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Jack Russell Terrier

Although the country of development is seen as Australia, the breed has its roots in the working Terriers of the British Isles. They were given the name from Reverend John Russell who worked to cultivate bloodlines of these terriers to work in fox hunting. The type developed in Australia has some differences from the type maintained by the Jack Russell breeders in the UK, who have retained the original type: a dog similar to the Parson Russell in proportion, but in a smaller frame. However, the British standard has been drawn up as a compilation based on the British breed club standard with the Australian and FCI standards. Owners of Jack Russell terriers registered with non-Kennel Club breed clubs have been invited to register their dogs with The Kennel Club, in the hope that they will add to the gene pool and compete at The Kennel Club’s shows.

The Jack Russell Terrier desperately wants something to do and will find a way to occupy their time if you are too busy for them. Too little exercise, too little companionship, and too little mental stimulation will quickly lead to boredom, which will in turn lead to destructive behaviours. They’re easily trained and can be a sweet companion when they are given an appropriate outlet for all their energy. The Jack Russell can make good family pets if they have been trained and socialised properly from a young age, but they are energetic dogs who love to run, dig and find mischief!

Read about the history of Jack Russell Terriers – HERE


Most of these stats are from the UK Kennel Club. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKTerrier
Bred ForHunting
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginEngland, UK
TemperamentLively, tenacious, friendly
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour per day
Size of Home NeededMedium house and garden
Height at Withers – Females25 – 30 cm / 10 – 12 in
Height at Withers – Males25 – 30 cm / 10 – 12 in
GroomingOnce a week
CoatShort: smooth, broken or rough
ColourWhite with brown, black or tan
Life Span10 – 16 years
  • Jack Russells are one of only a few dog breeds to be named after the person who bred them.
  • Despite their small size they can jump heights of 5 feet and over!
  • Because of their light colored fur, they can get a sunburn. It is a good idea to put some protection on their skin if they’re going to be out in the sun for a while.
  • Given the personality of the Jack Russell, this breed is not for everyone. The hunting instinct cannot be trained out of the breed. These dogs instinctively see the family cat or hamster as prey.
  • Jack Russell terriers come in three different kinds of waterproof coats: smooth, rough, and broken. Smooth coats have short hair that clings closely to the body, rough coats have long hair, and broken coats have a mix of both.


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Jack Russell Terriers.


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Jack Russell Terrier breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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