Adopt a Rescued Jack Russell Terrier - Mix or Purebred

The Jack Russell Terrier was first bred by Reverend John Russell in 1910 and this small white dog was originally used to oust foxes that had gone to ground. These sturdy, tough and tenacious bundles of energy have predominantly white coloring with black and/or tan markings. Their coats can be smooth, rough or a combination of both.

Pictured here is Sophie, a 2 year old JRT that was recently adopted.

The Jack Russell Dog is not for everyone. They sometimes get turned into pounds because the owner was not aware of the needs of this breed. 

Shelters also see some Jack Russell Mix dogs. This can be a combination of JRT and Rat Terriers or most any other small breed dog. We list mixes here so you can see they are available for adoption. Be sure to contact the shelter, foster or rescue person who is listed under the dog for complete information.

The JRT is sometimes confused with the Parson Russell Terrier as they look similar and have a common origin. The most notable difference is in their heights.


It is important to remember that this dog breed were originally bred to be a working breed. They still have the instinct to chase their prey. Small dogs and cats are usually not a good mix with these dogs unless each are introduced as babies to each other. Jack Russell Terriers are high energy and need to have ample exercise as well as stimulation in the form of games and play. If you are considering one, consider having two as they will play together and entertain each other. Just make sure they have compatible personalities. They are very intelligent, agile, fearless and can be very vocal dogs. Agility trails are often utilized to create a challenge for them.


Depending on what the JRT is mixed with you can get the best of both worlds. They are really sweet little dogs. As we have more of these mixes we will add more info here. Stay tuned.

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Remember, a dog should be under 30 lbs. to be considered small.

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Mason is from the mountains of SW VA and lives in Emory, Va currently. He is approximately two years old. He came from a bitter divorce where the couple …

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Mason is from the mountains of SW VA and lives in Emory, Va currently. He is approximately two years old and came from a bitter divorce situation where the couple fought over him.. thus his hair loss (Jacks can lose hair when in stressful situations, although it will regrow). We have had the vet address the hair situation, and he will be neutered.  Mason is house broken, crate trained, well behaved and good with his two geriatric foster sibling dogs that are 15 and 16. If you would like to give Mason the home he was meant to have, please contact Russell Rescue, Inc.

Dog is located n Emory, Virginia