Terriers are not a breed of dog, but rather a group of closely related dog breeds. In fact, there are roughly 30 unique dog breeds in this category. As such, the AKC has recognized these dogs as an official dog group.
Some of the most popular dog breeds in the world are Terriers. Some of which, include the Airedale Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier among many others. They are everywhere.
With such a large following and a wide selection of Terriers, it’s no surprise they’re part of many amazing mixed breeds. While there are too many combinations possible, we’ve found our favorite terrier mixes.
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Table of Contents
- What’s a Terrier Dog?
- Best Terrier Mixes
- 1. Whoodle
- 2. Jack Chi
- 3. Yorkipoo
- 4. Scoland Terrier
- 5. Frenchton
- 6. Jack-A-Bee
- 7. Bugg
- 8. Toxirn
- 9. Jacairn
- 10. Scottish Cocker
- 11. Schnocker
- 12. Dorkie
- 13. Pit Heeler
- 14. Schnairedale
- 15. Rat Cha
- 16. Airedoodle
- 17. Boston Boxer
- 18. Jack Rat
- 19. Snorkie
- 20. Brat
- 21. Cairmal
- 22. Ratshire Terrier
- 23. Pomerat
- 24. Husky Jack
- 25. Havanestie
- 26. Sharbo
- 27. Scottese
- 28. Boston Lab
- 29. Ratzer
- 30. Carkie Terrier
- 31. Bascottie
- Why Get a Terrier Mix?
What’s a Terrier Dog?
For the past hundreds of years, all types of Terriers have been tirelessly working with on farms around the world, hunting and killing pesty vermin and rats. After all, that’s what they were originally bred for.
With this skillset alone, they became widely popular and eventually made it far outside the farming industry and onto the international dog scene. After these dogs reached the height of their popularity, breeders began to take notice.
They were soon bred for other specific jobs. For example, the Kelly Blue Terrier and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier were bred to herd, hunt and protect. Similarly, the Rat Terrier was bred for vermin control, specifically with rats.
As a result, Terriers were bred to have very powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Their small size doesn’t mean weakness, as they can be formidable guardians. What’s more, Terriers sport a wiry or silky coat, with the exception of the Pit Bull Terrier.
A Terrier’s personality is a relatively consistent and predictable thing. Although there are exceptions, most Terriers are highly energetic and playful. By nature, they’re independent dogs with a lot of dignity.
Some owners go as far as saying Terriers are stubborn. And because of the stubbornness, they may be harder to train than other dog breeds.
They will walk all day long and never tire but will happily just go for a small jaunt. Great with kids as they love to play, but they can be stubborn and…they just won’t listen no matter what.– Drac (Border Terrier Owner)
Furthermore, Terriers don’t always play nice with other animals. Even with socialization, there’s no guarantee they’ll get along with other dogs. They’re notoriously feisty dogs.
Like with any other dog, Terriers have their flaws. But with a Terrier, you know you’ll get an affectionate and loyal dog. Even if they don’t like to cuddle, they make some of the best companions you can find.
Best Terrier Mixes
Here are 19 unusual and wacky Terrier mixed dog breeds that you must see! Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments section below. Well try to add it on this list.
Parents: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier x Poodle
The Whoodle is a Terrier mix as fun as it’s name. They’re also called the Sweatenpoo or Wheaten-doodle, both of which are equally amusing. In the last decade, the Whoodle has exploded in popularity. However, there’s no standard yet.
Most owners will tell you that their Whoodle is energetic and lively, as with both parents. But depending on which side they take more form, they can range quite a bit in size, coat and shape. We see most with the Poodle’s curly coat, though.
Both parents are intelligent dogs. In fact, the Poodle is the second most intelligent breed, according to Stanley Coren. So, you can expect a smart Whoodle, especially if they inherit the brains from the Poodle side.
