Jack russell terrier

Other name: Jack

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The Jack Russell Terrier is a robust, very active dog with a strong personality. It has an elastic body, of medium height. This cheerful dog is known to be a little bundle of nerves.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 5 kg to 8 kg From 25 cm to 35 cm
Male From 5 kg to 8 kg From 25 cm to 35 cm
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History of the breed

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Physical features

Its coat : can be of 2 different textures (soft or hard), but it remains short enough and made to withstand bad weather.
Its color : mostly white with black or tan spots. Tawny spots can range from light to dark.
Its head : has a flat skull of moderate width. The latter decreases in width the more one goes down towards the eyes and the muzzle.
Its ears : V-shaped fall towards the front of the head. They are usually chestnut colored, but they can also be white or spotted.
His eyes : small, dark and almond shaped.
His body : slightly longer than high. His neck is well pronounced just as his chest remains muscular. Its silhouette is reminiscent of the Fox Terrier.
Its tail : drooping when the dog is at rest, but it must be trained when it is having fun or if it is excited.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Jack Russell Terrier is an alert and energetic dog. Endowed with great intelligence , he is also very lively and courageous . His assertive character makes him a self-confident dog, ready to do anything to exert himself. Kind and friendly , he has a lot of affection for his master. Despite a hunting instinct, he loves family life . It is also a good playmate for children.

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With the Jack Russell Terrier, priority should be given education in the reward. His activity often makes him not very attentive in the long term. It is therefore advisable to stimulate his attention by games or short orders but each time synonymous with reward. Thus, he will learn easily. You have to be careful to be firm without neglecting the softness that will please this dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Jack Russell Terrier is not really made to live in the city although they adapt easily to it. However, his character is not compatible with a life in solitary cloistered in an apartment . Your accommodation could even pay the price. His ideal place to live remains a house in the countryside with a garden so that he can walk and exercise.


Ease of gaining weight

This robust dog unfortunately suffers from some hereditary diseases sometimes due to inbreeding . It is important to choose it well, as some specimens remain subject to hyperactivity with behavior that is difficult to control. Like all dogs of small breeds, care must be taken to control their teeth, which are often too large for their small jaw. It remains sensitive to the formation of tartar in particular.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Cerebellar ataxia
Dislocation of the lens
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease
Myasthenia gravis
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Jack Russell Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 16 years

The life expectancy of a Jack Russell Terrier is, on average, between 13 years and 16 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Jack Russell Terrier remains subject to permanent molting with stronger periods in the fall and spring. This is explained by the absence of undercoat, which is why this dog is losing his hair abundantly.

You can brush it whenever you feel like it, especially when you come back from a walk or to temporarily get rid of all the hair on the verge of falling out. It is recommended to brush the dog with a brush or a rubber glove . Do not wash the dog too often, approximately every 4 months for those living in the city and when it is really dirty in the countryside.

The eyes and ears should be checked regularly for any dirt or traces of infection. Cutting the dog’s nails is necessary when they are too long. If you are not used to it, it is best to seek advice from a veterinarian, as dogs’ nails contain blood vessels. Brushing the dog’s teeth is just as important in removing tartar buildup and bacteria growth.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Jack Russell Terrier is between € 1000 and € 1500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 850
950 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Jack Russell Terrier is between $ 850 and $ 950.

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The diet of the Jack Russell Terrier should be adapted to his lifestyle. A very active dog will not have the same needs as a very homey dog. This canine is easily satisfied with an industrial diet based on high quality pâtés or kibbles. Its food should be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Jack Russell Terrier needs a lot of exercise to get energized . This will channel his overflow of energy. This breed is therefore not recommended for calm or elderly people . Indeed, this dog asks to be taken out several times a day . Do not hesitate to let him run around and play with him.

The famous Jack Russell Terrier dogs

Milo : This Jack Russell Terrier belongs to Stanley Ipkiss , a character played by Jim Carrey in the movie The Mask released in 1994. Like his owner, Milo can don a mask that changes his appearance. This dog is courageous and very devoted to his owner.

Skip : this is the dog given to Willie Morris (played by Frankie Muniz ) by his mother on her ninth birthday, in the film My Dog Skip , released in 2000. Skip and Willie , very shy by nature, become inseparable . The little dog helps his young friend to assert himself.

Max : he is the main character in the movies Like Animals 1 and 2 (released in 2016 and 2019). The Jack Russell Terrier is very attached to its owner. Both live in Manhattan. In the first part, Max’s peaceful daily life is turned upside down by the arrival of Duke , a very playful and affectionate Newfoundland. The two dogs will have to put their differences aside to fight the evil plans of a white rabbit and his horde of abandoned animals, determined to take revenge on the happy pets. In the second episode, Max and Duke, who have become good friends, will go through a series of adventures with the arrival of their owner’s blunder.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 2003


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