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Facts About Jacks: All About Jack Russell Terriers

I love Jack Russell terriers and I enjoy educating folks about this breed.

Jack Russell terriers originated in the 19th century.

Jack Russell terriers originated in the 19th century.

The History of Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell terriers originated from the hard work of fox hunter and reverend John (nicknamed Jack) Russell, who lived in Devonshire, England, in the early 19th century. Russell often fox hunted instead of attending classes at Oxford. He wanted a type of terrier that could chase after a fox even when it burrowed underneath the ground. For this to work, he needed a dog both small enough and endowed with enough courage, intelligence, and athletic ability to follow a fox into its home.

Russell found and obtained a female terrier named Trump. She was roughly the size of a “vixen fox;” easily small enough to fit into a fox hole. Trump had a thick, white coat with a patch of dark tan covering each eye and ear and a spot of color on her lower back. She was the perfect dog for Parson Russell. Russell moved to the countryside to see if the terriers could trot behind horses for a long time, keep up with the hounds hunting, and still have enough energy to enter holes and bark at the foxes until they ran away.

Parson Russell's love for dogs caused him to become one of the founders of England’s Kennel Club. He didn’t take his Jack Russell terriers to dog shows or exhibits. Instead, he also bred foxhounds and preferred to watch his dogs hunt foxes in the field. Russell died in 1883. Although records exist confirming Trump as the mother of the Jack Russell terrier, no records remain of what other dogs were part of the breed. People know only that they were rough-coated, white terriers chosen by Russell and his successors for their small size, intelligence, courage, and stamina.

Jack Russell Terriers are usually fearless and determined.

Jack Russell Terriers are usually fearless and determined.

Facts About Jacks

There are two types of Jack Russell Terriers—long-legged and short-legged. Short-legged Jack Russell Terriers are referred to as English Jack Russell Terriers. The pictures above show a short-legged Jack Russell Terrier.

Age: Jack Russell terriers have a lifespan of approximately 15 years.

Size: Males weigh 12–17 pounds while females weigh 10–15 pounds.

Fur: There are three different fur types: smooth, rough, and broken.

  1. Smooth—a short, smooth, thin layer of fur, about 1–1.5 cm long.
  2. Rough—a thicker, rougher double coat of shaggy hair up to 10 cm long.
  3. Broken—a combination of smooth and tough types of fur. It can seem to be smoother or rougher in some places, or it can continuously be rough and shaggy like a rough coat only a lot shorter. It is usually longer than 1.5 cm, but not greater than 2.5–3 cm.

Temperament: Jack Russell Terriers are usually fearless and determined. They can stare at something all day waiting for it to move. Though this dog is small in stature, its fierce bark makes up for its size. These social dogs are extremely happy when they have company. For example, my Jack barks a huge “ruff” every time he sees someone or something come by the house. He also wags his tail in almost a complete circle every time I come home from work or simply spend time with him.

These dogs love to hunt, run, bark, and dig.

These dogs love to hunt, run, bark, and dig.

Caring for Your Jack

Jack Russell terriers love to hunt, run, bark, and dig. If you decide to get one, I suggest that you keep it outdoors in a big yard. These dogs play hard, and after a day of play, they need a place to sleep. Igloo dog houses are great because they shield your dog from the wind due to their curved walls. I have one for my dog, and he sleeps in it every night. For the winter, I got him a heating pad for it. The heating pad plugs in with a cord from the house and keeps my dog warm and cozy.

If they get bored, these dogs love to chew on things, so the house may not be a good place for them. Teething rings may help puppies fight the urge to chew. The most important thing to do with your Jack Russell Terrier is to give it a lot of attention and things to do. If you don’t, you may come home to a disaster.

Some toys that my Jack Russell Terrier loves are Fresh 'N Floss 2 Knot Rope Bones (toy ropes that when your dog chews on them, its teeth get cleaned), towels (sometimes dogs just want to get cozy with a towel or drag it around), tennis balls (for a nice game of fetch on a bright sunny day), and Hartz Chew 'n Clean Dog Teething Rings (your Jack Russell Terrier can chew to its heart’s desire).