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2. Jack Chi
Parents: Jack Russell Terrier x Chihuahua
The Jack Chi is the Chihuahua Jack Russell Terrier hybrid, and is perhaps one of the most popular mixes, for good reason! They may be small, but will have a ton of energy and a feisty attitude – very much like a Terrier.
At times, it may seem like the Jack Chi has an unlimited supply of energy. So looking for a lazy lap dog, look elsewhere! This Terrier mix requires a ton of physical activity and daily mental stimulation.
They can be very loyal and affectionate dogs. And, it’s not unordinary that they come snug up with you too! So, if you live a physical lifestyle and you’re looking for a small fun-loving dog, I’d highly recommend the Jack Chi.
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Parents: Yorkshire Terrier x Poodle
When I think of the term “designer dog,” the Yorkipoo first comes to mind. They’re a cross between two widely popular toy breeds: the Yorkie and Toy Poodle. Was there any doubt this hybrid would be popular too?
Yorkipoos are generally fun-loving and happy all the time. They’ll gladly shower owners with deep affection. But at the same time, can be perfectly content from the lap of a loved one. Not your typical Terrier temperament.
However, it’s worth noting that these small dogs love to yap. If you’re not a fan of constant barking, you may want to reconsider. I’d take bad with the good for such an adorable and sweet-natured Terrier mix.
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4. Scoland Terrier
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Westie
The Scoland is the hybrid of the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. Who says you can’t crossbreed two Terriers together? As both these dog breeds originate from Scotland, they’re often called the “ultimate Terrier.”
The Scoland is the embodiment of the Terrier spirit. They’re lively, energetic, playful and loyal. Plus, with the perfect amount of stubbornness, which is almost inevitable with these dogs. But, they’ll protect and entertain you every chance they get.
For physical appearance, you’ll likely get the head of a Westie with the body of a Scottie. Coats can come in black with white highlights, or wheaten. They’ll have big black eyes with their signature “scissor bite.” Like with the parents, expect a wiry and dense coat.
Parents: Boston Terrier x French Bulldog
As cool and amazing as the French Bulldog is, the Frenchton is cooler. By crossbreeding the ever-so popular Frenchie with the equally stunning Boston Terrier, you get the lively and intelligent Frenchton.
The Frenchton has all the colors of a Boston Terrier, often coming in the signature black coat with white markings (or vice versa). The face may resemble the French Bulldog slightly more, though it varies by dog.
Both Boston Terriers and the Frenchie are a little stubborn by nature, so this Terrier mix will often be the same. With that said, they can be a little difficult to train. Still, the Frenchton is truly an affectionate and loyal dog, perfect every family.
Parents: Jack Russell Terrier x Beagle
The Jack-A-Bee is an odd combination that somehow works – and works great! This Jack Russell Beagle hybrid combines two of the most iconic and popular dog breeds from the Terrier and Hound groups.
The result: a friendly, calm, intelligent and loyal Terrier mix. Sometimes they can be more on the independent side, even for a Terrier. However, their sweet-nature demeanor and positive vibe will make up for it.
At first glance, these hybrids look like a Beagle with a different coat. But the Jack-A-Bee tends to take the body of the Jack Russell, while maintaining the face of a Beagle. As a relatively new breed, their coat colors can vary quite a bit.
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Parents: Boston Terrier x Pug
Any hybrid mixed with a Pug is an awesome dog, including the Bugg. The personalities of the Pug and Boston Terrier mesh together seamlessly, like peanut butter and jelly.
Pugs are charming, affectionate and a little bit mischievous. On the other hand, the Boston Terrier is friendly and often described as a little bit humorous. The Bugg gives you the best of both worlds – an entertaining dog with good intentions.
Boston Terriers can be active dogs, while Pugs are not so active. However, a Bugg’s activity levels will depend on the parentage. So whether you’re looking for the perfect lap buddy or an entertaining playmate, consider a Bugg.
