Jack Russell Terrier
Description: The Jack Russell Terrier or Parson Jack Russell Terrier is a small, agile, brave terrier, who is good at hunting small animals like foxes and raccoons. Like other terriers they may bore easily and are capable of inventing their own entertainment. Jack Russell Terriers are a tough little dog who is clean and a convenient size for a companion. Jack Russell Terrier are bold and friendly, athletic and clever. At work Jack Russell Terriers are a game hunter, tenacious and courageous. At home they are playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. The Jack Russell is an independent and energetic terrier and requires their due portion of attention.
*Note: The name of the Jack Russell Terrier was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier effective April 1, 2003 as requested by the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America, which was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America.
Other Names: Parson Jack Russell Terrier
Height: 12 - 14 inches
Weight: 13 - 17 lbs.
Colors: White with black, tan or lemon or solid white.
Coat: Smooth or rough and broken.
Temperament: Jack Russell Terriers are alert, lively, bold.
With Children: Yes, especially active children.
With Pets: Will chase anything small that moves. They also may be scrappy with other dogs.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.
Care and Training: Jack Russell Terrier need minimal brushing of their coat Bathe only when necessary. Jack Russell Terriers should receive daily exercise or outdoor activity. Early firm training is necessary to prevent a hyperactive dog.
Learning Rate: High
Living Environment: Will do well in an apartment if exercised or a house with a fenced backyard.
Health Issues: Dislocated kneecaps, eye problems.
Life Span: 13 - 15 years
Litter Size: 4 - 8
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: In 1819 a student by the name of Jack Russell came across a terrier who he developed into the Jack Russell Terrier over the course of sixty years by crossing distinctive strains of fox terriers. Even though there are many variations of the Jack Russell Terrier the British Kennel Club in 1990 only recognized the Parson Jack Russell Terrier.
First Registered by the AKC: 1998
AKC Group: Terrier
Registries: AKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC