Minnie Jack

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8-12 lbs
United States
Jack Russell Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
Jack Pin, Mini Jack, Miniature Jack

The curious, athletic and energetic Minnie Jack is a hybrid cross of the Jack Russel Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. These hybrids are highly energetic dogs that will require a lot more exercise than your average small dog. In fact, some owners describe the Minnie Jack as a big dog trapped in a little dog's body. In terms of grooming, the Minnie Jack is low maintenance, requiring very little extra coat care. These hybrids do well with other dogs their size but may not be suited to homes with small children or other pets. The Minnie Jack is a curious, vocal companion that is well suited to homes where they will have plenty of space to run and play.

Date of Origin
Jack Russell Terrier, Miniature Pinscher

Minnie Jack Health

Average Size
Male Minnie Jack size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-15 lbs
Female Minnie Jack size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Optical Examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Minnie Jack Breed History

The curious Minnie Jack is a new hybrid created through the crossing of the Miniature Pinscher with the Jack Russell Terrier. As these hybrids have only recently emerged, not much information is out there on the history of these dogs. Currently, the Minnie Jack is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry. Based on its recognition with various hybrid clubs it can be speculated that the breed has come to be in the 21st century, possibly within the United States. The Miniature Pinscher parent breed is believed to have originated in Germany, most likely between the 1600s and 1800s. Although these purebreds resemble the great and fearless Doberman Pinscher, they actually share no common known ancestry with them. Rather, it is believed that the Minature Pinscher may have been created through the crossbreeding of the Italian Greyhound, the Dachshund and the Short-haired Terrier. The Jack Russell Terrier was a strong-willed working class dog that originated in England during the 1800s. It's commonly accepted that the Jack Russell Terrier was created by a man named John Russell who crossed his Terrier dog with the Fox Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier.  Despite their small size, both parent breeds are very excellent little hunters. The Jack Russell Terrier was often used to chase foxes out of dens and the Miniature Pinscher was used to hunt small vermin. The American Kennel Club lists the Jack Russell Terrier as the Parson Russell Terrier, registered in 1997, while the Miniature Pinscher joined the club in 1925.

Minnie Jack Breed Appearance

The Minnie Jack is a lean, strong and compact little dog with a very athletic physique. These hybrids often have a short coat that can be flat or dense, depending on which parent they take after more. Their coats can be quite rough and wiry if they inherit more of the Terrier genes. In terms of coat color, the Minnie Jack is rarely seen as a solid color. Coats are often bi- or tri-colored and can range from white and black with tan markings and can include red and fawn. In terms of general appearance, a Minnie Jack will have a medium length muzzle, and bright oval-shaped eyes that are often only dark brown. Ears can be fully up-right or semi-flopped. The legs can be long and almost cat-like. Alert and ready for action, the Minnie Jack is an attractive, spritely little dog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Minnie Jack eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Minnie Jack nose
brown Minnie Jack nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Minnie Jack coat
isabella Minnie Jack coat
red Minnie Jack coat
brown Minnie Jack coat
fawn Minnie Jack coat
black Minnie Jack coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Minnie Jack straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Minnie Jack Breed Maintenance

The Minnie Jack is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. These hybrids are seasonal shedders, low droolers and are not hypoallergenic. They may require weekly brushing if they retain the wiry, dense coat of their parent breed, the Jack Russell Terrier. If they inherit the smooth, short coat of the Miniature Pinscher, you can expect to brush them once every 2 weeks. The Minnie Jack will only require bathing when needed. Other important grooming requirements include brushing their teeth once a week or as often as possible. It is crucial to never neglect your dog's teeth as tartar and plaque buildup can lead to infection, tooth decay and pain. Ears should also be cleaned and checked on a regular basis as some dogs may be prone to yeast infections or wax build up.
Brushes for Minnie Jack
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Minnie Jack requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Minnie Jack Temperament

The Minnie Jack is an excellent companion for other dogs. These little hybrids are quite spunky and bossy but will enjoy the company of another fellow dog-friend. The Minnie Jack may not be suited to a household with younger children and smaller pets. This is because they may not be tolerant of children carrying them around or tugging on their tails. Some Minnie Jacks may also acquire the typical Terrier persona of the Jack Russell Terrier. As such, they may find it quite pleasing to chase small animals or irritate the household cat. When encountering a new stranger, you can expect your Minnie Jack to bark a lot, particularly if they inherit the Miniature Pinscher's predisposition to do so. Minnie Jacks are rarely aggressive or protective when a stranger approaches, they are simply alert dogs who like to let their owners know when someone is near.

Minnie Jack Activity Requirements

The Minnie Jack is a friendly, playful and fearless little dog who is always full of energy. Because of their high energy requirements, these hybrids, though small may not be well suited to apartments and are better off living in homes where they have plenty of space to run and play.  The Minnie Jack will require a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day in order to expend his pent up energy and spunk; puppies or young adults may require up to  75 minutes or more. These hybrids are extremely athletic and will enjoy various sports and games. This can include long runs, a lot of dog park visits, hiking, swimming, playing fetch or destroying their toys. It's important to keep in mind that a bored Minnie Jack will show signs of anxiety seen as excessive barking and destructive behavior. If you notice your Minnie Jack rummaging through the garbage or chewing through pillows, then chances are they may be bored from lack of mental stimulation.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Minnie Jack Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.3
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Minnie Jack Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Minnie Jack size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Minnie Jack size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Minnie Jack size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Minnie Jack size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Minnie Jack size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Minnie Jack size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 11 lbs

Minnie Jack Owner Experiences

5 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Loyal, always has to be in your lap, energy x10, can be moody but for the most part friendly with everyone and all animals, excessive Barker. He has been one of the hardest dogs to train. But still love him
3 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
2 People
Duke was a rescue and had a rough previous four years, with an old wound on his leg and broken bottom canines. He gets along with our yorkie but is not so found of the other dogs in our apartment. He is mischievous, tons of energy, hates the cold and loves to sit on our laps. He is a handful to re-train but we've gotten the basics down over 6 months or so.
2 months ago
Charles Barkley
3 Years
4 People
Chewing his toys until they are destroyed
He's a great dog, loves to cuddle under covers. I have 2 children , he sometimes snips at the 7 year old but nothing major. He also likes to attack people who come into the house that doesn't live here. We have to put him in his crate than let him out after they come in. He's fine than.
2 months ago
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