They are great pets!

They are great pets!

Food and Grooming

  • Diet: There are many types of dog foods with a lot of different nutrients in them. How can you choose which food is right for your Jack? My dog has tried a lot of them, but his all-time favorite food is Cesar Canine Cuisine dog food. He gets enough nutrients to keep playing and hunting all day long. Cesar Canine Cuisine dog food is a type of wet food that is beefy and yummy. When buying food for your dog, I recommend letting them try a few different flavors and types to see which they like best. Of course, always follow your vet's recommendation!
  • Snacks: A nice treat for your Jack is Pup-peroni snacks! They come in all flavors, and my dog enjoys them after doing a simple trick like "sit" or "down." Pup-eronis are sticks of bacon or beef that you can break up into sections or give to your dog whole. They look like beef jerky.
  • Grooming: Because these dogs are so active, they get dirty often and need to be groomed. I use a dual-sided brush that is soft on one side and pointy on the other and Hartz Puppy Shampoo. In addition, if your dog loves frolicking in the grass and stopping occasionally to dig up moles, I recommend getting a flea and tick resistant collar.

Jack Russell terriers may be small, but they sure are a fun pet to have around. I love my Jack and I wouldn't trade him for the world.


Marah L on August 27, 2020:

Describes my Jack Russell to a T. Great dogs and companions..never feel alone with my Jack.

Betty on July 09, 2020:

Jack Russell terriers became a big part of my life

They're so good and loving

I think God for blessing my with a good and loving puppy

he makes me so happy Each time i see him

If you do not have one you have to get one

i rescued an old jack, now he's blind and i love them so much

god bless me. Thank you Lord

Judy on June 13, 2020:

We have 7 Jacks all ranging from 2 yrs to 18 yrs We have bred 5 litters over the past 20+ yrs

Some of your comments may work for you, but not for many.

Ours eat Purina performance as well as Taste of the Wild they only get similar treats they need the crunch to clean their teeth as for a towel, once we forgot their fleece blanket and gave one a towel. $600.00 later we found out she had eaten a 2x3 patch and all of the threads were tangled in her intestines and could not pass.

Also we have belonged to the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America since 1996. If anyone wants great information please visit their website.

We do performance with ours at dog trials all across the states. They are a very active breed and need stimulation and activities to keep them from becoming destructive or bored. They can be awesome, or thugs in clown suits. So buyer be ware. Always buy from a reputable breeder.

Noel o connor on March 24, 2020:

My jack rusell dog is about 60and can bearly walk with pain in her back

JC on November 03, 2019:

I have a long legged Jack and he has been the best dog. I socialized him early on with people and other dogs. He's never met a stranger and hasn't ever been in a tussle with another dog. I keep lots of organic rawhide around and chew toys. He's going on two years old and doesn't chew things that aren't his toys. He's crate trained and is at doggy daycare three times a week. However, he does like to dig a little in the yard. A small price for the best dog.

Andrew Vic Australia on October 21, 2018:

Spot on boog e mann i have a long legged and he is all that and never leves my side he lives in side never out side can not get a better dog or best mate dry food for him 70% and 30% kangaroo - deer meat and gummy shark fight any dog thinks he is 10 foot tall will not let no one in the yard or the house unless i say its all good i have heeps of rope toys for him and balls loves to hunt with me can not get a better dog

Toni on September 11, 2018:

My jack Russel is 14 yrs old and still has a need to play. He is very friendly and wants to play with other dogs. I trained him when he was a pup at pet smart they have great classes

Sandi Hayward on September 10, 2018:

I have a short legged JR and she is the sweetest, most lovable dog I've ever had. She can nip, but only if provoked.

