How Big Is A Full-Grown Jack Russell: Height, Weight & More

Jack Russell Terriers can range in size as much as they can range in personalities.

Most individuals who are contemplating adopting a Jack Russell Terrier are likely curious about how big a full-grown Jack Russell will mature to.

How big is a full-grown Jack Russell?

I have been raising a Jack Russell for the past few years, and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

Jack Russell Terriers, on average, will range from 10-15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 13-17 pounds when fully grown. Jack Russell Terriers can range in size and weight due to breeding and depending on if they are a mixed dog breed.

The rest of this brief post will detail what factors impact how big a Jack Russell Terrier will be when fully grown and some of the common heights and weights you can expect from different Jack Russell Terriers mixed breeds.

Here is how I intend to break this topic down for you:

How Big Is A Full-Grown Jack Russell + Sizing for Male and Female Jack Russell’s?

Jack Russell Terrier’s start small and adorable, and one of the best physical characteristics of the Jack Russell Terrier is that they remain small and adorable.

A common question that individuals ask about Jack Russell’s is when they can expect their Jack Russell to be considered full-grown.

Jack Russell’s are considered full-grown when they are 6-8 months of age.

Of course, this may vary with every Jack Russell as some Jack Russell Terriers may continue to fill-out of bulk up until they are about 1 year old.

Especially with routine exercise that is promoting a healthy lifestyle and muscle gain.

Assuming your Jack Russell Terrier is full-grown or between that 8-12 months of age, here is the height and weights you can expect to see.

Remember, this is the averages, and all Jack Russell’s are different.

Average Weight and Height of Full-Grown Jack Russell Terrier’s (Based on Sex, Breed, and Mix)

Jack Russell or Terrier BreedHeightWeight
Jack Russell Terrier Male10-15 Inches12-17lbs
Jack Russell Terrier Female10-15 Inches12-17lbs
Parson Russell Terrier Male12-14 Inches13-17 lbs
Parson Russell Terrier Female12-14 Inches13-17 lbs
Russell Terrier Male8-12 Inches11-16lbs
Russell Terrier Female8-12 Inches11-16lbs

How Heavy Will A Jack Russell Get?

You can refer to the information in the table we just illustrated, but in general, a Jack Russell Terrier will reach about 12-17lbs in weight.

Some Jack Russell’s may be on the lower end of this weight, and some may push the higher end of the weight based on the diet, exercise, and muscle mass.

Again, all Jack Russell’s are different, but for the most part, you can bank on your Jack Russell weighing 12-17lbs.

The Size of a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

When it comes to the size of a Jack Russell puppy, you genuinely have a pocket pet for the first 6 months or so.

A Jack Russell puppy that is 3 months old will weigh on average 6-8 pounds.

A Jack Russell puppy that is 6 months old will weigh 9-11 lbs.

Mixed Jack Russell Terriers May Vary in Height, Weight, and Size

You also need to keep in mind that Jack Russell Terrier mixes will vary in weight compared to your typical full-bred Jack Russell Terrier.

Here are some examples to give you an idea:

Jack Russell Terrier MixHeight (inches)Weight (lbs)
Bo-Jack 1/2 Boston Terrier10-15 inches10-16 lbs
Jug 1/2 Pug10-15 inches8-13 lbs
Jack-A-Bee 1/2 Beagle10-16 inches15-35 lbs
Border Jack 1/2 Border Collie16-22 inches22-32 lbs
Jarcairn 1/2 Cairn Terrier11-12 inches11-12 lbs
Jack Chi 1/2 Chihuahua 12-15 inches8-18 lbs
Cocker Jack 1/2 Cocker Spaniol 13-20 inches15-30 lbs
Jackshund 1/2 Dachshund 8-23 inches15-28 lbs
Rustrailian Terrier 1/2 Australian Terrier10-18 inches10-25 lbs
French Bull Jack 1/2 French Bull Dog11-14 inches13-28 lbs
Golden Jack 1/2 Golden Retriever 10-15 inches13-19 lbs
Jack Russell and German Shepard 13-14 inches14-20 lbs
Jack-A-Ranian12-15 inches6-14 lbs
Yorkie Jack 1/2 Yorkshire Terrier10-12 inches6-12 lbs
Husky Jack 1/2 Siberian Husky17-19 inches30-40 lbs
Jack-A-Poo 1/2 Poodle10-16 inches13-25 lbs
Papijack 1/2 Papillion10-15 inches8-15 lbs
Co Jack 1/2 Corgi10-13 inches18-28 lbs

What Can Impact the Growth and Size of a Jack Russell Terrier

Something some of you may not know is that a few factors can even impact how much growth your Jack Russell experiences and how big they ultimately get.

I wanted to cover a few of those factors in this post:


While diet is unlikely to cause much of an impact on your Jack Russell’s growth, it could if it becomes an issue with a lack of nutrients or nutritional needs that your Jack Russell has to remain healthy.

You want to avoid your Jack Russell ever lacking any of these nutrients.

Stick with recommended and trusted brands for your dog food.


As with most dog breeds, genetics plays a vital role in how big a Jack Russell will ultimately be.

If you adopt or adopted your Jack Russell Terrier from a local breeder near you, you can ask to meet the parents of your Jack Russell to get a better idea of how big your JR will grow too at full size.

Exercise Routines

Exercise may not stunt the height of your Jack Russell but can impact the muscle mass they develop which can ultimately impact the overall weight.

Jack Russell Terriers are a strong dog breed with broad muscles and broad chest bones.

They are also a hyper dog breed.

They need the ability to exercise every day, ideally to remain in optimal health.

Health Problems

Other health problems may be out of your control for the most part and should not be a significant factor in your Jack Russell’s growth but could potentially.

Be sure to always get your Jack Russell checked up by a certified vet once per year to ensure they are at peak health.

Is A Jack Russell Terrier A Small or Medium Dog?

This question could come down to debate.

The Jack Russell Terrier is technically classified as a small dog, but clearly, smaller dogs do exist.

If you are looking for a small dog that would be considered a lap dog, a Jack Russell Terrier is a good option for you.

Just be sure to exercise and tucker them out if you want them to relax during this cuddle time.

Jack Russell Terriers Make for An Excellent Small Dog the Family Can Enjoy

Hopefully, this brief post gave you insight into how big a Jack Russell will grow and what height and weights you can expect with your Jack Russell going forward.

They make for excellent family dogs.

If you are considering adopting a Jack Russell Terrier in the future, I highly recommend it and do not believe you will have any regrets.

Luna and I certainly wish you the best of luck with your new Jack Russell’s and the journey you have ahead of you.

Share Your Thoughts on Your Jack Russell’s Size, Weight and Height

How big did your Jack Russell grow to?

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

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

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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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