schnauzer can be prone to eye problems.

Health problems of the Standard Schnauzer include hip dysplasia and some eye and heart issues.

The Giant Schnauzer can suffer from joint problems, hypothyroidism, and anemia.

Talk to your Schnauzer terrier mix breeder about the health histories of both the Schnauzer and terrier genetic lines used in your dog.

   

Terrier Mix Lifespan

There is no definitive lifespan for terrier mix dogs.

Factors that influence the longevity of a terrier mix includes the breeds used and the overall health of the individual dog.

In general, most terrier breeds have relatively long lifespans, especially in comparison to other, larger breed dogs.

The average terrier lifespan can range from 10 to 20 years, with the smallest ones generally living longer than the bigger ones.

The lifespan of a terrier mix largely depends on the size of the dog and the breed of the other, non-terrier dog.

Experts say that one of the best predictors of lifespan in dogs is size and weight, with longevity declining as size goes up.

What’s nice is that breed mixes tend on average to live longer than purebred dogs.

Do Terrier Mix Dogs Make Good Pets?

There’s no doubt that all the numerous terrier mix dogs are cute and appealing.

They can vary in both size and temperament, but are generally small to medium sized with lively and perky personalities.

Some purebred terriers can be stubborn, energetic, and independent, and a terrier mix can easily inherit the strong-willed terrier personality.

The other breed in your terrier mix can temper these qualities, depending on the characteristics of the breed.

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a terrier mix puppy is that all dogs are individuals.

Breed alone is not a predictor of the adult size, appearance, and personality of your dog.

Raising a Terrier Mix Puppy

Proper training and socialization from puppyhood onward is the best way to ensure that your dog will behave the way you want it to.

Active and determined dogs like terriers and terrier mixes can especially benefit from good training.

If your chosen mix has a reputation for being aloof or nervous around strangers, invest lots of time in socialising them when they come home.

Your terrier mix puppy may inherit a strong prey drive from their terrier parent, work on a strong recall with them from day one.

If your terrier mix puppy combines too very small breeds like the Chihuahua and the Yorkie, they might also have trouble holding their bladder and potty training. This guide might help.

Do Terrier Mix Dogs Bark A Lot?

Many terrier breeds have a reputation for being vocal.

Crossing them with a quieter breed doesn’t necessarily guarantee a quieter dog – their offspring are just as likely to inherit a terrier’s tendency to bark.

Bear in mind that some of the crosses we’ve met here include two parents who like to make themselves heard – Dachshunds and Schnauzers are famously vocal.

And of course the Beagle is a pack dog who loves using a long loud bay to communicate with his brothers and sisters. So a Beagle terrier mix might do the same!

In short, if you live in an apartment, a terrier mix puppy might not be the most sociable choice.

However, you might be able to find an older, rescue dog who’s proven to be quieter.

Is a Terrier Mix Right For Me?

In the right home, a terrier mix can make a wonderful pet.

Do your homework on both parent breeds, and confirm that a breeder has conducted health tests before you meet their litter.

It’s far easier to walk away from an irresponsible breeder before you have their puppy in your lap.

Since you can’t guarantee which temperament a mixed breed puppy will most take after, consider whether you’d be happy with any outcome.

Do You Already Share You Life With a Terrier Mix?

What mix are they, and which parent do they most take after?

Please share your experience in the comments box!

References and Further Reading

OFA Canine Health Information Center

Carlstrom et al, “Inadvertent Propagation of Factor VII Deficiency in a Canine Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I Research Breeding Colony”, Comparative Medicine, 2009.

Oberbauer et al, “Ten inherited disorders in purebred dogs by functional breed groupings.” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2015.

Farrell et al, “The challenges of pedigree dog health: approaches to combating inherited disease.” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2015.

Lappalainen et al, “Estimate of heritability and genetic trend of intervertebral disc calcification in Dachshunds in Finland.” Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 2015.

O’Neill et al, “Longevity and Mortality of Owned Dogs in England”, The Veterinary Journal, 2013.

This article has been revised and updated for 2019.

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Terriers are not a breed of dog, but rather a group of closely related dog breeds. In fact, there are roughly 30 unique dog breeds in this category. As such, the AKC has recognized these dogs as an official dog group.

Some of the most popular dog breeds in the world are Terriers. Some of which, include the Airedale Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier among many others. They are everywhere.

With such a large following and a wide selection of Terriers, it’s no surprise they’re part of many amazing mixed breeds. While there are too many combinations possible, we’ve found our favorite terrier mixes.

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What’s a Terrier Dog?

For the past hundreds of years, all types of Terriers have been tirelessly working with on farms around the world, hunting and killing pesty vermin and rats. After all, that’s what they were originally bred for.

With this skillset alone, they became widely popular and eventually made it far outside the farming industry and onto the international dog scene. After these dogs reached the height of their popularity, breeders began to take notice.

They were soon bred for other specific jobs. For example, the Kelly Blue Terrier and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier were bred to herd, hunt and protect. Similarly, the Rat Terrier was bred for vermin control, specifically with rats.

As a result, Terriers were bred to have very powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Their small size doesn’t mean weakness, as they can be formidable guardians. What’s more, Terriers sport a wiry or silky coat, with the exception of the Pit Bull Terrier.

Terrier Temperament

A Terrier’s personality is a relatively consistent and predictable thing. Although there are exceptions, most Terriers are highly energetic and playful. By nature, they’re independent dogs with a lot of dignity.

Some owners go as far as saying Terriers are stubborn. And because of the stubbornness, they may be harder to train than other dog breeds.

They will walk all day long and never tire but will happily just go for a small jaunt. Great with kids as they love to play, but they can be stubborn and…they just won’t listen no matter what.

– Drac (Border Terrier Owner)

Furthermore, Terriers don’t always play nice with other animals. Even with socialization, there’s no guarantee they’ll get along with other dogs. They’re notoriously feisty dogs.

Like with any other dog, Terriers have their flaws. But with a Terrier, you know you’ll get an affectionate and loyal dog. Even if they don’t like to cuddle, they make some of the best companions you can find.

Best Terrier Mixes

Here are 19 unusual and wacky Terrier mixed dog breeds that you must see! Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments section below. Well try to add it on this list.

1. Whoodle

Parents: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier x Poodle

The Whoodle is a Poodle and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier mix.

The Whoodle is a Terrier mix as fun as it’s name. They’re also called the Sweatenpoo or Wheaten-doodle, both of which are equally amusing. In the last decade, the Whoodle has exploded in popularity. However, there’s no standard yet.

Most owners will tell you that their Whoodle is energetic and lively, as with both parents. But depending on which side they take more form, they can range quite a bit in size, coat and shape. We see most with the Poodle’s curly coat, though.

Both parents are intelligent dogs. In fact, the Poodle is the second most intelligent breed, according to Stanley Coren. So, you can expect a smart Whoodle, especially if they inherit the brains from the Poodle side.

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2. Jack Chi

Parents:Jack Russell Terrier x Chihuahua

The Jack Chi is a Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier mix.

The Jack Chi is the Chihuahua Jack Russell Terrier hybrid, and is perhaps one of the most popular mixes, for good reason! They may be small, but will have a ton of energy and a feisty attitude – very much like a Terrier.

At times, it may seem like the Jack Chi has an unlimited supply of energy. So looking for a lazy lap dog, look elsewhere! This Terrier mix requires a ton of physical activity and daily mental stimulation.

They can be very loyal and affectionate dogs. And, it’s not unordinary that they come snug up with you too! So, if you live a physical lifestyle and you’re looking for a small fun-loving dog, I’d highly recommend the Jack Chi.

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3. Yorkipoo

Parents:Yorkshire Terrier x Poodle

The Yorki Poo is a mix of the Yorkie and Poodle breeds.

When I think of the term “designer dog,” the Yorkipoo first comes to mind. They’re a cross between two widely popular toy breeds: the Yorkie and Toy Poodle. Was there any doubt this hybrid would be popular too?

Yorkipoos are generally fun-loving and happy all the time. They’ll gladly shower owners with deep affection. But at the same time, can be perfectly content from the lap of a loved one. Not your typical Terrier temperament.

However, it’s worth noting that these small dogs love to yap. If you’re not a fan of constant barking, you may want to reconsider. I’d take bad with the good for such an adorable and sweet-natured Terrier mix.

