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Jack Russell Dachshund Mix: Jackshund Breed Information

Are you thinking of welcoming a Jackshund into your home? Before you do, find out everything you need to know about the Jack Russell Terrier Dachshund mix from grooming expectations, health concerns, personality traits, and more!

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Last Updated: August 31, 2022 | 11 min read

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Here in this guide, we will discuss the Jackshund in all his little but confident glory. He is the designer puppy product of the popular purebred dogs, the lively Jack Russell Terrier, and the adorable Dachshund. So, whether you’re wondering who the new cute puppy next door is, or you are thinking about inviting this little pup into your life, you have come to the right place.

From his breed history to his personality, training, and exercise needs, we’ve got it all covered. This pup might be little, but his character is anything but! And although he is one of the cutest dogs going, he isn’t suited to every family. For this reason, this Jackshund breed guide is a must-read for all soon-to-be owners.

Also known as the Jackweenie, he is sweet, sassy, cuddly, lots of fun, and much more. So, let’s take a closer look at what else you can expect if you welcome one into your home.

Breed Overview
    • weight iconWeight15-25 Pounds
    • height iconHeight9-13 Inches
    • lifespan iconLifespan14-18 Years
    • color iconColorsBlack, White, Cream, Brown, Red
  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Exercise Needs
  • Puppy Costs

Parent Breeds

The Jackshund’s parents look very different, but their personality and breed purpose is similar. And although there are many similarities, there are also a few subtle differences. This means you need to understand what the Jack Russell and the Dachshund are all about. This way, no matter what parent he takes after, you are sure to love him.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell Puppy
Jack Russell Terriers are highly energetic and very intelligent small breed dogs.

The Jack Russell is a popular little pup, who is often confused for the Russell Terrier or the Patterdale. Although they are similar, they are fundamentally different. His journey began in 19th century England, where a reverend known as John ‘Jack’ Russell created him to be a fox hunter. He would also chase the foxes out of their underground nests to assist the hunting hounds.

Over time, this feisty but loving dog became a much-loved family pet. Not only because he protected the family home with all his might, but because he is really affectionate too. He is great fun and loves to get down and dirty with his family. He measures between 13 and 14 inches tall and weighs between 13 and 17 pounds. Other popular Jack Russell Terrier mixes include the Jack-a-bee and the Jack-chi.


Dachshund Dog Outdoors
Dachshunds are a very popular hunting dog breed.

The Dachshund is also a sassy little dog and much more well known in America than the Jack Russell. You might also know this pup as the famous wiener dog because he is shaped like a sausage. He is only 5 to 9 inches tall, and he weighs between 8 and 32 pounds. There are two sizes of Dachshund, the standard and the miniature. Just because his size is small though, doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned a more fierce reputation.

Much like the Jack Russell, he was created to hunt large vermin from the underground nests. A traditional badger hunter, this pup has big paddle paws that help him to dig deep into the ground. And if you don’t pay him enough attention, he’ll dig your perfect lawn too!

He is originally from Germany, but America’s fascination with him was instant and enduring. Dachshunds are also popular designer dogs, with the Chiweenie and the Doxle being two of the most prominent.


Jackshund Puppy
Jackshunds get the best of both parent breeds and are great family dogs.

As the Jackshund is a rare mixed dog breed, it is more than likely that he will be a first or second-generation pup. As such, there is no breed standard, and he could turn out more like one parent over the other. Thankfully, most Jackshunds inherit the best of both worlds.


Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier mix playing
The Jackshund has a very even temperament and makes a great family dog.

If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that the Jackshund is lots and lots of fun. Both of his parents are full of beans, so you can be sure that this pup has twice as many! He likes to be the center of attention, so you need to be sure that you can provide him with lots of time and energy. If you want peace and quiet, this little pup is not the one for you.

He also makes a fantastic watchdog because both of his parents are suspicious of strangers. They will not quietly accept a stranger into their yard without announcing it. This is great if you like this doggy trait, not so much if you have neighbors who are sensitive to noisy dogs. Thankfully, once he knows someone, he will warm up to them as though they are his family.

