Most adult Jack Russell dogs are crazy little balls of power and energy. They have a reputation for being out of control, but this is not always the case. One of the most noticeable features of Jack Russells is their uniqueness.
It's hard to define a typical Jack Russell. Personalities and characteristics differ from dog to dog. That said, there are a few characteristics that most will show. To get a quick understanding of Jack Russell dogs, check out the
essential Jack Russell Information Page.
For fun and interesting Jack Russell facts in bullet-point form, take a look at the
Jack Russell fun facts page.
If you don't own a Jack Russell yet but you're considering the breed, you may not have a good idea of what Jack Russells are really like to live with. You might want read about the responsibilities involved in owning a Jack Russell pet.
3 Jack Russell Characteristics Every Owner Should Know About
1. They sometimes show destructive tendencies. Being hunting dogs, they tend to chew on just about anything. Don't panic - this habit can be trained out of them and mitigated by giving them tough toys, dried pig's ears and bones to chew on. They also have a tendency to dig up your back yard, so if you take pride in your garden a JRT might not be for you, although all these problems are a lot less significant if you can give your JRT plenty of exercise.
2. They need plenty of action. I consider Jack Russells to be a high-maintenance breed if they are taken care of properly and given adequate exercise. Their day won't necessarily end when yours does. For a better understanding of the character of Jack Russells, read all about the typical
Jack Russell Terrier personality.
Keep in mind, though, that "typical" and "Jack Russell personality" are terms that don't really belong in the same sentence. There is a lot of variation between dogs.
3. They may be small, but they're not toy dogs. JRTs are hunting dogs first and foremost. They're not suitable for families with kids under 6 years old. If you want a dog that will look cute sitting in a handbag, get a toy chihuahua.
Remember too that Jack Russell dogs only seem complicated until an expert explains why they do what they do. Then, they make perfect sense.
There are two main types of Jack Russell dogs: the Parson Russell Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. The difference is minimal. Parsons generally have slightly longer legs and are show dogs. They can be registered with the American Kennel Club and other major all-breed clubs around the world. Jack Russells, on the other hand, are strictly the working version. They are not recognized as a breed by any major all-breed dog club. Read more about the Parson Terrier.
Jack Russell Terriers come in either a smooth coat or wire-haired variety. As you can ascertain from its name, wire haired Jacks will require more frequent and intensive grooming. Find out more about Wire Haired Jack Russell Terriers.
For a dog owner, losing your canine friend can be a heartbreaking experience. The strength of Jack Russell instincts, sadly, means they have a tendency to run away to go exploring for prey or looking for a mate. If you've lost your dog or want to know how you can decrease your risk of losing it forever, read up about
"Jack Russell dogs only seem complicated until an expert explains their behavior... Then they make perfect sense"
Stuck trying to think of an appropriate name for your dog? Take a look at my list of Jack Russell Terrier names and suggestions for choosing a name that suits your dog's personality.
Jack Russell Racing
For people with Jack Russells that just can't seem to get enough exercise no matter how much you take them for a walk, you may want to look into the high-intensity sport of Jack Russell racing. This may be just the ingredient you need in your JRT's life to use up that energy.
If you're researching the breed because you're thinking about buying a JRT, this Jack Russell Terrier info covers some of the common questions asked by people considering a new Jack Russell pet.
Jack Russell Online Game
There's a very addictive online game all about a little Jack Russell dog trying to reach his food bowl. You have to guide the Jack Russell across a series of platforms, avoiding mines, collecting bones and eventually making it to the food bowl. Try out the
Jack Russell game.
The Complete Jack Russell Dog Training Ebook
If you enjoy the information on this site and want to know more about training your JRT and keeping it under control, I've written an ebook called The Jack Russell Lover's Ultimate Guide To Training. It's a complete guide to understanding Jack Russell psychology and how to train your JRT in a way that works with the natural instincts of this unique breed.