Jack, JRT, Jack Russell Terrier.
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.
Average Lifespan: 13 – 16 years
Pedigree Breed? Yes
Height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 6.4 – 8.2 kg
Pros and Cons of owning a Jack Russell Terrier
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.
Extremely playful throughout their lives.
Their high energy and drive make them ideally suited to agility.
Not so goods
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 of the same sex.
What's it all about?
The Jack Russell Revolution
Is a Jack Russell Terrier the perfect dog? We sure think so. All that character in a small, lap sized package. But they need rules or they will rule the house (let's be honest, it's that sparky nature that we love about them). This site is here to give you the tools you need to take care of your best pal and regain some control in your house. A Jack Russell that doesn't bark at the postman? Well we're still working on that one...
The history of the Jack Russell
Jack Russell’s are among the most popular dogs in the world and ranked 11th most popular in the UK. The Jack Russell was named after Reverend John Russell who first created the breed from a white-coated Fox Terrier. First appearing in the UK during the 1800s, the breed was further developed in Australia and America resulting in the Russell Terrier and Parson Terrier.
Jack Russell’s were bred to be a working dog. Originally bred to bolt foxes from their dens during hunts. They are still highly skilled hunters. After WW2, the requirement for Jack Russell Terriers as hunting dogs fell, but as pets they became steadily more popular in the UK. They were bred with Corgis, Chihuahuas and other smaller breeds of terrier. The offspring of these crosses became known as “Puddin’ Dogs” or “Shortie Jacks”. Tail docking Jack Russell’s was common to avoid them getting caught or broken down rabbit holes. But it is no longer allowed in the UK and there are heavy fines involved if a JRT’s tail has been docked.
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.
Meet the Founders
Hey, Jo here
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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