Boog e mann on June 17, 2018:

I have had 2 jack Russells my 1st one didn't know he was a jack russell and was perfect in every way my 2nd Jack is a short legged boy and is a pure straight up Jack russell and can be very unpredictable and can snap in a second and be very mean towards other dogs. For 1 thing these dogs should never be kept outside permanently unless you live in a very warm climate. These dogs should never be fed wet dog food only they need a good quality hard food with a LITTLE wet mixed in. These dogs NEED a job with out them having a job they will invent their own job and it is usually an inappropriate job that gets them in trouble. They tend to be a 1 person dog , in my case that person is me and vinny think he needs to be my body guard and will put himself in between me and my wife..And that is one of his inappropriate jobs he invented. If you decide on getting one of these dogs the best thing you can do for you and your dog is get him trained so he knows who the boss is in the house if you don't he will be come the boss. And the best training you can do is aggressive dog training because these dogs are fearless and will fight any dog no matter the size and wont back down even if they are getting their ass kicked. These are hunting dog don't let their small size fool you. The author of this artical knows very little about this breed and is very misleading. Do research on these dogs before you go dropping a $1000.00 bucks on one. they do best as a only dog in the house but you can have other dogs in the but watch out for the jack because he will attack the other dog in a moments notice and they are very hard to break them up. mine has bitten me so hard it has gone down to the bone. I have spent $1,400.00 training him and it paid off I was at the point of putting him down but I knew there was a good boy down deep in Vinny. All I can say is DO RESEARCH on this breed because these dogs are not for everybody and can be a handful. Also keep in mind these dogs are incredibly smart and will try and out wit you every chance they can. If you buy one and train him properly these dogs are very cool dogs but they aren't for the meek and timid. You have to be the pack leader and that is the bottom line on May 28, 2018:

My Jack Russell Terrier Is 11 months old and still wants to bite she is not aggressive nor does does she growl or snarl it is when i walk in the yard she jumps at my legs and clothes and bitessometimes she draws blood or if i try to get her to do something she does not want to do she barks and when i go for her she trys to bite me. Even laying on the bed with me she is mouthy. But she is not aggressive at all towards people or other dogss. Do you think she will out grow it? What should i do? PLEASE HELP I am afraid she will do this as an adult. Please answer me i am quite concerned, Thank You Betty Ziegler Kastner

Jay on May 25, 2018:

I do not understand people that leave their dog outside all the time and get dog huts. If you do not want a dog in the house don't get a dog!

Betty Kastner on April 23, 2018:

I have had 3 JRTs in 14 years I just Love them.But you need to be well educated tosee if they are the right dog for you. They are cute and very smart. But also very trying and get in alot of trouble. So read up if they seem to be the dog for you. Get ready your in for a ride.

hannah on March 07, 2018:

why is my jack russell so fast

JEnnie on February 13, 2018:

Our dog is loosing her hair. Almost like an alopecia. Its been going on for over a year. The vet says its ok because it doesnt bother her and its not rashy or irratating. She is friendly and playful and doesn't seem bothered but Ive never seen anything like it before. Has anyone else gone thru that experience?

ZombyWoof on January 28, 2018:

We have a 7 year old long legged Jack Russel...Max is his name. He's smart (when he wants to be) and dumb at times. His nose never stops sniffing...frogs & squirrels are his things. NASA should study his stomach, because I'm pretty sure there's a black hole in there...he never ever gets full of food. It's unreal how much this little dog eats. He sleeps under the blankets at night...can't sleep without a cozy blanket. And it better be a damn cozy blanket or forget it, he gets yours. Max takes up at least 1/3 of the entire bed...sometimes & Ju get the other half. He's a pain in the butt, but I can't help but love him.

Dave on January 25, 2018:

My Jack Russell ,Abby , is now 15 and has always been an indoor dog. She goes outside on her own thru a doggy door. But she plays indoors mostly with our other three dogs.Even though they are all over 80 lbs. being full size AKC Doberman Pinchers , she is their BOSS and they know and obey her to the max but still play with her.Mostly , they all look for laps of humans to lay upon , and that’s when they are mostly content.

