Jack Russell Shih tzu Cross

Amy Trumpeter
4 min readJun 26, 2021
Jack Russell Shih tzu Cross

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The Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross is a designer breed that is a result of crossbreeding the Jack Russell with the Shih Tzu. Though it may seem like an unusual mix to some, this breed has grown in popularity and can make great companions.

This article will go over everything you need to know about this adorable mix such as what they’re like, how their personality differs from both their parents, and how they fare in regards to living with allergies.

Appearance of the Jack Russell Shih Tzu Cross

Appearance wise, the Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross looks quite different from the parent breeds. The fur of this breed comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to black and can be short or long. Their coat is soft and thick, and there is minimal shedding as well. Though their hair may feel coarse at first, it will soften up after regular grooming.

This breed varies widely in size despite their small frame because they inherit their height from the Shih Tzu and their weight from the Jack Russell. Depending on the bloodline, you can expect your Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross to be anywhere from 8 to 16 inches high and weigh anywhere from 13 to 30 pounds.


The personality of your Jack Russell Shih Tzu cross will vary depending on how exactly it was raised as well as how much each parent’s genes come through in the pup. Generally, these pups have a spirited demeanor which stems from their playful parent, the Jack Russell. Their temperament is playful and affectionate toward their owner(s) and can be protective toward them as well.

Their playfulness can sometimes be misconstrued as stubbornness. They can be tough to housetrain due to a lot of their energy and will not want to stay in their crate or kennel unless you use it as a bed for them. They also have an affinity for toys and chew things like ropes, shoes, and bones, so you should keep these items out of their reach.

Health and Living Conditions

Amy Trumpeter

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!