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4. Scoland Terrier

Parents:Scottish Terrier x Westie

The Scoland Terrier is the Westie and Scottish Terrier hybrid.

The Scoland is the hybrid of the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. Who says you can’t crossbreed two Terriers together? As both these dog breeds originate from Scotland, they’re often called the “ultimate Terrier.”

The Scoland is the embodiment of the Terrier spirit. They’re lively, energetic, playful and loyal. Plus, with the perfect amount of stubbornness, which is almost inevitable with these dogs. But, they’ll protect and entertain you every chance they get.

For physical appearance, you’ll likely get the head of a Westie with the body of a Scottie. Coats can come in black with white highlights, or wheaten. They’ll have big black eyes with their signature “scissor bite.” Like with the parents, expect a wiry and dense coat.

5. Frenchton

Parents:Boston Terrier x French Bulldog

The Frenchton is the crossbreed of the Boston Terrier and French Bulldog.

As cool and amazing as the French Bulldog is, the Frenchton is cooler. By crossbreeding the ever-so popular Frenchie with the equally stunning Boston Terrier, you get the lively and intelligent Frenchton.

The Frenchton has all the colors of a Boston Terrier, often coming in the signature black coat with white markings (or vice versa). The face may resemble the French Bulldog slightly more, though it varies by dog.

Both Boston Terriers and the Frenchie are a little stubborn by nature, so this Terrier mix will often be the same. With that said, they can be a little difficult to train. Still, the Frenchton is truly an affectionate and loyal dog, perfect every family.

6. Jack-A-Bee

Parents:Jack Russell Terrier x Beagle

The Jack-A-Bee is the cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle.

The Jack-A-Bee is an odd combination that somehow works – and works great! This Jack Russell Beagle hybrid combines two of the most iconic and popular dog breeds from the Terrier and Hound groups.

The result: a friendly, calm, intelligent and loyal Terrier mix. Sometimes they can be more on the independent side, even for a Terrier. However, their sweet-nature demeanor and positive vibe will make up for it.

At first glance, these hybrids look like a Beagle with a different coat. But the Jack-A-Bee tends to take the body of the Jack Russell, while maintaining the face of a Beagle. As a relatively new breed, their coat colors can vary quite a bit.

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7. Bugg

Parents:Boston Terrier x Pug

The Bugg is a hybrid of the Boston Terrier and Pug.

Any hybrid mixed with a Pug is an awesome dog, including the Bugg. The personalities of the Pug and Boston Terrier mesh together seamlessly, like peanut butter and jelly.

Pugs are charming, affectionate and a little bit mischievous. On the other hand, the Boston Terrier is friendly and often described as a little bit humorous. The Bugg gives you the best of both worlds – an entertaining dog with good intentions.

Boston Terriers can be active dogs, while Pugs are not so active. However, a Bugg’s activity levels will depend on the parentage. So whether you’re looking for the perfect lap buddy or an entertaining playmate, consider a Bugg.

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8. Toxirn

Parents:Cairn Terrier x Chihuahua

The Toxirn is the Chihuahua and Cairn Terrier mix.

The Toxirn is not as complicated as it’s name. They’re delightful toy dogs bred through the crossbreeding of the Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua. Both iconic toy breeds in their respective countries (Scotland and Mexico).

Yes, they’re small. But they’re surprisingly courageous and confident – probably thanks to the Chihuahua side. They don’t scare very easily and will do what it takes to protect the owners. The downside is that they can be a little overprotective.

Toxirns are deceivingly athletic with a lean muscular build. In fact, they’re sturdy dogs with a decent frame for the size. Their coats are wiry, but not as long as other Terriers. Toxirns are as they say: “little dogs with a big personality.”

9. Jacairn

Parents:Jack Russell x Cairn Terrier

The Jacairn is the Jack Russell Cairn Terrier mix.

The Jacairn combines two fan favorites from the Terrier group – the Jack Russell and the Cairn Terrier. They’re not your typical Terriers, as they’re always eager to please. Not only are they intelligent, but highly trainable.

They’re perfect for novice dog trainers. However, they require plenty of exercise daily. So if you don’t have an active lifestyle, it’ll be tough to maintain a Jacairn. They demand a lot of work, otherwise you may see destructive behavior.

On the flip side, they love playing with children and get along great with all humans. And if you have a large backyard, they’ll likely dig some holes and climb some trees! We weren’t kidding when we said they’re energetic.

10. Scottish Cocker

Parents:Scottish Terrier x Cocker Spaniel

The Scottish Cocker mix is part Scottish Terrier and part Cocker Spaniel.

The Scottish Cocker is part Cocker Spaniel and part Scottish Terrier. While they’re one of the least common Terrier mixes, these dogs are slowly growing in popularity.

In essence, they’re the opposite of the Jacairn. They’re laid back and mellow dogs that’ll happily lounge around with you. What’s more, they’re extremely social dogs, which probably comes from the Cocker Spaniel side.

The Scottish Terrier side brings their courageousness and alertness to the table. They can be aggressive when the situation calls for it – they’re smart enough to figure out when. But most of the time, they’ll be chilling by your side.

11. Schnocker

Parents:Mini Schnauzer x Cocker Spaniel

The Schnocker is a cross between the miniature Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the origins of this designer breed. However, many will claim they originated from the United States in the 1990’s. Regardless of origins, this mix was bred to be the ultimate companion lap dog.

Schnockers strike the perfect balance. They’re moderately active and will happily go on adventures with you. At the same time, they’ll always come in for a nice cuddle whenever they get the chance.

Like with many mixed dogs, the Schnocker can vary in appearance. Though, they usually come with a slim frame, long legs and floppy ears. Coat colors, highlights and length can also vary depending on the parents.

12. Dorkie

Parents:Yorkshire Terrier x Dachshund

The Dorkie is part Dachshund and part Yorkshire Terrier.

As a cross between the Yorkie and Dachshund, the Dorkie has the best name among all Terrier mixes. It perfectly describes the personality of these hybrid dogs – little cute dorks.

They get along great with all people and especially loves playing with children. But because of how small and fragile they are, children must be supervised during playtime. They may unintentionally hurt them.

Dorkies will have the big floppy ears of a Dachshund but their coat resembles a Yorkie. Their coat colors will be more in-line with Yorkies as well, coming in black and brown, red and black or a solid brown.

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13. Pit Heeler

Parents: Pit Bull Terrier x Blue Heeler

The Pit Heeler is the Blue Heeler Pit Bull Terrier mix.

The Pit Heeler is the not-so-obvious cross of the Pit Bull Terrier and the Blue Heeler. Many Australian dog breeds are fantastic herders, and this Terrier mix may certainly inherit those instincts as well.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is often labeled as the most dangerous dog breed, but there’s no guarantee that the Pit Heeler will inherit the same aggressiveness. Even so, we highly recommend socialization early on.

They’re relatively rare, so not much is known about the Pit Heeler in terms of personality. As such, there’s no standard for this designer breed either. However, we know that they can’t stand extreme heat due to their thick coats.

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14. Schnairedale

Parents:Schnauzer x Airedale Terrier

The schnairedale is the Schnauzer Airedale Terrier mix.

The Schnairedale is the gorgeous cross between a Standard Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier. They’re one of the rarest Terrier mixes that we’ve found, and are relatively difficult to find on the market (but not impossible!).

Owners that have a Schnairedale will tell you they’re fun-loving dogs that very much enjoy the company of loved ones. Furthermore, they’re playful by nature and get along great with other dogs – especially with larger ones.

Schnairedales are confident and independent dogs, which explains why they often take up the leadership role among the pack. You must be consistent and firm with training to establish pack-dominance before they do.

15. Rat Cha

Parents:Rat Terrier x Chihuahua

The Rat Cha is the Chihuahua Rat Terrier mix.

The Rat Cha is the popular crossbreed of the Chihuahua and Rat Terrier. Though they may be small in size, Rat Chas have a playful attitude and a charming demeanor that few people can resist.

Most Rat Cha dogs will inherit the short coat from the Chihuahua. However, there are cases where they take on the long Rat Terrier coat. Ears could be erect or curled – it really depends on genetics and their parents.

Unlike other small dogs, the Rat Cha is independent-minded. They really don’t require too much care at all – outside of the dog basics. In return, they only need love and affection for a happy and mentally-healthy life.