He has a lot of love to give, and he will smother you in kisses and cuddles. We hope you like public displays of affection because this pup is a pro. If you haven’t got the time or patience to cuddle him for several hours a day, he isn’t going to be too pleased. He craves human company and hates to be left alone for more than a few hours.

He is an intense pooch for sure and needs lots of stimulation. All of his personality traits combined mean that he is not suited for a novice dog owner. The Jackshund needs an experienced dog owner who is ready for the challenge. If you aren’t prepared for him, you’ll find a problematic dog on your hands. And not forgetting your prized lawn that he’ll dig up in seconds.

Size & Appearance

Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier Mix
The Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier mix will generally be smaller in stature.

The Jackshund is a small-sized dog that will usually weigh between 15 and 25 pounds and measure between 9 to 13 inches short. If his Dachshund parent is a miniature-sized canine, he might be even smaller than this. He might not be as long as his Weiner parent, but he’ll definitely be longer than he is tall.

His body will likely be stocky like his Jack Russell parent. The Jackshund’s paws will be large and paddle-like, and they will almost certainly point outwards too. His eyes will be big, his smile wide, and his ears are likely to be long and floppy.

Coat & Colors

Jackshund playing in grass
The Jackshund can have a variety of different coat lengths and colors.

The Jackshund has three coat options, and this is all dependent on his Daschund parent’s coat type. The first, and most common, is the short-haired coat that is smooth and sleek. The other options are the long coat and wire coat option, but know that his Jack Russell influence will make them shorter and softer than his purebred German parent.

He has a double-layered coat that will keep him warm in the winter and cool in the summer. His coat will shed moderately throughout the year and a little heavier during the shedding seasons. With the amount of snuggling you’ll be doing with this pup, you can be sure that your clothes will never be hair-free again.

His coat colors will be a mixture of white, brown, black, cream, and red. He could have a solid coat color or a combination of spotted colors. His nose color will usually be black, and his eyes will usually be brown.

Exercise & Living Conditions

Jackshund Dog in Snow
The Jackshund will need regular, intense daily exercise.

The Jackshund is a vibrant and fun-loving dog who needs a fair bit of exercise for a small dog. He will need around 60 minutes of exercise every day to keep him happy and healthy. If his Dacshnd parent is a miniature pup, he might require slightly less than this. He will also need regular stimulation and interactive playtime throughout the day to prevent him from digging your lawn.

And, because of his intelligent mind and downright sassiness, he will need a mixture of activities throughout his week to prevent himself from becoming bored. You need to consider his long and short body and avoid anything that includes him jumping from heights. If you are lucky enough to live near a beach, this is an excellent place for him to expel that digging energy of his.

He has a high prey drive, and because his perfected party trick is disappearing down rabbit holes, we would advise you to keep him on a leash. No matter how well trained he is, if he sees something fast and furry, he will chase it for sure. And if you know either of his parent’s breeds, you’ll know that this pup isn’t the most obedient of pups in any case.

Being so small, the Jackshund is suited to apartment living, just as long as you exercise him enough throughout the day. He is also suited to larger homes and anything in between. If he has access to a yard, just be sure that it is totally secured. Otherwise, he’ll be making good his escape most days.

If he is socialized well, he can live with children. Just be sure that they are old enough to properly handle a small dog instead of treating him like a toy. His Jack genes make him robust enough to cope with excitable hands, but his Weiner genes mean that he can become grumpy when annoyed. And as long as you don’t have any pet badgers, foxes, rabbits, or other rodents, he will do well in a multi-pet household. Just as long as he is socialized well.


Dachshund Jack Russell Terrier Mix Playing Outside
You’ll want to start training your Jackshund at a very early age.

We’re not going to pretend as though the Jackshund is an obedient dog who will take your commands seriously. Because he isn’t, and he won’t. This is another reason why the Jackshund needs to be homed with an experienced dog owner. You need to be patient and consistent with your training. And happy in the knowledge that he is an independent pup. Once they are obedient, they can easily learn more complex tricks and perform them on command

Because he is suspicious of strangers and can become overprotective if you allow him to be, he needs socialization training. This needs to be started as soon as you welcome him home. Expose him to different sights and sounds, and introduce him to as many other humans and dogs as you possibly can.

