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Jack Russell Terrier - Photos and Breed Information

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May 2, 2006
Breed Description: The Parson Russell Terrier, also commonly called the Jack Russell Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog with muscular hind legs, a strong neck and docked tail. Initially developed to hunt small quarry, this breed's small, flexible chest, long body and adequately long legs, enable it to pursue game underground or trail hounds during overland pursuits. This dog breed is lively and alert and makes an excellent companion for adults or children.

Group: Terrier Group

Purpose of Breed: Going to the ground and ratting

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Average Size: Ranges from 10 inches to 15 inches and 13 to 17 pounds.

Color(s): White, white with black or tan markings or a combination of these three colors.

Coat Type: This breed has a double coat with a short, dense undercoat and a smooth, broken or rough outer coat.

Grooming: The coat of the Jack Russell Terrier requires minimal grooming to keep it in top form. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Exercise Needs: This athletic little dog is suitable to apartment living provided he gets ample time to play and enjoys the benefits of regular exercise. Due to his lively nature and hunting heritage, this breed should be exercised on a lead or allowed to roam in a safely enclosed yard.


Temperament: The Jack Russell Terrier is intelligent, confident and easy to train. This breed is very lively, overtly affectionate and makes a wonderful playmate for children. When hunting, the Jack Russell shows courage, single-mindedness and great tenacity.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems and dislocated kneecaps.

Life Expectancy: Averages 13-15 years.

Trivia: This breed got its name from a renowned British fox hunter, the Reverend John Russell, also called "The Sporting Parson." The Jack Russell Terrier was accepted in the AKC registry in 1997.

More Information: Parson Russell Terrier Association of America

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March 10, 20150 found this helpful

What food should I not give miniature Jack Russels?

By Terry



March 14, 20150 found this helpful

Don't give them the cheap grocery store food if you can help it. Grain-free, soy-free food is probably best, or a high quality natural food with rice but no wheat, corn or soy.

Unseasoned, uncured cooked meat is fine at times, but don't give human food like grocery store roast chicken, deli meats or bites of fast food burgers. No chips, cookies, hot dogs, etc. no matter how much they like it.

Don't feed grocery store type treats that have a lot of ingredients like corn, soy, textured vegetable protein, meat by-products and artificial coloring. Don't feed any treats that come from China.

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April 24, 20130 found this helpful

How do I know if I have a mini Jack Russel Terrier of a Fox Terrier?

By D. Doyle from Dublin, Ireland



April 26, 20130 found this helpful

Your canine vet should be able to tell. Also, Google Image Search is your friend:

FOX TERRIERS - … .img.gMG2nAohbx0

JACK RUSSELLS - … 1024&bih=654

As you can see from the two sets of images, generally, JRs have a shorter, stouter, short haired body with shorter legs; FT are a little taller with longer, leaner, bodies and legs and their coats are made up of longer, more coarse hair.

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August 11, 2010

Daisy, Maisey and Snickers are 7 weeks old. They are Jack Russells. They were born on Feb. 25, 2010. They like chewing and chasing the cat. They play hard and sleep hard! LOL

By Lisa

Three Jack Russell puppies asleep.


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March 20, 2011

Duke is a seven year old Jack Russell. There was an ad in the paper, and my Mom and I went to look at the puppies. The lady said that Duke had not been sold, and she was asking less for him because he did not look as good as the other puppies. We knew immediately that he was the dog we wanted. I couldn't stand the thought of all the puppies being adopted and Duke being left behind because he was different.

Duke loves to play with the cat, Squeaky. We do have to keep an eye on him because he is at least 10 lbs. overweight. He doesn't realize how much bigger he is than the cat, and he gets a little rough sometimes. He loves to chase any cat or dog that doesn't belong out of the yard with zeal! He is very smart and was easy to train to stay in the yard without a fence. He also loves to sneak in the house and sit in Dad's recliner. His favorite thing is to take a walk to the pond with Dad.

Duke belongs to my Mom and Dad, but I always say he is part mine because I take care of him for my parents when they travel. They do not have a computer and wanted me to enter Duke, because he had saved me from being attacked one night.

Duke is a very brave and protective dog. I was up at Mom and Dad's checking on things because they were out of town. The only time we put Duke in a fence is when they go out of town and don't take him with them. I had let him out and was standing outside with him talking to my sister on my cell phone.

