Dog Profiles - Description of Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

Description: The Jack Russell Terrier or Parson Jack Russell Terrier is a small, agile, brave terrier, who is good at hunting small animals like foxes and raccoons. Like other terriers he may bore easily and is capable of inventing his own entertainment. He is a tough little dog who is clean and a convenient size for a companion.

Height: 12-14 inches

Weight: 13-17 lbs.

Colors: White with black, tan or lemon or solid white.

Coat: Smooth or rough and broken.

Temperament: Alert, lively, bold. Good with children, especially active children. Will chase anything small that moves they also may be scrappy with other dogs. Hunting dog and family pet. Good watch-dog. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Minimal brushing of his coat is required. Bathe only when necessary. Daily exercise or outdoor activity is required. Early firm training is necessary to prevent a hyperactive dog.

Training: Learning Rate: High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Will do well in an apartment if exercised or a house with a fenced backyard.

Health Issues: Dislocated kneecaps, eye problems.

Life Span: 13-15 Years

Litter Size: 4-8

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: In 1819 a student by the name of Jack Russell came across a terrier who he developed into the Jack Russell Terrier over the course of sixty years by crossing distinctive strains of fox terriers. Even though there are many variations of the Jack Russell Terrier the British Kennel Club in 1990 only recognized the Parson Jack Russell Terrier.

Registration: ACA, AKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC