Jack Russell Terrier Personality: Small Dog, Big Attitude

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Jack Russell Terrier (caption: Jack Russell Terrier)The Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog with a particularly big attitude. This breed’s roots are in fox hunting and using its petite size to its advantage. Learn more about why it has earned a place in the hearts (and homes) of dog lovers everywhere.

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It is thought that the Jack Russell Terrier found its beginnings from the English White Terrier when Reverend John Russell purchased a small, talented terrier from his local milkman.

As a hunter himself, it was important Russell had a fox hunting dog that was able to keep up with the hunt as well as drive out the foxes from their holes. John Russell later began a breeding program in which he strived to breed courageous fox hunters with good stamina. (Note: the name “fox terrier” comes from their ability to fox hunt and not for any relation to the Fox Terrier).

By the 1850s these dogs were recognized as a specific breed and where the Jack Russell Terrier officially began. However, over time, the demands and traits of the dog changed. Around 1894, Blake Heinemann created a breed standard for terriers who were skilled at digging out badgers. This type of dog required shorter legs and is believed that is why the Jack Russell began to shrink down in size from Reverend Russell’s larger fox terrier.

From Hunting To Household

After World War II, there was less demand for hunting dogs, so the Jack Russell began to serve as a domesticated companion. During this time they were also crossbred with a variety of other smaller dogs creating a wide range of offshoots from the Jack Russell Terrier including “Shortie Jacks.

As society moved further away from post-war life, the terrier became a popular dog among households worldwide and prompted the formation of a variety of breed recognition clubs.

Physical Traits

While there have been some changes in the Jack Russell over its history (namely in its height and leg length) the actual breed has changed very little for the past two hundred years or so.

Today’s standard for the breed has the following characteristics:

  • Measures between 10 – 15 inches tall at the withers
  • Weighs anywhere from 14 – 18 lbs
  • A thick double coat which serves as protection
  • Generally white with brown and black spots
  • Small ears that are triangular
  • One of the most favored characteristics of the spunky Jack Russell Terrier is its almond-shaped eyes that shine with life and excitement
  • The average lifespan is around fifteen years

Jack Russel Terrier PuppyThe tradition of docking the tail so it may serve as a handle to hold while pulling a ratting dog from a hole is still intact today (although rarely done for practicality it is mostly done for the look of it.). Find out more about dog tail and ear docking (i.e., cropping).  When not docked, its tail often carries patched markings similar to those on the dog’s coat.

Personality: Loves To Work (And Lives To Play)

Jack Russell Terriers are hunting dogs by nature, so they enjoy running and chasing. As a result, this is a high energy dog and requires adequate exercise and stimulation. Without sufficient activity, they are prone to destruction of property and terrorization of other household pets (and children).

The high energy level of the Jack Russell Terrier is a good fit for athletic individuals who are looking for a dog that can keep up with them. The Terrier’s energy level is also particularly useful when training in agility or other outdoor activities like catch and fetch.

This breed is also known for its intelligence and often used in Hollywood films and commercials due to its high trainability. Unfortunately, as traditional working dogs, they are also prone to barking and making noise to gain the attention of its master and frighten foxes and badgers.

While they are family-oriented dogs, and generally do well with children, they do not tolerate being pulled on and taunted the way more family-friendly breeds like Labrador Retrievers do. This smart little dog is not afraid to nip or bite back when it feels it is threatened. Otherwise, they’re a happy breed and thrive when respected.

Jack Russell Terriers also tend to fall into what is referred to as “Small Dog Syndrome” (when they try and make up for their size with a bigger personality). So you should maintain a firm and confident hand throughout your dog’s training and obedience classes and establish your position as the alpha.

Potential Health Concerns

The Jack Russell Terrier is generally a healthy animal, but they do have a few common health problems:

  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Deafness (common among white-coated dogs)
  • Legg Perthes (a disease that affects the dogs hip joints)
  • Inherited eye diseases

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If a Terrier suffers from any ailment, it should not be ignored or untreated. For instance, a Jack Russell with a dislocated kneecap should limit exercise, or it could cause additional problems, including depression.

When adopting any breed, it’s essential to ask about any problems that exist (in the dog itself or its litters). If unknown, doing a dog DNA test is a worthwhile way to find out potential health risks. Learn what you can discover with a dog DNA test.

Video: Jack Russell Terrier Facts

Watch this short video to learn even more fun facts about this breed from the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (and see them in action).

Best Toys & Treats

If you need some ideas on what your Jack Russell Terrier might like, check out our list below. Jack Russell Terrier can go through toys fast because they like to chew, so we suggest buying toys in bulk when cheaper.

Jack Of All Trades: Master Of Fun

Part of ensuring that the Jack Russell Terrier is the right breed for you involves maintaining an active home with regular, daily stimulation. Just because they are small, doesn’t mean they don’t need exercise. Learn more about dog fitness and activity trackers to help keep you and Fido accountable.

An unhappy dog leads to an unhappy family which often leads to rehoming. So be sure the characteristics of your dog are a good match for your family to ensure a loving home for everyone.

Do you have or are you considering a Jack Russell Terrier?