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Parents: Cairn Terrier x Chihuahua
The Toxirn is not as complicated as it’s name. They’re delightful toy dogs bred through the crossbreeding of the Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua. Both iconic toy breeds in their respective countries (Scotland and Mexico).
Yes, they’re small. But they’re surprisingly courageous and confident – probably thanks to the Chihuahua side. They don’t scare very easily and will do what it takes to protect the owners. The downside is that they can be a little overprotective.
Toxirns are deceivingly athletic with a lean muscular build. In fact, they’re sturdy dogs with a decent frame for the size. Their coats are wiry, but not as long as other Terriers. Toxirns are as they say: “little dogs with a big personality.”
Parents: Jack Russell x Cairn Terrier
The Jacairn combines two fan favorites from the Terrier group – the Jack Russell and the Cairn Terrier. They’re not your typical Terriers, as they’re always eager to please. Not only are they intelligent, but highly trainable.
They’re perfect for novice dog trainers. However, they require plenty of exercise daily. So if you don’t have an active lifestyle, it’ll be tough to maintain a Jacairn. They demand a lot of work, otherwise you may see destructive behavior.
On the flip side, they love playing with children and get along great with all humans. And if you have a large backyard, they’ll likely dig some holes and climb some trees! We weren’t kidding when we said they’re energetic.
10. Scottish Cocker
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Cocker Spaniel
The Scottish Cocker is part Cocker Spaniel and part Scottish Terrier. While they’re one of the least common Terrier mixes, these dogs are slowly growing in popularity.
In essence, they’re the opposite of the Jacairn. They’re laid back and mellow dogs that’ll happily lounge around with you. What’s more, they’re extremely social dogs, which probably comes from the Cocker Spaniel side.
The Scottish Terrier side brings their courageousness and alertness to the table. They can be aggressive when the situation calls for it – they’re smart enough to figure out when. But most of the time, they’ll be chilling by your side.
Parents: Mini Schnauzer x Cocker Spaniel
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the origins of this designer breed. However, many will claim they originated from the United States in the 1990’s. Regardless of origins, this mix was bred to be the ultimate companion lap dog.
Schnockers strike the perfect balance. They’re moderately active and will happily go on adventures with you. At the same time, they’ll always come in for a nice cuddle whenever they get the chance.
Like with many mixed dogs, the Schnocker can vary in appearance. Though, they usually come with a slim frame, long legs and floppy ears. Coat colors, highlights and length can also vary depending on the parents.
Parents: Yorkshire Terrier x Dachshund
As a cross between the Yorkie and Dachshund, the Dorkie has the best name among all Terrier mixes. It perfectly describes the personality of these hybrid dogs – little cute dorks.
They get along great with all people and especially loves playing with children. But because of how small and fragile they are, children must be supervised during playtime. They may unintentionally hurt them.
Dorkies will have the big floppy ears of a Dachshund but their coat resembles a Yorkie. Their coat colors will be more in-line with Yorkies as well, coming in black and brown, red and black or a solid brown.
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13. Pit Heeler
Parents: Pit Bull Terrier x Blue Heeler
The Pit Heeler is the not-so-obvious cross of the Pit Bull Terrier and the Blue Heeler. Many Australian dog breeds are fantastic herders, and this Terrier mix may certainly inherit those instincts as well.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is often labeled as the most dangerous dog breed, but there’s no guarantee that the Pit Heeler will inherit the same aggressiveness. Even so, we highly recommend socialization early on.
They’re relatively rare, so not much is known about the Pit Heeler in terms of personality. As such, there’s no standard for this designer breed either. However, we know that they can’t stand extreme heat due to their thick coats.
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Parents: Schnauzer x Airedale Terrier
The Schnairedale is the gorgeous cross between a Standard Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier. They’re one of the rarest Terrier mixes that we’ve found, and are relatively difficult to find on the market (but not impossible!).
Owners that have a Schnairedale will tell you they’re fun-loving dogs that very much enjoy the company of loved ones. Furthermore, they’re playful by nature and get along great with other dogs – especially with larger ones.
