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Fearless, smart, energetic, tough and agile are just a few words to describe the Jack Russell Terrier. I have worked with loads of JRTs in my career. One of the most memorable was a little guy named Cosmo. When I used to offer boarding services, Cosmo was the smallest, loudest, most entertaining dog in the kennel.

Size did not matter to Cosmo, the bigger the better and if they wanted to tangle with him – he never backed down. Cosmo had a way of making the biggest dog think twice about roughhousing too hard with him. Cosmo was also a professional magician that would have made Harry Houdini look like a rank amateur. There was no fenced in area or crate that Cosmo would not eventually escape from.

My wife, Rachael’s, parents have a JRT named Timmy. Timmy has been referred to as “Timmy the Terror” for as long as I’ve known him. Timmy has taken on my fully protection trained Belgian Malinois, my wife’s pitbull and my German Shepherd. Timmy routinely escapes and makes a beeline for the wood pile out back to look for varmints.

Please don’t get me wrong, I think Jack Russell Terriers are wonderful, there are so many great qualities about them and nobody can deny that they are very entertaining and fun to be around BUT…

I also believe that they can be tough for first time dog owners. JRTs need a lot of training and socialization, they are physically and mentally tough dogs that can wreak havoc if left unchecked. They are not for everyone. If you’re an active person that likes training dogs, have a dog daycare in your area and can easily establish yourself as the leader in the eyes of a dog, a Jack is perfect for you.

If on the other hand you like watching movies on your DVD and want a dog to lounge next to you on the couch you may want to rethink getting a JRT.

Health Concerns

  • Hereditary Cataracts
  • Primary Lens Luxation
  • Congenital Deafness
  • Medial Patellar Luxation
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Atopy
  • General Joint Problems
  • von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Responsible breeders have breeding stock BAER tested for hearing as juveniles and CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) tested annually to check for any hereditary defects.

Famous People That Own Jack Russell Terriers

  • Amanda Bearse, actress: Buster
  • Sandra Bullock, actress in Miss Congeniality: Luigi Deflorio (cute name)
  • Mariah Carey, singer: Jack
  • Charles, crown prince of England: Pooh and Tigga
  • Michael Douglas, actor: Reggie
  • Sarah Ferguson, duchess of York
  • Audrey Hepburn, actress in Roman Holiday: Penny
  • Jacques-Henri Lartigue, photographer/painter
  • Bette Midler, singer/actress/comedian: Puddles
  • Paul Macarty
  • Goldie Hawn

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Cute Videos Of Jack Russell Terriers


Interesting Facts About The Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Fact 1:
Range from 10 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder with balanced body proportions.

Jack Russell Fact 2:
Are bred to locate quarry underground, locate, bark and hold the quarry until they are dug to or the quarry is bolted.

Jack Russell Fact 3:
Are very game hunters that like to dig.

Jack Russell Fact 4:
Have 3 coat types: smooth, broken (intermediate length) and rough (coarse, long and straight). All 3 types shed, with smooth coats shedding the most.

Jack Russell Fact 5:
Are predominately white (at least 51%) with black and/or tan markings.

Jack Russell Fact 6:
Can live into their mid-teens.

Jack Russell Fact 7:
Are known to climb, jump over or dig under fences.

Jack Russell Fact 8:
Benefit from firm, consistent discipline and obedience training. However, they will never be a perfect obedience dog.

Jack Russell Fact 9:
Do best with children over 6 years of age.

Jack Russell Fact 10:
Are not recommended in households with cats or other small pets. These dogs are, first and foremost, serious hunting dogs.

Jack Russell Fact 11:
Jack Russells are really a big dog in a little body.

Jack Russell Fact 12:
This breed is fairly hardy but some can sometimes suffer from dislocating kneecaps and some eye problems.

Jack Russell Fact 13:
The breed can become aggressive and destructive if not given the attention and exercise required by a dog bred for hunting.