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Jack Russell Terrier
Dog Breed Information, Facts & Advice

Lively and tenacious, it's easy to see why the Jack Russell Terrier was popular as a hunting companion in the Victorian era. Despite its diminutive size, this breed is fearless and curious, with an insatiable appetite for adventure. The Jack Russell makes a loyal pet, but its endless energy means it can get into mischief if bored. Find out more about their traits, temperament and life span below.

Size: Small, adult Jack Russells are typically being 25-38cm in height and weighing 6.4-8.2kg.
Coat: Their coats can be smooth or rough, in colour combinations of white and brown, black or tan. Both types shed hair and will benefit from a weekly brush.
Exercise: At least an hour a day for adult dogs.
Life span: 12+ years; a healthy Jack Russell Terrier can live to around 16 years.
Breed group: The word terrier comes from 'terra', meaning 'earth', as these dogs were bred to control vermin, pursuing them below ground. They tend to be fun but feisty and, as they love to chase, they'll respond well to ball games or playing fetch with a favourite toy.
Size 25cm
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38cm
Coat short/
long
coat
Exercise 1hrsplus Life span 12+years

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