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Jack Russell Terrier


Overview of Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, Jackie, or whatever name you want to call them, are pups that approach life with maximum intensity! Originating in England in the 1800s to pursue foxes above and below ground, these cuties get their name from hunting enthusiast and preacher John "Jack" Russell. His passion helped create one of the most impressive hunting terriers around! With their quirky personalities and expressive faces, Jack Russell Terriers are natural choices for TV and cinema. Eddie on Frasier and wise-cracking Wishbone have forever melted our hearts with their on-screen charisma. A Jackie’s folded ears aren't just cute - they protect their inner ear from debris while chasing foxes above ground or digging in holes. Parson Terriers come in two coat textures: smooth and rough. Both coat types require daily brushing to remove dead hair and prevent irritation, since they tend to have sensitive skin. Jack Russell Terriers come in solid white, white with black or tan patches, or tricolor (white, black, and tan). True to terrier kind, these pups are always ready to play, chase and bark up a storm!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Jack Russell Terrier

Cushing’s Disease:

Is an adrenal disorder where cortisol (stress hormone) levels are too high, impacting many body processes such as digestion and metabolism.

Recommendations for Cushing’s Disease in Jack Russell Terrier Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Jack Russell Terrier

Luxating Patella:

Is a condition that can be characterized by a patella (kneecap) that dislocates or moves out of its normal location. This is a common health issue in small breeds like the Jack Russell Terrier and may cause mobility issues later on.

Recommendations for Luxating Patella in Jack Russell Terrier Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Jack Russell Terrier


A common health issue among Parson Terriers is atopic dermatitis. The most common symptom is an itchy face and paws but it can happen anywhere on the body. This itchy skin can lead to other secondary infections (from repetitive chewing and licking).

Recommendations for Dermatitis in Jack Russell Terrier Dogs:



These pups are bred to be athletic, making it easy for them to jump 5 times their height. They’re also independent problem solvers, so don’t be surprised if a Jack Russell Terrier consistently outsmarts you! Due to their compact size, these dogs are able to adapt to apartment life just fine as long as they get enough exercise (minimum of one hour of intense exercise per day to avoid restlessness and destructive behavior). A Parson Terrier would be happiest in a family with children over six years old and may not be a great choice for babies or toddlers. If you want to take one of these adorable pups home, be prepared for a high-energy, tenacious little companion who will always let you know what's on their mind!

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