While I talked, I noticed 2 young men walking up the road. I thought this odd because it was dark and after 7 pm. There is a big light outside and it shines to the road, so that is why I was able to see the young men pass by. They walked up the road to my parents top drive, turned around and walked back down the road to the bottom drive. At that point, I noticed they had split up and I only saw one man. I then heard the other man running toward me up the yard in the darkness, and the young man at the bottom of the driveway started to run up toward me also.

When he did, Duke went into protection mode and jumped as high as the man's chest. When he did this, I made a dash for the door and locked myself in the house. I heard Duke growling and it sounded like he was tearing someone up. It got quiet after a few minutes, and Duke came to the patio door. I looked around and didn't see anyone so I let him inside.

I called the police and gave the best description that I could considering that it was dark. I thought that I had seen one of the young men before, but I wasn't sure so I just gave a description. The policeman told me that he knew by my description exactly who I was talking about. He said that this person had outstanding warrants and that they had been looking for him.

The policeman had received a tip about where this person was, and was going there after he got my report to try and make an arrest. He also said that, if not for Duke, it could have turned into a very scary and dangerous situation for me. I had never been scared to go out at night at my house or my Mom's house. We live less than 1/4 mile from each other and it took me a while to get over being afraid.

Duke should have received a medal that night for being my hero and saving me from something that could have been really bad.

By Melissa

Duke (Jack Russell)

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February 24, 2011

I lost my Hayley Girl 11/30/2010, and I'm still missing her! She had been fine at Thanksgiving and five days later, I lost her. We had been for a long walk just the day before, which she so loved, and had missed, since my Mother has been so sick.

A friend called to check on my Mother, and I told her I had to quickly take Hayley to the Vet. She said, "I'm going with you"; neither of us knowing we weren't bringing her home." She had been so healthy, and no symptoms until the very end. She had a large tumor on her spleen, and was bleeding internally. My friend and I were both in shock!

I had to make a quick decision, and a very hard one. The Vet said, "Even if she made it through surgery, she may have 6 weeks to live." My friend and I prayed and prayed, and cried and cried. Finally, I knew God had made the decision that was best. I couldn't stand to see her in pain; nor take the chance of doing surgery, and her still suffering or no quality life. It was a hard decision, but I had to let my Hayley Girl go.

I'm still grieving and miss her every, every, every day. She would have been 14 on Feb 27, 2011. I thank God for having her for almost 14 years, but I still so hurt for her unconditional love. What a doll she was! Thanks for listening. I have tears stream down my face. There will never been another Hayley. I miss you girl, and all your love, kisses and especially the love you had for me. You understood me and were so in-tuned to me that you just knew the right thing to do to make Mommy smile. I love you and there will always be a place in my heart for you. xxoo

Source: In Memory of My Hayley Girl 02/27/1997-11/30/2010

By Judy C. from Collierville, TN

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December 8, 2011

Shinook is a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier. My coworker and friend had Jack Russells and bred them. I got one from the last litter. He was 6 weeks old when we were able to bring him home.

He loves to dig, hunt, and search for things. Shinook also like to swim, give kisses, go horse back riding with me, and make new friends. He was a father figure to a baby crow he found last spring under our evergreen tree. We raised it to an adult and named it Jett. This fall, he flew away. We miss him, but had so much fun with him. Jett loved everyone, especally Shinook.

By Connie

Shinook the Jack Russell Terrier looking at Jett the Crow

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March 16, 2011

Buddy is one year old. He is a Jack Russell Terrier. We got Buddy as a puppy after we saw an ad in the paper for Jack Russell puppies. Our daughter has been wanting one since she was 2, so we called and the lady had 1 puppy left.

Buddy Jack Russell Terrier

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March 4, 2015

Sadie has been one of my best friends since I was 11 years old. She is a specialist at scaring away monsters, and waking me from bad dreams. Though she has never had any pups, she is a full blown momma. She loves children and will nag you if there are any crying.

A Jack Russel Terrier looking at the camera.

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October 10, 2012

Sproetjies is a 1 year old Jack Russell. I bought Sproetjies from a pet store in November 2011. I often go to pet shops to cuddle the small cats and dogs, and when I saw those two big eyes, I just couldn't resist. Sproetjies likes sneaking into the house. Whenever you are looking for her, you can just go and look ~ you'll probably find her curled up on my bed. She also likes chasing birds, eating plants, and running after bugs. She is a very busy dog and has enough energy for three dogs! Sproetjies likes to be the center of attention. She does not like it one bit if one shows affection to the other dogs.