16. Airedoodle

Parents:Airedale Terrier x Poodle

The Airedoodle is a Poodle Airedale Terrier mix.

The Airedoodle is truly an interesting Terrier mix that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Just think about it – this Terrier mix combines the elegant and highly intelligent Poodle with the “King of Terriers.” How can they not be incredible?

Unsurprisingly, the result is an intelligent and athletic hybrid dog with an outstanding work ethic. They’re fairly easy to take care of and are highly trainable. Airedoodles have all the qualities and traits that you’d want in your family companion dog.

They love people and are very social around both humans and other dogs. Kids do very well with the Airedoodle. The only potential concern is their high prey-drive, which may pose a problem for families with small pets.

17. Boston Boxer

Parents:Boston Terrier x Boxer

The Boston Boxer is the Boxer and Boston Terrier mix.

No, we’re not talking about Rocky Marciano, the Boston-native boxer that inspired Rocky Balboa. Instead, the Boston Boxer is the sturdy hybrid of a Boxer and the Boston Terrier.

The Boston Boxer can be a handful at times, but their favorable temperaments more than make up for it. In terms of physical appearance, they look very much like a small Boxer. In fact, some people call this mixed breed the “Miniature Boxer.”

They’ve been around for a few decades already, but the Boston Boxer still vary quite a bit in personality. For the most part, you can expect a friendly, intelligent and devoted dog. And with all that energy, you can already guess they’re very playful dogs.

18. Jack Rat

Parents:Jack Russell x Rat Terrier

You get the Jack Rat mix by combining the Jack Russell Terrier with the Rat Terrier.

This Terrier mix is also called the Jersey Terrier. Jack Rats are feisty little dogs with a lot of personality. Their size just doesn’t match their bold attitudes. Jack Rats are vigilant and alert, but also possess a high level of energy.

Moreover, Jack Rats are courageous and brave. Despite their petite size, they won’t likely back down in the face of a threat, especially when the owner is “in need.” Still, Jack Rats play well with children, though they do have a high prey drive.

Grooming can be time-consuming with these dogs. Although they have a short hair, Jack Rats have a double coat that sheds quite often. Daily brushing is a ideal to keep their coat in check – or deal with fur hair everywhere.

19. Snorkie

Parents:Yorkie x Mini Schnauzer

The Snorkie is a popular mix of the Yorkshire Terrier and Schnauzer.

Most Snorkies are crossbred with the Miniature Schnauzer, as well as the Yorkie. Because both are popular toy terrier breeds with a huge following, it’s a given that Snorkies would be popular too.

This Terrier mix is truly a people-loving dog. In fact, they’re known to develop close ties and bonds with their owners. They’re not as energetic as other Terrier dogs, making them great candidates for a chill lap dog.

That said, it’s still important to help them get their daily dose of exercise, as they’re prone to becoming a bit overweight in the later years. Daily coat brushing is highly recommended to prevent any tangles on their textured coat.

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20. Brat

Parents:Rat Terrier x Boston Terrier

Perhaps with the most creative terrier mix name, the Brat is the combination of the Boston Terrier and the Rat Terrier. However, they’re much more than a funny name. The Brat mix is both athletic and compact.

Due to the rarity of this mutt, there is little information on the hybrid. Based off the parents, we can guess they’ll be energetic with strong prey instincts. Both parent breeds were bred to deal with vermin, after all.

Today, Brats are bred for companionship. As such, they’ll be loving and affectionate with a great temperament that can mesh well with all families. They thrive best in families that can provide a ton of exercise and stimulation, though.

21. Cairmal

Parents:Cairn Terrier x Maltese

That’s not a typo – we didn’t mean caramel. Rather, the Cairmal is a hybrid that consists of the Cairn Terrier and the Maltese. Both of which, are popular companion dogs that combine to form an equally capable companion.

Always cheerful and affectionate, the Cairmal can be vigilant. With that said, they make top watch dogs, but poor guard dogs (thanks to the small size). And while they are terriers, the Cairmal mix does great with other dogs and cats.

Despite the long-standing history of both parent breeds, the Cairmal is a relatively new dog in the designer world. Temperament can vary, but also with appearance. But if you want a terrier mix with a positive vibe, consider the Cairmal.

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22. Ratshire Terrier

Parents:Rat Terrier x Yorkie

The Ratshire is the ratting dog of all ratting dogs. Combining two of the top rat-hunters, the Ratshire Terrier is the Rat Terrier Yorkie hybrid. As you can expect, the prey instincts will likely be inherited in this mix.

Both parent breeds are small, and the cross is no exception. Standing just 10 inches tall and weighing around 15 pounds, the Ratshire was built small to get through small spaces. And while they’re not ratters anymore, they still have high-energy.

Ratshires are typically healthy mutts. In fact, they can live up to 16 years with little issues. But thanks to their prey instincts, we wouldn’t recommend them for families with small kids. Also, they’ll need a lot of socialization.

23. Pomerat

Parents:Rat Terrier x Pomeranian

Bred from the cheerful Pomeranian and the inquisitive Rat Terrier, the Pomerat is the ideal balance of a companion dog. They’re a sprinkle of fun-loving playfulness, but also a dab of alertness and vigilance.

With the owners, Pomerats will be great for entertainment. On the other hand, these Terrier mixes can’t stand being in solitude. They’re social dogs and need human interaction to really thrive in a family setting.

As for obedience training, they require firm and consistent training. Still, I’d only use positive reinforcement with these dogs. Stubborn streaks are possible, but with a little patience, you should have few problems with training.

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24. Husky Jack

Parents: Jack Russell Terrier x Husky

Ever wondered what would happen if you combined two highly energetic dog breeds? Well, the Husky Jack is probably the closest example. Both the Husky and Jack Russell Terrier are as active and lively as any dog.

Husky Jacks are known for being devoted and spirited dogs, as expected from both the Husky and terrier side. They require not only plenty of daily exercise, but also lots of mental stimulation. Otherwise, destructive tendencies may arise.

This terrier mix is one of the older hybrids, said to have been bred since the 20th century. Even so, there is no standard for these dogs. But given the popularity, we may see all that change sometime in the future.

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25. Havanestie

Parents:West Highland Terrier x Havanese

Don’t be fooled by the exotic name. The Havanestie is just the cross of the charming Westie and the adorable Havanese. The Havanestie is so great that they’re actually recognized by 5 registries. Few mixes have accomplished this feat.

Despite the prevalence among dog breed registries, the Havanesties aren’t as popular as they should be. In other words, there’s still a lot to learn about the temperament and looks of these terrier mixes.

However, what we do know is that they’re affectionate and sweet dogs. Largely thanks to the Havanese side, they’re playful and fun dogs. But the Westie side does bring the terrier boldness and liveliness.

26. Sharbo

Parents:Boston Terrier x Shar-Pei

The Sharbo is much cooler than their name sounds. They’re the cross between the Chinese Shar-Pei and the all-american Boston Terrier – a clash of two worlds that works surprisingly well. They’re interesting, for sure, but also perfect companions.

Though they’ve had a rough history as fighting dogs in some parts of the world, Sharbos can be seen as loving family dogs all over the world today. Instead of fighting, they do their jobs as protective guardians on the home.

If you’re looking for a watchful and vigilant dog that will always have your back, Sharbos may be the perfect choices. Not many terrier mixes will have the unwavering loyalty of these special, interesting mutts.

27. Scottese

Parents:Scottish Terrier x Maltese

Few owners have had the honor of raising a Scottese. While this Scottish Terrier Maltese hybrid may be rare, they’re great family dogs that’ll easily win over the heart of any dog owner. Give them a try and you’ll see what I mean.

The result of the two is amazing. A Scottese will be kind and affectionate, but at the same time, spunky and bold. They know how to act in the home and on the field. The terrier side brings the independence, but the Maltese side makes them good lap dogs.

Scotteses will generally be intelligent dogs. Combined with their gentle nature, these dogs will be easier to train than other terrier mixes. They really know how to win you over, so you won’t ever regret bringing one home.

28. Boston Lab

Parents:Boston Terrier x Labrador

Why not crossbreed the intelligent and cheerful Boston Terrier with America’s favorite breed? With the Labrador Retriever, the Boston Lab does just that. And, the result is one of the most sweet-natured terrier mixes around.

