Jack Russell Chihuahua Mix

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The Jack Chi is a cross between two dog breeds, the Jack Russell Terrier and the Chihuahua. This charming breed was created in the 70s when a breeder crossed the Jack Russell with a female Chihuahua.

Since then, dogs of this mixed breed have been popular pets with family owners because of their playful, happy nature.

History

The Jack Chi was the result of a successful mating between Jack Russell Terriers and Chihuahuas in the 70s. It is not clear who owned the litter, but it was bred by a Californian breeder seeking to create a small-sized dog with lots of energy.

The Chihuahua contributed the best qualities of this breed to Jack Russell Terrier including loyalty, affection, and intelligence.

Size

The Jack Chi stands at 12 to 15.5 inches and weighs between 8 and 18 pounds depending on the parentage.  The Jack Russell Terrier contributed the bulk to its build with a muscular but compact body and longer legs. The Chihuahua contributed the smaller size of this dog.

Temperament

The lively Jack Chi has an appealing personality which makes it a wonderful companion for its keeper as well as other household pets. It is playful yet affectionate with its owner to whom they will often offer their loyalty and devotion.

It is active indoors and outdoors but may bark excessively if left alone for long.

Care

The Jack Chi requires regular grooming with a soft slicker brush to prevent mats from growing. A diet of animal proteins, such as chicken and beef is recommended by most owners to avoid food allergies.

Children And Other Pets

The Jack Chi is great with children as it is gentle and loyal. They can play for hours without fear of developing any aggression. They also get along well with dogs that they have been raised in the same house with.

However, they may not be the best choice for households where there are multiple dogs because of their small size.

Health

The Jack Chi has a life expectancy of about 15-17 years, and it is relatively healthy compared to other breeds in its category. Hip dysplasia can be a problem in this breed which can be detected in puppies younger than 6 months old by checking the hip joint for looseness or rotation.

They are also prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, but this can be prevented with proper care. The Jack Chi is also sensitive to anesthesia which makes it important for them to have physical assessments before surgical procedures.

Environment

The Jack Chi can thrive in an apartment as long as it gets regular playtime and walks. Their size makes them a great companion for families with children, but may not be ideal for households with many pets.

However, a yard is also recommended for the Jack Chi so that they can enjoy the great outdoors and expend their energy.

Training

This breed is intelligent but requires a gentle hand and positive reinforcement when training. The Jack Chi can be stubborn at times so owners should remain patient during the training process.

They are highly observant which makes them easy to train, however, punishment is not recommended as it will have the opposite effect on their temperament. Owners must establish trust early on as they are known to bond closely with one or two people within their household.

They also love to fetch toy balls and frisbees which make them popular dogs for competitions.

Popular Names for Jack Chis

It’s really important to find a good name for your Jack Chi. This name will be used to address your dog, so it should be a short and easy name to say. Also, you want to make sure that this is something that describes your dog’s personality.

If you have a particularly playful Jack Chi, for example, then a name like “Tiffany” may not be the best idea. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular names for Jack Chis and try to work out which one is best suited for your Jack Chi.

Male Jack Chi Names

1. Jack

This is a really popular name for Jack Chis and is ideal for a playful dog.

2. Gary

This is a very masculine name and you should avoid it if your Jack Chi is quiet and reserved.

3. Shortie

If your dog is particularly small, then Shortie may be a good choice as it’s affectionate but still masculine.

4.  Buster

This is a really cute name and is ideal for a Jack Chi with lots of energy.

5. Jacko

A lot of people like this name because it’s fun and funky – plus it rolls off the tongue really easily.

Female Jack Chi Names

1. Jackie

This is one of the most popular names for female Jack Chis. It’s cute, feminine, and easy to pronounce.

2. Duchess

This is a very regal sounding name and if you own a female Jack Chi then this could be the perfect fit for them.

3.  Jill

This is a fairly common name for Jack Chis and sounds cute and bubbly.

4.  Brandy

If you’re looking for a cute name to match your beautiful new Jack Chi then this could be the one for you.

5.  Pebbles

This could be a great name for your Jack Chi if they have pebble-sized feet! It’s fun and a little bit silly which is an ideal match for a Jack Chi.

Conclusion

The Jack Chi is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua dog breeds. Friendly, playful, and energetic, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents.

The result was a small toy-sized dog with not only the charm of its terrier parent but also a friendly, sturdy disposition that makes it an ideal family companion and great for first-time dog owners.

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Joe

Joe

Hey, I'm Joe. I'm a web developer, photographer, and most importantly, a fan of Jack Russell Terriers. I own 3 of these amazing, energetic, and loving furry creatures. Join me as I explore the wonderful world of our favorite furry friends.

Joe

Joe

Hey, I'm Joe. I'm a web developer, photographer, and most importantly, a fan of Jack Russell Terriers. I own 3 of these amazing, energetic, and loving furry creatures. Join me as I explore the wonderful world of our favorite furry friends.

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