Jack Russell Terrier

Terrier Group

Missy and Chance rescued by the Georgia Jack Russell Terrier Rescue

The name of the Jack Russell Terrier was changed to The Parson Russell Terrier in 2003 by the Breed Association.  These dogs can make fine family pets, but needs solid training and handling and an agreement with all members (including children) that they will not be mishandled.  They usually like to be the only pet, and unless they have fully accepted another dog, they may be dog-aggressive.  In spite of these cautions, the Jack Russell is a good pet – just be aware of its likes and dislikes as it is not shy in letting you know.  These are spirited terriers how love to play and socialize.  The Jack Russell may be OK in apartment living but it needs lots of exercise, and may do better in a rural setting with a fenced yard.  It enjoys activity that challenges its role as a hunter, which could include chasing your cat or escaped hamster.

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Notes for owners
Smooth or Wiry Minimal OK for apartment but needs plenty of exercise.  Strong hunting instincts.  Not for the inexperienced owner.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Jack Russell Terrier Club of America

Jack Russell Club of Canada

Russell Rescue, Inc National network of volunteers




We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.