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Jack Russell Terrier

Also referred to as Parson Jack Russell Terriors and Parson Russell Terriers

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Jack Russell Terrier

All About the Jack Russell Terrier

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Average Height & Weight

The Jack Russell Terrier is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 12 to 14 inches.

Weight: 13 to 17 pounds.

Females – Height: 12 to 14 inches.

Weight: 13 to 17 pounds.

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Jack Russell Terrier


Typical Coloring

Jack Russell Terriers are commonly white, white with black or tan markings or tri-color.





Jack Russell Terriers are an energetic, friendly and hard-working breed. They are equally at home in the field as they are in the house. Because they love to be where the action is, they can sometimes get into mischief. They make good pets for active families.




Activity Level

Jack Russell Terriers are a high-energy breed with high exercise requirements!

They need a brisk walk or run every day, and they may also need an outdoor play or training session as well. They love to go off leash but must be monitored lest they run away or get into something they shouldn’t. If they don’t get enough exercise, they become difficult.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

13 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Jack Russell Terriers are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concerns are lens luxation and patellar luxation. Glaucoma, ataxia, Legg-Calvés and deafness are seen occasionally in the breed.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Jack Russell Terriers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Jack Russell Terrier


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Jack Russell Terriers make good family pets and do well with older children, although they may become agitated by rough handling from a toddler. They may scrap with other dogs and tend to chase cats.




Fun Facts  


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