All breeding dogs are Embark tested, have parents Embark tested, or are in the process of being Embark tested to ensure the future health of the breed.
The Jack Russell Terriers’ history began with a man named Reverend John Russell. He was commonly referred to as Parson Jack. The Jack Russell Terrier breed started with a small white Fox Terrier…a female by the name of “Trump”. Trump was breed specifically for hunting, a task requiring great stamina, intelligence, spirit, and conformation. The Jack Russells were breed to handle difficult trails, small tunnels, and hidden dens to flush out game. The Jack Russell Terriers have three distinct hair types. They are commonly referred to as the smooth coat, the broken coat, a slightly wire-hair texture, and a rough coat. Their coat should be no less than 51% white. Jack Russell Terriers are found in two sizes. They are either 10 to 12 inches tall or 12 to 15 inches tall. The Jack Russell Terrier’s body should be proportional to its height. It should be compact, yet well balanced and athletic in appearance. Their tails are often docked at birth to about 4 inches and should be carried proudly, and high in the air. Their paws are general small, well padded and should point straight, not angled out. Jack Russell’s ears are usually folded forward and close to the head. However, some admirers prefer ears that are pricked or sticking up slightly.
These little dogs are packed full of energy! They are best suited to those with a very active lifestyle. They are extremely social and require a good bit of attention. They should be a house or inside dog but it helps to have access to open spaces to burn off excess energy. These terriers were breed to be hunters, so they love to chase toys and balls or go for a long run. Since they are a hunting breed, they help keep pests away… but should be supervised around other pets such as cats, hamsters, and other small animals.
Jack Russell Terriers love children and they are generally considered safe with all ages if they are raised with the children and trained properly. They are fun loving, playful dogs and will entertain you with both their intelligence and their antics. However, children under the age of six years old should always be supervised around dogs.
Jack Russell Terriers have become increasingly popular due to their fame on recent movies and T.V. shows such as Frasier, Jim Carey’s Mask, Gene Hackman’s Crimson Tide, Disney’s Wishbone, and My Dog Skip just to name a few!