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Understanding and Training a Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is hardy, bold and high spirited, and is usually on top of whatever activity is going on. Be careful not to squash this breed's spirit, rather use their sense of self-importance as a reward in training.

Due to the hunting and chasing instincts and that most JRTs are independent explorers, it is more difficult to teach this breed recall. Therefore until it is firmly learnt, they should not be let off-lead except for a safe, enclosed area.

It is important that the breed understand the word "no" in the training process and be rewarded for desired behaviour through their many highly favoured toys, games and activities.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Jack Russell Terrier

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 1 6- 18 lbs (7 - 8 kg); 12 - 14 inches
  • General Temperament: Alert & Lively
  • General Description: Appreciate this breed's spirit and help channel their energy and you will be rewarded with a perfect, compact little companion.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required   x      
Activity Indoors x        
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

Bred in England in the 1800's to run with foxhounds for up to 20 miles, or more. Some British terrier clubs reduced the height from 12-14 includes to 9 inches, and for this reason, there are varied standards for the Jack Russell Terrier breed, all otherwise bred as a vermin hunter and companion. The Parsons Jack Russell will always be the taller original.


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