Jack Russell Terrier

Small Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Jack Russell Terrier is the modern descendent of the hardy terriers developed by the Reverend John Russell in the early 19th century.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Energetic owners with high garden fences who are looking for loyalty.

Not the best for ...

Keen gardeners as these little dogs love to dig – and they'll dig up everything!

Aliases

Jack, JRT, Jack Russell

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Small
Small - but bigger than most cats

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

variable (smooth, spikey)

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

15 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

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