Schnairedales are confident and independent dogs, which explains why they often take up the leadership role among the pack. You must be consistent and firm with training to establish pack-dominance before they do.
15. Rat Cha
Parents: Rat Terrier x Chihuahua
The Rat Cha is the popular crossbreed of the Chihuahua and Rat Terrier. Though they may be small in size, Rat Chas have a playful attitude and a charming demeanor that few people can resist.
Most Rat Cha dogs will inherit the short coat from the Chihuahua. However, there are cases where they take on the long Rat Terrier coat. Ears could be erect or curled – it really depends on genetics and their parents.
Unlike other small dogs, the Rat Cha is independent-minded. They really don’t require too much care at all – outside of the dog basics. In return, they only need love and affection for a happy and mentally-healthy life.
Parents: Airedale Terrier x Poodle
The Airedoodle is truly an interesting Terrier mix that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Just think about it – this Terrier mix combines the elegant and highly intelligent Poodle with the “King of Terriers.” How can they not be incredible?
Unsurprisingly, the result is an intelligent and athletic hybrid dog with an outstanding work ethic. They’re fairly easy to take care of and are highly trainable. Airedoodles have all the qualities and traits that you’d want in your family companion dog.
They love people and are very social around both humans and other dogs. Kids do very well with the Airedoodle. The only potential concern is their high prey-drive, which may pose a problem for families with small pets.
17. Boston Boxer
Parents: Boston Terrier x Boxer
No, we’re not talking about Rocky Marciano, the Boston-native boxer that inspired Rocky Balboa. Instead, the Boston Boxer is the sturdy hybrid of a Boxer and the Boston Terrier.
The Boston Boxer can be a handful at times, but their favorable temperaments more than make up for it. In terms of physical appearance, they look very much like a small Boxer. In fact, some people call this mixed breed the “Miniature Boxer.”
They’ve been around for a few decades already, but the Boston Boxer still vary quite a bit in personality. For the most part, you can expect a friendly, intelligent and devoted dog. And with all that energy, you can already guess they’re very playful dogs.
18. Jack Rat
Parents: Jack Russell x Rat Terrier
This Terrier mix is also called the Jersey Terrier. Jack Rats are feisty little dogs with a lot of personality. Their size just doesn’t match their bold attitudes. Jack Rats are vigilant and alert, but also possess a high level of energy.
Moreover, Jack Rats are courageous and brave. Despite their petite size, they won’t likely back down in the face of a threat, especially when the owner is “in need.” Still, Jack Rats play well with children, though they do have a high prey drive.
Grooming can be time-consuming with these dogs. Although they have a short hair, Jack Rats have a double coat that sheds quite often. Daily brushing is a ideal to keep their coat in check – or deal with fur hair everywhere.
Parents: Yorkie x Mini Schnauzer
Most Snorkies are crossbred with the Miniature Schnauzer, as well as the Yorkie. Because both are popular toy terrier breeds with a huge following, it’s a given that Snorkies would be popular too.
This Terrier mix is truly a people-loving dog. In fact, they’re known to develop close ties and bonds with their owners. They’re not as energetic as other Terrier dogs, making them great candidates for a chill lap dog.
That said, it’s still important to help them get their daily dose of exercise, as they’re prone to becoming a bit overweight in the later years. Daily coat brushing is highly recommended to prevent any tangles on their textured coat.
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Parents: Rat Terrier x Boston Terrier
Perhaps with the most creative terrier mix name, the Brat is the combination of the Boston Terrier and the Rat Terrier. However, they’re much more than a funny name. The Brat mix is both athletic and compact.
Due to the rarity of this mutt, there is little information on the hybrid. Based off the parents, we can guess they’ll be energetic with strong prey instincts. Both parent breeds were bred to deal with vermin, after all.
