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Old 02-01-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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I got a puppy a year ago from a lady who breeds Chihuahuas, and she told me the puppy was full blooded Chihuahua. BUT I'm starting to think otherwise! She said that her female Chihuahua (the mother to my puppy) started having her litter outside, and she brought her in. This leads me to believe she had her staying outside often, which meant she could have happened upon a male Jack Russell Terrier. I researched JRT behavior, and my puppy, Ginger, fits the bill. She's wary of strangers, independent, energetic, very intelligent, very aware of small prey (chases birds, squirrels, and loves hunting in high grass), and above all, looks just like one...minus the folded ears. She has the trademark brown face with a white stripe between her eyes, has an all white coat with patches of brown (I call those her ginger snaps), stocky legs, and bigger paws unlike danty Chi paws. I know a Jack Chi isn't necessarily a breed, but they have to be common enough for people to come up with a name. Has anyone had a Jack Chi before that can tell me whether I have one or not? I know there's no way to know 100% unless I have some kind of testing done, but I need to get someone's opinion before I go crazy wondering!!
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I would just call her breed "cuteness".

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If you really want to know there are DNA kits for sale and you could tested. Welcome to df too!
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lol Thank you, Dunbar's Mom!
And thanks, techie. I know they have tests and such, but that requires $$ haha Maybe one day I will do a test, but for now I just wanted to know if anyone else might agree that Ginger could be part JRT.

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itssimplyromantic, welcome to the forum! I don't think your chi is a mix at all. The markings do resemble a JRT, but Chi's come in just about every color pattern you can think of. When Chi's are are matched for a breeding, typically the female is large and the male is very small. Chi's have pretty big heads, and this paring is helpful during the birthing. Breeding small to small, is just asking for a C-section birth. That being said, Chi's also have small litters. Up to 4 pups. Some of the pups will be really tiny, and some may be really big. I saw a litter of four, and 2 were really tiny and the other 2 were really big. If I didn't know the breeder, I'd would have thought they came from 2 different litters. The large Chi's are usually sold as pets, and not show dogs. The larger Chi's do not meet the show standards, for size and weight. Chi's and JRT's are both terriers. Chi's were used on ships back in the day, to catch rats. Their personalities are kind of the same. JRT's are also great ratters. My Chi Scooter is very small, but I was told his 2 litter mates were huge.

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I have to agree with Dee. I don't think Ginger is a mix either. She sure is a cutie pie.
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