These mutts are always willing to play, as seen in the Labrador. Both parent breeds are known to be very friendly. Consequently, the Boston Lab is super friendly and always have a bright attitude guaranteed to cheer up your day.

They respond well to obedience training. Combined with their willingness to please and you have a terrier mix that’s ideal for even beginners. As long as you can provide these dogs with attention, there’s no reason they won’t thrive.

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29. Ratzer

Parents:Schnauzer x Rat Terrier

The Ratzer is the unique combination of the Schnauzer and the Rat Terrier. They tend to vary in size, as both the Mini and Standard Schnauzer can be used to crossbreed for this terrific Terrier mix.

However, the more popular variation is probably the Mini Ratzer. They stand just 11 to 15 inches tall, but weigh up to 20 pounds. And yes, they may be small dogs, but they have a lot of spunk and sass in their personalities.

Despite having a certain “edge” to them, Mini Ratzers are surprisingly great with kids. In fact, some say they have an affinity towards children and other animals. Still, we would caution leaving them alone with toddlers and small pets.

30. Carkie Terrier

Parents:Cairn Terrier x Yorkie

As the cross of the Yorkshire Terrier and Cairn Terrier, Carkies are as adorable and cute as their names. They were designed to be a top choice as a family companion, especially for those with children.

They’re always playful and full of energy, making them sociable dogs that enjoy being the center of attention. The good news is that they don’t usually inherit the barking tendencies of the Yorkshire. However, they still make great watchdogs.

Because they’re energetic small dogs, they still demand a decent amount of exercise. Of course, they wouldn’t mind cozying up with you from time to time, either.

31. Bascottie

Parents:Scottish Terrier x Basset Hound

Who would have thought to cross the gentle Basset Hound with the feisty Scottish Terrier? The Bascottie is not an obvious Terrier mix, but one that we’re glad exists. They’re unique in both appearance and temperament.

Both parent breeds have very distinctive looks. However, most of the looks come from the Scottish side. The only inherited physical characteristic of the Basset side may be the incredibly short, yet cute stubby legs.

These dogs are very social and outgoing, which is more typical of the Terrier side. On the field, they can be surprisingly active and agile despite the short legs and elongated bodies. The coat is almost always black with the wiry hair of the Terrier side.

Why Get a Terrier Mix?

You already know Terriers provide some of the best and most unique mixes in the dogdom. But why get a Terrier mix instead of the thousands of other variations out there?

Terriers all have a unique attitude to them. They’re all confident and energetic to a certain degree, which I think is important for any dog. Big personalities make for better, or at least more interesting, pets.

Mixing a Terrier with a dog breed that has other outstanding qualities can give you a very balanced and well-tempered dog. More often than not, mixed dogs inherit temperaments of the parents.

Plus, mixed dogs are healthier and more intelligent than their purebred counterparts. Did I mention you can literally save a dog? The vast majority of shelters carry mixed dog breeds. And, I’m willing to bet that there will be plenty of Terrier mixes.


Did we miss an Terrier mix that needs to be on this list? Tell us in the comments section. Also, what’s your favorite Terrier mix? Let us know.

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The mixing of dog breeds used to only happen by accident. These days, it’s a giant industry pumping out Goldendoodles, Puggles, Pomapoos, and other pups with names that sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The idea behind these so-called “designer dogs” is to combine the best qualities of two different breeds, with the specific goal often being to produce a smaller and more charming fur baby.

Of course, if we’re talking about small and charming, you know that terriers must be involved. Yorkshire Terriers in particular find their way into many of these mad doctor experiments (not surprising, given how popular the breed is). But Yorkies aren’t the only terriers in the mix. Here are 15 of the most popular and/or interesting mixed breeds that make use of terrier genes.

1. Yorkiepoo (Yorkie/Poodle)

Poodles have always been at the center of the designer dog trend, as people attempt to bring their relatively non-shedding coat to other breeds. Therefore, it was inevitable that the Poodle would eventually be combined with the ever-popular Yorkie, producing a vivacious terrier mix that’s better for allergy sufferers.

Yorkie/poodle mix (aka yorkiepoo) puppy

2. Jack Chi (Jack Russell/Chihuahua)

This popular combination is great for people who just don’t have the space for a Jack Russell Terrier. But seriously, if you like little dogs with big attitude, you can hardly do better than a Jack Chi. Note that while the space requirements for this dog might not be much, the exercise and training requirements are potentially significant.

3. Frenchton (Boston Terrier/French Bulldog)

The combination of a Boston Terrier and a French Bulldog seems like an intercontinental match made in heaven, given how similar the breeds are in size and appearance. Besides the short snouts and perky ears, these breeds are also both known for their winning personalities. The French Bulldog is prized for its gentle temperament, while the Boston Terrier adds a touch of madcap energy.

A Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix (aka Frenchton)

4. Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle)

This is one of the few designer breeds you can supersize, as there are large and small versions of both the Schnauzer and the Poodle. The appearance can differ in other ways, too, with the dog looking like anything from a Schnauzer with a perm, to a Poodle with sharp gray-and-white markings. But whatever form it comes in, the Schnoodle is bound to be active, watchful, and spooky smart.

5. Jackabee (Jack Russell/Beagle)

This increasingly popular crossbreed combines two active and adventurous dogs into one intense little package. It’s an irresistible combo, to be sure, but not a great choice for someone looking for a low-maintenance dog. Like its parent breeds, the Jackabee needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation.

6. Shorkie (Yorkie/Shih Tzu)

This pint-sized designer dog comes from two breeds known for their cuteness, so naturally it’s off-the-charts adorable. However, when it comes to personality, you never know what you’re going to get. It could include more of the sweet nature of the toy Shih Tzu or the tenacious terrier-tude of the Yorkie.

A Yorkie/Shih Tzu mix (aka Shorkie)

7. Ratcha (Rat Terrier/Chihuahua)

Their tiny size and independent nature make these dogs a handful – both literally and figuratively. One common word used to describe both parent breeds is “stubborn.” Given that, it’s perhaps appropriate that the breed name sounds like a curse (“You little Ratcha!”).

8. Bochi (Boston Terrier/Chihuahua)

This mix often features the distinctive black-and-white markings of a Boston Terrier, but on a diminutive body. Here’s another case where the personality can vary quite a bit, but for once it’s the non-terrier side that brings in more spunkiness.

A Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix (aka Bochi)

9. Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug)

This mix is a cross between two of the more popular and hilarious dog breeds. The result is a pooch that keeps everyone in stitches with its silly antics. Even the breed name is funny!

10. Cojack (Jack Russell/Corgi)

This marriage of two notoriously short dogs results in a designer breed with a name that sounds like a detective from a 1970s crime drama. However, it’s no mystery why this mix is popular – it’s cute as a button, with loads of charisma. And in case you’re wondering, no, it is not a hairless breed.

11. Borkie (Yorkie/Beagle)

Two of the most popular dog breeds join forces to produce a cute, feisty, and strong-willed little dog. Note that some folks also use “Borkie” to refer to a Yorkie/Bichon Frise cross, which is a whole other kettle of dog biscuits.

A yorkie/beagle mix (aka borkie)

12. Dorkie (Yorkie/Dachshund)

This dog isn’t weird – it’s just a little Dorkie. Yes, the name for this mix seems cruel, but maybe it’s better than being called a “half wiener.” Whatever name you put on it, this mix is bound to be a ridiculously spunky little fur ball with a Napoleon complex.

13. Taco Terrier (Fox Terrier/Chihuahua)

Like the Ratcha, this mix has two parent breeds with similar temperament and appearance. The result is an unstoppable ball of energy that may have more laid back humans pleading no mas. But if you like smart and lively dogs, the Taco Terrier delivers – and not just on Tuesday.

A Fox Terrier/Chihuahua mix (aka Taco Terrier)

14. Labrastaff (American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever)

Relatively new, this designer breed combines one of the larger terrier breeds with the ever-popular Lab. This is perhaps the most trainable and kid-friendly dog on the list, though it also comes with some significant exercise requirements.

15. Highland Maltie (Westie/Maltese)

Finally, here’s a terrier mix that has the white stuff. Apologies for that awful pun, but it is notable that the West Highland White Terrier and Maltese are both white, so the resulting offspring don’t vary in color like most other designer breeds. Also notable: These dogs are friggin’ adorable.

