Jack Russell Terrier Club of America Preserve, Protect and Work the Jack Russell Terrier

Is the Jack Russell Terrier the Right Dog for You?

Please run our profiler before you decide if I am the breed for you and your family.Many experienced, as well as inexperienced, dog owners are overwhelmed by the demands of a Jack Russell Terrier, leading to the dogs being abandoned even before they reach adulthood. We've developed the Jack Russell Terrier Profiler program that analyzes you and your environment and provides recommendations about how compatible a Jack Russell Terrier might be for your household.

Important The recommendations of the Profiler are based upon the Bad Dog Talk which has been one of the JRTCA's primary education tools for several years. Many of the recommendations generated by the Profiler are phrased as absolutes and generalities, however, in real life, nothing is absolute. Each JRT and potential owner are unique.

We realize that many potential owners may be discouraged by the information generated by the Profiler. Our intention is to be as honest as possible about this breed. We have far too many terriers in Rescue that should never have been purchased by their original owners. Many did not realized the unique requirements and characteristics of the Jack Russell Terrier. Please use this Profiler in the spirit for which it was intended - to help educate potential owners about the unique nature of the Jack Russell Terrier.

Please complete the form below to see if the JRT the right Dog for You
I (we) live in a:

I (we) live in the:


Do you have a completely fenced yard?
Do you have a kennel run?
Do you have land or open areas
available close by to exercise a dog?

Do you have a suitable dog crate?

Do you plan to attend a training class
and/or obedience train your terrier at home?

Are there any children in your household?


Are any members of your household
allergic to animals?

How many hours per day will the terrier be alone?




How would you describe your lifestyle?


Do you own any other dogs?



Do you own any cats?
Do you own any other small animals?
(Rabbits, birds, gerbils, mice, etc)

Have you ever owned (or currently own)
a Jack Russell Terrier?

Have you researched the nature, history,
and characteristics of the Jack Russell Terrier?

Are you planning on getting a:


Are you planning on:


Where are you planning on getting one?




Do you want a Jack Russell because they:





If you get a JR, are you planning on: