Jack Russell Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Jack Russell Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: active lifestyles; medium stability for children

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Little shedding

Size: Small


The Jack Russell terrier originated in England in the mid-to-late 1800s in response to a need for a small but feisty fox  hunting dog. Today's Jack Russell's are characterized by two-tone or tri-colour patterns of white, brown, and sometimes black.


Russells are sweet, devoted, and totally amusing! While incredibly intelligent, their wilful nature can make them difficult to train. They are friendly toward people, but can be aggressive toward other dogs and any animals that resemble prey, including cats. Unfortunately, their fearless nature can even put them at risk.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Highly intelligent
  • Loyal companions
  • Small breed
  • Inexpensive to buy


  • Need a lot of training
  • Like to dig

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