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. It’s so significant that the American Kennel Club 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, among many others.
With such a large following and a wide selection of Terriers, it’s no surprise they’re frequently part of many amazing mixed breeds.
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Table of Contents
- What’s a Terrier Dog?
- Most Interesting Terrier Mixes
- Why Get a Terrier Mix?
- Where to Find Terrier Mixes
What’s a Terrier Dog?
For the past hundreds of years, Terriers have been tirelessly working with farmers around the world, hunting and killing pesty vermin and rats. It’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.
Despite the variety of Terriers in existence today, they all share a few common traits. Unlike dogs from the hound group, Terriers hunt to kill. They won’t simply chase and alert owners like many dogs in other groups.
As a result, Terriers were bred to have extremely powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Don’t mistaken their small size for weakness, as they are to be feared in the animal kingdom.
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 pride.
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.
In addition, Terriers don’t always play nice with other animals. Even with a lot of socialization, there’s no guarantee they’ll get along with other dogs. They’re notoriously feisty dogs.
Like any other dog, Terriers have their flaws. But with one, you know you’ll get an affectionate and loyal dog. Even though they don’t like to cuddle, they make fantastic companions.
Most Interesting 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.
Parent Breeds: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and 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 as amusing.
In the last decade the Whoodle has exploded in popularity. However, as with relatively new mixed breeds, there isn’t a mixed breed standard for personality and temperament.
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.
Both parents are intelligent dogs. In fact, the Poodle is ranked as the most intelligent dog breed according to Stanley Coren. You can expect a smart Whoodle, especially if they inherit the brains from the Poodle side.
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2. Jack Chi
Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua.
The Jack Chi is the Chihuahua Jack Russell Terrier mix and is perhaps one of the most popular mixes – for good reason! Though small, these dogs have a ton of energy and a feisty attitude.
At times, it may seem like the Jack Chi has an unlimited supply of energy. So owners expecting a lazy lap dog, look elsewhere! This Terrier mix requires a ton of physical activity and mental stimulation.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these dogs aren’t friendly or affectionate. They can be very loyal and loving dogs. And it’s not unordinary that they come snug up with you too!
If you live a physical lifestyle and you’re looking for a small fun-loving dog, I’d highly recommend the Jack Chi mix. There’s a lot to love with this little mix dog.
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Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Toy 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 these dogs would be popular too?
Yorkipoos are generally fun-loving and happy all the time. They’ll gladly shower their owners with true affection and can be perfectly content from the lap of a loved one. Not your typical Terrier temperament.
However, it’s worth noting that these dogs love to yap. If you’re not a fan of barking, you may want to reconsider. Personally, I’d take bad with the good for such an adorable and sweet-natured dog.
As for exercise, these dogs love to play and they play hard. You’ll want to make sure they get enough daily physical exercise or the barking may get out of hand.
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4. Scoland Terrier
Parent Breeds: Scottish Terrier and Westie.
The Scoland is the hybrid of the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier – or “Westie” for short. Who says you can’t crossbreed two Terriers together? The result is amazing.
Both these breeds originate from Scotland and they’re often called the “ultimate Terrier.” The Scoland is the embodiment of all Terriers. They’re lively, energetic, playful and loyal.
This mix is the perfect amount of stubbornness, which is almost inevitable with these dogs. But they make up for it in affection, as they’ll protect you and entertain you every chance they get.
As for physical appearance, you’ll likely get the head of a Westie with the body of a Scottish Terrier. Coats can come in black with white highlights, or wheaten.
They’ll have big black eyes with their signature “scissor bite.” Expect a wiry and dense coat, like with both parents.
Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and 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 gives you the Frenchton.
What’s unusual is that both parent breeds look similar. In fact, often times it’s difficult to tell apart puppies from either side. The same can be said for Frenchton puppies.
However, 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.
Both 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. They’re both energetic and intelligent, which makes sense given their popularity.
Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle.
The Jack-A-Bee is certainly an odd combination that somehow works, and works great! This Jack Russell Beagle mix combines two of the most iconic dog breeds from the Terrier and Hound groups.
The result: a friendly, calm, intelligent and loyal Terrier mix. Sometimes, they can be quite independent, even for a Terrier. However, their sweet-nature demeanor when playing with people will make up for it.
At first glance, they look like a Beagle with a different coat. But the Jack-A-Bee usually takes the body of the Jack Russell, while maintaining the face shape of a Beagle.
As a relatively new breed, their coat colors can vary quite a bit. Though they’ll usually be cream, tan, tricolor, white with beige highlights or a combination.
The best part is that they’re one of the best dogs to care for when it comes to grooming! They’re considered a low-shedding hypoallergenic dog.
