Russell Terrier

For those who like Jack Russell or Parson Russell Terriers but think they’re a bit too tall, take heart. I’m a low-rider Russell also known as a Shorty Jack. I’m only 8 to 12 inches tall and have a longer body that weighs 12 to 14 pounds. But I have all the personality of my cousins, for better or worse! That means endless energy and a flair for mischief. Cool and confident, I believe I run the show.

Playful and affectionate with family, I can be intolerant of children and may confront other dogs. Like any terrier I’m a digger and a barker—and will put on pounds with too many treats. I’m primarily bred for work, not fireside leisure, so I need lots of exercise and mental challenges to keep me settled on the home front. A good, brisk walk and some lively games every day will satisfy me. I’m eager to please but can be stubborn during training. New dog owners may find me a handful.

My coat may be rough or smooth, with the characteristic Russell beard and eyebrows. I’m not a heavy shedder; weekly brushing will manage the loose hair. Rough coats will need dead hairs stripped. My coloring may be white, white with black or tan markings, or a tricolor mix of white, black, and tan.

With proper diet and care you’ll be chasing me around the house—or vice versa—for 10 to 15 years. Potential health issues to look for include Legg-Perthes disease, kneecap luxation, deafness, and eye problems.