Obedience training is vital, and be sure not to give in to his diva demands. If you want him to be a polite pup and not suffer from little dog syndrome, you need to be consistent with your training. Don’t allow him to get treats for free, make sure he gives you a paw.

He hates to be left alone, so we would suggest crate training him too. Some dog owners hate the idea of putting their pup into a crate but trust us when we say that it will benefit both him and you. Dogs naturally crave shelter, and they will see it as a relaxing place to be. It will also allow you to leave him for a few hours without having to worry that he’ll dig his way into the foundations.


Jackshund walking outside in fall
The Jackshund is generally a very healthy mixed breed.

The Jackshund is a relatively healthy dog who will enjoy a long 12 to 15 years with you. Just like all relatively new hybrid dogs, he could inherit the health concerns seen in either of his parent’s breeds. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, these health concerns are the ones that are more likely to pop up than any others.

Hip Dysplasia

This is more common in his Jack Russell parent. It will affect his hip joint, causing a painful grinding in the socket, leading to paralysis.

Patellar Luxation

This condition affects his Dachshund parent. Essentially, this is an abnormally formed kneecap that dislocates easily. Again, this is painful and something to watch out for.

Eye Conditions

A variety of eye conditions are found in both of his parent’s breeds. Progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts are the most common concerns.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

This is caused by his elongated spine and diminished shock absorption ability and cushioning. And although he is less likely to suffer from it than his Weiner parent, he is still at risk.


Hungry Jackshund
The Jackshund will need a high-quality dry kibble made for small breeds.

The Jackshund is a small but energetic pup, and he will eat approximately two cups of food a day. This will be dependent on his energy levels, age, and many other factors. And it will be less if he is a miniature-sized Jackshund.

You should always feed your pet the best quality food that you can afford, as this will increase his happiness and health for sure. As a puppy, you’ll want to ensure you have your Jackshund eating a small breed puppy food formula.

The Jackshund should be fed a kibble that is designed for small or medium-sized breeds. It should also be age-appropriate to ensure that he gets the specific nutrition he needs during each of his life stages.

Despite being energetic, the Jackshund has an increased chance of becoming overweight, just like his Dachshund parent. This is particularly problematic for long dogs like him, and it can increase his chances of developing IVDD. It will turn him into a banana-shaped sausage. So, be sure to keep your food and doggy snacks locked away.


Jackshund Laying Down on Ground
The Jackshund will need regular grooming.

The Jackshund has a double coat that can take three forms, which will determine his grooming routine. If he has a short coat, he will only need brushing once a week to keep him looking shiny and healthy. If he has a long or wire coat, he will need brushing several times a week, and monthly deshedding with a proper tool, to prevent matting or tangling.

He will enjoy a bath once every 8 to 12 weeks, but no more than this, no matter how many holes he digs himself into. Otherwise, you risk damaging his natural coat oils and increasing the chances of dry and irritated skin. Brush his teeth several times a week with specifically designed doggy toothpaste. And cleanse his ears once a week to avoid a build-up of plaque.

Breeders & Puppy Costs

Jackshund Mix Puppy
Jackshund puppies will cost around $800 as a puppy.

The price of a Jackshund puppy from a reputable breeder will start at $800. This can vary based on the area you live in and the breeder you choose to work with. If someone offers you a much lower price than this, see this as a sign that they could be part of a puppy mill, so you should avoid them at all costs.

Reputable breeders will ensure that you meet the pups and their parents in person. They can show you which coat type his Dachshund parent is, as well as their health clearances. Puppy mills not only don’t care about their health, but they will also not invest any time to train them. So, your chances of having a polite pup are increased with a reputable breeder.

Rescue & Shelters

Black Jackshund Outdoors
When looking for a Jackshund puppy, we encourage you to adopt before you shop!