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Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Pug.
Any dog mixed with a pug is an awesome breed. The Bugg is no exception. The personalities of the Pug and Boston Terrier go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Pugs are charming, affectionate and a little bit mischievous. On the other hand, Boston Terriers are friendly and a little bit humorous. The Bugg gives you the best of both worlds.
Boston Terriers can be active, although it varies from dog to dog. Meanwhile, the pugs are not so active and can be perfect potato couch buddies with you. The Bugg, however, will certainly depend on the parentage.
Whether you’re just looking for a cute playmate to snuggle with or a companion to stay entertained, the Bugg should be at the top of your Terrier mix list!
Parent Breeds: Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua.
The Toxirn is not as complicated as it’s name. They’re delightful toy dogs developed through the crossbreeding of the Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua. Both iconic toy breeds in their respective countries (Scotland and Mexico).
Though small, they’re courageous and confident. 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, which means showing aggression towards strangers.
Toxirns are deceivingly athletic with a muscular build. Surprisingly, they’re quite sturdy dogs with a decent frame for it’s small size. Their coats are wiry but not as long as other Terrier mixes.
Overall, the Toxirn is perfect for anyone looking for a small loyal dog with a lot of spunk. They’re as they say, “little dog with a big personality.”
Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Cairn Terrier.
The Jacairn combines two fan favorites from the Terrier group – the Jack Russell and Cairn Terrier. These hybrid dogs are not your typical Terrier, as they are very eager to please.
Not only are they intelligent, but highly trainable. They’re perfect for novice dog trainers. However, they do have a ton of energy and require plenty of run daily.
If you don’t have an active lifestyle, it’ll be tough to get along with a Jacairn. They’ll demand a lot of physical activity or potentially exhibit destructive behavior.
On the flip side, they love playing with children and get along great with humans. And if you have a large backyard, they’ll likely dig some holes and climb some trees!
10. Scottish Cocker
Parent Breeds: Scottish Terrier and Cocker Spaniel.
The Scottish Cocker is part Cocker Spaniel and part Scottish Terrier. They’re one of the least common Terrier mixes, but slowly growing in popularity.
In essence, they’re the opposite of the Jacairn. In other words, they’re laid back and mellow dogs that’ll happily lounge around with you. Moreover, they’re extremely social dogs, which probably comes from the Cocker Spaniel side.
The Scottish Terrier side is credited for their courageousness and alertness. They can be aggressive when the situation calls for it. However, most of the time they’ll chilling.
These hybrid dogs have been known to vary greatly with physical appearance. Depending on the parents, they can look more like a Scottish Terrier or Cocker Spaniel. But they’ll always be medium in size.
Parent Breeds: Mini Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel.
Indeed the Miniature Schnauzer is part of the Terrier group. Just because their name doesn’t end with “terrier” doesn’t mean they’re not.
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the origins of this designer breed, but most people believe they originated from the United States in the 1990’s. Regardless, the Schnocker was bred to be the ultimate companion lap dog.
These dogs are a great balance, which explains their growing popularity. They’re moderately active and will happily go on adventures with you. Likewise, 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.
In a nutshell. the Schnocker is the ultimate designer dog for those with a balanced lifestyle.
Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and 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/brown, red/black or a solid brown.
Although they’re relatively new, originally crossbred in the 1990’s, Dorkies have been winning over the hearts of people all around the world.
13. Pit Heeler
Parent Breeds: Pit Bull Terrier and Australian Cattle Dog.
The popular nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog is the Blue Heeler, hence the name: Pit Heeler. Many Australian dog breeds are fantastic herders, and this mix may certainly inherit those instincts as well.
The American Pit Bull Terriers are often labeled as the most dangerous dogs, but there’s no guarantee that the Pit Heeler will inherit the same aggressiveness.
Not much is known about the Pit Heeler in terms of temperament and there is no standard for this designer breed. However, we know that they can’t stand extreme heat due to their thick coats.
Though they may be dominant dogs with independence, socialization and obedience training is key to raising a happy and healthy Pit Heeler.
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Parent Breeds: Schnauzer and Airedale Terrier.
The Schnairedale is the cross between a Standard Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier. They’re one of the rarest Terrier mixes and relatively difficult to find on the market.
Those that own 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.
Schnairedales are very confident and independent. As a result, they often assume the leadership role among the pack. You must be consistent and firm and establish dominance before they do.
Although they require quite extensive training, they are eager to learn from the owner. They also need a lot of activity, as they are energetic dogs by nature.
15. Rat Cha
Parent Breeds: Rat Terrier and Chihuahua.