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Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories and more. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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I have read many of the confessions of being owned by a Jack Russell below, and agree with all. I lost Hudy October 31, 2019 at age 12 1/2. He acquired me as a weened pup shortly before I retired, and never left my side until his death. He would describe me as too slow, and not energetic enough. He loved the water, and did get an ear infection as mentioned in another comment. He rode on quads, mowers, and tractors with me, and if not already aboard would stand in front to stop me, so he could get on. I can truly say that he was smartest, most loyal, and affectionate dog I have every met. Truly I replaceable.
Keith Janota
I have a jack russell terrier and chicucca mix he is the best dog ever
I had a Jack for just over 15 years, Buddy was A rescue and the best dog I ever had. Smart, playful and just a great friend. He loved playing with squirrels and our older Lad. If you get a Jack Russell, treat them well and that kindness is returned 10 fold. I lost mine last week at 15 years. Heartbroken but happy I had him. I will be searching for another.
Our loved Maximus was a terrorist, he enjoyed fighting with the pillows until all the feathers were out! My husband had three surgeries last year and Max was at his side all the time. He became ill and had to put him down last Monday. But I can assure that we were so lucky, we had him for 14 wonderful years. He was the best and we miss him too much.
I rescued my female JRT 3 years ago when she was two years old. She was shy, quiet, and timid when I first brought her home. Since then, she has gained an enormous amount of confidence and her JRT personality shined through. These days she is assertive, loud, fearless, loyal, and extremely affectionate and loving. She can definitely be a handful but she’s my best friend and my most loyal companion. Wherever I go, she goes and I wouldn’t want it any other way. ❤️
Chrystal Likens
My husband and I had 2 at one time. We had to put our male down in May 2018 he was 12. We just put our female down last Sat. She was 15. We miss them both so very much. They were both very good dogs.
I have the best JRT EVER! Her name is Wiggles…she is 13 yrs old and still behaves like a puppy sometimes (she’s losing her hearing at this point )I miss her keen sense of hearing that initiated her INSTANTLY greeting me as soon as I put a key in the door when I get home from work, etc., but as soon as she spots me she greets me with every bit of love she has from day one! I just LOVE her terribly and whole-heartedly and I don’t know what I would do without this furry unconditional love♥️ she is my shadow…I could go on and on about her and the happy times I’ve had with her….maybe a book about “MY WIGGLES” one day! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ I hope you all enjoy your fur baby’s as much as I have and always will
I have 7 Jack’s right now some are the taller and some are shorties my males love to go to the woods when I trail ride. All are great watch dogs. They all have very different personalities. I do have one that is with me 24/7. I LOVE them all and will always have a jack in my life.
We adopted a JRT/Poodle mix from a rescue agency 2 yrs ago. He was named “Jack”. It was the name he knew & it really seemed to suit him. We figured he’d been through enough without having to learn a new name. So, he’s now our Jack.
He was around 3 yrs old when we got him. I’ll spare you all the horrors of his life before, and just say there’s a special place in Hell for people who abuse animals.
We’ve worked really hard to help Jack feel safe & loved & it has paid off a hundred fold in the love & joy he gives to us. He’s so darn cute, eager to please, incredibly smart, vigilant about protecting our home, playful, funny & affectionate. He’s an adorable little rascal with a big heart & a great sense of humor. I’m so grateful that we found each other.
My JRT is 14 and a real character she likes her home comforts and is loyal and faithful
Loni K Plank
I had my Jack Russell, maggy., for 13 years. She was my best friend and my constant companion. She was so sweet and smart and i loved her so much. But she could be a hand full sometimes. She loved to play fetch and go on walks and.play in the water but you have to make aure you dry their ears or they get ear infections easily. She was the bestvdog ever.
Raymond Schultz
Yes i have 4 2 male 2 female
Lots of fun allways hunting have a great sense of smell.
We have 3 J.R terriers, Daphne, Eddie, and their puppy, Frasier. Daphne is 17, Eddie is 14 and Frasier is 13 and 1/2. All 3 are as cute as buttons. Daphne gave birth to 9 puppies. We kept only one. Daphne isbtje smartest out of the 3 and the most aggressive. She hates me, the wife, but she loves my husband. She growls at me when she is on the bed watching TV with husband but she had never bitten me. Frasier, the puppy, has been the best chemotherapy doggie, he’s went to chemo with me over the years, but he is extremely protective and will bite. Eddie, the father, spends most of his time with our son Eddie is the most laid back but the most strong. They are a joy and a delight….faithful to a fault and by far the favorite out of all the dogs I’ve ever owned. High energy doesnt even describe them.
We have had three JRTs over the years. Very confident breed. Jasper our current fellow, is very fond of our grandchildren and in general perks up when he sees a child anywhere. He has a deep growl that never translates into action.
Anna Bienkowski
My Jack Russell, Max is such a sweet boy.. He hunt other animals and he loves to cuddle.. My other dog, Sophie loves to hunt, run around and do traditional things.. Max on the other hand is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet..
O have many different breeds of dogs my entire life including; collies, golden retrievers, labs, New Foundlands, schnauzers. I have admired and loved all of them and been amazed at their intelligence and abilities. However, I have been blown away at the intelligence, agility,love of my Jack Russell terrier. She is an extraordinary “human dog”!!!
Steven Keiser
I had German Shepherds my entire life until my last dog was a Jack Russell Terrier ,thee smartest dog I ever had, also another great trait is the seem to not only look like a puppy, but also act like one also its entire life
Deirdre Huizar
I had my Jack Russell Bella for 13 years,she was my everything. She never tore or chewed up anything, she was such an angel. She ended up with cancer and a collapsed lung and I had to put her to sleep. I miss her terribly. She loved her toys and her little dresses that I would bring home to her. I guess I got lucky having a non destructive baby.
So sorry to hear your loss. We have a 14yr old smooth coat named BAXTER. he is joy and fun in a 4 leg package. Life has been the best with him. I hope each year to have him around for ever but reality is such so I just enjoy his little face and love he gives us each day..peace to you
Gabriella Taylor
I just picked up my little 6 week old Jack Russell/Chihuahua & fell immediately in love. Named her Gypsy & 5 days later she is fitting in like a puzzle piece! I also have 2 cats & a senior longhaired female Chi that wants no part of this Party Girl right now! Its all about the “Puppy Breath “! Loving every minute she has been here…
I have the same mix. Love him.
Jacqueline Harris
My JRT Red loves to be rubbed and is spoiled l. True to breed big personality he will up on digs 3-4 Times his size. I love this lil Guy. Him.my baby
Cindy Shankle
We have two female JRT, Charlie and Quinn (Harley Quinn). They give us hours of entertainment; Charlie plays ball 24/7 and Quinn I just wants to snuggle all the time! We have had other breeds in the past, but our Jacks have stolen our hearts!! We’ll never be without one or three!
Jade Green
Zeda is 7. She places her squeaky ball behind my back when I’m asleep, so that when I wake up, I roll on it, and the squeak lets her know I’m awake and ready to play ball! Lol. She loves car surfing, ( head out the window) the beach, kayaking, and chasing any wild thing that moves. She is however, excellent with my cats, which is contrary to her nature. She’s is always a delight and has my ❤️.
Carol Breckel
My Jack is a highly energetic boy that can play ball nearly 24 hours a day. He will rest about 5 minutes when tired and then gets right back at it! He has Basenji mixed in with the Jack and is a handsome boy. He is going to be 7 this year. Even though his face is turning white he doesnt seem to have slowed down much. He is my best friend and loyal protector. He is by my side as often as possible. Pretty much a one person dog. ❤❤
Mine plays ball constantly too.
Becky phillips
I was blessed or crazy to have had two jacks at the same time. Milly was mom to Weezer( the band) who was whelped at my bedside. They had boundless energy, huge personalities and were my best friends. Both of them lived to 17.5 years
Weezer died April 18 and I am still crying. Peace.
I had a Jack Russell (Willie Jak) tri-colored Loved loved loved him …I had him for 13 years…he had stomach cancer. I vowed I wouldn’t have another dog. I had lost my best friend…so painful..still miss him. About a year later, my niece (a dog lover also) found a rescue dog, Riley. I couldn’t resist!!! He is my little buddy ..mostly jack Russell but has funny ears. He is totally different from Willie Jak..and We love each other so much!!!
Shelly Nichols
My 10 years old boy JRT is Spot. He is very handsome. I got him when he was 7 weeks old. I like to describe him as being “hard headed” some times, strong willed but always lovable. He will have a plan for you if you do not have one for him. He is very sweet, smart and protective. He likes all the attention and gets fussy if someone gets to close to me. He barks at anything that comes near the house and has nipped at strangers that try to bend over him and chased kis riding by on there bikes. Most people see him and because of his cuteness want to pet him. I have to warn them he can react with dismay. I can not imagine life without Spotty. He loves his balls – he wakes me up in the morning ready to play ball. You have to give him something to do or he will get bored.So I like to throw his balls in the air and let him round them up. He will put them all in a perfect line and wait for me to throw them again. The funniest thing he likes to do is when I am in the shower he likes to put his ball in the tub and have me toss it out. Just a fun loving dog. So far Spot is very healthy and strong. They one thing about this breed is they do not take no mess from anybody. People are often surprised how tough he acts because he is so cute.