This is far from an exhaustive list of terrier mixes. Most notably, we omitted many popular Yorkie mixes, including the Chorkie (Yorkie/Chihuahua), the Morkie (Yorkie/Maltie), and the Pugshire (Yorkie/Pug). Hey, Yorkies are insanely popular, and these days, any two popular breeds you can think of are bound to be available in one delightful package.

If you’re in the market for a terrier mix, make sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder. Unlike the teacup dog craze, the mixing of dog breeds actually has the potential to produce healthier animals. However, that’s only if people avoid sketchy breeders who are just looking to cash in on a trend.

Also, before looking for pricey terrier mix puppies for sale, check out what your local shelter has to offer. Adoptable terrier mixes may not come with a cute breed name like “Yorkiepoo,” but there’s nothing stopping them from having all the same characteristics that people cherish in the designer dogs above.

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Terrier Mix Breeds – Complete Guide To The Different Terrier Crosses

Terrier mix breeds combine one parent from a Terrier dog breed, with another breed of dog entirely. Sometimes a Terrier mix is the result of breeding two Terrier breeds together, although more often than not it is the result of a Terrier breed crossed with a purebred dog.

Terrier mixes can come in all shapes and sizes, from large breeds to small breeds. You never quite know what characteristics and traits you are going to get from each parent, so it can be somewhat of a lucky dip. That being said, with our favorite Terrier mixes listed below, we know you’ll find a Terrier mix pup that you’ll love. Read on below to get up to speed about these fun and loving dog breeds.

 

What is a Terrier Mix Dog?

There are many different breeds of terrier mix dogs. Some are crossbreeds of two types of terrier, and others are terriers mixed with a purebred dog from another group, such as a Labrador or a Dachshund. They can come in lots of different sizes and have many different features.

The word “terrier” means a group of breeds, not just one. This includes Yorkshire Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers and West Highland Terriers. Today, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 31 breeds of Terriers.

 

How big do Terrier Mix Dogs get?

Terrier mix dogs can vary in size depending on their breed. Some are tiny enough that you can carry them around with you at all times, whereas others can reach over 60 lbs! They normally get their size from their parents, so taking a look at the parent breeds will give you an indication as to how big your Terrier mix might get.

 

What is life with a Terrier Cross like?

The temperament of a Terrier mix dog is a bit of a lucky dip and is based on the characteristics and temperament they inherit from their parents. Terriers were developed a long time ago to control vermin around human farms and settlements.

When Terrier mixes started to be bred, they became more of a designer dog and they are less predictable. Owners normally report that their Terrier mix is smart, tenacious, proud, and confident. They can be very active dogs that love to run around, but many of their traits will depend on their parent breeds.

Below we have broken down the most popular Terrier mix breeds into small dogs and large dogs. Take a look at the different sizes of these wonderful breeds of dog.

 

Small Terrier Mix Dog Breeds

 

Maltese Yorkshire Terrier Mix

Maltese x Yorkshire Terrier Mix

The result of crossing a Maltese with a Yorkshire Terrier is a Morkie. These pups are the ultimate lapdog, although they can get bursts of energy where they just want to run around the house and chase a ball!

The Morkie can attach to one person more than anyone else, which means they are often best suited to individuals rather than a family. However, they are also very loyal and can be trained to live in a multi-person home.

 

highland maltie

Maltese x West Highland Terrier Cross

Another cross between a Maltese and a Terrier, this West Highland Terrier hybrid is often nicknamed the Highland Maltie. Known as the little white dog, these pups are intelligent and caring and make the perfect companion.

Because both their parents have hypoallergenic coats, you can be sure the Highland Maltie will also have a hypoallergenic coat. This means they do not shed and are perfect for those with allergies. They are also the perfect pet for those who don’t want dog fur all over their house!

 

Beagle x Jack Russell Terrier Mix

Beagle x Jack Russell Terrier Mix

The Beagle Jack Russell mix, also known as the Jackabee, is a medium sized Terrier mix that is relatively new. These dogs get along with most people and have a friendly temperament, although they are very active and curious and need a secure home and garden because they will try to get loose!

With a keen sense of smell that only aids their curiosity, these dogs love food and can be prone to being overweight. However, this love of food means they are easy to train and makes them a good family dog.

 

shorkie

Shih Tzu x Yorkshire Terrier Cross

A cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier, the Shorkie is a little dog that stands between 5 to 9 inches tall, yet has a big personality. Best placed in an adult only home, these pups can be difficult to look after and are for those who have previous experience with dogs.

The Shorkie mix does not like to be left alone and will spend their day by your side. They will dedicate themselves to their owner, but will expect their owner to dedicate themselves to them too, so this is not a dog for the faint hearted.

 

Chihuahua x Yorkshire Terrier Mix

Chihuahua x Yorkshire Terrier Cross

The Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier mix, better known as the Chorkie, are a popular dog among celebrities and are known for being a handbag pup. Not really suited to family life, these pups devote themselves to one owner and expect star treatment from them, which can lead to hostility around others.

Therefore, it is recommended that the Chorkie gets lots of exercise and mental stimulation, so they can learn to interact with others and do not rely on their owners too much.

 

Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier Mix

Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier Mix Breed

The Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier mix is another mixed breed of dog created by crossing a Chihuahua with a Terrier. These pups are often known as the Jack Chi or Jackahuahua and they are a small hybrid dog that normally stand between 10 and 15 inches tall.

Owners report that these dogs are often clever and athletic like their Jack Russell Parent and sweet and sassy like their Chihuahua parent. They are also known to be very loyal and don’t like to leave your side, making them perfect for family homes with older children.

 

whoodle dog

Poodle x Wheaten Terrier Mix

The Whoodle, which is the result of crossing a Poodle with a Wheaton Terrier, is a medium sized dog that looks like a teddy bear. These pups are excellent in many families, as well as being great for couples and individuals.

However, they don’t really get on with other pets. Because of their natural chasing instinct that was encouraged when they originated in Ireland as farm dogs, they can see smaller pets as a threat. This can be fixed with socialization from a very young age, however.

 

Poodle x Yorkshire Terrier Mix

Poodle x Yorkshire Terrier Mix

The Yorkipoo, a cross between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier, is another Terrier mix that results in breeding a Poodle with a Terrier. They can be a little difficult for first time dog owners as they can be quite stubborn, but their socialization and intelligence means they are a good match with families. This Poodle mix especially loves to play.

Even better, the Yorkipoo’s coat is hypoallergenic and is therefore an excellent dog for those with allergies. They are also the perfect pet for those who do not want dog hair all around their house!

 

French Bulldog x Boston Terrier Mix

French Bulldog x Boston Terrier Mix

The French Bulldog Boston Terrier mix is also known as the Frenchton. These dogs were originally bred to eliminate the respiratory problems seen in Brachycephalic dogs. They are very bubbly and playful dogs and make the perfect pet for everyone, including families, couples and individuals, as well as the elderly.

Because both parent dogs are lapdogs, the Frenchton makes an excellent companion dog. They will love to spend their day curled up next to you on the couch, sleeping. Be careful though, their flat face means they are great snorers!

 

boston terrier pug mix

Pug x Boston Terrier Mix

The Pug Boston Terrier hybrid is a mischievous and playful dog that will keep you on your toes and is perfect for a family. A very silly dog, this pup will keep you amused at all times, making them the perfect pet to have around young children.

Ideal as a first pet, they do not have high food, exercise or grooming needs and are easy to take care of. However, they are a Brachycephalic breed, meaning they have a flatter face that can lead to respiratory issues. Therefore, you’ll need to walk them later at night and walk them for shorter periods of time more frequently so this doesn’t become an issue.

 

Large Terrier Mix Dog Breeds

German Shepherd & American Pitbull Mix

German Shepherd x American Pitbull Terrier Mix

American Pitbull Terriers have a reputation for being very aggressive dogs, but this could not be further from the truth. When crossed with a German Shepherd, the result is a relaxed and easy-going dog that loves to exercise.

A large dog, these pups weigh between 70 to 90 lbs and can stand up to 26 inches. They need around 90 minutes of exercise a day and are known for being very good at learning tricks and agility.

 

German Shepherd Airedale Terrier Mix

German Shepherd x Airedale Terrier Mix

The German Shepherd Airedale Terrier hybrid is also known as the Airedale Shepherd and loves to exercise. With lots of energy, these pups just love to be outdoors and will accompany you while you’re walking, hiking, running and swimming.

