Jack Russell Terrier: Smart and Spirited

Breed History

Ever wonder where the Jack Russell Terrier got its name? They were bred by Rev. John Russell to be small, terrier-like hunting dogs and the perfect hunting companions. They have a lot of energy and endurance, as they would have to run alongside or ahead of their owners, who were on horseback!

Two distinct breeds emerged from this original family of terriers: The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes both the Parson Russell Terrier and the Russell Terrier. Based on AKC breed standards, the Russell Terrier is shorter and boxier than the Parson Russell Terrier. However, all these dogs could be considered part of the Jack Russell Terrier family.

Personality with a Punch

Jack Russell Terriers are small dogs with a lot of personality. The breed can be between 10 and 15 inches tall and weigh between 13 and 17 pounds. However, regardless of size, breeders have managed to pack a lot of energy and spunk into these dogs!

As small as this terrier might be, he does need a lot of space and a lot of exercise and attention to keep him from getting into trouble. Make sure you have a big, enclosed space and some challenging toys to keep your pup entertained. If his home is an apartment, be prepared to dedicate at least one hour every day to vigorous exercise.

Health Concerns

This is a relatively healthy breed, living between 13 and 15 years on average. Because these dogs like to root around outside, make sure to protect their skin and be vigilant about their dental health. Regular teeth-brushing and feeding kibble that helps reduce tartar formation should keep their dental hygiene in check.

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