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Jack Chi (Chihuahua & Jack Russell Terrier Mix): Info, Pics, Puppies, Facts

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Jack Chi (Chihuahua & Jack Russell Terrier Mix)

Height: 13-18 inches
Weight: 8-18 pounds
Lifespan: 13-18 years
Colors: Black, chocolate, cream, fawn, golden, and white (they often also come with a mixture of two different colors)
Suitable for: Families with other pets and children, singles, people who live in an apartment or house, places without or with a yard
Temperament: Affectionate, alert, energetic, friendly, playful and sweet

If you are looking for a little bundle of lovable energy, let’s tell you about the adorable Jack Chi, a Jack Russell Chihuahua mix. This little dog has a lot of heart and a lot of attitude. When they’re socialized and trained the right way, they are going to be a great companion for families and single people who want an adorable pint-sized pup who is ready to have fun.

These dogs are also called Jackuahuas and they have lots of energy and love to give. Created from breeding purebred Chihuahuas and Jack Russell Terriers, these highly dogs are friendly, intelligent and always ready for snuggles.

So, are you ready to know more? Read on to find out more about these cute little bundles of love.

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Jack Chi Puppies

Jack Chi
Credit: Kaitlin Kelly, Shutterstock

Since Jack Chis are small, when you get your puppy it’s also going to be tiny. Make sure you’re being gentle with your puppy and teach children also to be kind. This will prevent injuries to your puppy. You want to start socializing Jack Chi puppies and treat them well. This will help with your dog being devoted and loving to you and your family.

Something else to know about Jack Chis is that they are chewers. So, you want to give your puppy a lot of fun and chewable toys. This will help him learn to use the toys for chewing instead of the things they find lying around your house, such as furniture and shoes. These are also good habits that will keep going into their adult years. Not only that but since it’s a more difficult dog to train, it’s best to get started early.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Jack Chi

1. They are sometimes called “Puhuahuas”.

2. Jack Chis are comfortable living on farms.

3. They are chewers.

You want to give them a lot of toys that they can chew so that they don’t destroy your possessions.

The parent breeds of Jack Chi
The parent breeds of Jack Chi: Left – Chihuahua (Daniel Kondrashin, Pexels) | Right – Jack Russell Terrier (Ksenia Chernaya, Pexels)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Jack Chi 🧠

Jack Chis are delightful to have. They’re full of love, but they’re not easy to train.

He naturally will try to be the pack leader. It’s important to be very firm and patient during training. Use positive reinforcements and encouragement so you show him that you’re in charge. If you get too overwhelmed, you can always have him professionally trained.

Jack Chis get along wonderfully with other pets and children, though it should be mentioned he might see smaller pets as prey. They might stalk and show aggression towards them. However, early socialization can help with decreasing their aggression towards other pets and small children.

He’s generally friendly towards everyone, but he may be wary or cautious towards strangers. This also can be helped with early socialization.

This frisky and energetic dog will need lots of play and exercise. If you don’t give him the activities and exercise he needs, he could become destructive. They enjoy chewing and will chew anything that he can fit in his mouth.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Jack Chis are good with children and very lovable.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

They get along great with other pets. However, smaller pets might be seen as prey to the dog, leading to stalking and aggression. Socializing your Jack Chi early will help with decreasing these problems.

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Things to Know When Owning a Jack Chi:

If you are thinking about getting a Jack Chi, there are a few things that you should know before you make your final decision. Below we have given you some of the basic information about these dogs to help you make the decision.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Jack Chis are often picky eaters. However, they are usually happy to eat whatever you offer. You should take care to not overload them since they are known for eating everything without stopping.

Carefully watch and see what kind of food your Jack Chi enjoys eating. If you give him dry food, only buy high-quality.

Chihuahua & Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Image By: Paul J. Simmonds, Shutterstock

Exercise 🐕

Jack Chis love playing and have a lot of energy. You must make sure that he’s using his energy so that he’s satisfied, happy and healthy. You can take him for a long walk a few times per day or you can take him to a dog park to let him use his boundless energy.

If you have an enclosed backyard, that’s also a good place for your Jack Chi to spend his energy. But make sure that the fence is high enough so that he can’t jump over it. then spend time with him playing frisbee, hide and seek or fetch. Make sure that your dog can’t dig under your fence, and take care of electric fences because he’s a master escapee.

When you are outside with your Jack Chi and you’re not in an enclosed area, keep him on his leash. Otherwise, his hunting and tracking nose is going to keep him roaming.

Due to the Jack Chi’s small size, he’s great for condo or apartment living, as long as you give him the exercise he needs. He’s Because of his small size, the Jack Chi is perfectly suited for apartment or condo living. But don’t forget that his exercise needs must be met every day.

Training 🦮

When you’re training Jack Chis, you want to be consistent and patient. It’s important to note that they can be very stubborn and difficult to train. Those who don’t have a lot of experience with training dogs and first-time owners may find having Jack Chis difficult. If you’re not properly socializing and training your dog from when they’re a puppy, you might find they have issues like spatial aggression and separation anxiety.

This is a huge responsibility that’s going to determine the relation you’ll have with your pup for its whole life. You want to be assertive and strict while at the same time focusing on giving positive reinforcement. This will show your Jack Chi that you’re the leader of the pack since these dogs are small but they’re tough. However, when your Jack Chi’s worn down and properly trained, you’re going to have a loving and fun dog.

Therefore, take some time to train or even spend the money to hire someone to train your dog. It will be totally worth it.

Grooming ✂️

Jack Chis are moderate shedders. Brushing your dog 1-2 times per week is usually enough for removing debris and dead, loose hair from the coat. You only need to bathe him as needed. You’ll need to check and clean his ears regularly. This will help with avoiding infection due to bacteria and dirt. Having your dog’s teeth examined and cleaned will help with reducing the development of periodontal disease since this is very common in dogs.

It’s also a good idea to have your dog’s eyes examined to keep tables on external and internal eye problems. Finally, check their nails length two times per month and trim them as needed.


Health and Conditions ❤️

The Jack Chi is generally thought to be healthy. That being said, they often have issues with skin allergies and often will itch all over. Make sure that you are taking your dog to their regular vet visits.

Minor Conditions
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Open Fontanel
  • Skin Problems
Serious Conditions
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Heart Problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

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Although Jack Chi puppies are a great little dog and they have a lot of love to give, they are not for everyone. They aren’t easy to train, and first-time dog owners may find them a bit overwhelming when it comes to training.

That being said, if you are looking for an energetic little dog who is ready to give you a lot of love and has boundless energy, you won’t find a better dog than a Jack Chi. They can adapt to just about any living situation and they are great with other pets and with children. Give them lots of outlets for their energy and provide them with plenty of chew toys. They will reward you with love, cuddles, and loyalty that money can’t buy.

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