Because of this, they need around 90 to 120 minutes of exercise a day, so they can be quite a commitment. However, because they are naturally curious and obedient, they are easy to train and make a great first dog or for those who have limited experience with canines.

 

Airedale & Poodle Terrier Mix

Airedale x Poodle Terrier Mix

The Airedale x Poodle Terrier Mix was first bred as an alternative to the Labradoodle. Often known as the Airedoodle, these dogs are very easy going and a relaxed pup. This means they are the perfect family pet because they are clam around children and other animals. However, they also love to be outside and enjoy exercise, including walking, running and swimming.

Because of their hypoallergenic coat and the fact that they don’t shed much, these pups are perfect for those who have allergies or don’t want to have to clean up lots of dog fur.

 

Pitbull Husky Mix

Siberian Husky x American Pitbull Cross

A cross between a Siberian Husky and an American Pitbull Terrier, this dog is often known as a Pitsky. Very energetic and athletic, this dog is the perfect pet for an active environment and for those who can keep up!

These dogs are extremely loving and will dedicate themselves to you. Very intelligent, they are also kind and engaging. You should devise an exercise regime for them from a young age, because they will need a way to release all their energy and natural stamina!

 

Boxer Pitbull Mix

Boxer x American Pitbull Terrier Mix

A cross between a Boxer and an American Pitbull Terrier, the Bullboxer is a medium to large pup that is well suited to families who are energetic and love to spend time outdoors. These dogs are very friendly and love to spend their time with people, as well as meeting new people.

Unfortunately, they do have a flattened face which means they are a Brachycephalic breed. This can cause respiratory problems if proper care is not taken. It can also mean this pup is a bit of a snorer!

 

Rottweiler Pitbull Cross

Rottweiler x American Pitbull Cross

The crossbreed of a Rottweiler and an American Pitbull is often known as the Pitweiler and is best for those who have previous experience with dogs. This is because the Pitweiler is known to retain it’s puppy-like mentality throughout it’s life and can sometimes be quite a handful!

These dogs love to play and exercise and you must be able to give them time as an owner. They will need upwards of 60 minutes of exercise a day, which can be great for a family unit. Although they are energetic, they also believe they are a lapdog and will want to curl up with you. This can be a little difficult when they weigh between 40 and 100lb, but it’s the thought and affection that counts!

 

Neapolitan Mastiff American Pitbull Terrier Mix

Neapolitan Mastiff x American Pitbull Terrier Mix

The Neapolitan Mastiff x American Pitbull Terrier mix is a gentle giant that can weigh up to 140 lbs. The most common dog to crossbreed with a Neapolitan Mastiff is an American Pitbull Terrier and the result is a loyal and kind pup that loves their owners.

This love for their owners means they are excellent family pets. They also make great watchdogs. However, their dedication to the family means they do not do well when left on their own and can suffer from separation anxiety. Therefore, you should make sure you have time to spend with this doggie before buying!

 

Labrador American Pitbull Terrier Mix

Labrador x American Pitbull Terrier Mix

Also known as the Labrabull, the Labrador American Pitbull Terrier mix normally stands between 20 to 24 inches tall and is becoming more of a popular dog. As we have mentioned above, American Pitbulls are often thought of as very aggressive, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

These pups are very loyal and devoted to their owners. They will love to spend their day by your side either napping, or outside playing and chasing a ball.

 

Labrador Giant Schnauzer Cross

Labrador x Giant Schnauzer Cross

The Labrador Giant Schnauzer crossbreed is one of the rarer hybrids and not much is known about these pups. However, from their parent breeds we can ascertain that they are friendly and energetic.

Originally bred to work on farms, these pups, however, have also been known to find socializing a little difficult. This is because of the Schnauzer’s history as a guard dog. That being said, keeping them active and engaged will ensure they live a long and happy life.

 

Summary

Terrier mix breeds come in all shapes and sizes and it will be up to you to decide which one is going to be best for your home and family. All with different personalities, temperaments and needs, these playful and loving pups are unique in their own way but will all thrive if put into a loving environment from a young age. Although you can’t always be sure of their characteristics and temperament, do you think a Terrier mix might be for you?

 

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For some, Terriers are an acquired taste. These dogs are stubborn, fearless, and incredibly spirited. However, Terriers also have a lot going for them. Bred as working dogs to hunt vermin, Terriers have made a name for themselves as fantastic companion dogs to the right owner.

And if you like Terriers but are looking for a way to tone down that Terrier temperament, why not consider a Terrier mix?

Mixed breeds in general have a reputation of combining certain traits of two favorite breeds, so if this is something you’re interested in with a Terrier mix, you’ve come to the right place.

But before we dive into 12 Terrier mix dogs you probably don’t know about, let’s first talk about what you can expect from different types of Terrier mixes.

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What Is A Terrier Mix?

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A terrier mix is a dog that is a cross between a Terrier and any other breed.

To understand what a Terrier mix is, you must first have a good idea of what a Terrier is. A Terrier is not a specific breed but instead a term used to describe a group of dogs bred specifically to hunt or guard property.

As such, Terriers tend to have pretty big personalities. They can range in size from super small to pretty large, with the largest of the Terriers being the Airedale Terrier and one of the smallest being the Cairn Terrier.

Just as Terrier breeds can range in size, they also range greatly in appearance and sometimes even temperament. Some Terriers make docile companions and do fabulously with children, while others are bred working dogs who can be problematic for novice dog owners.

If you’re considering bringing a Terrier or a Terrier mix into your home, then you’re on the right track by reading this article. Research and preparation are key to ensuring the dog you decide to commit to is going to be right for your unique lifestyle and family.

And with that in mind, let’s talk about Terrier temperaments in more detail and whether or not Terrier mix dogs make good companions.

Are Terrier Mix Dogs Good Companions?

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Terrier mixes can make great companions for the right owner, but it’s important to remember that not every dog is right for every person or family.

As we mentioned briefly above, Terrier mix dogs can make wonderful companions for the right owner. However, because the Terrier group is so large and because there are countless other breeds Terrier mix dogs can be a combination of, determining which type of Terrier mix is right for you will take some time.

That said, there are ways you can go about ensuring the dog you choose to commit to and raise in your home is happy, healthy and well-rounded.

Socialization

All dogs, regardless of their breed or mix, require proper socialization at an early age. Socializing your dog helps not only reduce anxiety and fear, but also behavioral issues that come along with these insecurities like fear-based aggression, barking, marking, chewing and scratching.

It’s best to begin socializing your Terrier mix during puppyhood, while he is between the ages of 8 and 11 weeks. This is the time puppies go through what is known as their “fear period” and when they will develop their idea of what is safe and what is not safe in the world around them.

That said, you can work to socialize dogs of any age and at any time of their lives, so there is no reason to neglect this important part of being a pet parent.

To properly socialize a dog or puppy, try and ensure that all new and first time experiences are positive for him. Introduce him to as many new people, places, animals, sights, sounds, and situations as possible and get him used to being physically handled.

Work with your dog on reducing resource guardian behaviors, and work with family members and age-appropriate children on how to respectfully interact with the family dog.

Experts also recommend taking some time to learn about basic canine body language. Doing this can help you and your family have a better understanding of how your dog communicates, and can reduce the chances of nips or bites.

Training

Training your Terrier mix goes hand-in-hand with socialization. It’s never too early to begin training a dog, especially if that dog has a tendency to exhibit stubborn behaviors.

When training your Terrier mix, it’s best to use positive reinforcement techniques like treats and praise. Avoid punishing or scolding your Terrier mix if he becomes bored or aloof during training. Punishments have been shown to cause dogs to shut down. Negative reinforcement also hinders learning and can harm the bond built between you and your dog.

In order to properly train your dog, it’s important that he has trust and respect for you. You can build this trust and respect by showing our dog he will get rewarded for following the cues you set up for him.

Again, just like with socialization, it may be easier to begin with puppies when it comes to training, but you can certainly teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, some older dogs may even be more keen to learn, especially if they have built a strong bond with you.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Even the best trained and highly socialized dog will act up if he is not kept physically and mentally stimulated. This is especially true for active, intelligent dogs like Terriers and Terrier mixes.

Your Terrier mix is going to require plenty of daily exercise each and every day in order to stay happy and healthy. Of course, these exercise requirements are going to vary depending on the breeds your Terrier mix is a combination of, and your Terrier mix dog’s size and age.