Pamela M Castro
My JRT Ashley does have a big personality. Shes 13 now and is mostly white….gas shakiness in her hip area….has recently lost her hearing unfortunately. She is my happy…..go lucky pooch. An avid hunter of lizards…..birds….mice….even caught a squirrel once. Her worst habit is always guarding her food bowl and barking anytime someone gets close to it. Shes always been very spunky and thats what i love about her most. Very loyal and loving. I wish she could live forever…..shes truly one of a kind. Weve only had to have her under the vets care ince for an ear infection. Now im always sure to clean her ears monthly real well to prevent priblems like that.
Latonya Moore
I really would like to have a jack or parson.
Brian L Reiff
4 Jack’s, 1 standard 2 parson 1 shorty. Best dogs ever
Pamela Stein
I unexpectedly lost my most beloved 16 Week old Jack Russell short-legged male “Jacko” 10 Days ago. congenital heart defect. I remain heartbroken.
Active older lady mid-70s own home and garden on 500 sq.m. Johannesburg South Africa. Public park across the road. He was SO clever and loved me So much and me him. He used to jump in the air like a Springbok to retrieve a ball. I am heartbroken. Good friends advise not to get another JR: difficult to train very active need big garden but I only want a small very intelligent dog.
Please advise if you believe I am too old or if JR’s need a bigger garden Thank you.
Galen Hunsucker
I would advise no. My JRT killed two of my older dogs. We got her at 3 months age and she is now one yr old. I am afraid of her now. I don’t know what will set her off. I would like to turn her over to a rescue group that would train her and find a new home for her. I have had dogs all my life and loved each one dearly. I don’t want her put down.
Brenda Olson
We have a Parson and he is really sweet and loyal.I started training ours since we got him ( he was 3months then and now he is turning 4yrs.this Sept 6)on those period of time he only chewed my husband slipper once because he is bored,aside from that he is great and he even trained our Mini Pin we got her when (she is 3months and she is 3yrs.now).Parson or Jacks are really smart and very active. They are full of energy. They need space to play ball and run around.Our Parson is well trained,he gets along with any animals even our chickens. He says hello to them( by smelling their head or their feathers)and after that he walks away. When he was 1yr old he figured out to play soccer through a basketball ball and now that is one of his game and exercise in our backyard and he is really awesome at it, rolling around and even in our house. He loves water and loves to swim in the river and he is really good at it. Russells are smart,too smart that they don’t want to just sit or sleep around. They are hunting/working dogs so, they have to do something everyday to burn those energy. We love our Parson.
How did u train ur jrt? We just got one a couple of weeks ago…shes 11 weeks old now. I am having the worst timw traing her on the puppy pads we r consistent and routine. She just not getting it. Any tips? Angela
Diane Blume
I think you should get ANOTHER JRT! We just lost our 10 month old Missy due to an accident.
We cried and cried. She was our baby girl and went every where with us. She would even come and get in the shower! Her best friend was our chocolate Lab and her brother was a yellow tabby cat.
No, you are not to old. I think a little female would adapt quickly to whatever you offer. They are intelligent and loving. We are getting Missy’s sister on July 12th from another litter. We are counting the days!
Henry Sebastian
We have 1 Russell Terrier her name is Zade she is a short legged dog and meets all the measurements that are given for a Russell Terrier but to us she is a short legged dog. My question is what do you mean by standard?
My Jack, Boscoe, has been my loyal friend that has helped me through my nasty divorce, anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I do not know what I would ever do without him! He is the friendliest dog, with every dog. He’s a lovey and affectionate guy, loves his running and exercise, and is very loyal and protective. He is still not fixed. I’m in hopes of finding a similar female to breed because I have a list of family and friends that want an offspring from my boy! Absolute best dog I have ever had!! And my children’s best friend also, since the were toddlers. Love him. Love the breed!
Henry Sebastian
Where do you live we are in South Louisiana USA and have a very loving and fun female JRT.
Sandra Reuther
I just lost my JRT of 14 and 1/2 years. He was my best friend. Right now all I can find are champion dogs that sell for $2000. I’m looking for a puppy, male or female but would prefer make. I don’t care if it’s a rescue or an adoption. I live in the outskirts of the Chicago area and would be willing to travel somewhat for a new friend. If anyone knows of a puppy that needs a good home and lots of love please email me with JRT Puppies in the subject line. Sreuther@aol.com. Thank you for your time. Sandy Reuther
Go o line to Jack Russell terrier rescue- that’s where we found our sweet boy Buddy!
Jan Bruder
There’s a shorty jack breeder in Larsen WI. Just outside of Oshkosh. I am getting a puppy from her in August. I just lost Stella my JRT for 17 years. I love these dogs!!
We’re getting ours from her on Friday. Please tell me how you are doing with your puppy. I hope you will respond. Do you recommend her puppies? Thank you
How’s your new puppy?
I’m actually looking at a JRT pup in Rockford, IL! Only $300. I’m not interested in papers or any of that Jazz. Type “Jack Russell terriers Hoobly IL” into google and it will pull right up.
Sandy, I am in San Diego. I have a 2 year old rescue that I love with my whole being. She does have some issues, but my health issues may require me to do the best thing for her, which breaks my heart. Please contact me if you think she could be loved as I live her!
Sandy. I have a 14.5 yr old smooth coat. I got him as a puppy from a great breeding family in PA. I will call her and ask if she has any avail. She never charges more than a few hundred dollars over her own cost..ie. I paid 275.00 for pure breed medium leg smooth coat. I’ll keep you posted about any rescues in my area as well. Peace
I have had two JRTs in my life. Both brought me great joy and unconditional love. They have both passed away now. I had a male and female. They are great mousers as the female would sit in my lap and watching for hours if she even thought there was a mouse in the house She always got the mouse. Her name was Abbeysuesuesue. She also had conversations with you. She was a talker. My husband just passed away 2 days ago and I am thinking about rescue or foster definitely. No breeders for me.
Pat Fasula
JRT’s are the best friend you will ever have. One must have much patience in the beginning. Eventually they get the routine and fun begins.
Jane E. Locker
My Buddy is a rescue Jack Russell… He’s calmer and it’s quiet… We think because of the abuse he suffered before I got him. I would not trade Buddy for all the money in the world… He’s smart… Gives new meaning to love and devotion and loyalty… We love him so much… And he doesn’t take crap from Smoki..our rescue Siamese we’ve had nine years since she was a feral kitten… They are both very much loved..
Diana Parker
That’s funny! I have a 4 year old named Hedy, JRT and an 18 year old Siamese cat and a 9 year old Himalayan cat. My Hedy constantly antagonizes the Siamese. It drives me nuts! She doesn’t bother my Himmy as much because she has claws (the Siamese doesn’t). I would never recommend to anyone to being a JRT puppy into a home with older cats because they could potentially fatally harm them. I have been genuinely extremely lucky. I treat all my pets like family and I had no idea what I had in store for me when I adopted Hedy. She is very loving but has a very difficult, head strong temperment. I could never rehome her because of her big personality. She would probably be abused. My Hedy is with me for life lol!
My JRT rescued me! He just showed up on my porch one day when I was going through a very rough time in my life. Now 10 years later it’s hard to remember life before Toby.
Kaye Cate
We had a wonderful friend in our Bandit my first JRT he was almost 16 years old when he passed and I thought I could never love another dog the way I did him. After 3 long months with such a quiet house we searched for another JRT and not only found one but found ourselves with two. They have never replaced our first but have just added much joy and love to our home. They are two years old and we thought that would be all we would have but just recently we rescued a sweet boy who was the runt of the litter and the breeder knew she would not be able to sell. He is the sweetest and has such a wonderful loving way about him, so our family is full of joy ,love and happiness with our JTRS and I can truly say there is never a dull moment!!
Sam Williams
We just rescued a dog from the sheter that we beieve is Chihuahua/Parson Russell Terrier Mix. What a character she is!
Sharon Porter
That’s our Jack Russell. She has the cutest longer ears and a short snout. She is a rescue with lots of ish! She is aggressive toward visitors. We have to crate her when someone comes over and then when she has calmed down, she can come out and meet the visitor. She usually does very well after she sniffs the visitor.
Fred C.VanPelt
Thanks for the information,my JRT,is a blessing. I had just retired when I got him as a rescue, he keeps me active. He doesn’t like other dogs and goes ballistic when he sees them when we are walking.
Our JRT is the same with other dogs, no matter the size. She went for one of our good friend’s beagles, drawing blood. We really have to warn off others when walking her. She’s small and cute so other dog owners assume she’s friendly. No off leash dog parks for her!

