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Jack Russell Terrier


Jack Russell Terrier profile

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Lifespan: 13-15 Years

Avg height: 25-30cm

Avg weight: 4.5-6kg

Coat type: Rough, smooth or broken, double coat

Coat colours: White with combination of black, brown or tan

Originally bred for: Hunting vermin

Breed traits: Lively, energetic, nosey, highly intelligent, independent


A little about Jack Russell Terriers


The Jack Russell Terrier is loaded with personality, and are lively, energetic, bundles of joy that love being at the centre of everything. They are devoted to their owners, and love new and exciting adventures, especially ones where they can nose around and explore.




Jack Russell Terrier's are a generally healthy breed, with the most common health problems including lens luxation and progressive retinal atrophy.


A day in the life of "Tilly"


My eyes widen as my beloved human slides the giant see-through door open and to my sweet relief, I’m released into the bright rolling landscapes of the space they call the backyard! The rich, earthy smells envelope my senses and I bee-line for the most tempting prospect of all; my buried bone. Paws pounding the soft grass, I nearly stumble, fall and roll over myself. I hear my human laughing in the distance, but I’m too excited to feel embarrassed.

I get up and finally run to reach the spot under the shady tree on the far side of the yard that hides my bone. It’s the perfect spot; far away from pesky interlopers that may be after it. And by that, I mean my golden retriever housemate Daisy. 

Nose to the soil, I begin to dig. As I sift, the scent gets stronger and stronger. I hit something, and eureka! I found my bone! I clamp my teeth down and extract it.

Prancing and strutting, I carry the bone in my mouth. Gosh, it’s heavy – but that won’t stop me! What might stop me, however, is Daisy. I see her lumbering, fluffy form trotting towards me and I know what she’s thinking. This is my bone, Daisy! My proud prance breaks into a sprint to escape her. I nearly crash into the fence when I realise, she’s not behind me anymore. Where did she go? I turn around, bone secured to see my human throwing Daisy’s favourite ball. I drop my bone on the ground and let out a high-pitched yap. I’ll bury it later, I’ve got a ball to catch!

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.