Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Mix (The Jack Pit + Other Mixes)


As the current owner of a Jack Russell Terrier, I can say firsthand with confidence that they make for excellent pets. From my time spent around dogs, I am also aware that Pitbull Terriers make fantastic pets and companions.

What could be better than combining 2 of the best dogs and getting the personality, loyalty, and energy from both dog breeds?

Luckily, that is entirely possible, and a Jack Pit among other Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier mixes are dogs that you can adopt and make for one fantastic pet with a lot of energy and spunk.

Jack Russell Terriers mixed with a Pitbull Terrier is known as the Jack Pit. Other breeds are also possible from the Jack Russell Terrier, depending on which Pitbull Terrier is bred with the Jack Russell. Together, the Pitbull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier mix will be high energy, highly loyal, and excellent dogs.

Now, pay attention because I did mention high energy in my answer above, which means that they may not be the best dog breed for everyone.

By the end of this discussion, my goal is to help you make that decision and break down everything you need to know about the Jack Pit (Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Mix).

You should understand the Jack Pit history, standard and typical behaviors, and what you can expect if you intend to adopt a Jack Pit.

Here is how I intend to present this information for you today:



The Jack Russell Terrier

To better understand the Jack Pit, it is crucial to have a quick background into both dogs responsible for creating the bundle of joy.

First, you have the Jack Russell Terrier.

The Jack Russell Terrier is known for its high energy, working personality.

At times, the Jack Russell can be known to be a stubborn dog breed and was initially bred to hunt fox.

As a Jack Russell Terrier owner myself, I feel good informing you that they are one of the most loyal and trainable dogs if you are willing to put in the work and give them the time they deserve.

Jack Russell Terriers also demand a high level of physical activity and love the ability to exercise.

Overall, The Jack Russell Terrier is a dog for owners who enjoy the demand and time needed to keep them stimulated and become highly affectionate and passionate towards their families.

You can read about the size, height, and weight of the Jack Russell Terrier here.

In my opinion, the Jack Russell Terrier is one of the best family dogs you could choose to adopt.

However, be ready for that high-energy and active dog to be bringing life to the home and demanding some attention.


The Pitbull Terrier

Next, you have the other 50% that makes up the Jack Pit dog breed, your Pitbull Terrier.

We will discuss the other potential Pitbull Terrier mixes with Jack Russell’s later in this discussion.

The American Pitbull Terrier is another extremely loyal dog breed that demands physical activity and needs the ability to be active.

When provided discipline, training, and consistency, the Pitbull Terrier is another one of the best family dogs you could adopt.

Pitbull Terriers are protective of their owners, highly affectionate, and even follow their owners around and remain connected at the hip.

Obviously, the Pitbull Terrier is much larger than the Jack Russell Terrier, and Pitbull’s are known for their brute strength and muscle mass.

You can read about the size, height and weight of the Pitbull Terrier here.

The next logical question you may have is what you can expect when the Pitbull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier breed to create your mixed dog breed, the Jack Pit.

Those details are next.


The Best of Both Dogs, The Jack Pit (Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier Mix)

One of the most imperative things to understand about a mixed dog breed such as the Jack Pit is that distinguishing exact physical and even behavior characteristics can be challenging when crossbreeding is in play.

Your Jack Pit will naturally take on some of the Pitbull Terrier characteristics and genes and some of the Jack Russell Terrier genes and traits.

As to which will be show more dominant genes is tough to say.

You may get a Jack Pit that more closely behaves like the Jack Russell, and you may get the opposite.

No guarantees when it comes to Jack Pits.

However, what we can do is explain the averages and the commonly reported behaviors and physical characteristics of the Jack Pit, which is what I want to touch on next.


5 Key Facts About The Jack Pit (Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier)


#1- Height, Weight, and Size

The Jack Pit will typically grow to roughly 15 inches tall and weigh between 30-50lbs.

Whether your Jack Pit takes more physical genes from the Pitbull Terrier or The Jack Russell Terrier is a 50/50 chance with crossbreeds.


#2- The Jack Pit Is Smart

The Jack Pit takes both parent dogs’ intelligence (The Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier) and makes for a brilliant and willing to learn dog breed.


#3- Life Span Of The Jack Pit

The Jack Pit typically lives between 10-15 years if provided a loving home and a healthy diet.

And, of course, exercise.


#4- The Jack Pit May Challenge First Time Dog Owners

As a Jack Russell Terrier owner, I can say that this fun fact is 100% true.

While it is 100% possible and even enjoyable to own a Jack Pit as a first-time dog owner, these dogs are known to be high-energy and even potentially stubborn at times.

Keep this in mind before ultimately deciding to adopt.