We got her as a rescue when she was around 2 years old. We don’t know what her previous life was like but it seems she never had toys. We’ve tried many but she has little interest in them.

She is an excellent mouser and ratter though! We live in an older home that is plagued with mice, especially in winter. We are close to the Fraser River so our neighbourhood has it’s share of rats as well. She’s become an accomplished little hunter!

She’s sweet tempered and loves everyone she meets. She brings me much joy and comfort as sometimes I am housebound due to the affects of rheumatoid arthritis.

Trish Kane
This article was great and gave us some good insight into the JRT breed. We have our two year old Jackson, who is a delight. He is a smooth coat, and has tall legs! I was so surprised at that as he kept growing. He has settled in at 12 pounds and loves to play and to sleep under a blanket or lap rug. We have another dog who is a male Schnoodle (half poodle/half schnauzer) and is 13. Jackson has been good for him to help keep him young at heart. However, Jackson has started to fight with Barnee if Barnee gets too near his food as Jackson is eating it. Jackson also seems to be taking the position of Alpha dog and is jealous of us and tries to keep Barnee from laying with us. Jackson is neutered and these issues didn’t start until after he turned two. Any ideas for countering this behavior?
Yes. Stop allowing Jackson to feel like the leader of the house.
We had our first smooth-coat JR, Zeke, for 15 years and four months, when he passed away. He was our dear boy and we scattered his ashes at his favorite camping spot near Winter Park, Colorado. He died on a Sunday and by Tuesday, I was on the phone with his breeder to find our next JR family member. Our “youngest son” is a rough coat JR from the same line as our first boy. Jax has been bringing joy to us for three years now. We love JRs, but you REALLY need to know what you’re getting into with these little fireballs–please do your research before bringing one into your home–they are such wonderful dogs for the right family and they do not deserve to end up at a rescue.
Jeff Chambliss
My Dad had a JRT named Misty. She was with Dad when he passed, then Mom kept Misty until Mom passed. I kept Misty until November of 2011. She lived to be 19 years and 4 months. I have one now I’ve had for 6 years and he is my buddy. They are a long term commitment. I have been told if you want a pet that lives longer you have to buy a tree! Great little dogs.
John Whiteside
My jr is 16 now. Did you jr pass suddenly? I am dreading the day our Wally leaves us.
My JR Mandie passed when she was 14. She had arthritis in her hips, which was treated, but she kept getting worse until one day she couldn’t walk. Losing her was horrendous. Its been 2 years and I still cry sometimes. So painful to lose such a long time companion. Just love your JR as much as you can because their time here is limited. Be glad that you brought joy into his life.
Walter smith
I found my JR about ten years ago. I called him buddy. He passed to the rainbow bridge two days after Christmas. He was my baby, my buddy.it broke my heart.
reinhardt schilli
Our Mr. Lou was also 16. Unbelievable guy. Put him down,health issues. Minnie went 2 months later. They had a litter we still have Abbey, Buster, and Angel. Lou passed early this past June, Minnie on July8th. I am destroyed. I don’t know what to say to help except stay as strong as you can.I have learnt much from those two hellraisers. Hard to replace them. Dogs are wonderful animals, better than we are. Things will get better. I still look for them thinking they will come back. Thank you little ones for loving me.
My darling JR just went to doggy heaven a couple of months ago. I am still so sad as every morning I look for my “Kally “.
I will another when the time right. She was 3rd JR..they are a delight with the proper training love and patience.
Catherine Anderson
Oh, also, she looks like a Jack Russel. The vet says she will be a smaller dog, never more than 30 pounds. She has the JRT personality, VERY energetic, playful, and full of spunk, but she is also settling in for seconds at a time already for petting, which she is learning feels really good. I live on a large acreage, and I see the hunting instinct in her as well. Very different from any puppy I’ve ever tried to raise, for sure. JRTs are a breed all their own, I think. I hope to find a JRT enthusiast.
My pup is an aussie – jack. they are incredible. But yes, high energy and lots of playtime required. It’s a super smart and fun dog! Great personality! Super happy. I hope this girl finds a wonderful home. I’m almost tempted 🙂
Catherine Anderson
I recently rescued a JRT/mini-Australian shepherd mix who was doomed to possible death. Well, actually, my son rescued her by snatching her from the woman’s arms and telling her he couldn’t bear the thought of putting her down She is high energy! Her name is Pepper. She is 13 weeks old. I live south of Missoula, Montana. I am turning 70 next month, and I am a writer, which is a very quiet, sedentary profession. As dear as this baby girl is, I know I cannot give her the best possible life. I would love to find her a FOREVER home with people or a person who understands and is familiar with the JRT. Until then I am providing her with a good home and trying hard to be a good puppy mom.
OK….so after all these tales of JRT…yesterday i figured out that is what i have. . I thot they were smooth coat, she’s very wire coated.

My ex bfriend bought a trailer in the texas country…and this momma had 4 pups underthere. got them out the second weekend….they were still nursing around 5 weeks. omg I’ve never seen fleas so thick…i still have scabs from my flea bites 3 weeks later. i wormed and deflead sev x’s. the baby rattlers were extra bad this year.

3 surviving pups crawled under my good fences…and we put out fliers for the pups. all 3 pups founders asked to keep them, that they had “fallen in love” or were “too attached” to return them; they asked to keep them. I still have momma, the gas station guys called her suzy q. i didn’t think i would keep her bc she did not like my sooooo friendly rottie male (only 2 years)….well they are getting along better.

I will keep her, if she is not a flight risk. the city charges me as a bad dog owner when my dog burrows out. so far, she seems to like being here and regular meals; i know she misses her pups. i hope i am her last home. i’m finding out that she is potty trained. I’m crate training her too. i just want a dog that will not cost me time andd energy to pick up after her, destroy items, etc. I think she’s good.

meanwhile the bf’s house underwhich i found her, he is much less loyal.