Roger Williams on November 17, 2017:

Our smooth, long legged Jack is brown and white and is named Griff and he is 7 year old. He is a Jack Russell/Yorkshire Terrier cross and is the most wonderful companion. He loves walking, running, playing with the sheep and lambs in the fields next to our house and I do admit he loves company and if both of us have to leave him for a few hours he ‘sends us to Coventry’. We try to control his weight but he eats well and likes the occasional treat if he is a good boy. He is a fine guard dog and does not miss anyone passing our house. The postman believes he is a large dog for he has a special deeper bark to tell us the post is being delivered. His favourite position when he is resting is one his own blanket on our bed and he lies on the top of the pillows from which he can see and hear anything happening outside our house. Like the majority of dog lovers we worry about how long he will be with us for life without Griff is difficult to contemplate.

TJ McLean on July 20, 2017:

I agree with rose. I love the article but I would never leave my Jack's outside. I have two Parton Russell terriers, 7 and 8, make and female. It's funny mine burp like a human too. I let them out in the yard and they run and play for hours but when they want to come in they're out cold. Both Maggy and Buddy have to modes, extremely on and off. Every time it rains buddy is outside chasing rain drops. Does about 30 mph with his nose next to the ground but somehow his nose never scrapes. Maggy is now of a mid dog. As soon as the rain is over she's ringing the bell to go out and play in the mud . Great article

Brenda Brown on April 23, 2017:

I have a jack russell and he alil over a year old.he acts like he is still teething is that normal

kendall short on April 05, 2017:

my grandparents have a jack russel,but i want one to how do i talk them into getting one.

Soli Rod on March 27, 2017:

I have a JRT since he was almost 2 months old full of energy, has his regular vet checkups, he's 8 years old, I noticed he lost his lower 4 teeth & 1 on the top 1 is lose, do some Jacks lose their teeth? he loves hes "bones" amogn other thing he has a healthy diet & is love by mi vet!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 19, 2017:

I also have a Jack Russell called Ollie. He's 13 years old. I've had him since he was a puppy, and he's just adorable. I love him so much. We're part of a team and certainly the best of friends. I loved reading your hub, thankyou.

Leanne on December 31, 2016:

I have a Jack Russell and Bichon Frise mix! Her name is Lily and she is a ton of fun! She loves to run and play. She is full of energy but enjoys cuddles at the end of the day! A true gem!

Diane N on December 13, 2016:

Our Jack Russell is named Jack and he is 19 years old! New owners should be prepared to walk the little guy every day keep the dog inside of the house. They are adventurous, daring, and super good hunters. Give him adventures, and he'll give you the best companion!

Maria A on November 13, 2016:

Say no more. I have a Jack Russell call Chewy. He lives to his name but only when he was left on his own in the house. He thinks is another child . I wonder how I live without a Jack Russell all this time. I always had big dogs, I loved them very much but Chewy is one in a million. Very intelligent and loving. He stopped chewing now, he knows is wrong. Only one problem, his diet has to be very strict because he gets constipated, dry food only once a week and a tin of sardines in oil every Sunday and for treats carrots.

Kathy on November 06, 2016:

I have had short-legged smooth-coated Jacks for over thirty years. Linus died at 19, Hayley was 17 and Turbo was 15 (but he had a brain tumor). Love these dogs to death. Now I have my little Nitro and yes his legs are crooked like Turbo's but he isn't a dwarf.

Ali on November 05, 2016:

I have a JRT named POE that I rescued from a meat market in China and brought him home with me. He is the light of my life. We play outside during the day, and at night we share a bed and snuggle. Does anyone else have a problem with separation anxiety? My JRT is a year old, but freaks out when I leave for work, then won't interact with anyone until I get home. I live with my mom and my sister...

John Doyle on November 03, 2016:

OMG! So many similar traits! We rescued a SJR type at about two years old.

Spike has an enormous vocabulary . He is not a barker, but if a black lab gets in his face, he will spin around and loudly YAP in it's face. He is now around 6 years old.

He vocalizes in his sleep, murmuoring softly and occasionally a muffled bark.

We walk 3 times daily, he is on the hunt the moment we exit the patio gate. Squirrels, bunnies

and especially lizards! I saw him dig a lizard from a dirt filled cinder block by scratching with his claws and BLOWING dirt out with his nose! He loves all things digging, even to the bed blanket of his which he digs furiously before settling in for the night.