Today, Brats are bred for companionship. As such, they’ll be loving and affectionate with a great temperament that can mesh well with all families. They thrive best in families that can provide a ton of exercise and stimulation, though.
Parents: Cairn Terrier x Maltese
That’s not a typo – we didn’t mean caramel. Rather, the Cairmal is a hybrid that consists of the Cairn Terrier and the Maltese. Both of which, are popular companion dogs that combine to form an equally capable companion.
Always cheerful and affectionate, the Cairmal can be vigilant. With that said, they make top watch dogs, but poor guard dogs (thanks to the small size). And while they are terriers, the Cairmal mix does great with other dogs and cats.
Despite the long-standing history of both parent breeds, the Cairmal is a relatively new dog in the designer world. Temperament can vary, but also with appearance. But if you want a terrier mix with a positive vibe, consider the Cairmal.
22. Ratshire Terrier
Parents: Rat Terrier x Yorkie
The Ratshire is the ratting dog of all ratting dogs. Combining two of the top rat-hunters, the Ratshire Terrier is the Rat Terrier Yorkie hybrid. As you can expect, the prey instincts will likely be inherited in this mix.
Both parent breeds are small, and the cross is no exception. Standing just 10 inches tall and weighing around 15 pounds, the Ratshire was built small to get through small spaces. And while they’re not ratters anymore, they still have high-energy.
Ratshires are typically healthy mutts. In fact, they can live up to 16 years with little issues. But thanks to their prey instincts, we wouldn’t recommend them for families with small kids. Also, they’ll need a lot of socialization.
Parents: Rat Terrier x Pomeranian
Bred from the cheerful Pomeranian and the inquisitive Rat Terrier, the Pomerat is the ideal balance of a companion dog. They’re a sprinkle of fun-loving playfulness, but also a dab of alertness and vigilance.
With the owners, Pomerats will be great for entertainment. On the other hand, these Terrier mixes can’t stand being in solitude. They’re social dogs and need human interaction to really thrive in a family setting.
As for obedience training, they require firm and consistent training. Still, I’d only use positive reinforcement with these dogs. Stubborn streaks are possible, but with a little patience, you should have few problems with training.
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24. Husky Jack
Parents: Jack Russell Terrier x Husky
Ever wondered what would happen if you combined two highly energetic dog breeds? Well, the Husky Jack is probably the closest example. Both the Husky and Jack Russell Terrier are as active and lively as any dog.
Husky Jacks are known for being devoted and spirited dogs, as expected from both the Husky and terrier side. They require not only plenty of daily exercise, but also lots of mental stimulation. Otherwise, destructive tendencies may arise.
This terrier mix is one of the older hybrids, said to have been bred since the 20th century. Even so, there is no standard for these dogs. But given the popularity, we may see all that change sometime in the future.
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Parents: West Highland Terrier x Havanese
Don’t be fooled by the exotic name. The Havanestie is just the cross of the charming Westie and the adorable Havanese. The Havanestie is so great that they’re actually recognized by 5 registries. Few mixes have accomplished this feat.
Despite the prevalence among dog breed registries, the Havanesties aren’t as popular as they should be. In other words, there’s still a lot to learn about the temperament and looks of these terrier mixes.
However, what we do know is that they’re affectionate and sweet dogs. Largely thanks to the Havanese side, they’re playful and fun dogs. But the Westie side does bring the terrier boldness and liveliness.
Parents: Boston Terrier x Shar-Pei
The Sharbo is much cooler than their name sounds. They’re the cross between the Chinese Shar-Pei and the all-american Boston Terrier – a clash of two worlds that works surprisingly well. They’re interesting, for sure, but also perfect companions.
Though they’ve had a rough history as fighting dogs in some parts of the world, Sharbos can be seen as loving family dogs all over the world today. Instead of fighting, they do their jobs as protective guardians on the home.
If you’re looking for a watchful and vigilant dog that will always have your back, Sharbos may be the perfect choices. Not many terrier mixes will have the unwavering loyalty of these special, interesting mutts.
