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Jack Russell Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #902015: #1042014: #105
Name Jack Russell Terrier
Other names Russell Terrier, JRT, Jack
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:2012)(UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 13-16 years
Temperament AlertCheerfulCourageousEnergeticIndependent
Height 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Weight 11-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Colors Black & TanBlackWhite
Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $700 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 starsThe Jack Russell Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 2 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 5 starsThe Jack Russell Terrier is a pleasant companion when it is sufficiently exercised; however if it does not get enough, it may become a nuisance. It needs to be taken on a long, daily, brisk walk. In addition, he will be in his glory with space to run, hunt and play.
Grooming 2 starsLow Maintenance: All three Jack Russell Terrier coat types are relatively low maintenance. Jack Russell Terriers should be brushed with a rubber brush when shedding to remove dead hairs.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 5 starsConstant Shedding: Expect this dog to shed frequently. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: The Jack Russell Terrier learns quickly but will always try to have its own way. Consistency in training is key. It will try to win you over with its mischievous charm, but do not be fooled! Jack Russell Terriers are able to learn a variety of games and excel in events such as dog agility and Earthdog competitions. They require firm and consistent handling. The Jack Russell Terrier is an intelligent and bold dog.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Milo Lola
03 Jack Coco
04 Tucker Emma
05 Bear Sadie
06 Murphy Luna
07 Toby Ella
08 Cody Sophie
09 Jax Ellie
10 Gizmo Angel
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The Russell Terrier is a strong, hardy, earth-working Terrier. He is full of life and moves with confidence that matches his keen expression. The breed's handy size, small flexible chest, nose, strong voice and fearless nature make it an excellent specimen to work vermin below ground. Its weatherproof coat may be smooth, broken or rough and is predominantly white with tan and/or black markings.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a bold, friendly, active and alert hunting terrier, built for work underground. This breed is notoriously fearless and requires little encouragement to go to ground. Aggression towards anything other than legitimate quarry detracts from the dog’s ability as a working terrier, and should be discouraged as much as possible. This is a high-energy breed and is happiest in an environment where there is lots of regular activity.

The Reverend John Russell was a 19th century parson with a passion for fox hunting, for which he developed a well-known strain of fox hunting terriers. From this strain was developed the Parson Russell Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack Russell Terrier was a smaller, longer-bodied, shorter-legged dog that was used almost exclusively to hunt vermin and bolt rabbits. For years, Jack Russell Terrier breeders referred to these dogs as “puddin’ dogs” or “puds,” and some-times just “shorties.” In England, Ireland, and Australia, the longer-legged square dog is known as the Parson Russell Terrier while the lower, longer dog is called the Jack Russell Terrier.
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