Dee palmer on November 01, 2016:

We have a 16 year old jack who has controlled the house for every day of them years but we would not have her any other way

Carol on October 16, 2016:

My son and I adopted a 9 month old long-legged JR in April this year. She'd had accident and her front right legs had been amputated. She doesn't let it stop her though but we do worry when she belly-flops off the chair and beds in case she hurts herself.

The RSPCA didn't say anything about her teeth but, when we introduced her to the nearby vet there was a mutual dislike between them and the vet was quite nasty with our baby girl. We were not happy with this as vets should not get angry when an animal struggles and snaps when afraid! We won't be taking her there again, BUT, the same woman did mention that our dog has 2 sets of back teeth saying they should have seen taken out when she was in the vet hospital after the accident! She said she needs to undergo an operation to have this done!!

I told her that, because of her own bad attitude, she's not touching baby again! We make sure there are loads of chewable toys around for our do as she's teething and have teething gel for her gums.

Is it right what the vet said about operating to remove the teeth even though they're beautifully clean and white? Sorry, but I don't fully trust vets anymore because of past experience!

Stacy on September 16, 2016:

I adopted a 9 year old Shortie named Jack. He was a medical emergency heartworm case. I had no intention of Jack staying after his recovery but I fell in love with him. He is wonderful! I have 4 large dogs and he fits right in like a cherry on top of the dog pile on the couch and he and walks right under them. We have amazingly entertaining walks all together. People smile amd wave. We are very happy.

Collette on August 22, 2016:

Love the breed always had one growing up now I have two little darlings age 9 and 1 year old.they always hid things in really silly places around the home IE under the bedroom pillows down in the settee also they love being under blankets and specially if you leave the bedroom door open they r straight in there under the duvet so funny.what I don't get why do they take there food out of there bowels and eat it on the carpet

Dana on April 19, 2016:

I have a short legged Jack Russell, who is the love and joy of my life.

He is very smart and understands the difference in what I say, such as back or front door when I ask him which one he wants to go out. He is a great watch dog alerting me when the murderous Fedex and Ups drivers come ( he recognizes the sound of their trucks when they are a bock away. The postman, ice cream man, garbage men and killer squirrels also get the same treatment. He sleeps in my bed and loves to kiss me for five minutes when I wake up. Every night he falls asleep on his back in my arms. He runs around my quarter acre freely because I have an invisible fence. He loves greenies which really do keep his teeth clean. He knows how to ask to be petted, often flopping onto his back when he comes in to get a belly rub. He's great with children, but is aggressive with other dogs. (The ONLY down side. He's the best!

Meloney on April 16, 2016:

I have a 3 year old, smooth hair, short legged, Englis Jack Russell-spoiled, princess daughter named Leyla. She is absolutely amazing, loyal, smart, funny, dedicated, loves attention & stomach rubs, follows me wherever I go and yes, she too sleeps with me. She's an absolute comfort to me and I miss her terribly when my freshman (now a graduate) son who saved her from euthanization takes her out of our home for extended periods of time when he visits his friends. She loves Ceasar Home food and I've tried them all - from the crazy expensive to the store brands and she'll only eat Ceasars ; and of course my food (if I let her) - lol... I would never-ever allow her to live or sleep outside; as I've seen her shivering when its cold, plus she cries to get inside with us and I couldn't live with myself leaving her outside. She loves her many stuffed toys (especially those that look like outdoor animals she would chase)and enjoys shaking them until their stuffed insides come out. She also loves her chew, long lasting bully sticks, bones that have beef and cheese inside them - keeps her occupied for hours. She's an only dog and we've considered getting her company; however, she gets fiesty around other dogs, so I'll have to do more research to see if that would be beneficial for her. She loves her morning walk before we head out for work and her evening walks when we come home. We love our Leyla and the joy she has brought us!

