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Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a sturdy and robust little dog that has a tenacious attitude. The coat of the dog should be rough, smooth or a combination of both. The body should be in proportion, presenting a compact and balanced image. The Jack Russell Terrier's origins lie in fox hunting, the role for which it was bred. It has hardly changed in appearance or attitude for 200 years, when it was first bred from the English White Terrier. Full of energy, this is a breed that demands a lot of exercise and attention from its owners.


Being a working dog, the Jack Russell Terrier, or JRT, is full of energy and highly intelligent. The breed is quite fearless, often challenging larger dogs, and quite vocal. It is very easy to train and eager to please. This breed, with socialization and proper training, bonds well with children and other dogs and animals, making it a great house pet. Friendly and very playful, the JRT has a merry demeanour. Without sufficient exercise and attention, the JRT can get destructive. It can be wary of strangers which, coupled with its vocal nature, makes the JRT a great watch dog.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 10-15 inches (25-38cm) Bitches 10-15 inches (25-38cm)

    Weight: Dogs 14-18 pounds (6-8kg) Bitches 14-18 pounds (6-8kg)

  • Health Problems

    Jack Russells are sometimes prone to dislocation of the kneecaps and Legg Perthes, which is a disease of the hip joints in small dog breeds. They can also suffer from eye diseases and deafness

  • Living Conditions

    While this breed will do fine in apartments, they do need to be sufficiently exercised to stop them being too active indoors. They do best with a yard or garden to run around in.

  • Exercise

    This is a breed with plenty of energy so it needs to be exercised every day. A long, brisk walk will be good for the dog. However, it loves to run around off leash with plenty of space. Playing games with the dog will also keep it very happy. If neglected the dog can become a nuisance and destructive. 

  • Life Expectancy

    This dog is quite long lived and usually lives around 15 or more years.

  • Litter Size

    Usually between 4 and 8 puppies.

  • Grooming

    This breed's coat is easy to groom. Regular brushing and combing, perhaps once a week, should be sufficient to keep the coat looking its best. Bathe only when necessary.

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