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10 fun facts about Jack Russell Terriers

The Jack Russell Terrier is a high energy spirited dog with a strong prey drive. The Jack Russell does not enjoy a solitary or sedate way of life but rather, enjoys fun and active playtime sessions, especially chasing balls!


If the Jack Russell doesn't get enough exercise or mental stimulation, they will quickly get bored and could start to form destructive behaviours.


Here are some interesting things about the tiny Jack Russell Terrier:

  1. Jack Russell Terriers were bred for fox hunting in the 19th Century.

  2. They are very intelligent and for that reason they need plenty of stimulation.

  3. They can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour in short bursts.

  4. They love to dig big holes.

  5. They can easily get sunburnt due to their light coloured coats. You can protect your dog with sunscreen.

  6. They can jump as high as five feet.

  7. They were originally brown but were bred to be of white colouring so as not to be confused with a fox whilst hunting.

  8. The Jack Russell Terrier was named after Reverend John “Jack” Russell who bred hunting dogs in England during the 1800s.

  9. A Jack Russell will live an average of 12-14 years.

  10. Although a little dog, it has a huge personality and thrives on being the centre of attention.

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