China Jack

12-14 lbs
​United States
Chinese Crested
Jack Russell Terrier

The China Jack is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Chinese Crested and a Jack Russell Terrier. They are small dogs weighing up 17 pounds and stand about 14 inches in height. They will take on the colors and characteristics of the parent breeds which include white, black, brown and red. The Chinese Crested can be hairless, with silky hair on the head, lower legs and tail, or have a full coat called a Powderpuff. They can be solid in color or spotted, while Jack Russells are tan and white, black and white or tricolored (black, tan and white). Jack Russells have three different types of coats - smooth, rough and broken which is a combination of the first two. China Jacks are quite active dogs who make great pets and need moderate grooming.

Date of Origin
Chinese Crested, Jack Russell Terrier

China Jack Health

Average Size
Male China Jack size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-17 lbs
Female China Jack size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Lens Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Echocardiogram

China Jack Breed History

The China Jack is a combination of a Chinese Crested and a Jack Russell Terrier. Despite the name, Chinese Crested dogs don't come from China and are believed to have come either from Africa or Mexico. There are references to the African Hairless Terrier in the 19th century but also genetic evidence of them being related to the Mexican Hairless so there is some debate. However the Chinese did use them on board ship from around the 1530s to catch rats. The breed has also been referred to as the Chinese Hairless, the Chinese Edible Dog, the Chinese Ship Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless. They are either hairless or powder puff which have long, soft coats. The Chinese Crested was officially recognized by the the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom in 1981 and by the American Kennel Club in 1991. Most of all Chinese Cresteds today can be traced back to Burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her sister June Havoc who gave her a rescue dog named Fu Man Chu, prompting them to start breeding the dogs. The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that was developed in England around 200 years ago to hunt foxes by Parson John Russell. He bought a small white and tan terrier female named Trump who became the basis for his breeding program to develop a terrier with high stamina for the hunt. They are still today regarded as small dogs with big attitudes. Russell wanted a terrier who would hunt with hounds, bolting foxes from their dens so the hounds could chase them. The Jack Russell was a favorite of those who hunted on horseback. In England the longer legged dogs are called Parson Jack Russell terriers and the shorter legged dogs are called Jack Russell terriers. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America considers the Jack a hunting dog and maintains an independent registry. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Parson Russell Terrier in 1997.

China Jack Breed Appearance

China Jack dogs are small dogs who are likely to vary according to which of the parent breed they most look like. The colors are usually white, black, brown and red but the coats can be long and soft like a Powderpuff Chinese Crested or hairless. They could also be smooth like a Jack Russell, rough or broken which is a combination of smooth and rough. Chinese Crested are finely boned exotic looking dogs while Jack are solid and sturdy. The Chinese Crested has elongated hare-like feet and almond-shaped eyes with an alert expression. They have quite large ears which sit erect on the head. The eyes of a Jack are dark, bright and almond-shaped while their ears are small and triangular dropping forward. They are strong, muscular dogs.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown China Jack eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black China Jack nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white China Jack coat
black China Jack coat
brown China Jack coat
red China Jack coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
China Jack wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

China Jack Breed Maintenance

Depending on what coat your pet has will depend on how much grooming it will require. Those that take after a Jack Russell are relatively low maintenance although regular brushing will be needed because Jack’s shed a lot and it will help to remove dead hairs. If your pet takes after a Powderpuff Chinese Crested it will need to be brushed every day to prevent matting. The hairless variety will need sunblock when going outside and will also need moisturizer for the skin. They also needed to be bathed regularly. Chinese Crested are regarded as hypoallergenic, so are good for people with allergies. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily and check ears for any dirt. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping as a long nail will curl under towards the footpad or may break easily..

Brushes for China Jack
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
China Jack requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

China Jack Temperament

China Jacks are loving and affectionate and make great family pets. Due to their small size, children will need to be watched around them so as not to injure them with rough play but both parent breeds are playful and get on with children so they should too. Jack Russell Terriers can be aggressive with other dogs but early socialization will help with this. Neither of the parent breeds are easy to train, especially Jacks who can be very stubborn but are intelligent and love to play. Your pet will need a lot of exercise and physical activities to be happy and content otherwise they could become destructive. Both parent breeds love to dig but as long as they are kept entertained and mentally stimulated that should keep those inclinations at bay. Neither parent breed likes to spend too much time alone so your pet will not be suited to someone who works all day.

China Jack Activity Requirements

Again, it will depend on which parent breed your pet most takes after because Jack Russell Terriers need a lot of exercise while Chinese Crested dogs are happy to hang out in the house with their owners and occasionally use their elongated feet to give hugs. Daily walks will be a good idea as will plenty of playtime for mental stimulation. When outdoors it will be best to have your pet on a leash because of the hunting instinct in both parent breeds which is likely to lead to them chasing prey. Your China Jack will do best living indoors with a fenced in yard where he can play, but one that should be impossible for him to jump over or dig under. Both parent breeds are sensitive to the cold so don’t leave them outside when the temperature drops.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

China Jack Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

China Jack Owner Experiences

5 Years
3 People
Ball throwing and retrieval
Rescue. Gorgeous temperament, funny, agile, miaows like a cat 🙂
1 month, 2 weeks ago
9 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Buddy is a little clown. He is quite vocal and has "fits" of hyperactivity but loves to curl up under the blankets and relax for the majority of the day. He loves his family and shows that love with lots of kisses.
1 year, 7 months ago
11 Months
4 People
Our little Annabelle is so loving. She just a litter of 6 boys. They are also China Jacks. They fit in the palm of your hand. We love our new babies !!!!
2 years, 3 months ago
Annabelle, Bama and Ella
11 Months
4 People
Car rides
Absolutely the most loving dogs we've ever had.
2 years, 3 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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