The Rat Cha is the popular crossbreed of the Chihuahua and Rat Terrier. They’re small in size, but have a playful attitude and charming demeanor that few people can resist.
Unlike other small dog breeds, the Rat Cha is relatively independent. Plus, they don’t require much care at all. In return, they only need love and affection for a happy life.
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.
Any chance they get, they’ll curl up next to you and lounge around on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If this is what you’re looking for and you can provide them the love, consider the Rat Cha.
Parent Breeds: Airedale Terrier and Poodle.
The Airedoodle is truly an interesting mix that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This Poodle Airedale Terrier mix combines the most intelligent dog breed in the world with the “King of Terriers.”
Unsurprisingly, the result is an intelligent and athletic hybrid dog with an outstanding work ethic. Airedoodles have all the qualities and traits that you’d want in your family companion dog.
They’re fairly easy to take care of and are highly trainable, but the best part is their eagerness to please. They love people and are very social around both humans and dogs. Kids do very well with the Airedoodle.
The only concern is their high prey-drive, which can pose a problem for families with small pets, like guinea pigs or cats. Otherwise, they’re a top choice for a Terrier mix.
17. Boston Boxer
Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Boxer.
The Boston Boxer can be a handful at times, but their fantastic temperaments more than make up for it. The Boxer Boston Terrier mix is full of energy and demands a lot from owners.
In terms of physical appearance, they look very much like a small boxer. In fact, some people call this mixed breed the miniature Boxer.
Although they’ve been around for a few decades already, the Boston Boxer still vary quite a bit in personality. But for the most part, you can expect a friendly, intelligent and devoted dog.
With all that energy, you can already guess they’re very playful dogs. Given the right environment and plenty of physical stimulation, a Boston Boxer can thrive in any family.
18. Jack Rat
Parent Breeds: Rat Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier.
This Terrier mix is also called the Jersey Terrier for whatever reason. They may be small in size, but their attitude is far from small. Jack Rats are feisty little dogs with a lot of personality.
They’re vigilant and alert by nature, but also possess a high level of energy that needs to be expended. Moreover, Jack Rats are courageous and brave. They won’t likely back down in the face of a threat.
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 must to keep their coat in check.
Jack Rats play well with children, however, they have a high-prey drive. If you own any other small animals, including dogs, it’s a good idea to provide heavy socialization early on.
Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Mini Schnauzer.
Most Snorkies are mixed with the Miniature Schnauzer, as well as the Yorkie. Both are widely popular toy Terrier breeds with a huge following. It’s expected the Snorkie would be popular too.
This Terrier mix is truly a people-loving dog. In fact, they tend to develop close bonds and relationships with their owner(s). They’re not as energetic as other dogs, so they’re a great candidate for an awesome lap dog.
It’s still important to help them get their daily dose of exercise, as they’re prone to become a bit overweight in the later years. Grooming is important because of the texture of the hair. Daily brushing is recommended to prevent any tangles on the coat.
If you’re looking for a somewhat calm and affectionate lap dog, the Snorkie is one of the best.
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 unique dog. More often than not, mixed dogs inherit temperaments of the parents.
Plus, mixed dog breeds are generally 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.
Where to Find Terrier Mixes
Finding a mixed dog breed can sometimes be a more difficult task than finding a purebred. There simply aren’t enough professional breeders that specializes in mutts unless they’re extremely popular designer dogs.
However, with a little time and patience, it is possible to find the Terrier mix you’re looking for. You just need to look in all the right places.
PetFinder.com is a unique marketplace where potential owners can look for nearby dogs to adopt from real people. They have a great search filter if you’re looking for a specific color, breed, size, age range or temperament.
The best part is that Pet Finder is filled with tons of mixed dog breeds, including Terrier mixes. Keep an eye out for the mix of your choice, they’re bound to pop up.
Adopt A Pet
Adoptapet.com is similar to Pet Finder, in the sense that it’s a marketplace you can search for dogs to adopt. However, they’re almost like an “inventory database” for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Local animal shelters are a great way to find Terrier mixes, as most dogs are mutts. This tool can save you a great deal of time by showing you exactly what dogs are available.
Select your area and look at what these organizations have to offer.
Terrier Mix Breeders
My last suggestion is to find a specialized breeder for your specific Terrier mix. Sure, it may be difficult as there are way less breeders for mixed dogs. However, it’s not impossible.
The best tools to find mutt breeders is to dig a little online. Do a Google search for “dog name” + “location.” You can also check Yelp to see if there are nearby breeders.
Since Terrier mix breeders are relatively rare, you may need to drive out a little bit if this is the route you want to go.
Did we miss an Terrier mix that deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments section. Also, what’s your favorite Terrier mix? Let us know.
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