#5- Jack Pit’s Can Make Excellent Dogs For Families With Kids

At one point in time, Jack Russell’s and Pitbull Terrier’s both had a reputation for being aggressive.

This was a false claim, and typically the aggressive cases were instances when the dog was bred for the wrong reasons and raised in non-ethical environments.

The Jack Pit can make for an excellent companion dog for the entire family and be perfect for families with children.

You can read about Jack Russell Terriers interact with families and children here.

You can read about how Pitbull Terriers interact with families and children here.


Frequently Asked Questions About The Jack Pit (Jack Russell, Pitbull Terrier Mix)

Now that we know a bit more about the Jack Pit, I want to make sure you have a deep understanding of this dog breed and begin answering some of the most common questions.

Here is a look at those:


How Do You Adopt A Jack Pit?

Adopting a Jack-Pit may be easier than you think but may also pose difficulty in some circumstances.

You will have 2 primary options to adopt a Jack Pit:


Jack Pits At Local Rescues

Your local rescue is where you should begin your search for a Jack Pit Terrier.

I mainly believe in using local rescues when it is possible to help avoid dogs not having a loving home.

Additionally, it is very possible they have a Jack Pit ready and waiting.

You can also use online platforms to search for Jack Pit Terriers and filter based on your local area.

If this fails, you can always consider using a breeder near you as well.


Jack Pit Breeders

Breeders for Pitbull Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers are both abundant in most areas making it relatively easy to find one or the other.

However, to find a mix, you may need to look for a breeder near you specializing in Jack Pits.

Again, do your research in advance to understand your options and get comfortable with the breeder that makes the most sense for your adoption.


Adoption Costs Of The Jack Pit

The costs to adopt a Jack Pit is going to vary significantly based on your area, demand, and the physical characteristics of the parent dogs.

If you intend to use a local rescue, it may range anywhere from free to $250.00 to adopt a Jack Pit.

If you intend to find someone who has specifically bred this dog breed, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200.00-$800.00.

Breeders can charge what they would like assuming the demand is still showing based on these prices.

Shop around and check local rescues to find the best price for you.


Caring For Jack Pit Terriers

Caring for Jack Pit Terrier’s will be somewhat straightforward, but you need to keep in mind that both the Pitbull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier are relatively demanding dogs.

They are high-energy, crave attention, and have loyalty to their families.

Additionally, you can count on other care needs that need to be met, such as the following:


Exercise Needs For Jack Pit’s

Exercise for Jack Pit’s is going to be crucial.

It will be necessary for several reasons, such as health, mental health, and even socialization.

As a Jack Russell Terrier owner, myself, I can tell you that I struggle to meet my dog’s energy needs somedays but when I do provide exercise, she is a much more behaved and calmer dog.

Pitbull Terriers are also demanding when it comes to exercise needs.

If you have the intentions of adopting a 50% Jack Russell Terrier and 50% Pitbull Terrier, you can bank on the fact that they will need you to be active with them.

Consider exercise activities such as the following with a Jack Pit Terrier:

  • Running
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Fetch
  • Flirt Pole
  • Tug
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Rollerblading

Here are a few related articles that may help you with your Jack Pit when it comes to exercise:

Trust me, a mix between a Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier will be capable of keeping up with most of the exercise activities you are willing to partake in.


Are Jack Pit’s Easy To Train?

Jack Pit’s will be a brilliant dog and will have a strong willingness to learn, making training easy.

However, this is a dog that wants and desires to be challenged frequently.

Stubbornness can also display with a Jack Pit, so while training may be easy, it is essential to continue working with your Jack Pit to ensure they remained disciplined, socialized, and well-behaved.

You can read about potty training a Pitbull here.

You can read about potty training a Jack Russell Terrier here

You can read about socializing a Pitbull Terrier here.

You can read about socializing a Jack Russell Terrier here.

These related discussions above should give you an idea into both of the parent dogs of the Jack Pit making it easier to understand what you may have to plan for if you intend to adopt a Jack Pit.


Do Jack Pit’s Need A Special Diet?

A Jack Pit does not need a special diet compared to a Jack Russell Terrier or a Pitbull Terrier.

High quality and balanced diets will be excellent for your dog.

High protein diets are also recommended for the Jack Pit Terrier.

However, some owners of both the Pitbull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier often contemplate other diet alternatives for their dogs due to the potential upside.

Here are a few articles I have written discussing this for you to check out.

Read about if you should offer your Jack Russell Terrier a raw meat diet here.

Read about if you should offer your Pitbull Terrier a raw meat diet here.


Grooming Needs With Jack Pit Terriers

Grooming needs will be one of the easy jobs you have if you decide to adopt a Jack Pit Terrier.

