Jack Russells are one of South Africa’s most popular breeds, and with good reason! Lively, playful, and highly intelligent, these loveable pups are perfect for anyone who likes to keep active.

Legend has it that the breed originates from one ancestor: an English White Terrier by the name of Trump. John (Jack) Russell, a parson from Devon, spotted the young pup on his local milkman’s cart one morning in 1819. It was love at first sight, and he promptly struck a deal to purchase the little terrier. Whether this story is fact or fiction, today Jack Russells are still adored by people all over the world – in fact, they’re the most covered dog breed by dotsure.co.za!

While we know that not all Jack Russells read the manual, there are certain traits that are the generally accepted norm. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking about adding a Jack Russell to your family.

Is a Jack Russell right for you?

Initially bred for their speed and endurance, a feisty Jack Russell is a great fit for anyone sporty and active. As working terriers, they do require a lot of attention and exercise – Jack Russells who have been cooped up too long might resort to destructive behaviour or excessive barking. So, if you’re looking for a dog to watch Netflix on the couch with, a Jack Russell might not be your best bet!

Although Jack Russells are playful and friendly, they are generally not recommended for households with children under the age of eight due to their tendency to become snappy if overwhelmed. With proper training though, your precious pup could be a great friend to your kids – but it’s best to teach children from an early age to handle animals with respect and caution.

Jack Russells require space to play and explore and won’t adapt well to apartment living. Their stubborn nature requires confident handling, but, with consistent correction, you’ll be awarded with a devoted companion for life.

Jack Russell health issues

Dog lovers will be pleased to know that Jack Russells generally enjoy good health and a long lifespan.

That being said, some dogs can suffer from congenital issues, with deafness and eye problems being the most commonly reported. Our Superior and Ultimate plans both cover for hereditary illnesses, making them popular choices for Jack Russell parents. Additionally, as with many small dog breeds, bone growth and joint issues can occur – but these can normally be prevented and/or alleviated with lots of healthy exercise!

It’s important to stay on top of your pet’s health with regular vet visits and check-ups. Here are some of the other issues that frequently occur with Jack Russells:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Legg Perthes
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Epilepsy – seizures
  • Heart disease

Luckily, with comprehensive pet insurance like the plans offered by dotsure.co.za, you can ensure your beloved Jack Russell stays healthy and happy! We can cover your fur-baby from as little as R77 per month.*

Finding a Jack Russell in your area

At dotsure.co.za, we support ethical adoption, and there is no shortage of loveable Jack Russells and Jack Russell cross-breeds all equally deserving of a loving family and waiting at shelters and rescues throughout the country.

If you choose to go through a breeder, we strongly recommend that you go through accredited breeders who belong to a recognized organisation like KUSA. You never want to go through a breeder who isn’t part of a regulatory organisation, as these are often unethical operations.

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