The Jackshund is a rare dog, and he is even rarer in rescue shelters. Always try visiting your local breed shelter to see if there is a Jackshund. And if there isn’t, speak to the staff because they might know of one coming in soon.

Another way to maximize your chances of finding a Jackshund up for adoption is to visit dedicated breed centers and their websites. They focus their efforts on certain breeds and their mixed pups. The Dachshund Rescue of North America and the Russell Rescue list adoptable dogs and their hybrid puppies. And be warned, they also list bonded pairs, so you might end up with two if you’re lucky enough to find them!

As Family Pets

  • The Jackshund is a fun-loving pup who loves to be the center of attention.
  • He is sweet and affectionate.
  • Jackshunds demand several hours of cuddle time every day.
  • He craves human company and can suffer from separation anxiety.
  • The Jackshund is usually great with children and other animals.
  • He is suited to apartment living.
  • He needs approximately 60 minutes of varied exercise every day.
  • Your Jackshund puppy will likely need some additional playtime.
  • The Jackshund is an aloof dog who will bark loudly at strangers.
  • Jackshunds will warm up to new people once welcomed into their homes.

Final Thoughts

The Jackshund is a wonderfully fun little and long pup who will bring a smile to everyone’s day. He is full of excitable beans, and he will keep you on your toes. You need to be able to keep up with this pup’s energy and be able to spend most of your time with him. As long as you can tick all of his boxes, he is bound to tick all of yours too.

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  1. I have raised Jack Russell’s, registered, before but I love the idea of breeding them with a Dachshund. I like short legs and long bodies!

  2. I’m very glad I have come across this site, as I met a beautiful Jackshund a few weeks ago in a shop, and thought she was a lovely little dog. So I’ve started my research. After suddenly losing our gorgeous Jack Russell x Maltese Shiztu over 3 years ago, I’m slowly contemplating another dog. I miss my Bella girl so much, she was my first dog and so so special. Thank you for this site, it will help me in my decisions.

  3. I only came across this article now after adopting a dachshund mix from a local shelter. After doing some research it became evident that she is a dachshund jack Russel mix. We weren’t completely prepared for the amount of energy this puppy has! Her name is Sophie and she is extremely smart and soooo cuddly. We’re struggling woth some separation anxiety but atleast we work from home. She is like velcro she follows me everywhere. I actually experience her as quite obedient. Her recall is amazing at 20 weeks of age and she can also do some tricks already. We take her for puppy classes and will do obedience training with her. She takes up a lot of our time but she is so worth it. She is so loyal has the best personality a dog could have. I find that this breed is extremely expressive in emotions as well. You will know exactly what this dog is feeling just by looking at their face!

  4. Thank you for your description. A must read for anyone considering a Jackshund. Mine is high maintenance – principally because he needs a human and/or dog around when not otherwise scampering about or burrowing outside. So proceed with caution, for one is immediately overtaken by the breed’s peerless devotion, intelligence and adaptability. The consummate lovebug, they will burrow themselves into you too!

  5. Reyna - Belgium

    Thank you for your article and all the photos. I got Chanel via an adoption site. My contact kept saying she was a mix of a weenie dog and your photos made me realise she is a Jackshund. I had to train her to live with my 4 cats and she is in a crave when we can’t keep an eye on her, but she is now OK with sharing the house with them. She doesn’t like strangers and she is mainly attached to me, not that much to the children. She doesn’t like to play in water and she is quite stubborn. We love her so much! She is a very sweet dog.

  6. I’d love 💘 to buy one but don’t know how about finding one ?? Any suggestions out there in cyberspace ???

  7. Amber Angelina Aparicio

    I have a 6-month-old Jack-link pup. Some days, he identifies more as a shark but his disdain for water has him permanently beached. He claims to be the first ‘Land Shark’ and insists we call him ‘Terror Bite’.

  8. Ronald Vonkaenel

    Thanks for sharing all this awsome info about jackhunds because i got mine at the end of may and the owner said he was almost a yr old so i determined his b day to be July 4th 2020 . My biggest worry is he sheds alot . I had a adorable purebred dashund for 18 yrs and he was shorthaired and he never hardly ever shed . I also wonder why he doesnt eat very much ? He seems very happy and healthy and i dont think there is a dog who can bark louder than he does . His name is Buddy . Thanks again for the very important info !

