Are Jack Russells Good Family Dogs?

Are Jack Russell Good Family Dogs?

Bringing a new puppy home is such a great feeling and to us, they are more than just pets, they are like family. Just as with our real family, it is important that everyone gets along and fits in with the living environment.

If you’re looking at adopting a Jack Russell, you might be wondering if they are good family dogs. Well, as a proud parent of 3 Jack Russells I have all the information you need.

Let’s get started.

Are Jack Russells Good Family Dogs?

Yes, Jack Russells are great family dogs because they are affectionate, loyal, and devoted to their owners and other members of the household. They can also be great with children, and because they are very energetic, they love to play with children as well. Jack Russells can also get along with other dogs and can be great companions for dogs that you already own.

Due to the strong bond that they have with their owners, they are great guard dogs and will do anything to protect them and their families.

Why Are Jack Russells Good Family Dogs?

Let’s have a look at exactly why Jack Russells make good family dogs.

1.) They are extremely loyal and loving

Jack Russells are tough, but they are very loyal and loving towards their owners and other members of the household. They will seek your constant approval and will be by your side wherever you are.

They love to give love to members of the family, and this is very evident when they lick you, stare at you, and follow you around.

2.) They are very smart

Jack Russells are known to be very smart, and as an owner of 3 Jack Russells, I can tell you with certainty that they are very clever. This makes it very easy to train them which is very useful when you are trying to teach them to ditch an unwanted habit or to display proper behavior.

You can train them from an early age so that they will respect your children and play gently with them; this is a great way to teach your kids about responsibility and how to respect their pets.

3.) They’re great with children

As I mentioned earlier, Jack Russell Terriers love to play and interact with kids, and kids love them too. Mainly because these amazing pups have such a unique personality.

They are very energetic and they will always be in the mood for some playtime in the backyard with the kids.

When it’s time for them to take a breather, they have no problem cuddling up next to the kids to take a nap. This is also their way of displaying affection towards their human family.

4.) They love to play

I’ve already mentioned that Jack Russells love to play with children, and it’s not uncommon for them to be in a playful mood. This is very useful when you have kids in the house because it means that your Jack Russell will tire the kids out, and at the same time, your furry friend will get the attention and much-needed exercise.

5.) They are great guard dogs

You can trust Jack Russell Terriers to protect your family and home while you’re away, and will never fail to let you know when someone is at the front door. These dogs are very affectionate towards their owners but wary of strangers, making them great guard dogs.

They can bark a lot, yes, but they will only do this when they sense that their owners or other family members are in danger.

6.) They have a strong bond with their owners

Jack Russells form a strong bond with their owners. Sometimes they will even choose one specific person in the family and get attached to this person.

They can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety, but this is only because they miss and love their owners and want to be around them as much as possible.

7.) They love going for a run or a swim

Jack Russell Terriers make excellent running partners because they need proper exercise on a daily basis in order to be happy. These dogs are energetic and they enjoy getting rid of that energy in any way that they can.

They also love water and are in fact amazing swimmers, so they will love to go for a swim with you.

8.) They can be good with other dogs

It is very important for dogs in the same household to get along, and luckily with Jack Russells, this can be the case. They can get along with various other dog breeds if they are properly socialized from a young age.


There you have it…proof that Jack Russells can be good family dogs.

As I’ve mentioned, they are extremely affectionate, loving, loyal, and they form a strong bond with their owners. They can also be great with children, and due to their hyper nature, they love to play along with children.

Jack Russells can also be good with other dogs, so if you already have other dogs in your house, a Jack Russell can a great companion for them.

If your next dog is a Jack Russell, you can rest assured that it will be a great family dog and a worthy addition to your family.


  • Jan Pretorius

    Meet Jan Pretorius, the passionate dog lover and proud owner of the popular canine haven, Born and raised in a small town known for its love of animals, Jan’s journey into the world of dogs began at a young age, fueled by an innate connection with our four-legged companions.