Jack Russell Terrier

Everything you need to know about Jack Russell Terriers

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Jack Russell Terriers are generally energetic and active dogs. They usually have a mostly white coat with patches of tan or black. Their coat is short and can feel smooth or rough. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Jack Russells, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Jack Russell Terrier a forever home? Here are some Jack Russell dog facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Jack Russell Terriers 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Jack Russell Terrier.

How much exercise does a Jack Russell Terrier need?

Jack Russell Terriers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, ...

How much food does a Jack Russell Terrier need?

The amount of food a Jack Russell Terrier needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a gu...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Jack Russell Terrier need?

Jack Russell Terriers have short fur that generally only needs an occasional brush. Some Jack Russell Terriers enjoy digging, so they might need a wash sometimes.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling ...

What size crate do you need for a Jack Russell Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues

Before you give any type of Jack Russell Terrier or Jack Russell mix a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Remember, not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find ou...

Jack Russell Terrier behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Jack Russell Terriers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Are Jack Russell Terriers easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

What’s the temperament of a Jack Russell Terrier?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own personality and prior experiences. So every Jack Russell Terrier temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They devel...

Are Jack Russell Terriers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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