Jack Russell Terriers

All About Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier puppy

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
-Josh Billings

Bones Chart
How They Score
0 - 5 Bones

General Breed Health
Easily Housebroken
Low Maintenance
Good w/Other Pets
Non-Shedding n/a

All the many reasons to love them...

Watch Dogs- Jack Russell Terriers make keen watch dogs! You can trust a JRT to respond with barking upon every knock at the door or ring of the bell or random cat who happens to wander onto her territory.

Size- Normally ranging somewhere between 12" to 16" high (at the shoulders) and under 20 pounds, they are small, but very sturdy for their size.

People Friendly- Jack Russells have independant personalities which means they're not as clingy as some breeds, but they do love the company of people.

Trainability- JRT's are extremely alert, energetic and eager to please. They learn new tricks very easily. They also do very well in agility trials, but they have a bit of a stubborn side when it comes to obedience. We highly recommend these positive training techniques for Jack Russells.

Excitability- There is a tendency in this breed to be impatient with small children. Please read further for more information.

Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russells were bred for their high energy and have an inherent compulsion for stimulation. Without an outlet to expel energy, boredom and discontent could result in destructive chewing or aggression.

Side Note:With the popularity of small dogs increasing, so too has the number of breeders, both good and bad. With the hype surrounding many small breeds, so in turn has the population of unwanted dogs become ever increasing. There is probably a Jack Russell Terrier rescue group near you. Why not consider adoption first.

Owning a dog is a joy, but like anything worth doing, it's worth doing right. And a serious long-term obligation such as this warrants a closer look.

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Finding a Responsible Breeder- Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Please read our FAQ page to learn all the ways that finding a responsible breeder could help put an end to the torture of Jack Russell Terriers and other small breed dogs.

High Energy- Jack Russells are very active dogs and they like it that way. They thrive on exercise and need a lot of it to stay fit and happy. If you're looking for a laid back dog, you're barking up the wrong tree (excuse the pun) with a Jack Russell Terrier.

Behavioral Issues- Though easily trained, JRT's like to be in charge and need to be taught early (and reminded often) who's in charge. He is a dog with a mind of his own and he is not above ignoring you. They like to run and they love a good chase. Walking him without a harness is not advisable.

Shedding-Though they are not high maintenance as far as grooming, both the smooth coat and rough coat JRT's shed quite a bit of hair. Brushing will help to alleviate some of the shedding, but bathing should only be done as needed to avoid drying their skin and taking the sheen from their coats.

Snapping- Jack Russell Terriers are not a breed who would be considered patient with small children (under 6). JRT's sometimes see other life forms (such as children) as beneath them. They do not tolerate teasing and ear pulling with grace.

A lifetime commitment- Dogs live, on average, about 12-15 years. If you're planning a family, a move, a career or lifestyle change or if you can foresee any possibility of not being able to care for a dog long-term, consider waiting. But if you have your heart set of a new four-legged companion, consider adopting an older dog in need of a home who will require much less of your time and will acclimate much easier to any change in your circumstances... e.g., new baby, new work hours, etc.

Jack Russell Terriers are not necessarily one of those breeds who likes the company of other dogs. They can even be agressive with other Jack Russells, the same sex and otherwise.

-Health Issues-

Lens Luxation is a condition in which the lens within the eye is abnormally positioned between the retina and the iris causing pressure on the eye. Symptoms include rubbing and tearing and is painful for the dog. If left untreated, depending on the severity, could lead to blindness. Cataracts are also a common eye condition found with this breed.

Patellar Luxation is a joint condition in which kneecaps pop in and out of place. This is very painful for your dog and very expensive to correct. Any odd movement, yelping or favoring of legs should be evaluated by a vet.

Hip Dysplasia is a developmental subluxation of the hip joints which can eventually lead to lameness. It's causes are genetic as well as environmental. A secondary concern of this affliction is osteoarthritis.

The use of pet steps has been shown to significantly reduce the wear and tear on joints. Please consider them if you own or plan to own a Jack Russell Terrier.

Myasthenia Gravis- This disorder is characterized by muscle weakness. It will seem to improve while the dog is at rest, but will become apparent again as the dog becomes active. Aspiration pneumonia is a secondary concern in dogs with this disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical.

Hypothyroidism Is a condition of the thyroid gland which causes hair loss, weight gain and scaly skin.

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