Sproetjies (Jack Russel)

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September 16, 2016

I got Shinook from a coworker where I'm a dog groomer at a veterinary animal hospital. Shinook loves to swim, play fetch, hunt rodents, go fishing in the boat with us, he walks along when I'm horse back riding, and play with his human daddy.

Chinook on his bed

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October 23, 2008

Skippy is a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier. My husband brought her home along with our other jack after our oldest dog passed away.

skippy jack russell terrier

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January 25, 2011

Molly-Pops is a Jack Russell. She was 5 when we got her from a farm. She's a very good rat and bird catcher. That's good for her, but not for me.

Molly-Pops (Jack Russell)

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January 3, 2008

Spotty is a Jack Russell Terrier and was born on the 26th of January, 2007. My brother owns his mum, she had a litter of ten. Never heard of a Jack Russell having ten puppies, only four survived. They have all stayed in our family.

Spotty jack russell

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March 5, 2012

Sproetjies is a 5 month old Jack Russell. I bought Sproetjies at our local pet shop. I like going to the pet shop to cuddle some of the puppies and kittens, but when I saw her face, I immediately knew that she had won me over.

jack russell puppy

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March 2, 2015

Duke became part of the family in the summer. We adopted him from a friend of ours.

Jack Russel Terrier

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August 3, 2010

Buddy is about 2 years old. His breed is Jack Russell and I have no idea! But he is MOSTLY a Jack! I adopted him through the Animal Shelter in Oct 2008. He has toys that he will play with. Loves the orange ball. He will bring it to you but won't give it to you!

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May 3, 2010

Naughty Spottie is a 4 and a half year old Jack Russel Terrier. I took part of my rent money, drove to Rugby and picked her up at the Cenex, second guessing myself all the way there.

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June 6, 2006

Skippy is 1 1/2 years old and is a Jack Russell Terrier. Last October after losing our original Jack Russell to old age, we acquired two more. This is the one that loves to pose. . .

skippy jack russell terrier

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March 26, 2016

I got him from my friend who raised them for a short time. He loves being outside, hunting, and going to work with me, I am a dog groomer, he loves going for rides in the car or on the tractor, and fetching things.

Shinook (Jack Russell Terrier)

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June 2, 2010

My cat Tarbaby was missing and thinking the pound might have picked him up I went to the local shelter looking for him. That's when I saw her big golden brown eyes peering out at me from a very small cramped cage.

Co-co Belle on Bed

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January 8, 20071 found this helpful

Nina Bella Loor (Jack Russell Terrier). Nina is three years old. She is a pure breed Jack Russell Terrier. I got my pet after my rabbit died so I wouldn't be upset. My godmother gave Nina to me on April 8, 2003.

nina bella jack russell

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February 21, 2008

Frangelico (AKA Frannie) is 2 1/2 years old. She is supposed to be a Jack Russell. My daughter and I were running errands and just by chance stopped to see the animals at the humane society. We adopted her that day, thinking she was 6 weeks old, but she was actually only about 3 weeks.

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August 22, 2007

Wills and Pearl for short - Brave Sweet William and Pearl Girl. He isn't brave and/or sweet but is very willful. Pearl is 100% girl! Wills is almost seven and Pearl just turned six - they have the same sire.

Wills And Pearl (Jack Russell Terrier)

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April 5, 20051 found this helpful

This is the second photo I am sending in of my litte Jack Russell Terrier, Rocky. In this one, he is 14 months old. He is a very smart and lovable little dog. He loves to have fun and is a joy to have around.

rocky jack russell

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September 15, 2015

Dicey came from the preacher's house, where a litter of puppies were born next door. My son named her Dicey because she had 3 dice shaped markings on her when she was born. She has been a faithful pet over the years. I can't think of not having her.

lying down with her toy

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February 8, 20050 found this helpful

Cookie is a Jack Russell Terrier, approx 10 mos.old and 11 pounds of fun. She is very calm, loveable she does get wild but that is only outside. She does chase our spoiled cat Scottie around and Scottie is not sure about that but loves Cookie.

Jack Russell Terrier

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August 15, 2017

In 2002 a neighbor's dog had several Jack Russell puppies, and the moment this little dog's eyes met mine, I knew it was true love forever. Russell loves to watch TV with me and when he sees a dog on a commercial, he'll run behind and all around the TV to try and find the dog.