Both the Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier are known to have short coats of hair that does not need much to groom outside of a weekly brushing and a bath as needed.

However, they will be moderate shedders and are not considered hypoallergenic.

Keep that in mind before deciding to adopt.

You can read about Jack Russell’s and bath needs here.

You can read about shedding with Jack Russell Terriers here.

You can read about overall grooming needs for a Jack Russell Terrier here.

Again, these other posts and discussions will help you understand what will be expected of you when it comes to grooming a Jack Pit Terrier.


Common Health Issues With Jack Pit’s

Health issues are common with most dog breeds.

Especially when they reach certain ages.

For the Jack Pit, you can experience some of the common health issues you find in both the Pitbull Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier.

This can include luxation, which is the displacement of the eye lens.

Pitbull’s are also known to struggle with seizures, possible diabetes, and hip dysplasia later in life.

Both parent dogs can suffer from obesity, as well.

Make sure that if you adopt a Jack Pit, you stick to a well-balanced diet and keep them active to avoid as many health issues as possible.


Behavior and Temperament, You Can Expect With Jack Pits

Overall, with a Jack Pit, you can expect an loving and affectionate dog.

Both parent dogs are known to be friendly and extremely loyal.

However, both dogs also like to be the center of attention and are known to be relatively owner dependent and may even follow you around everywhere.

You can read about a Jack Russell Terrier following you around everywhere here.

You can also read about the tendencies of a Pitbull Terrier to follow you around everywhere here.

With proper socialization, discipline, and training, the Jack Pit can be one of the best cross breeds you could choose to adopt.

If you need a broad overview of the behavior of both of the parent dogs of the Jack Pit Terrier, you can read my related behavior guides directly below.

Behavior Guide Of The Jack Russell Terrier

Behavior Guide Of The Pitbull Terrier


Other Potential Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier Mixes

Another vital consideration to keep in mind about Pitbull and Jack Russell Terrier mixes is that you have a few other crossbreeds possible from these two dog breeds.

This is because the phrase “Pitbull” gets thrown around too loosely and used incorrectly when you have a few specific breeds.

Let me explain.


Bully Jack Terrier (Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix)

One example of this is the Bully Jack, which is a mix between the American Bull Terrier and The Jack Russell Terrier.

For the most part, this crossbreed will be remarkably like the Jack Pit outside of some primary physical characteristic differences.


Behavior Of The Bully Jack

The Bully Jack is another dog known to be very friendly, loyal, but demand attention and can be very owner dependent.

With a loving home and proper socialization, the Bully Jack is another fantastic crossbreed of the Jack Russell Terrier that you can choose to adopt.


Average Sizing Of The Bully Jack

Bully Jack TerrierHeightWeight
Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier Mix12-18 inches35-45lbs
Bully Jack Terrier Height and Weight (Average Sizing)

American Bull Jack (American Bull Dog and Jack Russell Terrier Mix)

The last crossbreed you can get from the Jack Russell Terrier with a Pitbull Terrier is the American Bull Jack, the American Bull Dog Terrier mixed with Jack Russell Terrier.


Behavior Of The American Bull Jack

From a behavior standpoint, the primary difference with the Bull Jack Terrier is the potential to be slightly calmer than your other two crossbreeds.

This is because the American Bull Dog is less demanding energy-wise than the Bull Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier.

However, keep in mind that the Bull Jack is still 50% Jack Russell Terrier, so it is still 100% possible that you adopt a dog that wants to burn some energy and get wild every now and then.


Average Sizing Of American Bull Jack Terrier

American Bull Jack TerrierHeightWeight
American Bull Dog/Jack Russell Terrier17-21 inches40-60lbs
Average Size of Bully Jack Terrier

Jack Pits (Jack Russell Terrier and Pitbull Terrier) Makes For A Loving and Spunky Dog

In my opinion, the Jack Russell Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier are two of the best dogs you can adopt, so having the opportunity to embrace and adopt a Jack Pit gives you the best of both worlds.

While they may be slightly more challenging when it comes to energy and exercise, they still make for one of the more entertaining, energetic, and personality filled members of the family.

With a loving home, discipline, training, and consistency, the Jack Pit can make for one of the best dogs your family could choose to adopt.

Be sure to provide these things for your Jack Pit and watch the relationship flourish and grow.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Jack-Pit’s if you do decide to adopt and the journey you have ahead of you!


Ever Owned a Jack Pit or Have Any Intentions of Adopting a Jack Pit In The Future?

Do you currently own or plan to adopt a Jack Pit in the future?

Do you have any other recommendations you can share with the readers about the Jack Pit?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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