Anna, Denmark on March 24, 2016:

I have a Jack Russell terrier that will be 15 in july. He is active, funny and loves looong walks and he is really good looking considering his age - strong teeth, shiny coat and good eyes. I truly believe that the food is important aswell as not feeding them all kinds of things. I used to give him Hill´s, Royal Canin and Eukanuba but he would always have an irritated stomach. I changed to Orijen which is very good- a bit expensive in my opinion, but I will definitely rather save on other things then. I simply cannot understand those who think buying 15 kg for £7 is just as good "it would still eat it if it was hungry enough". I don´t earn a lot but you need to prioritize your pet. If you are reluctant to buy proper food what are you going to do if it needs vet treatment...

nat on January 24, 2016:

I have a short legged little lady called bella. Rescued her 3 weeks ago after she was abandoned in a house. She now sleeps in the middle of my bed completely under the covers lol. Proper little madam. I also have an 8 year old gsd and a 4 year old lurcher and she is definately the pampered little princess. Amazing dogs!!

Rebecca on November 03, 2015:

Ceasers dog food is to good for your dog, p,ease change your dogs dirt

Jeannie on April 09, 2015:

I have a Parsons Jack Russel with short legs. She is the best dog I have ever had. She is so smart. She has never chewed on anything except her own toys. She is very mellow when she is in the house, and then does all her running around when I take her outside. She is so well behaved. She comes everytime shes called imediately! She understands everything I say to her. She has learned a lot of tricks, and she even knows sign language I use for certain things. And yes, she sleeps in my bed. She is such a comfort to me as well as I am to her. I love her soooo much. I would never make her sleep outside, especially because we have such cold winters. She prefers to stay inside to play or sleep, or just chew on one of her toys or bone. She goes outside everyday several times to play fetch or just explore everything, then she's ready to come back inside.

robinheck on March 07, 2015:

We have a jack r he sleeps with us and loves to cuddle he is are second son

Paige on January 31, 2015:

my jack russel is called penny she is very smart and followes me everywhere ive had her since i was 4 and shes my everything i disagree with keeping them outside as jack russels get very cold very easily my dog sleeps with about 3 covers over her she cant sleep without them and her bed needs to be really comfy, shes very motherly and thinks her teddys are her babies and crys at the washing machine when their getting washed she can also be quite aggressive and protective of her own.

Jasmine on December 28, 2014:

Hi, my parents have a miniature Jack Russell along with two other dogs, ever since the other two dogs came along out Jack Russell's nature has changed and she's become jealous and angry, always barking and never relaxed. I live in an apartment with my boyfriend and was considering taking our jack Russell to live with us, as she was so much happier on her own and I thought it might improve her quality of life. We are away 8 hours a day five days a week when we go to work and I'm worried she might get lonely on her own all day? She doesn't enjoy the company of other dogs so that isn't an issue, and there will always be one of us here in the evenings to walk and play with her. She would be left inside all day but it's safe enough that we can leave the door open on our balcony so she can go to the toilet. I was wondering if anyone had any views on weather or not it would be alright for her to be left alone all day during the week?

Anomanas on December 26, 2014:

My little one is nearly 10years and is perfectly healthy. She has authritus but acts like a pup. She loves being indoors all the time with me. She also loves going to round up the sheep on the farm. As soon as i say round up the sheep, she starts to bark at me until we go to the 20 acer field where she gets the sheep. Jack russels can be trained to do most things. Keep them indoors at night as they love to be cuddled.

Patty on October 14, 2014:

I have a Jack Russell Terrier, Baxter. He is 12 years old I got him when he was 2. He is not your typical JRT. He does not bark, he sleeps more than he does anything. However, he is very smart he know a bunch of commands. He also knows to stay in the yard even when he sees a cat or dog coming down the street.

Now I am having a problem with him wanting to urinate in the house even if I just walk outside to get something out of car he will urinate on the carpet. Does anyone know if this is normal behavior for him with him getting older? If I put him in his "room" he will urinate on the floor. I am stumped and my husband is not happy at all. If anyone can give me some advice I would love it.

angie on September 22, 2014:

I have a parson terrier called Cody. He is gorgeous! But quite feisty with other dogs. But you should never keep them outside, they love being part of the family. I think this is cruel!

amy fields on August 30, 2014:

We have 4 jackrussell's, two male two female, i would never suggest They should stay ooutside. ..they r so so very smart and learn very fast, they have a memory it seems bettertthan some people along with there natural manners!

