The mixing of dog breeds used to only happen by accident. These days, it’s a giant industry pumping out Goldendoodles, Puggles, Pomapoos, and other pups with names that sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The idea behind these so-called “designer dogs” is to combine the best qualities of two different breeds, with the specific goal often being to produce a smaller and more charming fur baby.
Of course, if we’re talking about small and charming, you know that terriers must be involved. Yorkshire Terriers in particular find their way into many of these mad doctor experiments (not surprising, given how popular the breed is). But Yorkies aren’t the only terriers in the mix. Here are 15 of the most popular and/or interesting mixed breeds that make use of terrier genes.
1. Yorkiepoo (Yorkie/Poodle)
Poodles have always been at the center of the designer dog trend, as people attempt to bring their relatively non-shedding coat to other breeds. Therefore, it was inevitable that the Poodle would eventually be combined with the ever-popular Yorkie, producing a vivacious terrier mix that’s better for allergy sufferers.
2. Jack Chi (Jack Russell/Chihuahua)
This popular combination is great for people who just don’t have the space for a Jack Russell Terrier. But seriously, if you like little dogs with big attitude, you can hardly do better than a Jack Chi. Note that while the space requirements for this dog might not be much, the exercise and training requirements are potentially significant.
3. Frenchton (Boston Terrier/French Bulldog)
The combination of a Boston Terrier and a French Bulldog seems like an intercontinental match made in heaven, given how similar the breeds are in size and appearance. Besides the short snouts and perky ears, these breeds are also both known for their winning personalities. The French Bulldog is prized for its gentle temperament, while the Boston Terrier adds a touch of madcap energy.
4. Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle)
This is one of the few designer breeds you can supersize, as there are large and small versions of both the Schnauzer and the Poodle. The appearance can differ in other ways, too, with the dog looking like anything from a Schnauzer with a perm, to a Poodle with sharp gray-and-white markings. But whatever form it comes in, the Schnoodle is bound to be active, watchful, and spooky smart.
5. Jackabee (Jack Russell/Beagle)
This increasingly popular crossbreed combines two active and adventurous dogs into one intense little package. It’s an irresistible combo, to be sure, but not a great choice for someone looking for a low-maintenance dog. Like its parent breeds, the Jackabee needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation.
6. Shorkie (Yorkie/Shih Tzu)
This pint-sized designer dog comes from two breeds known for their cuteness, so naturally it’s off-the-charts adorable. However, when it comes to personality, you never know what you’re going to get. It could include more of the sweet nature of the toy Shih Tzu or the tenacious terrier-tude of the Yorkie.
7. Ratcha (Rat Terrier/Chihuahua)
Their tiny size and independent nature make these dogs a handful – both literally and figuratively. One common word used to describe both parent breeds is “stubborn.” Given that, it’s perhaps appropriate that the breed name sounds like a curse (“You little Ratcha!”).
8. Bochi (Boston Terrier/Chihuahua)
This mix often features the distinctive black-and-white markings of a Boston Terrier, but on a diminutive body. Here’s another case where the personality can vary quite a bit, but for once it’s the non-terrier side that brings in more spunkiness.
9. Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug)
This mix is a cross between two of the more popular and hilarious dog breeds. The result is a pooch that keeps everyone in stitches with its silly antics. Even the breed name is funny!
10. Cojack (Jack Russell/Corgi)
This marriage of two notoriously short dogs results in a designer breed with a name that sounds like a detective from a 1970s crime drama. However, it’s no mystery why this mix is popular – it’s cute as a button, with loads of charisma. And in case you’re wondering, no, it is not a hairless breed.
11. Borkie (Yorkie/Beagle)
Two of the most popular dog breeds join forces to produce a cute, feisty, and strong-willed little dog. Note that some folks also use “Borkie” to refer to a Yorkie/Bichon Frise cross, which is a whole other kettle of dog biscuits.
12. Dorkie (Yorkie/Dachshund)
This dog isn’t weird – it’s just a little Dorkie. Yes, the name for this mix seems cruel, but maybe it’s better than being called a “half wiener.” Whatever name you put on it, this mix is bound to be a ridiculously spunky little fur ball with a Napoleon complex.
13. Taco Terrier (Fox Terrier/Chihuahua)
Like the Ratcha, this mix has two parent breeds with similar temperament and appearance. The result is an unstoppable ball of energy that may have more laid back humans pleading no mas. But if you like smart and lively dogs, the Taco Terrier delivers – and not just on Tuesday.
14. Labrastaff (American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever)
Relatively new, this designer breed combines one of the larger terrier breeds with the ever-popular Lab. This is perhaps the most trainable and kid-friendly dog on the list, though it also comes with some significant exercise requirements.
15. Highland Maltie (Westie/Maltese)
Finally, here’s a terrier mix that has the white stuff. Apologies for that awful pun, but it is notable that the West Highland White Terrier and Maltese are both white, so the resulting offspring don’t vary in color like most other designer breeds. Also notable: These dogs are friggin’ adorable.
This is far from an exhaustive list of terrier mixes. Most notably, we omitted many popular Yorkie mixes, including the Chorkie (Yorkie/Chihuahua), the Morkie (Yorkie/Maltie), and the Pugshire (Yorkie/Pug). Hey, Yorkies are insanely popular, and these days, any two popular breeds you can think of are bound to be available in one delightful package.
If you’re in the market for a terrier mix, make sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder. Unlike the teacup dog craze, the mixing of dog breeds actually has the potential to produce healthier animals. However, that’s only if people avoid sketchy breeders who are just looking to cash in on a trend.
Also, before looking for pricey terrier mix puppies for sale, check out what your local shelter has to offer. Adoptable terrier mixes may not come with a cute breed name like “Yorkiepoo,” but there’s nothing stopping them from having all the same characteristics that people cherish in the designer dogs above.