Most Terrier dogs have been bred for centuries across England and Scotland.
These dogs were refined over decades from working canines to excellent working family pets, although it is still possible to find working bloodlines.
Bred to hunt vermin such as rats on small holdings, quarries and farms, these pooches would also compete in informal ratting competitions too.
Known for their fearless temperament and hardy nature this is an incredibly diverse category of dog!
Most of these mixes are English in origin, and since the 1990s interest within the Terrier group has shifted from purebred to hybrids.
So if you are considering a Terrier mix for your next dog, here are nineteen you should know about!
Small Terrier Mix Dogs
1. Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Often called the Jack Chi or Jackahuahua, the Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua cross is a small hybrid dog.
Between 10 and 15 inches tall, the Jack Chi is a perfect companion for those looking for a small yet feisty canine.
Jack Chis tend to take the best elements from both of their parents:
- Clever and athletic like the Jack Russell
- Sweet and sassy like the Chihuahua
The Jackahuahua is known to be exceptionally loyal, often described as being stuck to their owners like velcro.
When socialized correctly, this breed is a great match for homes with older children, their smaller statute makes them better suited to homes with children who can play correctly with dogs!
2. French Bulldog x Boston Terrier Mix
The Fabulous Frenchton, bred to help ease the respiratory problems seen in Brachycephalic dogs, is a mix between a French Bulldog and Boston Terrier.
Frenchtons are an excellent match for everyone: singles, couples, seniors, even families!
Their bubbly personalities are infectious, it’s impossible not to smile around the Frenchton.
Both of the parent breeds are bred to be companion dogs, and consequently this terrier mix makes an excellent lapdog.
While somewhat atheltic, nothing brings this pooch more joy than napping out their days in the company of their favorite human.
Be warned, thanks to their flatter faces, these dogs are known for their very loud snoring.
3. Shih Tzu x Yorkshire Terrier Mix
This mix is known for being fiery and protective. Standing between 5 and 9 inches, these little dogs don’t let size stop them.
A cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkie, the Shorkie is a great match for experienced dog owners in an adult only household.
They are intensely loyal, sticking to their owner’s side like glue and protecting them to the best of their ability, usually forgetting they weigh less than 12 lb!
While somewhat difficult to look after, the Shorkie is not a dog to take on light heartedly.
They need an owner who can completely dedicate themselves to the care of their dog in the same way that they will completely dedicate themselves to their owner.
4. Poodle x Yorkshire Terrier Mix
A Yorkshire Terrier x Poodle hybrid, better known as the Yorkipoo, is a sweet and sassy crossbreed.
They are a great match for those with allergies, as the Poodle’s genetics gives them the opportunity to have a hypoallergenic coat.
Their intelligent and yet stubborn nature makes training an interesting challenge for first time owners.
A very social breed means they can be a good match for families. While generally a very mellow breed, they still have the tenacity of a Yorkshire Terrier.
Beyond this, they have a playful spirit and are happy to play chase and fetch a ball for hours.
5. Chihuahua x Yorkshire Terrier Mix
Since the 1990s, both Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers have been popular in the media thanks to celebrity endorsements.
As a result, the Chorkie was born.
Chorkies are not recommended for busy households, instead they would be better suited in a home with another larger than life personality.
Like other terrier mix crossbreeds, these dogs totally devote themselves to their owners, and are generally frosty towards everyone else.
Like the Chihuahua, it is not uncommon to find this pooch living life as a handbag dog.
However, this is ill-advised, like all dogs, they need daily exercise of around 30 minutes, as well as lots of brain games to keep their clever brains busy.
6. Beagle x Jack Russell Terrier Mix
A medium sized terrier mix, the Jack Russell Beagle cross (otherwise known as a Jackabee) is a very new hybrid.
These dogs have a very keen sense of smell and will need a home with a securely fenced yard.
Anything below six feet and your Jackabee will most likely vault over in pursuit of a squirrel or a neighborhood cat, this comes from the Jack Russell Terriers ability to jump up to five feet!
In terms of temperament, this dog is a people-oriented breed, getting on well with most people and other dogs.
They are very food oriented and, that previously mentioned keen sense of smell, ensures they are able to smell chicken from two floors up!
This food drive means that they are quite easy to train, however it means they are somewhat prone to overeating and may need to watch their waistline.
7. Poodle x Wheaton Terrier Mix
Wheaton Terrier Poodle mixes or “Whoodles” are a medium size breed that are often confused with a very large teddy bear.
Fun and fluffy, Whoodles are an excellent match for most households, from singles to large families.
While they are good with other people, they are not so great with other pets.
Wheaton Terriers originated in Ireland, working on farms, killing rats and other vermin.
Consequently, this instinct to chase is still deeply ingrained within them, and they struggle living with smaller pets unless introduced to them at a very early age.
8. Pug x Boston Terrier Mix
A Boston Terrier x Pug cross may be one of the silliest dogs around!
Their comic personalities mean they are usually getting themselves into some sort of trouble, much to the amusement of their owners.
This humorous energy makes them a great match for families with young children.
Their natural food orientation makes them relatively easy to train and manage, and they have very low grooming requirements. In essence, they are a perfect first pet.
Like the Frenchton terrier mix, they are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have a flatter face which may lead to respiratory issues.
Owners should be prepared to make special accommodations for this dog to ensure their welfare. This includes walking them at cooler times of the day and giving them several shorter walks as opposed to one longer one.
9. Maltese x Yorkshire Terrier Mix
A cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier, the Morkie is the ultimate lapdog.
Inheriting loyalty and love from both of its parents, they will happily spend the bulk of their lives watching the world go by from the comfort of their owner’s knee.
While this breed can do well in multi-person homes, they are best suited to single occupancy dwellings. This is due to their tendency to bond strongly with one person more than others, earning them their nickname of a “shadow dog”.