Kevin on December 17, 2013:

Our breeder warned us against letting our two JR's into our bed, we don't, they let us in theirs :)

Me & Jack on November 27, 2013:

I have a Jack Russell and he one of a kind, I love him so so so so so so so so so so so so so much xxxxxx times infinity he is my world. But I agree with the other's, that you should not leave your Jack outside. Jack Russell shouldn't be left out doors they need so much "attention" and your really need to entertain them 24/7.

rose on October 12, 2013:

If you want the best quality food for your pet you must put him/her on a RAW DIET!. Find a vet who is in favor of seeing healthy dogs and NOT a vet who is only in the business to make your dog sick my recommending corn, soy, wheat, processed, gluten dog foods. Please, if you love your dog, stay away from these and other harmful ingredients in processed dog food. Oh, and by the way, what do you think they do with all of the euthanize animals? Good question for those who want the truth, the rest of you can continue to be brainwashed.

sussie on September 27, 2013:

JACKS NEED the BEST quality food any Vet will tell you this it is important to their health

cindy on September 27, 2013:

As you can see by the comments you DO NOT know the best of info for Jacks they should never never be kept outside among other things

Fran on September 01, 2013:

Hello from Cornwall UK. Great info particularly that 'Trump' John Russell's breeding dam was 'the size of a female vixen' You are the first overseas owner of a JRT that I have read who has included this important bit of info. 'Shortie' Jacks are NOT dwarves UNLESS they have the characteristic Queen Anne or 'benched' legs they are simply the genetic off shoot of the smaller 'Trump' genes, the sire to trump was a fox terrier (much taller) and less able to get down the holes that John Russell had in mind for his earth breed sired on Trump. Parsons are the taller end of the gene pool with the original daddies height. Both shorty Jacks and Parsons originate from little Trump and her taller sire. So lets stop with the kennel club based rivalry and tip our hats to this intelligent, healthy, well bred WORKING breed. ;-)

Also an interesting bit of info that most people overseas don't realise is that in the UK 'Jack' is the familiar vernacular for the name 'John' hence John Russell's earth dogs became known fondly as Jack' Russells.

Rose on April 24, 2013:

Once last thing, I agree with, katona, regarding keeping the dog outside, it's not a good idea. Jack Russells, especially mine, love to be apart of the family. As for chewing, we never had a problem. If you supply ample amount of chewy toys, they'll do fine. Oh, and our female short legged Jack Russell's name is Haylo.

katona on January 21, 2013:

Good info about Jack Russells but totally disagree with your suggestion to keep them outdoors. Jacks might like to hunt, dig, etc. in the daytime for the physical activity they need but what about their emotional needs like cuddling, feeling part of the family and observing stimulating things in the house? As you stated, "they are extremely happy when they have company and the most important thing to do is give them lots of attention". How much attention can you give your dog when you "come out and see him"? Do you sit outside with him on winter nights and keep him company? As for chewing in the house, that can be helped by training.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on June 30, 2011:

I have a smooth coat, Jack Russell Terrier female named Boomer. Boomer is almost 15 years old. I've heard some live to be 20. She is one of the gentlest dogs I've ever known. But she is a bit vocal sometimes.

Your puppy is adorable and you have mention some good stuff. But please beware of flea collars, my daughter's dog had seizures because of one. So we no longer use them. We now use a flea control that is dripped down the back of the neck which is vet recommended.

Charles Hilton on June 29, 2011:

I have a short-legged male Jack Russell named Maxx. He's 11 1/2 years old and still acts like a puppy. I don't think Jack Russell's ever grow out of the puppy stage, but, that's part of their charm.

Maxx hasn't lost a step, even at his age, and he's as quirky as ever. He goes on licking rampages where he tries to lick the skin off of your face and he sits-up like a groundhog when he wants something and makes noises that I didn't think possible for a dog.

He is also the only dog I've ever known that burps like a person. He'll be sitting there and all of a sudden..."brrrupppppp." LOL!!

See what you started!! But, thank you! Great post!