An inquisitive and high-spirited companion always looking out for an adventure

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. Jack Russell Terriers make loyal pets, but their endless energy and confidence means they can get into mischief if bored.

Vital Stats

Size: Small
Coat: Smooth coat or wire haired
Exercise: 1 hour a day
Life span: 12+ years
Breed group: Terrier
Temperament: Affectionate, curious, energetic, intelligent
Size Small Coat short
Exercise 1hour Life span 12+years
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Jack Russell Temperament & Personality

Jack Russells are small, smart and, in true Terrier style, often like to make themselves heard.

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Jack Russell Training & Exercise

Originally bred as a hunting dog, a Jack Russell's character is defined by stamina and determination.


Jack Russell Grooming

Jack Russell Terriers can have rough or smooth coats, or a mixture of the two. The rough-coated variety are referred to by some dog lovers as 'long-haired Jack Russells'.

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Jack Russell Nutrition

Jack Russell Terriers vary in size, but they're generally small dogs and rarely grow bigger than 38cm in height. So, maintaining a controlled diet with the right amount of exercise is important to ensure they stay fit and healthy.

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What to know before you buy or rehome a Jack Russell

Considering buying or rehoming a Jack Russell Terrier? Before you find a puppy or adopt, here are a few important things to remember.

Jack Russell insurance considerations

JRTs can sometimes suffer from cruciate ligament disease and may be prone skin allergies. As some of these conditions are lifelong, it’s important that when choosing dog insurance, that you check for any limits in your cover and understand how long conditions will be covered for.

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