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Jack Russell’s are a unique dog breed in many ways.

Crazy intelligent, dedicated working dogs and a special love and protection for their owners.

I adopted a Jack Russell roughly 22 months ago and it’s been nothing short of excellent and entertaining each day.

I’ve noticed across several social media platforms or even questions on this website that individuals considering adopting a Jack Russell soon have a topic that they need an answer for.

Are Jack Russell’s loyal?

After owning a Jack Russell for the past two years and being curious just like you in the beginning, here is what I can now tell you on this topic.

Yes, Jack Russell’s are loyal dogs. Jack Russell’s are one of the most loyal dog breeds. Jack Russell’s are known for their eagerness to please their owners, work for their owners, and can absorb knowledge and training quickly. Jack Russell’s are also loyal towards their owners in the form of being protective of their family and caregivers.

Overall, when it comes to loyalty, it’s tough to compete with a Jack Russell.

I was just like you, in the beginning, googling a ton of questions to inquire about what I can expect if I decide to adopt a Jack Russell soon.

While the answer provided above does answer the question of loyalty with Jack Russell’s, I wanted to take the time to dive deeper into this topic and give you more examples and details.

Why not take the time to explain how awesome this dog can be as the next addition to the family?

I’ve also created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.


Here is what I plan on covering today for you:

If you are short on time, or only needed the limited information, feel free to use those links above to skip around throughout this post.

Otherwise, relax for about 3 minutes, and I’ll break down some personality traits of the Jack Russell and the loyalty you can expect after the adoption.

Here are the essential details to understand.

Are Jack Russell’s Loyal with Their Owners?

As stated in the answer to the question previously, yes, Jack Russell’s are one of the most loyal dogs you could ever adopt.

They have a deep desire to please and seek approval from their owners.

They are hyper and have a drive that wants to be put to work with their owners, and when it’s not, boredom can set in with Jack Russell’s relatively quickly.

I always see people often wonder, just how loyal are Jack Russell’s?

I would say this entirely depends on the Jack Russell.

I know my female Jack Russell is extremely tied to myself as the one who has trained her and spent the most time with her.

She’s also relatively protective of my 4-year-old son.

She lies near him just about any chance she gets as if she is watching over him.

I’m sure others have different experiences on this topic, and it’s dependent on your actual Jack Russell, but overall, these dogs are extremely loyal and affectionate towards their family and household members.

Are Jack Russell’s Protective of Their Owners?

Yes, absolutely. Jack Russell’s are protective of their owners.

Especially the family members they see daily and interact with.

Yes, my Jack Russell still barks frequently if she sees anyone on the property through our large front windows.

When we take her camping, she’s also very guarded and protective of our space and gets very curious about anyone who walks up to greet us or hang out.

Jack Russell’s, to me, almost seem and act as if they have a duty to protect and take care of their families.

Sure, Jack Russell’s have some traits that could be deemed as more annoying than other dog breeds, but overall, this is one of the most loyal and caring dog breeds you could ever adopt or share a bond with.

That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it.

The Jack Russell Is Loving and Affectionate

We have touched on this, but I want to ensure to make my point just a tad more before sending you on your way.

Jack Russell’s are incredibly affectionate dogs.

They love time with the family, love to play, and love to learn when they can do so.

They need this mental stimulation, and they need an active household to remain happy.

They have a lot of energy that needs to be burned off.

They also can be very calm and relaxed dogs if that’s the way you have raised them which is a nice relief, I’m sure for many of you reading.

You may have read at one point or another that a Jack Russell can even be considered aggressive.

I believe this to be far from the truth and never experienced this side of a Jack Russell and believe 2 years is long enough to test this theory.

Jack Russell’s just want and need a loving home with the ability to burn some energy, and they make for one of the best pets you could choose to adopt and certainly one of the best dog breeds you could want.

Final Thoughts

All dogs will be different.

All Jack Russell’s will also act and behave differently.

Even with this being the case, one thing I can assure you is that Jack Russell is a very loyal and loving dog breed to choose.

They are entertaining, have a unique personality, and can make for one of the best dogs to introduce to the family.

Nonetheless, Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your journey and your Jack Russell.

Share Your Thoughts

As always, I encourage the Terrier Owner community to chime in and provide their insight and feedback on the topic at hand.

Do you believe Jack Russell’s are as loyal as I’ve painted them to be in this post?

Do you have any additional information you think needs shared with the community?

Be sure to share those thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

Thanks again, and we will see you next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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