Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier

Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier

Energetic, loyal, and quick-witted, the Jack Russell Terrier has been around since the 19th century and can be identified by its signature white coat and tan or black markings.

You might not be aware of this, but Jack Russells come with 3 different types of coats and each one has different grooming requirements. The three different types of coats are Smooth Coats, Broken Coats, and Rough Coats.

In this article, we will have a look at the rough coat, or often referred to as the long-haired, Jack Russell and what you can expect from this adorable furry creature.

Let’s get started.

What Is a Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier?

A long-haired Jack Russell is a variant of this breed with the longest hair, and they are often referred to rough coat Jack Russells. They are not as common as the other two types of Jack Russells, namely short coat and broken coat Jack Russells.

Despite having a different type of coat, these Jack Russells are not different from the other coat types as far as size, temperament, life span, and behavior are concerned.

What Does A Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier Look Like?

As mentioned previously, a long-haired Jack Russell has long hair that can grow up to 2 inches long, and they can be identified by their signature white coat with tan or black markings.

Their hair covers the entire body and can grow in any direction, often resulting in a textured look. Their long hair protects them from the elements such as water and bad weather, and this gives them an advantage over the other coat types.

How Big Do Long-Haired Jack Russell Terriers Get?

Long-haired Jack Russells can grow up to be anything between 10 and 15 inches tall, and this is the same height as the short and broken coat Jack Russell. They can grow up to be anything between 18 to 22 inches long, and if properly fed, can weigh anything between 13 and 17 pounds.

How Long Do Long-Haired Jack Russell Terriers Live?

Jack Russells, no matter the type of coat, can live up to anything between 13 and 16 years old, with some even age of 17 years. As with all dogs, getting the proper care is vital as it will help your dog live a longer healthier, and happier life.

It is worth noting though that Jack Russells suffer from certain old age problems which we will discuss next.

Long-Haired Jack Russell Terriers Old Age Problems

As with any other dog breed, long-haired Jack Russells can suffer from certain old age problems. Let’s take a closer look.

1.) Deafness

Unfortunately, Jack Russells can go completely deaf or only partially deaf as they get older. One of my Jack Russells is rather old and she is partially deaf. While this is not an ideal situation for her, she is still going on very strong and living a happy life.

2.) Blindness

Jack Russells are prone to many of the same eye conditions that occur in other breeds. However, it is important to note that they are particularly prone to Glaucoma.

3.) Dental Issues

We all try to take good care of their teeth, but Jack Russells will eventually experience dental issues like gum diseases and decayed teeth when they get old.

4.) Weight Problems

A Jack Russell will get less active as he gets older, and this can lead him to gain weight if his diet is not adjusted properly.

5.) Arthritis

We all know that Jack Russells are very active dogs. Since they need exercise on a daily basis, and because they often run, jump, and do tricks, this can, unfortunately, lead to joint issues when they get old.

6.) Constant Shaking

Jack Russells can suffer from Wobbler Syndrome, constant shaking episodes when they get old.

7.) Epilepsy

Our furry friends can suffer from epilepsy when they get old. I’ve witnessed this first-hand with my oldest Jack Russell, but I am happy to report that she is doing fine now because we were able to treat it.

Grooming A Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier

Long-haired Jack Russells have coarse, long hair which means that their grooming needs are higher than those with short coats. This is because dirt and other debris can get trapped in their hair.

Smooth-coated Jack Russells do not need as much grooming as rough-coated Jack Russells. A few brushings per week will do the trick.

Rough-coated Jack Russells are a different story, and ideally, their coats should be stripped twice a year. Stripping involves removing all of the dead hair that didn’t shed naturally by means of a stripping knife. You can perform this process yourself at home, but many people prefer to leave it to the professionals.

Are Long-Haired Jack Russell Terriers Good Family Dogs?

Yes, long-haired 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.

Do Long-Haired Jack Russell Terriers Shed?

Yes, long-haired Jack Russells, just like short and broken coat Jack Russells, do shed Jand they shed during the spring and fall seasons but not always by the same amounts. Jack Russell Terriers also shed in the summer, but this is usually much less and in smaller clumps than it is in the spring and fall seasons.

Shedding is a normal process that occurs in mammals, as they grow new hair and the old hair falls out. It is recommended to brush their coats a few times a week to limit shedding. A bath with dog shampoo every 4 to 6 weeks is also recommended not only to combat shedding but to keep your furry friend’s coat in top condition.

How Much Does A Long-Haired Jack Russell Terrier Cost?

If you’re looking at adopting a puppy or adult long-haired Jack Russell from a local rescue, you can expect to pay anything from $175 to $800. The cost of adopting a puppy or adult Jack Russell from a well-known and reputable breeder can range from $800 to $1,500. To adopt a show-quality Jack Russell can cost you around $2,500 or more.

Now that we’ve established how much a long-haired Jack Russell costs, let’s have a look at the costs involved in the first year of owning a long-haired Jack Russell.

Item Average Cost
Puppy $800
Food $100
Grooming $120
License $20
Toys $100
Training $1,000
Vet Visits $460
Total $2,600

It is against the law to own an unlicensed dog in the US, so this cost is mandatory. The other items mentioned in the list, however, will vary depending on your pup’s needs.

Some people opt to have their pups microchipped, and this can cost up to $50. However, this is only a once-off cost.

And finally, many folks opt for pet insurance as well and this can cost around $180 per year depending on the cover that is chosen.

let’s have a look at the living costs involved in owning a long-haired Jack Russell.

Item Cost (per year)
Food $100
Grooming $120
License $20
Toys $100
Vet Visits $460
Total $800


Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of long-haired Jack Russells.

Apart from their long hair and grooming needs, they are no different from other Jack Russells. They are fun, energetic, loving, and loyal dogs that will be a great addition to any family home.


  • Jan Pretorius

    Meet Jan Pretorius, the passionate dog lover and proud owner of the popular canine haven, JackRussellTerrierDog.com. 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.