Jack Russell Terrier: Temperament, Size, Life Expectancy

Intelligent & Easy-to-Learn Companion – Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russel Terrier (JRT) is a hunting dog from Australia that, like almost all terrier species, originally came from England. The little terrier is still used there today for hunting. However, most dogs of this breed are also suitable as hunting dogs.

How Big & How Heavy Will It Be?

A dog of this breed can reach a size of almost 40 cm. As a rule, however, they remain smaller than 30 cm. The physique is athletic. The weight of the Jack Russel is 8 kg.

The Parson Russell Terrier, closely related to the Jack Russell, is slightly larger, up to 38 cm tall.

Coat, Colors & Care

There are two types that differ in the coat. Most commonly, this terrier breed’s coat is short and smooth, but sometimes it’s longer and rougher. Fur care is not necessary.

The base color of the coat is white with characteristic yellow and tan markings.

Nature, Temperament

In terms of character, the Jack Russell is highly intelligent, capable of learning, self-confident, cheerful, very playful, and spirited. However, the characteristics of this small hunting dog also include courage, alertness and attentiveness. When hunting, he is fearless and does not hesitate.

It has a very good relationship with children. As a rule, he also gets along well with other conspecifics.


If you ask yourself the question “Are Jack Russell Terriers difficult to train?” then the answer has to be yes. In any case, he has a stubborn head that he always tries to enforce. This is because this breed has long been bred to act independently.

Despite its small size, the small terrier is not a beginner’s dog but is better off with people with dog experience.

The training of this dog breed should begin with puppies before the hunting instinct awakens.

Posture & Outlet

Keeping it indoors is not a problem due to its size. However, he feels more comfortable in a house with a plot of land/garden.

The Jack Russell Terrier regularly needs a lot of exercise and exercise, where he can really let off steam. He also likes to swim and is always available for water games as well as for fun on land.

The little dog is suitable for all kinds of dog sports such as agility, obedience, flyball, frisbee, tracking, dog dancing, trick dogging and whatever else there is.

The JRT is a classic riding companion dog. It also likes to run next to the bike or accompany your family when jogging.

Life Expectancy

On average, these small dogs reach an age of 13 to 16 years.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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