American Staffordshire Terrier / Jack Russell Terrier Mix

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The basics:
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 pairing between an  American Staffordshire Terrier and a Jack Russell Terrier isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, what you're getting with the AmStaff / JRT mix is anybody's guess. Owners have reported that some dogs in the same litter look like the JRT while others resemble the AmStaff.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, the JRT / AmStaff mix is likely to be a high-energy, loyal dog who demands kind, consistent training. A neglectful owner could create a destructive dog. If you don't have a lot of time to devote to your pet, pass on this mix.