Out of the 5 dogs I’ve had during my life, my JRT, Honeygirl, was by far the best dog. Jacks are the perfect blend of spunk and love. We rescued her from an abusive household, she was extremely underweight/had a yellow stained belly from laying in urine. When she first came to live with us she growled, snarled, barked, the works. Fast forward a year later and she’s walking down the street to her favorite ice cream stand-asking for pets from anyone who walked by, she had quickly become the un-official mayor. Jacks are not only playful, cuddly but boy are they smart too. “You don’t train a jack, a jack trains you.” Anything she needed she would walk into my room stand at the doorway so I would get up and she would lead me to what she wanted, always pausing to look behind to check that I’m still following. Honeygirl had lived with two different dogs while with us, first with a fox terrier Ang a three-legged gentle soul, whom Honeygirl loved and adored until her death. Then we took in Noni a chi-mixed with god-knows-what from off the street, Honeygirl was older by then and I think she got a kick out of bossing him around (nevertheless still sweet). Even on her death bed, he laid down beside her and with her last bit of energy she rolled over and snapped at him, letting him know she’s not dead yet and this is still HER bed so get off. When I was going thru a hard time for a month I laid in bed a lot. As she was always cuddling up with me, sometimes when I would cry she would get up and leave, then take one glance back at me before leaving the room. Harsh, which is what I loved about her. I swear it was as if she was rolling her eyes at me and thinking get a grip. Immediately this would send me into a full belly laugh. Jacks are good at making you laugh, I would recommend this dog to anyone, Jacks truly bring the purest form of joy. She did take a lot of patience and training in the beginning but she was worth every second of it. She loved babies as much as she loved grandmothers, and she loved every dog she ever met, (sometimes scared of large dogs when she was older but never confrontational.) JRT is a phenomenal breed and I think most Jack owners would agree that their Jack is without a doubt their soulmate.
Molly Campbell
I love my Jack Russell terrier, Barney, so much. A lot of this rings true for Barney, except being energetic. Barney is very lazy. I think this may be due to the fact that his first owner was an elderly man. Barney is probably the laziest Jack Russell ever. While he loves a good walk (he can only run for a short amount of time now that he is 14) he is happy to spend all day on the couch sleeping. My husband and I estimate that he spends 20 hours a day sleeping! He also snores which is adorable.
Barney is a people dog, he loves to snuggle and sleeps with me every night. He is interested in dogs but HATES cats. He often tries to attack small dogs and cats. He’ll even try to take on my parents’ dog, a 140 lb Great Dane! Be warned about Jack Russells though, they are hunters. Sadly, about a week ago 2 stray kittens got in our yard and I found them dead…,pretty sure it was Barney.
Jack Russell terriers are super smart. Barney let’s you know when he is mad. One night my husband kicked Barney out of the bedroom. How did Barney express his anger? He peed on my husband’s spot on the couch .
Also, Jack Russell’s do have eye conditions. I got Barney when he was about 11 and he had terribly cloudy eyes that we thought were cataracts. Long story short, he got an eye infection and I ended up having to take him to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed him with corneal epithelial degeneration which can be medically managed.
Overall, I love my JRT Barney SO much!!!! He is the cutest, most loving, stubborn, full of personality dog I have ever had!
Iain Adam
My Jack Russell has a real problem Bi polar . I love him but do not trust him due to his behaviour. he has bitten me and my daughter a few times. I got him second paw ??? He is a Jack Rascal. I feed him well, take him walkies, he will fight with with most dogs, not very social – always on the leash. Will not let me put a coat on him in the winter time or a harness. Growls
My Jack Russell was also problematic, but he is now the most perfect dog ever. It seems to me that you are a very kind and decent owner, but you don’t show him who is boss. Jack Russell Terriers needs to know that you are the boss. Biting is an absolute no-no and shouldn’t be tolerated. Also keeping him on the leash is not a good idea because you are constraining a high-energy dog, which is counterproductive.

My dog was also prone to attacking other dogs as well as people running past and I was thinking of getting rid of him, but as a last-minute attempt at sorting him out, I took him to obedience training. The trainer asked me to walk into his side gently but with enough force to show him who is boss. I did that and he licked his lips and I was told by the trainer that when he licks his lips, that is a sign of subservience to me. That gave me the confidence to actually become his master, which is what he needed. As a Jack Russell Terrier, he will always be a little bit disobedient because that is part of his character (and is what makes him extra lovable). He knows what he can get away with and what he can’t and he pushes the boundaries, but he is an amazing companion.

Food/treats can be used to help train your dog. Don’t ever feed your dog with anything until after you have eaten – make him wait and then feed him after you have finished.

Only give him treats when he has been good and use the tone of your voice to indicate that when you are giving him a treat.

If he has been bad, tell him sternly and withhold the treat – don’t shout because dogs have better hearing than us and shouting indicates that you have lost control, which your dog won’t respect.

This is what I have learned over the past four years with what is now a perfect companion.

I hope this helps.



i have 3 jack russells 1 is 10 or 11 a male and 2 sisters from same litter 4 years old they all get along great they live with my sister and her 2 collie dogs when i go 2 work the 5 of them get along fine but the smallest one coreen tries to be the pack leader shes a wee cracker but a pest at times they are great fun and love my sisters 2 granchildren they are very high energy dogs and chase birds cats flies midges anything that moves they are a bundle of fun
I adopted a 9 month old Jack 4 years ago after she was returned twice. After some searching I found the foster family that took her in while she was at the kennel and they said she was beaten badly by her first family. Even with this past you can see the spark in her eyes. She is very protective especially towards men however she is great with my newborn nephews and once she gets to know you, once she knows you belong, well then its time to play… all the time, everywhere. The best is in the truck when I tell her to “get those winder washers” and turn on the wipers and she goes nuts trying to get them, lol. She is also way to smart. If I throw the ball from the couch she gets annoyed and starts pushing it under other furniture so I have to get up or she goes to the top of the steps and throws the ball, chases it, and repeats. They are great warning dogs as she lets me know who is around. They are very smart and training is a must imo because they love the work and they also become the most well behaved dogs.
I adore my little girl Coco. She is a rescue dog having had quite a horrific earlier life. She turns five soon and I have had her for half her young life. When she first came to live with me she was wild, jumping on the kitchen table, didn’t come when called etc. Her early life had required she jump extraordinary heights to find food and it took patience to train her to stop it. Six months of love and nurture and she is more and more perfectly behaved everyday. I have always adored her, even through those tough early months of adjusting to each other. JR’s need exercise and my little girl can’t do it on a lead – she needs to stretch those paws far quicker than I can keep up! I find a good off-lead location, let her stretch it out twice a day for about 15 minutes and that is enough for her to snooze the rest of the day away without a sound. If she doesn’t get her run she gets restless and chatty (woofer). If you are considering a JR, good on you – they’re adorable.
I have had my Russell Terrier, Lucy for 4 years as she is aged 10-11 years. Love her dearly for better or worse, but she is indeed a dog who belongs in a high energy household. Dogs fit best with the right owner, so folks should read first before picking out a dog just because they looked good in a commercial. I am indeed fit to keep up with a Russell Terrier and I would recommend folks thoroughly research before picking one of these balls of energy. If you can keep up, they make life memorable!
I just recently had to put down my 9-year old Shorty JRT. She passed from liver failure. It was devastating for the family but Chloe was the perfect family pet. I have two daughters aged 4 and 8 and Chloe was always snuggling with them, never any issue with biting or nipping at the kids. She was the perfect dog. Chloe was my 3rd JRT. Once the sting goes away from the loss of Chloe, our family will have another JRT. If they are trained right, you treat them with love, kindness and walks, they are the perfect family pet.
My sweet babies are 13 years old as of November and are just the best dogs ever!!! Rocky and Abigail, I have had them both since they were 8 weeks old and they truly are soulmates. My Rocky did develop Cushings disease at 6-7, I was told he may have 2-3 years at best because he was allergic to the meds they gave him, I started treating him holistically and 6 years in he is doing amazing, you’d never know he was a cushings dog. That’s a good thing too because I was so distraught for my Ms Abigail at the thought of her losing her best friend too soon. Can’t go wrong with these dogs but, and this is a big BUT here, they do require you put in the work!!
I’ve now had my Jack Russel for 4 1/2 years and it breaks my heart to imgine only around 10 years left with him.