Terrier mix dogs also require plenty of mental stimulation in order to keep them mentally sound and to reduce behavioral issues.

Mental stimulation can come in many forms, from consistent training to offering your dog jobs to do around the house, to ensuring your Terrier mix has plenty to keep him busy while you’re away like puzzle toys.

Without proper mental stimulation, it’s not uncommon for Terrier mix dogs to become bored, depressed and subsequently destructive, so be sure to keep on top of this important routine.

Grooming

Last but not least, we have routine grooming. Grooming is an important part of being a responsible pet parent because it not only helps to keep your dog looking his best, but also feeling his best.

Grooming is a great way for you to build a tight bond with your dog, and it also gives you a hands-on look at your dog’s entire body to ensure he is healthy. Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog and a happy dog is generally better behaved.

With that noted, let’s do a quick overview of the most common types of health issues Terriers and Terrier mix dogs may face below.

Understanding The Most Common Health Issues Of Terriers Mix Dogs

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All dogs can be prone to suffering from genetic health issues, and Terrier mix dogs are no exception.

For the most part, Terrier dogs have been found to be relatively healthy and long-lived. In fact, the average lifespan for a Terrier is between 9 and 15 years. This lifespan can vary, of course, depending on the breed of Terrier you’re dealing with and the Terrier Mix you’ve decided to invest in.

And speaking of mixed breed dogs, we should also take a moment here to discuss hybrid vigor. Mixed breeds like Terrier mixes are somewhat controversial for many reasons, but one of those reasons is due to their predictability.

When it comes to a purebred, you know what you’re getting as far as appearance, temperament, lifespan and health issues. When it comes to a hybrid, however, these characteristics can be left up to chance.

That said, hybrid vigor is a theory that suggests hybrid dogs like Terrier mixes have the potential to be healthier than purebred dogs due to their broader gene pool. While this is a promising idea, it has yet to be widely accepted by everyone.

For that reason, it’s important to remember that all dogs, even cross breeds and mutts, can be susceptible to genetic health issues passed down from their parent breeds.

When it comes to Terriers as a whole, the most common health issues include:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Regulating Temperature
  • Dental Disease
  • And Hypothyroidism

Many of the above health issues are common in smaller dogs, which is no surprise considering the majority of Terriers are small to medium in size. However, you should also note that these health issues could be compounded by the breed your Terrier mix is combined with, and we will discuss that further down when we talk about specific Terrier mix dogs.

Now, without further ado, here are 12 Terrier mix dogs you probably didn’t even know existed!

1. The Pitsky – The Siberian Husky And The American Pitbull Mix

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A cross between the Siberian Husky and the American Pitbull Terrier, the Pitsky is an energetic and outgoing dog.

Parent Breeds: The American Pitbull Terrier and The Siberian Husky

Height: 16 to 25 Inches
Weight: 30 to 80 Pounds

Temperament: Energetic, Playful, Athletic, Intelligent, Affectionate

Lifespan: 12 – 15 Years

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hyperthyroidism, allergies, cataracts

Overview:

The Pitsky is a mix between a Siberian Husky and an American Pitbull Terrier. Both of these breeds are known for their high energy, so it’s safe to say the Pitsky Terrier Mix is going to be best suited for an active and committed owner.

Pitsky dogs can do well with families, and they are especially fond of children. However, some Pitskies may not get along well with other dogs thanks to their Pitbull heritage. Huskies, on the other hand, are highly social and enjoy other dogs.

This means that there is a good chance you can socialize your Pitsky to be dog friendly, which is great news if you enjoy doggy playdates and outings.

The ideal owners for a Pitsky dog are going to be active couples, singles or families with a backyard and time on their hands to commit to training. Pitsky Terrier Mix dogs also do best with experienced dog owners who understand high-energy working breeds.

2. The Jackabee – A Beagle And Jack Russel Terrier Mix

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Also known as a Jack-A-Bee, the Beagle Jack Russell Terrier Mix is a wonderful family dog.

Parent Breeds: The Jack Russell Terrier and The Beagle

Height: 15 Inches
Weight: 85 – 35 Pounds

Temperament: Devoted, Intelligent, Loving, Alert

Lifespan: 12 – 16 Years

Health Issues: Legg Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar luxation, and Epilepsy

Overview:

Sometimes called the Jack-A-Bee, the Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier Mix is a wonderful dog for families with children. This dog is playful, cute, and super smart. Both the Jack Russel and the Beagle are bred hunting dogs, however, so your Jackabee is going to have a pretty high prey drive when it comes to smaller animals.

Walking your Jackabee should always be done with the use of a harness and leash for this reason. The good news is that Jackabee dogs are highly trainable. They are also athletic and energetic, and will need at least an hour or more of exercise each and every day.

Jackabee dogs are heavy shedders, and they shed most during shedding season which occurs in spring and fall. For this reason, we suggest investing in some quality grooming tools to help keep your Jackabee’s coat nice and healthy and to reduce the amount of loose hair in and around your home.

3. The Shorkie – A Shih Tzu And Yorkshire Terrier Mix

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The Shorkie is a great dog for those with older, gentle children.

Parent Breeds: Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier

Height: 6 to 14 Inches
Weight: 5 to 15 Pounds

Temperament: Sweet, Affectionate, Energetic, Impulsive

Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years

Health Issues: Spinal disc disease, lens luxation, dental disease, brachycephalic airway syndrome, glaucoma, congenital liver disease and respiratory issues.

Overview:

The Shorkie is perhaps one of the more popular Terrier Mix dogs on this list, especially for those who adore smaller designer dogs. This little cutie is a mix between the popular and people-oriented Shih Tzu and the spirited Yorkshire Terrier.

Due to the Shorkie Terrier Mix dog’s parent breeds, his personality could vary quite a bit. Shih Tzus are generally more go-with-the-flow, while Yorkies are known for their big-dog persona.

Small and sweet-natured, the affectionate Shorkie is likely going to be a high energy dog who enjoys play time as much as he does naps and snuggles. This dog requires a moderate amount of exercise each and every day and does well with novice dog owners.

While Shorkie Terrier Mix dogs can get along well with children when properly socialized, they are best suited for older, more respectful children who will not play with them too roughly.

4. The Frenchton – A French Bulldog And Boston Terrier Mix

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It’s not always easy to tell that the Frenchton is a crossbreed, but this cutie is a mix between the Frenchie and the Boston Terrier.

Parent Breeds: The French Bulldog and The Boston Terrier

Height: 11 to 14 Inches
Weight: 15 to 25 Pounds

Temperament: Affectionate, Strong-Willed, Social

Lifespan: 8 to 15 Years

Health Issues: Brachycephalic airway syndrome, eye issues, digestive problems, heat intolerance and allergies.

Overview:

The Frenchton is a newer Terrier Mix to the scene, and since both his parent breeds look relatively similar, there’s a chance you’ve seen a Frenchton and not even known it.

These dogs are incredibly lovable, with their squished faces, inquisitive eyes and adoring personality. But there is a catch when it comes to owning a Frenchton Terrier Mix. This hybrid also has a big stubborn streak, which can be problematic for unprepared dog owners.

Early socialization can help, as can keeping training sessions short, light and fun. Use positive reinforcement and high quality treats to keep your Frenchton’s attention, and remember to steer clear of negative reinforcements like punishments.

In spite of their hard-headedness, Frenchton dogs make great pets for first time dog owners. They do well with children and other pets and enjoy being around their family. However, they do not tolerate being left on their own for long periods of time, so the ideal owner will be one who has a flexible schedule.

5. The Sheppit – German Shepherd and The American Pitbull Terrier Mix

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The Sheppit is a lesser known Terrier Mix, but he’s an intelligent companion for experienced dog owners.

Parent Breeds: The American Pitbull Terrier and the German Shepherd

Height: 17 to 26 Inches
Weight: 30 to 90 Pounds

Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Work Oriented, High-Energy

Lifespan: 10 to 12 Years

Health Issues: Demodicosis, hip dysplasia, pannus, panosteitis, perianal fistulas, hemophilia, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, degenerative myelopathy, dermatofibrosis, renal cystadenocarcinoma and nodular.

Overview:

The Sheppit, also known as the Shepherd Pit, is a cross between two of the world’s most devoted breeds. Both the German Shepherd and the American Pitbull Terrier are bred working dogs, and both do well with experienced dog owners.