    1. Thanks for the comment, Ron! Sounds like you have a great pup! Keep up with brushing, and you should be in good shape!

  9. I have my Gracie who is what we call a Jack-a-weenie. I’ve had numerous dogs all my life and she is certainly one of the sweetest and smartest dogs ever. She looks just like a rough coated Jack Russell with short little legs and a long body. I can’t imagine my life without her.

  10. Patricia Rocco

    I have a senior Jackhund over 15 and would love to have another one when she passes… I love her so much and look forward to another one someday..hopefully not soon.

  11. I have a Jackshund named Vince and you described him to a T! He is the best dog ever and makes me laugh every day. He is a rescue from Alabama and gets along great with my other rescue who is a Golden Retriever mix. Vince is 9 lbs and thinks he’s 120lbs!

  12. Wow, this article was a nice find. We have a Jacshund (first time hearing the name), and his name is Charlie. We adopted him from the pound when he was around three years old. He looked shaggy when we got him. We groomed him and he looked great lol. He is great with the kids and our cat, which recently passed. He loves his baths and swimming in the lake.

    Charlie has a loud bark, and he definitely makes his presence known to anybody that gets close or walks by the house.Oddly enough though, he doesn’t dig. Also, he loves the no-leash park. He is constantly by my side, everywhere I go if you know what I mean. Let’s call him my velcro dog. He’s crate trained but when I sleep, he’s by my bedside. If I switch sides of the bed, so does he! Sometimes I’ll nap in my daughter’s room just so he can sleep with me.

    I love my little guy! I can’t understand why anyone would send him to the pound. I’m Charlie’s fourth owner. As I type this, Charlie is laying near my feet. If I stand, he will too! He recently, finally took a likening to a small red and white hackysack ball. He just likes holding it in between his teeth. We were blessed to find him!

    1. That sounds like an awesome pup, Anthony! Thanks for stopping by to comment and share your story!

  13. I just got a dachshund Jack Russell she’s 11 weeks old and I named her Pinky! She reminds me of the chicken off of Moana, Heihei! She is the most lovable dog I have ever known! she follows me everywhere I don’t even really need a leash but I bought one anyway.

    Everybody adores her every time they see her. I think I made a good decision on getting her. I live in an apartment with my cat Jinx which is a year and a half old and they like each other all ready! It’s fantastic. I have plenty of time with her so, therefore, she is perfect for Jinx and I!!!

    I would definitely recommend anybody who loves to be loved and cuddled, and also loves to laugh all the time, to get one of these wonderful pups for their home!!!! You definitely won’t regret it!

    1. Hi Dena! That sounds like an amazing pup! Thank you for stopping by to share your experience with your pup! We love the Jackshunds too!

  14. We have a male Jackschund and he is everything listed above! We love him dearly and are getting him a brother or sister from the same breeder!

  15. About 6 years ago, I was looking for a puppy and got a beautiful, female Jackshaund for a $30.00 rehoming fee. They brought out 3 of her brothers and there was no connection, but then they bring out a little female with a bobbed tail, and the moment me and Peanut, “PP” for short, locked eyes, it was love at first sight.

    And now 6 years later, she’s my little protector and my best friend. Because of her, she has kept me sane after the loss of my mom 5 1/2 months ago. I would truly be lost if I didn’t have my little PP… I absolutely love my furbaby!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to share your experience with this mix, Wheezie! Sounds like you have an amazing dog!

  16. I had a Jackshund for nine awesome years until canine lymphoma took him from me. His name was Bobby and of all the dogs I’ve had/known in my life he was absolutely the best. He was my best buddy from minute one and l miss him so much l cant tell you. Someday I hope to get another Jackshund. RIP Bobby

    1. Thanks for stoping by to share your story, Harry! Sorry to hear of your loss and hope you can replace that loss with another pup in the future.

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