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are jack russell terriers too hyper?

were thinking of adopting one but were not sure because theyre so crazyy. are they always super hyper? we want a dog thats small and not too wild, cause its gonna live inside the house.

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14 comments to are jack russell terriers too hyper?

  • Bulldog Mommy

    they have a TON of energy…..they are a terrier

    not the best choice for an inside dog

  • arkpudel

    Sorry, but they are usually pretty “active” (I hate to use the word hyper, because it has a negative connotation)- JRT’s need a job, you need to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. If they have a job (agility, obedience, flyball, etc.)- then you should be fine. If you expect a couch potato, then I suggest you look elsewhere.

  • sweetiepea518

    look around at different breeders. I have known some to be very hyper and many others that are so laid back. They can be great little dogs. Shop around and observe the puppies parents. You may want to ask the breeder for some references.

  • triple_m_farms

    If you take them for a wlk to burn energy and provide stimulating toys than yes they aer good dogs for inside. If you want a couch potatto NO WAY!! lol

  • Sarah

    they are not too hyper they just have lots of energy nd love to jump around and play..oh they also will want alot of attention
    hope this helps

  • Stark

    Jack Russell Terriers are Very High Energy dogs, and they are Intelligent dogs. So they may be too hyper for some people. They require a lot of daily activity and mental stimulation. If they don’t receive this, they can become destructive, trying to find ways to entertain themselves. They don’t make the best companion for a low active apartment type lifestyle. If you are looking for a lap dog, look into breeds like Shih-Tzus, Maltese, Chihuahuas, and other small less active dogs.

  • *Little Miss*

    i have two jrt one is 7 and one is 3. i would say at bout 4-5 they calm down a lot!! the one that is 7 is so calm and mellow on the other hand our 3 yr old is very active! they also bark at everyone that walks by our house and to the slightest noise. (which is good for a watch dog). i love them both to death and they are VERy smart!! they are also good house dogs, everytime we have left them out they get loose!! good luck with the adopting!!

  • famous girl 19

    jack russells are very active. They are not that hyper, they are just energetic, thats all. i think this type of dog may be too energetic for you though.when you think they are out of energy, they keep on going and going!lol!

  • bobgeller

    “TOO” is such a judgmental word. But if you need a dog that can run messages back and forth to your energetic border collie, the Jack Russell is your guy!

  • Jessie Q

    Jack Russell Terriers are vocal, alert, lively and bold. They are very affectionate and playful with family, and love attention. They require training or a job, as they need adequate exercise. They are very energetic and can be very excitable. Jack Russell Terriers can be scrappy with other dogs, but can be socialized and trained to be okay with other pets. They are friendly, courageous and do not like backing down from a fight. They are intelligent and stubborn. If trained well, this breed can harness all of its energy into training and become very obedient and worthwhile, but otherwise they are difficult to train, with the typical terrier stubbornness. Will do okay in an apartment if exercised, but a house with a fenced backyard is better. Jack Russell Terriers can adapt to most living environments, provided there is a job to do, training or exercise is given. The best owner for this breed would be an active, terrier-experienced individual or family that are living in a suburban or rural environment.

  • Lori S

    I work at a humane society and we get a LOT of Jack Russels in. People adopt them thinking, ‘Oh! They are going to be like Wishbone on PBS! They’re so smart! They are little!’ etc, etc etc… They ARE smart and they ARE little.

    They are also pretty wound little individuals. I would recommend doing a lot of reading to be sure a JR is the best breed for your family and lifestyle. They are wonderful little dogs, but aren’t for everyone!

    I think you are doing and excellent job at asking before racing out to purchase one. I would also recommend checking with some local rescue organizations that have younger adult JR terriers. They would know their individual personalities better rather than adopting a puppy. There are many advantages to rescueing a dog rather than going through a breeder!

    Basically, if you are willing to put forth a lot of time and effort and definitely patience, then a JR Terrier might just be right for you! Keep in mind they do have some aggression (or so I have seen frequently) issues that you should also prepare yourself for as well.

    I hope this helps a little bit…

  • Agility Man

    That’s probably a bad fit for you.

    1. I recommend that a JRT that is not aging get a minimum of 120 minutes of walking a day. Plus some mental stimulation (classes, doggie playdates, competitions like earthdog or agility, working on tricks).

    Case in point, I know an elderly JRT who runs with his owner…who does marathons. The JRT only does 8 miles (not the full 26). That specific JRT is at an age when most dogs are hanging out in front of the fire place and mellowing out.

    2. Here’s a suggestion if you want a great indoor dog: consider a greyhound rescue. I know, I know–it’s not little. But here’s the thing about a greyhound: it’s a small dog in a big dog’s body. Walk it for 20-30 minutes a day. It will spend the rest of the day lounging at your feet or looking for a sunny spot to sleep in. It is docile and doesn’t bark a lot. It won’t shed much. A rescue will be socialized to people and crate trained. It will take up less space and display less energy than most toy breeds.

    Another option for you is to adopt an elderly dog, one that is much older than 7. You run the risk of falling in love with a dog that might die 2-3 years later (depending upon the size and breed) and also having more health problems (and thus costs). But most dogs mellow out a lot after 7 years and even later. You could get an older rat terrier, dachshund, or west highland white terrier and it sounds like it would do quite fine.

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  • auspicous_carrot

    Everyone that answered this is correct, and pretty much in agreement. I will add my two cents worth as well. Hyper is indeed not the correct word. You have to always remember what the dog was bred to do when you get one. The JRT is supposed to be high energy, and they can’t fight that breeding, anymore then a tall person can’t be tall. they are meant to chase down vermin all day on the farm, and then hunt fox on the weekend.
    They can live in a house very well, but you better have something for them to do, or it can be trouble. The biggest problem is they are so smart,that you never want them to have pent up energy, and go looking around the house for something to do on their own. When mine is tired from being at the dog park, or from hiking in the woods, she is quiet, and not the least bit wild, but look out if she does not get that activity.
    I think I would also agree that a small greyhound rescue might be the way to go. They are sprinters, and only need a little bit of walking every day too be calm and quiet at your feet or on the couch. They are very loving and seem to really appreciate it when they get rescued from the track.

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