This guy is not immune to the zoomies every now and again! They can often be found zooming about the house, chasing a ball and running laps.
To try and combat this, give your pooch a 20 minute daily stroll, as well as games and activities within the house.
10. Maltese x West Highland Terrier Mix
This hybrid is the ultimate little white dog.
The West Highland Terrier x Maltese hybrid, nicknamed the Highland Maltie, is an intelligent and caring companion dog.
Both of the parent breeds are recognized to have low shedding coats, meaning this dog is suitable for those who suffer with dog allergies.
While the Maltese is a companion dog through and through, the West Highland Terrier was originally bred to hunt vermin.
This means it is very difficult to predict the temperament of a Highland Maltie as there is a spectrum they can sit on.
Large Terrier Mix Dogs
11. Labrador x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
Often popularized as the Labrabull, this popular mix is slowly working its way into many homes and hearts.
The Pitbull is often considered to be aggressive and dangerous, but, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
With the correct upbringing, the American Pitbull Terrier is a kind and affectionate dog, totally devoted to their owner or owners.
The same is true of the Labrabull, they are soft and gentle, spending the majority of their days napping in the garden and chasing a ball.
12. Airedale x Poodle Terrier Mix
Stylized as the Airedoodle, the Airedale Poodle hybrid was first bred as an alternative to the Labradoodle.
Like the Highland Maltie, both of the parent breeds are hypoallergenic, making the Airedoodle a great choice for allergy sufferers.
In terms of temperament, these dogs are known to be very easy going, happy to live life in the slow lane. Their naturally relaxed nature means they are great with children, other dogs and pets.
This terrier mix is at his happiest when outside. This is not just limited to a stroll around the block, this includes activities such as swimming and sunbathing too.
Potential owners should ensure that their dog will have constant access to a well fenced outdoor space.
13. German Shepherd x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
If you are looking for a handbag dog, this isn’t it!
Weighing 70 to 90lb and standing at around 26 inches, the American Pitbull Terrier x German Shepherd mix is not a pooch for the faint hearted.
Like other Pitbull crosses, this dog has a reputation for being aggressive.
Provided they get enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, the German Shepherd Pitbull mix is a great family pet, known to be relaxed and easy-going.
They need upwards of 90 minutes of exercise daily!
This breed is an excellent student, excelling at trick training and canine agility, amongst other things.
14. Labrador x Giant Schnauzer Terrier Mix
Originally bred to work on farms, when crossed with a Labrador they create an energetic and friendly pooch!
This is one of the rarer crossbreeds, and as a result not a lot is known about the offspring.
Although they are generally friendly and social, the Schnauzer’s origin as a guard dog can make meeting new people a difficult experience requiring lots of training to overcome.
Their active personalities and intelligent temperament will provide a test of ability for any budding dog owner.
15. Siberian Husky x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
Often nicknamed the Pitsky, the American Pitbull Terrier x Husky hybrid is a charming, kind dog.
Naturally athletic and intelligent, this is a good pet for anyone looking for a slightly different twist on two very well-known breeds.
The key part of owning a Pitsky is being able to keep up!
Potential owners need to be able to dedicate themselves to the care of this very active dog. In return, this terrier mix will completely dedicate themselves to you, loving you unconditionally.
Owners should create a training and exercise regime.
If your pet takes after their Husky parent, they will have a natural stamina inherited from long days pulling sleds.
16. Neapolitan Mastiff x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
While this mix cross can be between any of the Mastiff breeds, the most common hybrid is the Neapolitan Mastiff and the American Pitbull Terrier.
Despite their somewhat intimidating appearance, the Pitbull Mastiff mix is both kind and loyal.
They love their owners fiercely which makes them excellent family pets, especially for those looking for a guard dog.
Their total devotion to their owners, combined with their sensitive disposition, means they do not do well with being left on their own for extended periods.
Consequently, those looking to invest their love in this breed should make sure they have the time to dedicate to all 140lb of this gentle giant!
17. German Shepherd x Airedale Terrier Mix
Affectionately nicknamed the Airedale Shepherd, these dogs love hiking, walking, running, swimming… and just generally being outside.
These dogs need around 90 to 120 minutes of exercise daily.
Naturally curious and obedient, the Airedale Shepherd is a great beginner’s dog as they are relatively easy to train.
18. Rottweiler x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Rottweiler Pitbull mix, also called the Pitweiler, is a playful crossbreed suited to those who have experience with larger breeds of dog.
This crossbreed is known to retain its puppy-like nature, never tiring of play, and consequently time to dedicate to the Pitweiler is essential.
Despite their large size of between 40 and 100lb, they truly believes they are a lapdog. Often this gianormous dog will be found trying to climb into the laps of those they hold dear.
This terrier mix also require upwards of 60 minutes of exercise each day. As a family pet, this exercise can be split up among all members or taken as a family unit.
19. Boxer x American Pitbull Terrier Mix
The Bullboxer is a medium to large cross between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Boxer.
This active dog is a great match for energetic families who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.
Bullboxers are very friendly canines, who enjoy the company of new people. These guys love to meet new people, they will happily trot up to strangers to say hello.
Like some of the smaller terrier mixes, the flatter faced Boxer is considered to be a brachycephalic dog, meaning they may have something of a snore on them.
From little lapdogs to gentle giants, whatever you are looking for in a pooch there is a terrier for you!
If you have young children at home, steer clear of hybrids such as the Chorkie, Highland Maltie or Airedale Shepherd. Instead, consider dogs like the Jackabee, Bugg, Pitbull Mastiff mix or the Giant Schnauzer Labrador mix.
This being said, with the right socialization and upbringing, there is potential for some of the more aversive dogs to become family friendly.
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