Bred to be compact, alert hunting companions, Jack Russell Terriers today are still very similar to their ancestors. These active, sturdy terriers come in two varieties (smooth coat and rough coat) and are not your typical lap dogs. Jack Russell Terriers are intelligent and learn quickly, are devoted and affectionate, and make good pets for an active family.
This lively dog loves to jump! Jack Russells can jump higher than five feet.
Named after Parson John Russell, the man who bred them, Jack Russell Terriers developed in southern England during the mid-1800s with the aim to create a terrier that could hunt with a team of other hounds.