Description: Bred like most terriers, to hunt small game, the Jack Russell was pretty adept at burrowing into small holes. These dogs are active, intelligent, and curious almost to a fault, cunning, vigilant, bold, enterprising and very self-confident.
These dogs are quite independent and will try to dominate. Jack Russell Terriers can become very territorial, with the males doing a lot of marking and the female hoarding what's perceived as theirs.
Nevertheless, these dogs are very trainable because they love to learn and want to please.
Other Names: Parson Jack Russell Terrier
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.
With Children: Yes, especially active children.
With Pets: Will chase anything small that moves they also may be scrappy with other dogs.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.
Care and Training: 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.
Learning Rate: 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.
First Registered by the AKC: 1998
AKC Group: Miscellaneous