He’s a very happy dog with great respect of his owner. He’s also a very calm and gentle do when need so, in particular with old people and young children.

His intelligence is unimaginable as he always knows when we’re talking about him. At time I wonder if he can tell when we’re talking about him even if we don’t say words such as “dog” and “take him” .

Overall he is a lovely natured and playful dog. He is definitely a dog to get.

However, the only negative thing about him in my opinion is the fact that he malts/sheds everywhere. So unless you’re prepared to vacuum everywhere 3-5 times a day for a clean house. It’s best to get a hairy dog, not a furry one.

It sounds like you could be talking about me and my Macy a jack/ mt feist. I too worry about the day we are parted. My sweet brother moved in with me during his divorce and lived there until the day I discovered that he had passed away in his sleep. Macy adored Bugs but wouldn’t have a thing to do with him if I wasn’t at home. She would ignore him completely but when I came in she would give me love then run to him like he just came in too.( so funny ). He used to yel people that if something happened to me that although he would see that she had the best care and life possible he would probably have to have her put to sleep or she would grieve herself to death but hated to have his little sister put to sleep if something happened to Macy first. I have no doubt that yours knows when you talk about him and in fact knows exactly what you’re saying. Some words I have to spell words like dog because she’s not fond of them and it hurts her feelings if somebody refers to her as one. Everybody that is around her is amazed at her intelligence and total devotion to me. I know she’s perfect for me.
Ryan ..OMG l really do identify with you when you say that you’re sure he knows when you are talking about him. l have to spell out certain words because his ears shoot up and his eyes burn into you. He might be a small dog but, the biggest personality in the world we, love him to the moon and back.
I have a three month old JRT. He is a joy to be around however there are a few issues.
He still goes around the house doing his business, we have tried the sprays and everything, does not seem to work, some days he will be good and go on the training pads other days he will go underneath the sofa.
As of yet we have never left him alone and I worry the longer we leave it, the worse it will be. We have tried to leave him alone for 20 minutes and he howled and wined for all of that time, we gave him toys, left the tv on, it doesn’t work. The problem is that we live in a flat so can’t let him cry and whine, as our neighbours will not be happy. We have tried to tire him out before trying to leave however he is a very light sleeper, even if we leave the room, he normally follows us. We have tried crate training again he never took to this either.
Be patient JRT are some of the most difficult to potty train. It could take up to 2 yrs. Be thankful their poo is small and dog pee odor is no t forever like cat pee, lol/cry. Work your best on crate training, we failed and ours is 2 yrs old with insane separation anxiety. I think if we tried harder at crate training when a pup things would be better when leaving alone. There is a liquid product called Rescue Remedy that helps soothe them. All natural.
This might sound cruel, but it worked for me…

My JRT pooped in the house, so I rubbed his nose in a little bit of the poop, then put him outside at the place where he should have pooped (you could also put him onto the place where he should have pooped inside). He was devastated and I felt awful, but the next time he wanted to poop, he went to the door.

He has never pooped in the house since then.

He was also quite whiny when I first got him, so I left him alone in stages of 15 mins, 30 mins, 60 mins, 3 hours, 6 hours, all day. Each time when I returned, I gave him lots of affection and took him for a good walk.

Taking into consideration the above, I would recommend always ensuring that if your JRT poops on pads, they are always clean beforehand and that if you are going out for a while, you take your JRT for a good walk first.

He may need to release energy and if he poops outside, you could then have a fresher home (you will need to take poop bags with you).

I hope this helps.



