Jack Russell Terrier

Group 3: Gun dogs
Height: 63 – 69 cm

Energy Level:  High
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people & families.

About This Breed

The Jack Russell Terrier is a type of a working terrier that goes into the earth after quarry. They are described as a small, sturdy, balanced terrier that is slightly longer than the length of their legs. Since the early 1800’s they were bred for their stamina, speed and agility, which enabled them to hunt anything from rats to badgers.

They are tough little dogs and are usually happy and excitable chasing anything that moves. They are a smart and need firm but not harsh training from an early age. They settle into family life well and make good watchdogs.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small sized body. Dark almond shaped eyes. Ears are button or dropped. A strong, active, working Terrier of great character.

Temperament: Old and fearless, friendly but quietly confident

Characteristics: A lively, alert and active Terrier with a keen, intelligent expression.

Colour: White MUST predominate with black and/or tan markings.

Coat: 3 Types Rough, Smooth or Broken.

Grooming: Low maintenance coat which only requires a brush and bath when needed. All coat types are easy to groom. To show, owners must strip the coat. Like the rough coat, the broken coated Jack needs to be stripped out also.

Exercise: they can exercise themselves in the back yard, but a good daily walk will also keep them fit and happy.

Health: This breed is fairly hardy but some can sometimes suffer from dislocating kneecaps and some eye problems.