10 facts about Jack Russells

The Jack Russell terrier is by far my favourite dog! Happy and energetic, there is never a dull moment if you own one of these dogs! Today’s blog brings you 10 facts about Jack Russells…

Top 10 Facts about Jack Russells

1) One of the Fastest Dog Breeds in the World!

They are extremely energetic. Despite their small size, they can run at incredibly fast speeds for short periods of time. They are one of the worlds fastest dog breeds and can run up to 38mph! Jack Russells make great companions for people with an active lifestyle. Jack Russells enjoy running and playing with their owners, and will keep up without any problems.

2) Jack Russells bark a lot!

Jack Russells bark a lot compared with most other dogs. But they usually won’t sound the alarm unless something is worth warning their owners about. This means that they make great little watchdogs!

3) Jack Russells were first bred in 1795

Jack Russells were first bred in 1795 by hunting enthusiast Reverend John Russell. He wanted a sturdy working terrier for bolting foxes out of burrows.

4) The first female JRT shares a name with an American President!

The first female terrier type dog that John Russell bred from was called TRUMP!

5) The Jack Russell is a big chewer!

The Jack Russell enjoys chewing and will chew most things it comes across – even if it hurts! I’d recommend getting a Kong Extreme which you can fill with their favourite food to keep them occupied when left alone.

6) A Very Intelligent Dog

The Jack Russell is known to be a very intelligent dog and can learn a variety of tricks, behaviours and commands. It is also big on playing games with its master. Jack Russell terriers can be great at small dog agility.

7) High Jumpers

A Jack Russell terrier is an excellent jumper – most JRT’s can jump up to 5 feet in the air! Want to test this? Hold his favourite toy inline with your shoulders and watch him go!

8) Recognised by the Kennel Club since 2016

The original Jack Russell ‘show dogs’ were the Parsons Russell terrier which was often mistaken for the classic Jack Russell but is actually slightly taller and has a rougher coat. In 1999, the breed name of the Parson Jack Russell Terrier was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier to differentiate the two breeds. The Parson Russell is now well established in the show ring and retains its working abilities as a ‘fox’ terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier was given official recognition by The Kennel Club only very recently in 2016 – so you will be pleased to know that now the JRT is Kennell club recognised in its own right!

9) Fiesty and Fearless!

The Jack Russell is a fearless dog, and will defend itself (and its master) against any sort of threat. A Jack Russell will take on animals much bigger than itself and not back down.

10) The Jack Russell Terrier is the world’s best known terrier breed

The Jack Russell Terrier is the world’s best known terrier breed, thanks to its success in the show ring and its celebrity owners. You might also recognise the Jack Russell from movies such as ‘The Mask’ with Jim Carrey and TV shows such as Frasier!

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to read about Can Jack Russells be left Alone? and Benefits of Owning a Jack Russell

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