Originally bred a hunting dog, a Jack Russell Terrier is a loyal, happy, intelligent dog that loves to play fetch all day long.




Fearless to a fault, the Jack Russell Terrier is a merry, cheeky, devoted and loving breed. They are extremely intelligent and thrive on action and adventure. Because they have a tendency to bore easily, a lack of mental stimulation can make them moody or destructive. They are playful and get along well with children and strangers, though teasing and taunting could make them hostile (like anyone really).

If socialised from a young age, your Jack Russell Terrier can get along with other dogs. However they prefer being in single-pet households. Professional obedience training is suggested from an early age to bring out the best in your buddy.

Fun fact: A Jack Russell Terrier can leap

as high as five times its own height.

Jack Russell Terriers were originally bred in England for hunting foxes. They are hunters at heart and enjoy wandering, chasing and digging. They never seem to tire and can be full of energy, even after you’ve called it a day. Being highly active, a daily run or hunting game will be beneficial. Make sure to exercise them morning and night if no one is home during the day. They can also be very vocal. Luckily, they’re low- maintenance and a regular brush is all that’s needed for a healthy dog.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Common ailments include eye diseases and hearing problems. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Jack Russell Terrier is a small to medium sized breed weighing between 6 and 8kgs, with a height between 25 and 38cms.


While they benefit most when they have access to a yard, if exercised enough they will happily live in an apartment.

Energy Levels

Like a marathon runner, always on the go. A daily walk, run or game of fetch is a must-do for this pet.

Difficulty of Training

Lots of training is essential for a well-behaved dog.

Family Suitability

This dog is suitable for all households with proper training. They also make good watchdogs. 

Compatibility with other Pets

Their natural hunting instinct means they don’t always befriend other family pets.

 Need for Company

They can handle some time alone, as long as you provide lots of toys and make sure you exercise them.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

Low-maintenance: just brush weekly and bathe when necessary. They have a short double coat, generally white with black or tan markings.


They shed a moderate amount of hair.

Tendency to Bark

They are strong communicators and will frequently let you know what they think, not to mention how much they love you.

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