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Maltese
Few owners have had the honor of raising a Scottese. While this Scottish Terrier Maltese hybrid may be rare, they’re great family dogs that’ll easily win over the heart of any dog owner. Give them a try and you’ll see what I mean.
The result of the two is amazing. A Scottese will be kind and affectionate, but at the same time, spunky and bold. They know how to act in the home and on the field. The terrier side brings the independence, but the Maltese side makes them good lap dogs.
Scotteses will generally be intelligent dogs. Combined with their gentle nature, these dogs will be easier to train than other terrier mixes. They really know how to win you over, so you won’t ever regret bringing one home.
28. Boston Lab
Parents: Boston Terrier x Labrador
Why not crossbreed the intelligent and cheerful Boston Terrier with America’s favorite dog breed? With the Labrador Retriever, the Boston Lab does just that.
These mutts are always willing to play, as seen in the Labrador. Both parent breeds are known to be very friendly. Consequently, the Boston Lab is super friendly and always have a bright attitude guaranteed to cheer up your day.
They respond well to obedience training. Combined with their willingness to please and you have a terrier mix that’s ideal for even beginners. As long as you can provide these dogs with attention, there’s no reason they won’t thrive.
Parents: Schnauzer x Rat Terrier
The Ratzer is the unique combination of the Schnauzer and the Rat Terrier. They tend to vary in size, as both the Mini and Standard Schnauzer can be used to crossbreed for this terrific Terrier mix.
However, the more popular variation is probably the Mini Ratzer. They stand just 11 to 15 inches tall, but weigh up to 20 pounds. And yes, they may be small dogs, but they have a lot of spunk and sass in their personalities.
Despite having a certain “edge” to them, Mini Ratzers are surprisingly great with kids. In fact, some say they have an affinity towards children and other animals. Still, we would caution leaving them alone with toddlers and small pets.
30. Carkie Terrier
Parents: Cairn Terrier x Yorkie
As the cross of the Yorkshire Terrier and Cairn Terrier, Carkies are as adorable and cute as their names. They were designed to be a top choice as a family companion, especially for those with children.
They’re always playful and full of energy, making them sociable dogs that enjoy being the center of attention. The good news is that they don’t usually inherit the barking tendencies of the Yorkshire. However, they still make great watchdogs.
Because they’re energetic small dogs, they still demand a decent amount of exercise. Of course, they wouldn’t mind cozying up with you from time to time, either.
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Basset Hound
Who would have thought to cross the gentle Basset Hound with the feisty Scottish Terrier? The Bascottie is not an obvious Terrier mix, but one that we’re glad exists. They’re unique in both appearance and temperament.
Both parent breeds have very distinctive looks. However, most of the looks come from the Scottish side. The only inherited physical characteristic of the Basset side may be the incredibly short, yet cute stubby legs.
These dogs are very social and outgoing, which is more typical of the Terrier side. On the field, they can be surprisingly active and agile despite the short legs and elongated bodies. The coat is almost always black with the wiry hair of the Terrier side.
Why Get a Terrier Mix?
You already know Terriers provide some of the best and most unique mixes in the dogdom. But why get a Terrier mix instead of the thousands of other variations out there?
Terriers all have a unique attitude to them. They’re all confident and energetic to a certain degree, which I think is important for any dog. Big personalities make for better, or at least more interesting, pets.
Mixing a Terrier with a dog breed that has other outstanding qualities can give you a very balanced and well-tempered dog. More often than not, mixed dogs inherit temperaments of the parents.
Plus, mixed dogs are healthier and more intelligent than their purebred counterparts. Did I mention you can literally save a dog? The vast majority of shelters carry mixed dog breeds. And, I’m willing to bet that there will be plenty of Terrier mixes.
Did we miss an Terrier mix that needs to be on this list? Tell us in the comments section. Also, what’s your favorite Terrier mix? Let us know.
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