JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS, Pros & Cons

If you fell in love with Uggie, the dog who stole the movie, The Artist, it’s easy to see why Jack Russell Terriers are such a popular breed. But, they are not for everyone! Here are a few pros & cons of the Jack Russell Terrier:

Pro: Jack Russells are cute, happy things. I mean, who can resist this contented little guy?

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Con: If you think your Jack Russell Terrier is going to be doing much sleeping, think again. They are an active breed that need lots of exercise. Jack Russells are not suited to a confined, sedentary living.

photo from cheezburger.com

photo from cheezburger.com

Pro: The Jack Russell is a small breed. Perfect to travel with and take on exciting outdoor adventures.

Con: Many Jack Russel terriers have a Napoleon complex. They will often give attitude to other dogs. (No prizes for guessing who’s the boss in this picture.)

Photo from: Superdog.com

Photo from: Superdog.com

Pro: Jack Russells are funny and playful. They are agile ball-chasing, Frisbee catching jesters.

And they can fly! (Well, almost…)

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Photo from: sodahead.com

Con: Jack Russell terriers often bark and love to dig. So if you value those beautiful primroses you just planted, buy a gnome.

Pro: The Jack Russell is a breed known for its intelligence and movie star good looks.

Photo from: people pets.com

Photo from: people pets.com

Con: Sometimes a dumb dog is better. Jack Russell terriers just seem able to figure things out. Like escaping. And possibly Facebook.

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Photo from nedpoulter.com

Pro: Bred for hunting, Jack Russells are known for being determined, gutsy and fearless.

Con: Another word for determined is ‘ignores everything you say when they feel like it.’ Don’t trust your little terrier off leash. And watch out for your pet hamster. This breed can have a high prey drive for smaller animals – even though they look so innocent and charming.

Photo from macwallhd.com

Photo from macwallhd.com

Ultimately, Jack Russell terriers are a working breed and probably not suitable for many novice pet parents. It’s really not good for your self-esteem to be outsmarted by your dog! So, do your research to see if this breed is right for you.

If you DO decide that a Jack Russell Terrier is your perfect match remember…

Adopt! Don’t shop!

You can check Dogster.com, and Russelrescue.com. Or visit your local shelters and rescues.  

Nora Lynch Nora Lynch says:

We’ve had neighbors with JRT’s. Great dogs – so much fun and so funny.

Mary Vogt says:

My Jack Chi’s are EXCELLENT barkers. Too bad 99% of the population doesn’t appreciate it though… lol

Mary Vogt says:

I have 2 “Jack Chis” – Jack Russell/Chihuahua who I rescued 3 years ago. Let me tell you how spot on this article is – and hilarious. They have attitude that won’t quit and add in the chihuhua – oh boy. I take them on “big dog” hikes and they are still not tired. They are so funny and smart. A handful though. Definitely not for a novice!

Gerie M says:

Great article and pictures! If our neighbor, Jake, was any indication, they’re also pretty good barkers. But I think he had even our doxies beat for gutsy – this guy had swagger oozing out of every fiber. He seemed somewhat “hyper” and totally focused on dogs rather than people. Jake was one of the cutest little guys I ever met.