The Jack Russell Terrier also called the Parson Russell Terrier is a high-energy and active small dog.

They were developed by John Russell, a parson, in England in the 19th Century. The terriers were used to hunt small game especially fox by digging their quarry out of it's den.

The Jack Russell Terrier is first and foremost a working dog. They have small, compact, tough, flexible and slender bodies. Small chests with a docked tail that is set fairly high. They have keen alive expressions. Their eyes are dark and almond shaped with a black nose.

Jack Russell Terriers come with three different coats. They can have smooth, broken or rough. The smooth coated dogs shred more than the broke or rough ones. They are either predominately white with tan, with lemon black markings or a combination. They need little grooming, just a good brushing because they shed dirt easily. Don't bath them frequently because that causes dry skin problems.

Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 14-18 pounds
Life Span: 13-15 years

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  • Intelligent with powers of reasoning amazing to people not familiar with this breed
  • Bright
  • Bold
  • Spirited
  • Loyal companions
  • Good watchdogs
  • Friendly
  • Engaging companion
  • High-energy
  • Wonderful hunter

At work:

  • Game hunter
  • Tenacious
  • Courageous

At home

  • Playful
  • Excuberant
  • Overwhelmingly affectionate
  • The Jack Russell Terrier has strong hunting instinicts they shouldn't be trusted with other small animals. This breed require mental and physical exercise and they will get bored, restless and destructive if they l don't get it. They love to play and enjoy games and toys. They need a good fenced in area to play in and they can jump over one if not high enough. They also like to dig. To this end they require consistent training and a good deal of attention. This is not a breed for inexperienced dog owners.

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    Jack Russell Terriers are in a little dog body that acts like a big dog but with the right owner he can excel!

    They are usually a healthy breed but prone to:

    • Eye problems - catracts
    • Dislocated kneecaps
    • PRA

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