Russell (Jack Russell Terrier)

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March 24, 20060 found this helpful

BOO is our 10 month old Jack Russell. My son got her for his birthday. Besides liking to eat my things, she is a true mischief maker, hyper but that cute face saves her every time.

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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Hayley is a Jack Russell and will be 13 years old on 2/27/10. I got my Hayley for my 50th b'day. My son came home from college and that was my gift! She LOVES to walk, play, snuggle, and greet people when they come to visit.

Hayley was named after the Hale Bopp Comet of 1997, and even though she is turning 13; she still is full of life. She still acts as a pup and loves unconditionally! Come join our party!

By Judy from Collierville, TN


Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Happy 13th Birthday Sweet Girl! Our Tucker, a Pembroke Welsh corgi turned 13 on Jan. 29th. Tucker still acts like a puppy. We love him dearly and of course he is so spoiled, just like Hayley.

By K9cats

Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

She's really cute and I love her name. (03/21/2010)

By keeper60

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March 19, 20100 found this helpful

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Hayley is 10 years old today, February 27, 2007. She is a Jack Russell Terrier. My son gave me Hayley for my birthday in April, 1997. I had to put my Sheltie (Lady) down whom was 12 yrs old, and said I wasn't going to have another dog. Since, I'm a people person; everyone suggested that I get over losing my Lady, and get a Jack Russell. So, glad I did. She is fantastic, and so much fun and company!

Hayley loves to walk, walk, walk in any kind of weather. When she sees me put on my walking shoes, she goes for her leash. She also likes to play with her toys, and for me to interact. But most of all she loves to cuddle. And when it's time for bed; she gets under the covers, and has to be touching me at all times. She also is my alarm clock, and paws at me to awaken me.

Hayley was named after the the Halle Bopp Comet of 1997. We thought this was a very appropriate name for her, considering the time of her birth. Her nickname by many people is "Comet."

By Judy from Collierville, TN


Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Happy 10th Birthday to Hayley! She's a darling little girl and I wish her, and you, many more happy birthdays together. Give her a big hug and kiss for me. (02/27/2007)

By tedsmom

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Thanks for your sweet feedback. Hayley will be glad to know that she's getting an "extra" hug and kiss from you to celebrate her birthday.

Hayley's Mom (02/27/2007)

By Judy

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Happy Birthday Hayley. I know how much you mean to your mommie and how much a joy you are to her. We love our 'babies'!

Tery O.

Tery O.

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Just about the prettiest Jack I have ever seen. Have fun chasing squirrels. (02/28/2007)

By Linda

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Happy Birthday Hayley Lynn! We love you! You are too cute of a dog even at your growing age of 10!

I'll always know when Hayley was born and given to you (Judy), because that's the day your wonderful son, Wade, came into my life, my sweet, sweet husband now and forever! love, (02/28/2007)

By Wade, Marsha, and Walker

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

I also have a Jack Russell who will be 9 years old on March 29th. I have had dogs all my life but never one that is so devoted as this one. The first year he was so active I thought I would go nuts but he has turned out to be the best dog I have ever had. I absolutely adore him and he sleeps with me every night. He has definitely filled my empty nest syndrome. (03/12/2007)

By mawmawto4

Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Hayley just turned 12, and still going strong! I'm a happy Mommy. We celebrated HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAYELY 2/27/09... (03/02/2009)

By Judy Carol

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Happy Birthday Hayley (Jack Russell Terrier)

Hope you had a Happy Birthday Hayley! I have had other dogs and they are ALL wonderful but there is just something about a Jack Russell! I am having so much fun with our two Jack Mixes and they keep my other doggy (maybe a whippet/Sheppard mix) on her toes and keep her going! Give Hayley a belated birthday hug from her friends: Sadie, Gracie and Tessie! (06/07/2009)

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February 10, 2010

Buster is a three year old Jack Russell Terrier. He was being abused, and ran away from his owner. He was very skinny, and cowered a lot. He also had a rope tied very tight around his neck when I found him. I took him in, fed and loved him. He has been with me ever since.

He loves to chase squirrels. Thank God, he doesn't catch them. He's a real talker and runs like a gazelle. I have a very large fenced yard, so no chains, leashes or collars. I am very blessed, finding him and all my others.

By Deby from Kansas

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