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A Guide to Terrier Mixes

A Guide to Terrier Mixes

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Terriers are a group of dogs originally bred to be ratters. They tend to be people-oriented, intelligent, and full of energy. Terrier mixes are bred from one terrier parent and another breed. Finding one that suits your lifestyle can be a fun experience. Mixed breeds are a blend of emotional and physical traits of both parents, so knowing what you're looking for in a dog can help determine which terrier mixed is right for you.


Shih tzu and Yorkshire terrier

Shih Tzu Yorkie mix walking in grass meadowmouse / Getty Images

This mixed breed is small, fast, and adorable. Shorkies, as this mix is called, are excellent guard dogs. They are well-suited to apartment living, but they tend to be quite vocal. They take to obedience and bark training well. They would prefer a single person home but can adjust to a larger family. Take your shorkie on regular walks, and go easy on the treats — small terrier mixes can tend to get overweight.


Jack Russell terrier and chihuahua

Cute black and white Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix sitting on couch in natural lightCute black and white Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix sitting on couch in natural light

The Jack chi is a perfect blend of the intelligent Jack Russell terrier and the independent chihuahua. They are very happy in an apartment setting and don't tend to be very vocal. These dogs are highly intelligent, so be sure to give them plenty of mental stimulation. Much like their chihuahua parent, the Jack chi has a strong personality and enjoys personal space. Giving them their own bedding and lounge area helps them feel secure.


French bulldog and Boston terrier

Bulldog Terrier mix on the water sliczna / Getty Images

Frenchtons are excellent traveling companions. They adapt well to small apartment living, and they tend to adore children. Basic training is vital for these friendly dogs, so they don't get too rowdy with kids. This dog can get lonely after long hours away from you. If you can take them to work, they'd love to chill in your office space. Frenchtons are low maintenance pups and filled with love for you and your family.


Airedale Terrier and Poodle

This is a larger terrier mix. Airedoodles stand between 22 and 26 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh from 40 to 65 pounds. These pups are highly sensitive and can sense when their owners are frustrated. Lots of training early on, coupled with positive reinforcement, helps your dog feel secure and comfortable in your home. These dogs also love sport training and will take well to tracking, hunting, guarding, and competitive obedience.


Labrador and American Pit Bull Terrier

The common name for this adorable mixed breed is pitador. These dogs are best suited for experienced dog owners, as they are highly sensitive. Pitadors love people and children, but get nervous around other dogs. They are quite smart dogs, so giving them advance training and sport training will suit them. These dogs must be leash trained, as they have a strong sense of wanderlust and may not be able to find their way home.


Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese

Yorkie Maltese mix posing for a picture HannahWade / Getty Images

If you're looking for a silly and energetic companion, then the morkie is just the pup for you. These dogs are highly intelligent and have a tendency to be mouthy. They make excellent dogs for single or small family households and can adapt to apartment living with ease. To prevent excessive barking, start basic training when they're young. Morkie's have a tendency to get overweight, so keep their food measured, and go easy on treats.


Pug and Boston Terrier

Terrier pug mix getting a check-up lumenphoto / Getty Images

These adorable, quirky dogs are affectionately known as buggs. The bugg is a great dog for first-time owners and seniors. They don't need a lot of exercise and are adaptable for small or large home living. Buggs need some training to calm down barking. These dogs love being the center of attention and are very fond of snuggles, so expect them to spend hours cuddling and loving you.


Wheaten Terrier and Poodle

Wheaton poodle during playtime sjallenphotography / Getty Images

Whoodles can be various sizes, depending on if the poodle parent is a mini or standard. You can expect them to be 10 to 17 inches tall and 35 to 60 pounds. This mixed breed sheds very little, if at all, which makes them great indoor dogs. They are sired from working dogs and are easily trainable for manners and sport. They need basic training to control their barking and are great with kids.


Maltese and West Highland White Terrier

Morkie Puppy looking directly at the camera

The small highland malti is an intelligent dog. They are very affectionate and great with children and other pets, making them an excellent family dog. This mix is a fan favorite lapdog, and their small size allows them to adapt to small apartments as well. They are great companions for owners who suffer allergies, as they don't tend to shed. These dogs love a challenge, so giving them sport and obedience training encourages their mental stimulation.


Jack Russel Terrier and Beagle

Young puppy sitting on the lawn. Jack-a-bee (beagle / Jack Russell cross)

The jackabee is a great family dog, as they are sweet-natured and adore playing with children. Basic training and obedience training is vital, as they are sensitive and can get stressed around strangers. They love learning party tricks and showing off. They have powerful noses, so playing games where they hunt by scent is very mentally stimulating. Jackabees can be destructive if left alone for too long, so give them plenty of walks and playtime.


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