A Terrier mix combines 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 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.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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!
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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?