Jack Pit:American Pit Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix

Hybrid Breed

American Pit Bull Terrier + Jack Russell Terrier


The origin of the Jack Pit

The Jack Pit is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier breeds. Both parent breeds have an interesting history. While the American Pit Bull Terrier was originally bred for bull and bear fighting in Britain, the Jack Russell Terrier originated in England where it was developed for fox hunting. The exact origin and date of the first crossing of these two terrier breeds is unknown.

Suitability and attitude

Jack Pits are a great breed for active families who can provide them with the physical and mental stimulation they need. Because of their intelligence and energy, they require strong leadership and plenty of exercise to encourage appropriate behavior. However, with sufficient socialization and training, they can be excellent family dogs.

Alternate Name -
Origin USA - England
Life expectancy 10 - 16 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average - high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits and nature

The nature of a Jack Pit can best be describedas lively, brave, loyal and loving. They are known for their energy and playfulness, but also need a lot of patience, guidance and training to control their powerful energy. Although they are quite small - as is the Jack Russell Terrier - they are surprisingly strong and muscular, just like the American Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Active and energetic: Jack Pits are very active, energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise.
  • Loyal and affectionate: they are extremely loyal and affectionate towards their owners.
  • Strong and courageous: Despite their small size, Jack Pits are very strong and courageous.
  • Intelligent and willing to learn: they are intelligent and quick learners, which makes them good companion dogs.

A Jack Pit is a natural entertainer, with an endless energy and curiosity. They are also intelligent and quick learners. This makes them excellent companions for outdoor activities and dog sports.

As with any mixed breed, character traits can vary and depend greatly on the parent.

Care and health

Grooming is comparatively simple for this breed. Their short hair should be brushed once a week to remove dead hair and promote skin health. Regular checks and cleanings of their ears and teeth should also be part of their grooming routine.

Jack Pits are generally hardy animals, but they can be prone to certain health problems that are common in their parent breeds. These include skin problems, eye problems, and deafness. It is important that they receive regular veterinary examinations to catch potential problems early.

Breeding the Jack Pit

Breeding Jack Pits requires careful selection and patience. Both parent breeds have strong personalities that can show in the puppies. Therefore, it is important to screen the parents for behavioral problems and to ensure that the puppies are properly socialized and trained. Responsible breeding is essential to obtain a healthy and happy Jack Pit that many families desire.

Visually, the Jack Pit is often a well-bred mix of its parent breeds. These dogs are strong and muscular, yet have the compact and athletic shape familiar from the Jack Russell Terrier.

Their coats are typically short and dense, but can be either smooth or coarse depending on genetic predisposition. Color choices are varied, ranging from classic terrier shades of white, black, or brown, to various shades of brindle.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated - rough-haired
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail lang
Anatomy muscular, square, sporty
Size ♀ 25 - 50 cm
Weight ♀ 6 - 27 kg
Size ♂ 25 - 53 cm
Weight ♂ 6 - 30 kg
Suitable For -
  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Numbness

    Often occurs in old age.

  • Ataxia

    Ataxia (from Greek ἀταξία ataxia 'disorder' 'irregularity') is a generic term in medicine for various disorders of movement coordination. Ataxia can occur even when there is no paralysis (paresis), that is, when there is normal muscle strength.

  • Atopy

    Canine atopic dermatitis or environmental allergy is characterized by itching with scratching, biting, and rubbing of the face, paws, and belly

  • Dermatophytosis

    Dermatophytosis (synonym dermatophytosis, from ancient Greek τὸ δέρμα derma, German 'skin' and ancient Greek φυτόν phyton, German 'plant') or tinea (Latin for 'woodworm', 'moth') is a skin fungal disease caused by specific fungi (dermatophytes).

  • extreme whiteness

    May be associated with some other diseases.

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes

    Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (aseptic femoral head necrosis) is a growth disorder of the femoral head.

  • Dislocations

    Lenticular and patella luxation occur in some breeds and affect the eye.

  • Myelopathy

    Degenerative myelopathies of dogs are a series of slowly progressing neurological diseases associated with destruction of the spinal cord. These diseases are associated with slowly progressive movement disorders of the hindquarters.

  • The character of such a hybrid depends strongly on the parents, therefore absolute statements can not be made. In general, it is known that this mixture is often described as affectionate, intelligent and active.

  • This dog needs regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. It is recommended to schedule at least one hour a day for walks, play and training.

  • As long as it is socialized and trained early, such a mix can generally get along very well with other pets.

  • As long as regular grooming is performed, this mixture is reasonably undemanding in terms of care.

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