Is A JRT For You?

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Considering bringing a Jack Russell Terrier into your home? Adopting, rescuing, or buying any dog can be a long process, but here are some facts to help you make the best decision on wether or not a JRT is right for you! 

What is a JRT?

Jack Russell Terriers are a small terrier breed that have origins in fox hunting. They are principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated but can be any color. Their coat can be wiry or smooth, but is always a dense double coat which can shed occasionally. Their bodies are slightly longer than their height, and have a compact body and short tail.

Activity & Training

JRTs are a small but mighty breed who are often said to be “born to dig”. They are extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs. However, it is not uncommon for them to be moody or destructive if they are not properly stimulated. This breed would be suggested if you are athletic or you have the time to put into keeping your dog entertained and busy with daily exercise! 

You should start training your JRT right away, preferably if you get them as a puppy. They are independent in nature so the earlier you can get them to learn commands and listen, the better.


This is a friendly, outgoing dog who is playful and affectionate. When it comes to other pets, especially cats or other small animals, the JRT can sometimes view them as prey. If they are brought up together, however, that may be different! The JRT can get along with other dogs reasonably well. The breed standard says they should not be quarrelsome nor overtly aggressive toward another dog, as they are bred to hunt with others.

When it comes to children, the JRT can be a good companion for an older child. It usually does not have the patience for toddlers and possibly having their ears or tail pulled. 


Jack Russel Terriers are well known for living long and healthy lives. Breeders have protected their gene pool, preventing direct in-line breeding. Their average life expectancy is anywhere from 13 to 16 years.

Some common health issues associated with JRTs are general hygiene problems, ear infections, oligodontia, unilateral & bilateral deafness, and sometimes obesity.


Jack Russell Terriers are an extremely active breed and need lots of exercise. They like to be independent, however they do get along with other dogs. They are best with older children, and only shed occasionally. They are likely to live long healthy lives, but can be prone to a few general health issues. If you are someone who loves to be active and are looking for a dog that can keep up with you, a Jack Russell Terrier is a great fit! 

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