I just saw an article from our local shelter for a Jack Russell Terrier to be adopted. I would love to adopt the little guy but currently have a 10 year old Golden Retriever (female) and a female long haired cat who is 11 and very shy. I am very concerned about how the terrier will get along with our other family animals. Also have two grandchildren who would not necessarily interact so much with the dog but again am concerned how the dog would interact with the children, ages 1 and 3. Can anybody give me some advice? I don’t want to try to adopt and then have to bring the little guy back to the shelter-
Jack Russells are great dogs, and I have one. It all depends on the dog it’s self. As long as your family animals are okay with high energy dogs it should be fine. But the dog may want to play with the cat but the cat will take it the wrong way. It would probably be best to ask the shelter to reserve a quite room that you can use to introduce your animals with the dog. You would want to keep the dog on a leash and then gradually release more of the leash until the dog can reach your animals. You may also want to bring your grandchildren just to make sure. The shelter may say that the dog is good with kids, but just like dogs, all kids are different. The dog may be good with kids but not good with loud kids that may pull on its ears. And even if the children are quite they may be different with a NEW dog. Also even if the shelter says that the dog is good with only older kids, they may have introduced him/her to loud or roudy children. My last tip is if you choose to meet the dog, you will want to introduce them to your animals and kids, do one by one, and when you’re introducing a different animal or child, take the old one out of the room, and then at the end have all the kids and animals come in the room at the same time. I wish you luck!
I am a new owner to a Chihuahua mixed Jack Russell Everytime my kid wants to pet it he snaps at them I don’t know what to do to get him to stop he’s only a year old
Lisa Streett
Heather, I believe y dog is also Chihuahua Jack Russell mix and he doesn’t like my grandkids. Would you mind comparing pictures so I can see if he is mixed like I think?
I am the Momma to a 6yr old chi/Jack he’s the same way very protective of me…
Deborah padilla
Hello I adopted a parsons Jack Russell in May. Not my first I in past had 3 Rotti s and 3dobermans. But this little fellow is fisty loving and after reading many everyone’s comments. I see Russ in many. The peeing playful with balls but know he has been niping and today drew blood on my arm three places. I can’t put him in a pen with out him fighting and growling and trying to bite me. If my grandsons visit ages 6/8 if they fall asleep Russ will lay with them and if they move he wants to attack them and bite. If I move and try to put the boys to bed he gets aggressive growling and biting at me. It breaks my heart cause I want to provide him love and carry home. I live alone and he’s my buddy. I have trained and been trained with my dobermans . But this little guy is giving me a run for the money. I hate to give him up. And yes I have watch The dog whisper CEASAR EVERY Saturday morning .Nothing seems to work. I can’t afford to take him training for his behavior. I am not sure what’s gonna happen next I am not sure what type of home he had before. They said he was about six . Please help Sincerely
Debb and Russ
i have a jack who the best dog iv ever had and I have lots of dogs.. he was only 5 weeks old when I got him. and he traing to do anything hunting come went call bring rabbit home. he can sniff out anythink I ask him . I just show him the sent and he find it.. theirs just me and him at home we never a part he three years old. coming up he can do trick .. but I would not trust him with kids he never bite any kid but he not to be trusted it his toys he let me take them off him. or some one he knows yes but not kids . ill love him until the day I die I know he loves me until the day he dies..
Mr. Bentley is now 3 years old, found him on a busy street as a puppy. Mr. Bentley is a clever smart little boy who loves children and being the center of attention. The only problem I have is he hates to be alone, he can be destructive, chewing up carpets and pooping in the house. Mr. Bentley knows he done wrong, and runs to the door. Mr. Benley is a runner this little dog has so much energy! He is a strong lilttle guy, walking him is like walking a pit bull! He is the love of my life! ..My best friend. Loyal and loving ..
We’ve had our JRT for just over a year. Got him at 6 wks old. We have tennis balls all over the house it seems! Champ, our beloved JRT’s name, loves to retreive them for hours on end. He has taught himself how to carry one in his mouth and kick the other back to whomever is playing with him. Caught our 16 yr old son “playing ball” with Champ. Son was sitting on the floor rolling the ball to him all the while Champ was literally kicking the ball back. Ignore Champ when he wants to play and you will be “punched” for lack of a better word for attention. He is the best dog we have ever had! Jack’s have a HUGE personality for their small size!
I have a Jack whom I love dearly. She’s almost 11 years old and I’ve discovered has an enlarged heart. Last year she started to cough in the spring of the year. I took her to the vet and he listened to her heart and said that it sounded very good. He suggested it might be an allergy to something in the environment. It seemed to go away so I thought they were right. This spring she started coughing again. I took her to the vet but insisted on having a chest xray. He said again that her heart sounded fine, but upon examination of the xray he found that she had an enlarged heart and some fluid in her lungs. Now she is on medication for her heart. I love her so much that I want her live her life as healthy as she can. Does anyone think that if I increase her Omega 3 fatty acids it would help her heart?
Rick Murray
We rescued a 4 1/2 year old female JRT about 6 weeks ago. We were told she had been treated badly. I have managed to teach her a lot in that time with the exception of coming when called. She shows no signs of aggression towards animals or our little grandchildren. If she gets a bit cranky she gives a little growl, but nothing else. She is still a bit skittish, but has come leaps and strides since we got her. Her tail constantly wags unlike when we got her. I don’t know if it was her previous like that has made her a little aloof, although she gets more loving every day.
She does chase my daughters cat, but I think she just wants to play. The one thing I’m concentrating on at the moment is getting her to come when called. This is made worse when she goes under the house, and won’t come until she’s ready. They do take a lot of patience and time to train, but ours is a truly loveable little dog and we are so glad we rescued her.
Debra Manos
When calling the “COME”, you need to be a pez dispensers with small treats (use soft, small treats that do not require a lot of chewing). You can use a long line (I do not like the retractable leashes, as they give false corrections) , until she realizes COME means treat. A fun thing to do with the grandkids is to make a circle (everybody with treats) and take turns calling her. Remember to praise because you will wean of treats to just praise. Call her name & COME. As soon as she looks at you (this is a desired response), praise. You have 3-5 seconds to praise for desired response (or to correct) – after 5 seconds, the action is gone from the dogs brain. As she is high prey drive, you may be able to call & run in opposite direction SWITCHING her prey drive towards you. Good luck !
Debra Manos
You may want to have under the house checked – she’s probably chasing the cat, but there is something under there putting her in prey drive.
Richard Livingstone
I (well, my then 12 year old daughter, encouraged by wife) with my very very reluctant acquiescence) got Abbie, our 3 yr old Parson Russell terrier at 10 weeks. Never having had a dog and not looking forward to life disruption, I can be honest and say I was crapping myself at the prospect (sorry). But, who knew – what a lovely dog she is now. Provided she is exercised for an hour a day and five minutes play with chew toys after meals, she’s happy as Larry and a joy to have around. I’m lucky to be a home worker so the above works for me too, and she’s a lively and lovely companion for me and our two cats, who she loves and vice versa. Can recommend Jrts on this basis – we selected a breeder very carefully though, and were not disappointed.
Alexis Poolos
I’m a first time dog owner and just brought home my 3 month JRT a few days ago. Things are going fairly well except for getting her to coexist with the cats. When I try to get them to meet, she seems excited like she wants to play but usually scares off the cat. When the pup and cat are held they’ll boop noses so I feel like that’s a good sign; any tips?
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Alexis, congrats on your new pup! Introducing animals can be a challenge, especially when the cats have been there first (as they can be territorial). We are actually working on an article on this very topic that is full of tips on getting dogs and cats to get along. It published in a few weeks so I’ll be sure to post the link here as soon as it’s live! In the meantime, good luck with your new furry family.
We got our jack when someone dumped her on our street. I had 2 big labs and a Shepard all boys. She fit right in and is the alpha. She is always first in line and barks at everyone to get ready. She took charge the day she came into our home.
Becs Wallace
I have a twelve year old jack, called Dougal. I rescued him when he was five.
The breed was not my first choice, as I had been led to believe that were “yappy and snappy”. Dougal is neither. He has a very deep bark but it doesn’t happen often – mostly if he sees a squirrel or more especially a cat. He has never snapped or nipped.
He is intelligent and tenacious and I now adore the breed. He is, by far, the best companion/friend/partner, I have ever had.
My Jack Russell, Louise, is 4 1/2 years old now. She’s a rough coat with white with tan around the eyes and ears. She is the mellowest Jack Russell I’ve ever met. We crate trained her for 2 years so that my have kept her feeling calm and secure as young dog. I honestly think she was just born with a calmer disposition than some of the Jacks I hear about. She rarely barks–except at the mail carrier, squirrels and crows! She does occasionally get scared of larger jumpy dogs. My son can do anything to her and nothing bothers her. We take her on planes and into stores and you hardly know she’s there. She is very sweet and cuddly but not clingy. I do have to say that it took a long time to house train her. I’m not sure if that’s typical of Jacks! She is a wonderful dog.
Dee Hardin
Where is she located and is she available to adopt.
Kathryn Derwey
I got my JRT a year ago when he was about 9 years old from a friend who had too many pets. He is mostly white and is deaf except for some random sounds. Through perseverance and patience I have trained him to recognize more than the basic hand gestures and what they mean. My index finger perpendicular to my mouth means be quiet. He has an obnoxious high pitched whine. Now he stops that on command. He also pays close attention to me. He watches my face 24/7. Kind of unnerving but am now used to it. With JRTs the saying, “a good dog is a tired dog” is very accurate. They need lots of exercise and new experiences. Walks are great but they need, need, need to run. I bought a Mini Kanine Kannon. He gets ball three to five times a day. He tells me when he has had enough by holding onto the ball. Usually the AM ball takes 20 minutes. The rest of the day 10-15 and sometimes only 5 minutes. I got a lite ball for night ball which I use in the winter because of short daylight. I also hide the ball and give him an open hand and shrug to tell him to go find it. Keeps him busy and interested. It also helps to socialize them by taking them to a doggy daycare where they interact with more people and possibly dogs. I take mine to Lowes and Home Depot as well as pet stores. The workers love him and he likes the experience. I also got him a harness and no longer use a collar. The harness stopped his pulling on the leash. Also stopped using the retractable leash. Now only use a 6 ft. That has also stopped his pulling and has made him easier to control.
Lisa Elliott
I rescued my shorty jack from an abusive house at 6 months old. He was and is petrified to go near a cage due to his old owner punching him when he refused to go to his cage. We’ve had him for 5.5 years with minor incident. On Wednesday, Louie fell asleep on my lap. I moved a bit and he freaked and bit my face.
Kathryn Derwey
See my other post. Your dog may be deaf. Try not to startle him and do not let him sleep near your face or on your lap. I keep mine next to me, not on me, mostly at arms reach. He has nightmares and I wake him with a touch at arms length. Snapped once but made no contact. Do not crowd these dogs. They need their personal space. Also do not feel sorry for them. Dogs remember but they live in the now and do not dwell on the past as we do. Mine clings to me because I am his Alpha but he likes people. Not much other dogs – male ego and all. Keep yours in check with a touch or a sound when he/she acts up. It breaks their attention. Mine must be touched as he is deaf.
I’m so sorry that dog faced such harsh punishment. OK I read jack russells, at least when mine is on my bed with me…if someone comes in the room she starts growling and attempts to bite them. I completely hate that but punishing through anger won’t help. It’s a lot like a friend they need constant reminder. If my dog did that to me, I’d question keeping her. However, if you push on, don’t back down get assertive, let her know your bigger and stronger your authority over her. I’m still working on jealousy issues Jacks naturally have! Keep calm, and you’re the gentle boss! I’m sorry about you being attacked. By the way we have a comfy dog house and our jack “hates” it! I’d sleep in there if I could, it might be a feeling trapped, don’t know.
Anders Nilsen
Hi – Have had my JRT on several training courses, and one is with a dog specialist working for the Police in Oslo for helping in cases where people are bitten by dogs. He says most people that get bit by dogs are dog owners who are kissing their dogs good night. The dogs are deep a sleep and dreaming, and get scared when suddenly being woken up by their owners. You should always be careful waking up a sleeping dog 🙂
Michael Delcoco
Ok, I am new to owning a Jack Russell. I’m told the pup is 9 weeks old, however housebreaking and control seem to be getting out of hand. Any recommendations?
tony moran
I have a chocolate short legged Jack Russell that is 4 months old and when I first got her, I was having problems with her wanting to go anywhere she wanted to, when I would see her about to pee, like going around in circles, I would say with a firm voice no and bring her outside and let her finish. I am still in the process of dealing with other behavior problems, you have to have a lot of patience, they are very smart and they do want to please their owner, when she does go outside to pee etc. I show her affection and let her know she is doing good.
Kathryn Derwey
See my other posts above.
They are creatures of habit…they look for scent on carpets, put her nose towards it after she does and say no. My dog’s peeing literally right under our nose! Get training pads in bathroom so she’ll associate it, she’ll get it, clean carpets or she’ll do it again. If you stay on top of it and let her know its not okay to pee there she’ll learn.
I have a 2 1/2 yr old JR. Potty training took a long time…. But he is now 97% trained . I have had dogs my whole life and he has been dsomewhat challenging
I knew that when Zi got him. He is wonderful and now a pleasure as long as he gets daily exercise. He is crate trained. Keep up with potty training…take him out often and do not bring him in unless he goe. Good luck.
So I’ve had a lovely all white with a couple brown spots Jack Russel named Kasper for almost 7 years now. I love him and he’s an amazing dog when you need the affection. I wish I could do more for him though.