For this reason, it goes without saying that the Sheppit Terrier Mix is going to be best suited for dog owners who are also experienced with dogs who have a working background. And while Sheppit dogs can make wonderful companions to the right family or owner, they require a lot of work.

It will take lots of time, commitment, training, socialization, and exercise to ensure the Sheppit is happy, healthy and well-rounded.

6. The Bugg – A Pug And Boston Terrier Mix

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The Bugg is more than just a cute name for a cute dog. Unfortunately, this Terrier Mix may also come with a number of health issues.

Parent Breeds: The Boston Terrier and the Pug

Height: 14 to 18 Inches
Weight: 15 to 25 Pounds

Temperament: Comedic, Intelligent, Affectionate

Lifespan: 10 to 13 Years

Health Issues: Brachycephalic airway syndrome, eye issues, heat intolerance

Overview:

We can’t even lie – the Bugg Terrier Mix has one of the cutest names in the canine kingdom. Best of all, he even looks like a little bug! But this small dog packs a big punch when it comes to personality.

Affectionate, silly, and very clever, Bugg dogs make great companions for both novice and experienced dog owners. They enjoy children and other pets and become very bonded with their people.

Bugg dogs are also outgoing, and they like to go on adventures. However, these pups can be prone to some serious breathing difficulties, so you’ll need to take it easy on them when it comes to exercise. On average, Bugg Terrier mix dogs need about 30 to 45 minutes of routine exercise every day to stay happy and healthy.

They are also best suited for owners who have plenty of time to commit to training, socialization, and love.

7. The Airedoodle – A Poodle And The Airedale Terrier Mix

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The Airedoodle is a Terrier Mix that puts a new twist on doodle dogs.

Parent Breeds: The Airedale Terrier and Standard Poodle Mix

Height: 22 to 26 Inches
Weight: 40 to 65 Pounds

Temperament: Incredibly Intelligent, Athletic, Energetic, Affectionate

Lifespan: 10 – 15 Years

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bloat

Overview:

The Airedoodle puts a fun twist on the ever popular doodle hybrids sweeping the nation. These Terrier mix dogs are also some of the most intelligent in the world. Airedoodles are a cross between the clever Airedale Terrier and the brainy Standard Poodle, making this the ideal dog for a committed owner or family.

Airedoodles are highly trainable, but they are also energetic and athletic. They require routine exercise each and every day and plenty of mental stimulation to keep them from becoming bored, depressed and anxious.

8. The Airedale Shepherd – A German Shepherd And The Airedale Terrier Mix

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The Airedale Shepherd is a mix between two highly intelligent dogs.

Parent Breeds: The Airedale Terrier and The German Shepherd

Height: 24 to 26 Inches

Weight: 48 and 88 pounds

Temperament: Highly Intelligent, Trainable, Protective, Energetic

Lifespan: 10 to 13 Years

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia.

Overview:

The Airedale Shepherd is a healthy, intelligent, and highly energetic Terrier Mix that is best suited for committed and experienced dog owners. That said, this is also a Terrier mix who is super simple to train. He is eager to please and enjoys his families, though he can become over protective if not properly trained and socialized.

Super affectionate and devoted, Airedale Shepherds can do well with children and families of all ages. However, they require plenty of time and commitment, especially when it comes to exercise.

One of the largest Terrier Mix dogs on our list, the Airedale Shepherd does best in homes with enough space to move about comfortably and a backyard where he can burn off excess energy.

9. The Morkie – A Maltese And Yorkshire Terrier Mix

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The Morkie is a family friendly dog, but he is small and can be prone to accidental injury if handled too roughly.

Parent Breeds: The Maltese and The Yorkshire Terrier

Height: 9 to 12 Inches

Weight: 8 to 13 Pounds

Temperament: Sweet, People-Oriented, Playful, Affectionate

Lifespan: 10 and 16 Years

Health Issues: Dental disease, tracheal collapse, reverse sneezing, portosystemic shunt, and patellar luxation.

Overview:

The Morkie is a beloved Terrier Mix by those who enjoy smaller lap dogs. The purebred Maltese is a bred companion while the Yorkshire Terrier was a bred vermin hunting dog. This combination makes the Morkie a playful, spirited, and people-oriented Terrier Mix best suited for owners with plenty of time and a flexible schedule.

These Terrier Mix dogs also do great with families who travel a lot, but only if the Morkie can come along for the adventure. If left alone for too long during the day, Morkies can experience separation anxiety that can lead to destructive behaviors.

10. The Pitweiler -The Rottweiler And The American Pitbull Terrier Mix

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Strong and loyal, the Pitweiler makes a great guard dog.

Parent Breeds: The Rottweiler and the American Pitbull Terrier

Height: 17 to 25 Inches

Weight: 40 to 100 Pounds

Temperament: Devoted, Intelligent, Protective, Energetic

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat and cataracts

Overview:

Sometimes known simply as the Rottie but also called the Rotten Pitt, the Prott, the Rottbull and the Rottie Pit, the Pitbull Rottweiler Mix is a combination of muscle, devotion, and intelligence.

The Rottweiler is a bred guard dog while the Pitbull has a high prey drive. This combination can spell disaster for the wrong owner. That said, the right owner can work with this Terrier Mix and come out with one of the canine kingdom’s best companions.

This is a Terrier Mix that has the potential to do well in a number of homes and environments so long as he is properly trained, socialized and cared for.

11. The Labrabull – A Labrador And American Pitbull Terrier Mix

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The Labrabull is a cross between a family favorite and a dog with a controversial past.

Parent Breeds: The Labrador Retriever and the American Pitbull Terrier

Height: 20 to 24 Inches

Weight: 45 to 95 Pounds

Temperament: Intelligent, Playful, High-Energy

Lifespan: 10 to 14 Years

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, osteochondrosis, progressive retinal atrophy, and allergies.

Overview:

The Labrabull is a mix between two of American’s most favorite dog breeds. The Labrador Retriever, in fact, currently sits at number 1 out of 197 on the AKC’s list of America’s most popular dogs.

The American Pitbull Terrier is also a family favorite, as we’ve now learned. Both dogs combined make an energetic, devoted, and family-friendly companion.

The Labrabull Terrier Mix can do well with children, though he may have some issues with other dogs. In order to prevent any behavioral issues in the mix, it’s important to implement training and socialization at an early age.

12. The Chorkie – A Chihuahua And Yorkshire Terrier mix

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The sweet and tiny Chorkie is a clever, people-oriented dog.

Parent Breeds: The Chihuahua and The Yorkshire Terrier

Height: 6 to 9 Inches

Weight: 8 to 15 Pounds

Temperament: Spirited, Intelligent, Stubborn, Independant

Lifespan: 10 to 15 Years

Health Issues: Collapsed trachea, dental disease, skin issues, allergies, hypothyroidism, and patellar luxation.

Overview:

The tiny Chorkie is a spirited and affectionate Terrier Mix, but only when he wants to be. A mix between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier, this is a hybrid dog who is known for his human-like personality and bossy attitude.

Chorkie dogs do best in homes with older families, singles, reiterres and laid back individuales. They do not require too much in the way of exercise, but will still enjoy getting out each day for a brisk walk.

Otherwise, Chorkie dogs are relatively low maintenance and ideal for more laid back owners. They can be impatient with young children, however, so care should be taken not to leave handsy kiddos and your Chorkie alone.

Is A Terrier Mix Right For You? Let’s Take A Look!

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It’s important to do plenty of research on the specific Terrier Mix you’re looking into getting before deciding if this dog is right for you.

Deciding if a Terrier mix is right for you is going to take time, patience and plenty of research. Remember, the term “Terrier Mix” is a broad one and can encompass a wide variety of different dogs and dog combinations.

The good news is that you have a huge list of Terrier Mix dogs to pick from, so finding the dog of your dream is not out of reach.

When looking for the ideal Terrier mix for you and your family, it’s best to go through reputable sources. Stick with qualified breeders or shelters you trust, and avoid online sellers, backyard breeders, or going through sources selling dogs at astronomical prices or prices that are too good to be true.

And, just as importantly, remember to prepare. Understanding the type of breed or mix you are bringing into your life will not only enable you to be the best dog parent possible, but it will also set you and your dog up for success in the long run.

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