Facts about Jack Russell's, JRT, Terriers.

Whatever you call them this small breed of dog is the perfect companion for an owner that can give them the time and dedication they deserve.

Milo the Jack Russell Puppy yawn
Looking after a Jack Russell Terrier

Quick Facts about Jack Russell’s

Average Lifespan: 13 – 16 years

Pedigree Breed? Yes 

Height: 25 – 30 cm

Weight: 6.4 – 8.2 kg

Jack Russell Terrier Breed Info

Famous Jack Russel's

The Jack Russell’s intelligence and charisma have led them to be quite well known over the years. From great explorers to starring roles here’s a roundup of some of the most memorable JR’s.

Nipper the perhaps the first famous Jack Russell, born in 1884. He was the inspiration for the painting Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph, later renamed to His Master’s Voice. But it’s probably better known for it’s later use as the HMV logo.

A Jack Russell named Bothy made history in 1982 as part of the Transglobe Expedition. Owned by explorer Ranulph Fiennes, he became the first dog to travel to both the north and south poles. An impressive ‘tale’.

Father and son team Moose and Enzo played Eddie in the long-running sitcom Fraser. Perhaps best known for the famous Jack-Russell-stares that unnerve the radio psychiatrist. They received more fan mail than any other character on the show.

In the Mask starring Jim Carey the real star was Max. The Jack Russell Terrier played the role of Milo (after which our very own JR is named!) who is one of Stanley Ipkiss’s only friends in the 1994 U.S film.

Pros and Cons of owning a Jack Russell Terrier

If you’re asking yourself “Should I get a Jack Russell Terrier?” consider these facts about Jack Russell’s to see if they’re the right dog breed for you.

Advantages of owning a Jack Russell

Small, affectionate and loyal.

Great around children of all ages if socialised.

Great for pest control.

Lively companions who love the outdoors.

Highly intelligent.

Extremely playful throughout their lives.

Their high energy and drive make them ideally suited to agility.

Not so goods about Jack Russell's

Does not like to be left alone.

Can be destructive if bored.

Needs a lot of attention, exercise and set rules.

Hunting instinct very strong.

Can bark excessively if not properly trained.

Sheds fur quite heavily throughout the year.

Can be aggressive towards other dogs, particularly of the same sex.

The Jack Russell Family

Meet the family

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Milo likes a lap and doesn't get involved with the others rough and tumble games. He likes to play with cuddly toys but the others destroy them before he gets a chance. His sister Pepper is definitely Alpha, but he doesn't care as long as he gets a lap, he's not fussy who's!

Jack Russell Puppies


Pepper is obsessed with lights and has even been known to chase the odd shadow. She excels at hunting and is very independent, sometimes "forgetting" to come back when called. She is mum of five, the two boys (left and right above) stayed in the family.

Jack Russell Terrier Breed Info


Patch is the soppy one, nearly twice the size of the others he's a gentle giant that is completely food dominated. He likes anything small and cute and gets protective over young members of the family.

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The smartest of the bunch, Mint has all the intelligence of Pepper with the added bonus of actually listening! He can do all sorts of tricks and will bend over backwards for a treat. He gets grumpy late at night when he needs time to himself away from his loud family!

Jo Williams and the Jack Russell

Jo Williams

As you can see I started looking after Jack Russell Terriers at a young age. They have been a part of the family ever since, in fact, JR's were in my family long before I was! I started this blog to share all of the knowledge of keeping Jack Russell's my family has gained through the years. In the hopes of helping you and your doglet.

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