I received him through an old friend who couldn’t take him as well as all her other dogs so he was free. The only thing she made me aware of is he came from a puppy mill. 🙁

So of course I want to give him all the love and attention he needs and one is taking him for walks. Problem is he screeches terribly at anything and is very persistent on walking ahead of you and strangling himself while doing it. And it’s not just while walking he does it when he’s at my parents house too even if they are in the house. I thought it was a loneliness type thing but with people that he knows around him I’m confused. I do try hard to keep him calm, distracted and unaware of other things and people. He is not aggressive but it’s embarrassing to me that I can’t control my own dog while just taking a walk. I have tried treats and nothing seems to work. I try to be sensitive to the fact he was from a puppy mill and treated terribly but I’m sure there is a way I can help him.

Anyone have any tips or tricks that could help?

Sounds like he is overly excited, or being ditzy, depending on age. I have a year old jack that is adorable dog you’d enjoy, she loves winning and playing. House training has been a nightmare. At first I thought she was just young but others thought she’s being a blonde in saying she won’t learn. Well, I hand walk her to bathroom pad in the morning she goes. She mostly has been on the up but one step back and carpets are drenched. Creature of habit. One thing I notice, I have a large yard no fence so I bought a long clothing line rope from dollar tree to just let her wonder but she feels the need to challenge the length…lol. I mean I’ll peak outside and she’s pulling against it and it’s long, or she gets twisted around everything. I’m not saying this is jack behavior but I had a family dog for 15 years that we picked out from a box of mutt puppies that was so different. He would pee in the tub before going on the floor. He was part terrior. This is my first girl dog and I’m smitten but she’s a rebel, if she gets out she’ll run unlike other breeds. I’m trying to train her to be needy of me/clingy. I know it might sound wrong but I want her to stay close due to their tenacious need to roam and challenge…lol. Yes, above poster your not alone. I think jack Russells are very loved but can be a challenge at least for me. My family got our little angel otherwise I would’ve (had I not bonded) with different breed.
Kathryn Derwey
See my other posts.
1) Use a halter instead of a choke collar when walking him, so he doesn’t hurt his neck straining and pulling when you walk him. 2) Look up how to train a dog to ‘heel’ – should be some info online. 3) In an obedience class I took they taught to always stop and refuse to move forward if dog is pulling; also to 4) keep dog on a very short leash at your side and give a tiny treat every 5-10 seconds to start, while walking; then gradually increase length of time between treats, then make treats more intermittent, etc. until dog is trained. (Same procedure, more or less, for all training.) We did not work too hard at this and our dog still pulls a lot – he’s a puggle, not a Jack Russell, thougn.)
hi lishy i read your story about jack russell. it just breaks my heart to hear that your dog was being mistreated. im so sorry. did you ever hear of the tv show ceacar911 or the tv show the dog whisper? they both air on animal planet cesar milain is a world renowned dog trainer. you can contact him on website. i hope this wiil help lishy. im laura by the way pls let me how know what the outcome is. thanks laura this is my email address brenlaur9814@hotmail.com.