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If you are currently thinking of buying a Jack Russell mix, make sure you buy from a reputable breeder. Don't support a puppy mill just because you think that little cross-breed is cute. Be responsible when buying a dog.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog with a very distinctive coat type. The name comes from the area where it was originally bred in England. Yorkies are not as much of a working dog as some terriers - they are quite obviously toy dogs, so they make good companions.
A Yorkie/Jack Russell Terrier mix will tend to a bit calmer in temperament than the average purebred Jack Russell, and should require less exercise. However, because of the special coat type of the Yorkie, they require some knowledge of the ins and outs of dog grooming. You will have to brush the coat every day to keep it in order. On the upside, Yorkies don't shed as much as Jack Russells, so a Yorkshire Terrier/Jack Russell can be considered a fairly hypoallergenic cross.
The Pitbull is a much maligned and very misunderstood breed. Pitbulls are not more aggressive by nature - in fact every dog is capable of aggression if put under the necessary stress. The pitbull is simply easier to anger and is capable of doing much more damage than many other breeds. Apart from that, it is the breed of choice for illegal dogfighting, which is alive and well in many countries around the world. I strongly recommend you stay away from a Pitbull mix, and especially a Jack Russell Pitbull Mix, unless you are a very experienced and responsible dog owner. Be extremely wary of anyone breeding these dogs - find out their reasons and motivations for breeding them.
Lots of training and a high level of obedience is an absolute must for this Jack Russell Terrier mix. My free special report, The Top Ten Jack Russell Training Mistakes is a helpful training resource for the average owner. Start training early and focus especially on socializing with other dogs in the puppy phase, as both Jack Russells and Pitbulls can develop problems with other dogs if they are not socialized properly early on.
Basset Hound Jack Russell Mix
Similar to the Beagle, the Basset Hound is a scent hound, so they are particularly focused on the party that's going on in their nose, even more so than other dogs. Those big floppy ears are not just for cuteness - they are actually functional and help to enhance the Basset's sense of smell. However, the ears are also prone to infection unless you give them a regular clean as part of your grooming regime. They are typically similar in their color patterns to Jack Russells. They are also similar in height, although they have a long body.
You should be aware that Basset Hounds were deliberately bred in favor of the gene for dwarfism, and this can cause many illnesses and other side effects, such as knee joint and back problems. Bassets tend to be a lot more calm, relaxed and less active than Jack Russells, so you can expect a much more young-family-friendly temperament from this Jack Russell Terrier mix than you might get with a purebred Jack Russell.
Sheltie and Jack Russell Terrier Mix
The Sheltie (short for Shetland Sheepdog) is an active dog of the herding group. Like the Jack Russell, Shelties were bred to be hard workers, so they are energetic and require plenty of exercise. Shelties are similar in size to Jack Russells, slightly larger on average.
A mix of these two breeds would not be recommended for a first time dog owner. Sheltie/Jack Russell Terrier mixes are high energy, intelligent dogs and they need lots of attention and physical and mental stimulation. You will need to maintain an active lifestyle and set aside plenty of time for this dog. They also need plenty of room to move around - definitely not a dog for an apartment dweller. With a dedicated owner, a mix of these two breeds could easily reach a very high level of training. Again, my free special report will help you to avoid some common issues and problem behaviors that arise in training.
Cocker Spaniel Jack Russell Mix
Ah, this brings back memories. My first dog when I was a child was a female golden Cocker Spaniel, and my experience with this breed was wonderful. They're cuddly, gentle and loveable. They're fairly docile and easy to train. There are actually two different types - the English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel, so find out which type is involved in the mix. If you live outside the United States, you're most probably dealing with the English version.
They're a little bit bigger than purebred Jack Russells, so you can expect that to be true of this mix. Both breeds are extremely loyal. Any Jack Russell Terrier mix will require plenty of exercise, so again, an active lifestyle is important.
Now, that said, I have to bring up the subject of Rage Syndrome. I'll make the point here that this is an extremely rare condition, but it has been known to appear in Cocker Spaniels. The condition is exactly what the name suggests: the dog will experience a sudden bout of unprovoked rage an aggression which will last for a few minutes, then return to normal. The condition is said to appear more in solid-colored dogs and males.
But, I must repeat, it's an incredibly rare condition, somewhat like schizophrenia in humans. As I said, I had a Cocker Spaniel as a family pet as a young child, and our dog never showed the slightest sign of aggression. The problem is more common in the show dog breeding lines - another unfortunate casualty of line-breeding - so talk to the breeder and get an idea of the breeding background of the dogs involved.