Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Jackshund
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Jackshund is a cross between a pure Dachshund and a Jack Russell Terrier, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix.
Appearance / health:
The Jackshund can be quite variable in its appearance, depending on what kind of coat it inheritances from the Dachshund side, as well as the exact proportion of Dachshund or JRT traits it inherits. Some of these mixes don't look quite as long and low as you might expect, but others do.
Behavior / temperament:
The personality of a mixed breed is never predictable, and you will simply have to approach each individual Jackshund as a true individual. Properly trained and socialized, you would expect a loyal dog that loves being included in the family, but the specific personality could vary widely. This mix may love to give chase if you don't watch out.
amazing companion, energetic personality, perfect watch dog
occasionally stubborn personality, incredibly selective hearing
The Miniature Jack Russell Terrier (Jack Russell / Dachshund Cross)
My miniature Jack Russell Ben was a very small, very docile, very sweet looking puppy. Deceptively so. Much like a beanie baby, I could carry him around in my pocket when he was very young and this was the way he was socialized with other dogs, adults and children. He gave no indication that later in life he would have the stamina of the energizer bunny. But, as I enjoy playing with him this is not, in my view, a negative point, but one to certainly consider if you do not have the time to meet this breed's intellectual and physical needs.
He grew used to the sounds of day to day life this way and had an early introduction to nearly all forms of urban phenomena such as car alarms, engines, and so on as I went for walks through town with him, again, in the pocket. Terriers, particularly of this breed, are known for their intelligence, their agility, and their heightened perception. Ben was no exception. He was crate trained prior to turning one and quickly developed very positive people skills. He learned an array of tricks before his second birthday and ninety percent of the time will respond to being called. He doesn't, however, respond well to other dogs. This is mainly due to some bad experiences with larger dogs off the lead when he was little, so I wouldn't attribute this to the character of the breed.
However, with intelligence comes an independent and occasionally stubborn personality. If Ben is interested in something in the grass on a walk, he will take considerable time to respond to a call or a whistle. It's best to call him once and wait, as repeated calls only further his curiosity in whatever he's discovered in the fauna.
His natural interest and curiosity renders his hearing selective, and if he fails to return to your feet it isn't necessarily because he hasn't heard a command, or fails to understand it, but rather has chosen to ignore it. Ben has incredibly selective hearing. If I call him over to wash his feet, or there's mention of a bath, he suddenly becomes attentively interested in cleaning his feet or scratching his ear. If I even whisper the word chicken from another room however, he's at my side in a flash.
I personally find Ben's cheeky, charming behaviours endearing, but remain aware that for some dog owners, this breed is less than malleable. Rigorous obedience training is required to ensure that commands are met untiringly and when aggravated, this breed can become snappy, reverting to the working instinct of 'worrying' with minor nips - but only when particularly upset and never causing any pain in the process.
These dogs respond best to prolonged exercise, a modest diet and plenty of affection. In return, they make fantastic lapdogs when sufficiently exercised and given enough intellectual stimulation. Personally, Ben is the perfect dog for me, my lifestyle, and my family..
From olinejad Jun 27 2014 1:03PM
Brilliant Baxter and the Belly Rub
Baxter is my partner's rescue dog. Although he never shows the slightest aggression, Baxter is very wary of strangers, and it took me a lot of effort to earn his trust. Now he is my warmest welcome when I come to visit, and he treats me like a family member. I like feeling that I've earned our loving friendship.
He is family-oriented almost to the point of clingy. He loves to be near you at all times, and is attentive to the family's comings and goings. Although he's the perfect watch dog, he also annoys us by howling at sirens and barking at dogs passing the house. He has a booming bark for such a small dog.
Baxter is extremely playful and interactive. He is always raring to play fetch or tug-of-war and will bring you his ball to entice you into a game. He is tireless! He pulls heavily on his leash when going for a walk and can be too rough for other dogs or young children (he loves to climb into your lap and lick your face). However, he is never aggressive or nippy.
His loyalty, his lovingness, and his quirky, energetic personality make him the heart of the family. Between visits, I miss his adoring eyes and readiness for a snuggle and belly rub. The need to earn his trust and his physical energy make him the perfect pet for a family with teenaged/grown children..
From PaigeH Feb 25 2015 2:13AM
Jack Russel Terrier and Dachshund - Nothing is more stubborn
I'm actually reviewing the dog of a friend of mine here. It's a mix of the two most stubborn breeds out there. Jack Russel and Dachshund. The positive thing is that he is utterly adorable.
In my opinion the Jack Russel Terrier is very dominant in this individual dog. Due to the size there are a lot misconceptions about this kind of dog. To make it short: this kind of dog is not for the elderly woman who probably lives in a retirement home. A dog like this needs a lot of exercise to get rid of their energy. Therefor they need a person who actually likes to walk a lot and/or has the possibility to let the dog run.
That specific dog is very dominant and even my Akita-Stafford-Mix is very submissive to him by the mere presence of that dog.
What is very typical with Jack Russel Terrier's is that they are looking for eye contact with their boss. This is something that every other dog normally avoids. But this little rockers really look deep in your eyes and they know darn good what they want.
In the end it's the same old song: it's all about the person on the other end of the leash. You have to be stable to be the master of a Jack Russel Terrier or a Dachshund. This is surely true for a mixed breed of them both..
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