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You likely ended up on these blog posts for one of two reasons.

Either you own a Jack Russell now, and you need some advice to help eliminate a shedding issue, or you are debating on adopting a new Jack Russell and want to know how much of a shedding issue you may encounter.

Both are valid reasons and valid questions and the reason this blog post exists in the first place.

I had the same questions as you before adopting my Jack Russell.

More specifically, I wanted to know, do Jack Russells shed?

After a few years and a full understanding of Jack Russells and their shedding tendencies, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

Yes, Jack Russells shed. The shorter hair a Jack Russell has, the more a Jack Russell will shed. Jack Russells will also shed more frequently during a season change. All Jack Russell breeds will shed. Frequent baths can result in more shedding taking place due to dry skin.

Now, listen up for just a second.

This is the short and sweet version of the answer to the question at hand.

There is still light at the end of the tunnel and things you can do to help minimize Jack Russell shedding and keep the shedding controlled much easier.

That’s what I plan to detail in the rest of this post.

Consider this post, your ultimate guide to understanding Jack Russell Terrier’s shedding and what you can do about it.

I’ve also created easy to navigate links below that outline what I plan to cover in today’s brief post on shedding.


Here is what is on my lesson plan for the day:

As I mentioned a moment ago, if you feel like you only need certain information or you have better things to do, feel free to use the links above to skip around throughout this post.

Otherwise, relax for just a few minutes, and I’ll give you a detailed overview and inside look at Jack Russell shedding and what you can expect if you decide to adopt a JR soon.

Here are the pertinent details to understand.

Do Jack Russell Terriers Shed Recap and Overview

Let’s start with a brief recap of the answer provided above.

Yes, Jack Russells do shed, and at times, it can be relatively abundant.

There’s no magic mix of Jack Russell Terrier that does not shed, but you may very well indeed adopt a Jack Russell that sheds less than others may experience.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a huge issue.

You have plenty of options, tips, and strategies you can implement to help reduce shedding with your Jack Russell and regain a clean home while enjoying one of the best family dogs you can choose to adopt.

Let’s transition and begin discussing some of these tips and strategies you can use to help reduce shedding as much as possible.

How Can I Stop My Stop My Jack Russell from Shedding?

First and foremost, you won’t be able to eliminate shedding with a Jack Russell.

It’s not going to happen, and trust me, I’ve tried.

However, being ready to implement the best practices to reduce shedding can minimize the problem significantly.

One thing to understand is that shedding with Jack Russells tend to increase when seasons change.

Your JR may begin shedding off the previous season’s coat, and it may seem like much more hair is falling onto those beautiful floors than usual.

This will happen in the spring and again in the fall in most situations.

Once you understand this, you can begin implementing some of the recommended tips and tricks towards reducing the problem with shedding as much as possible.

Here is a look at some of those recommendations for you.

Jack Russell Shedding Solutions and Tips

To help you begin reducing the shedding issue, I’ve compiled a quick list of tips and tricks I use on my own Jack Russell to minimize shedding.

Tip #1- Brushing

The first tip is one of the most common tips dog owners around the world use to help eliminate shedding.

Brush your Jack Russell.

Another big key to this is to use a brush that’s rubber or has a rubber mitt.

This can help to loosen up the hairs and even loosen up the undercoat hair.

Keep in mind that none of these tips eliminate shedding, but they can go a long way towards reducing shedding dramatically with Jack Russell Terriers.

Brush your Jack Russell and brush them often.

I recommend that you brush them while you have them outside to keep the hair out of the house.

It takes roughly 3-5 minutes to give a Jack Russell a good brushing. It will undoubtedly extend the amount of times you need to empty the canister on your vacuum.

Tip #2- Don’t Overdo Bath Time

Yes, I completely understand that none of us want a stinky Jack Russell, and maybe they even have dug a fresh hole in the backyard, and your first instinct is to bathe them and bathe them often.

Be careful with this, and don’t overdo it.

Bathing a Jack Russell will dry out their skin.

As the skin on your Jack Russell dries out, they will begin to shed more.

To put this in an easy way to understand, bathe your Jack Russell when needed but not too often if you want to reduce shedding as much as possible.

Tip #3- Keep A Well Balanced and Healthy Diet for Your Jack Russell

My next tip for you is to realize that all dogs need a well-balanced diet, and a Jack Russell’s diet directly impacts their skin, hair, and every function of their body just like you and I experience.

Ensure that they are being provided with the necessary diet.

If necessary, speak to your vet about the best practices with this to ensure you are providing the best care possible to your JR.

Tip #4- Accept it and Move On, Jack Russells Are Awesome Pets

The last tip I have for you may be slightly annoying, but it’s the truth.

It’s not rocket science here, and it’s something you just need to accept with about 98% of the dogs that you can choose to adopt.

Shedding is not a reason not to choose a Jack Russell Terrier.

They make excellent pets, are extremely intelligent, and the shedding can be reduced.

If you use the tips that I’ve laid out for you thus far and accept that some hair will fall to the floor from time to time, you will be in excellent shape.

Trust me, it’s not something that overly bothers me with my Jack Russell, and I would consider myself relatively OCD and a clean freak.

Keep brushing your JR as much as possible, limit baths to when needed, and you will be in great shape.

Now that we have our tips and tricks out of the way towards reducing Jack Russell shedding, I want to move into a few frequently asked questions that arise on this topic and have you on your way.

Do Rough Coat Jack Russells Shed?

Yes, rough coat Jack Russells shed as much as any other Jack Russell breed. Brush your rough coat Jack Russell daily and avoid excessive baths to help reduce shedding with rough coat Jack Russells as much as possible.

Do Wired Hair Jack Russells Shed?

Yes, wired hair Jack Russells shed as much as any other Jack Russell breed. Brush your rough coat Jack Russell daily and avoid excessive baths to help reduce shedding with wire coat Jack Russells as much as possible.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, yes, you need to plan and anticipate that your Jack Russell will shed.

You also need to realize that you have a great deal of control over the shedding problem and can reduce it dramatically.

Do your best to brush your Jack Russell as much as possible and avoid the unnecessary baths, and you will significantly reduce the amount of hair that you notice throughout the home.

Jack Russells make for a great pet and are loving and affectionate pets.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your journey and with your new Jack Russell if you do decide to adopt soon.

Luna and I also wish you the best of luck with reducing the shedding with your new JR.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Share Your Thoughts

I always encourage the readers to chime in any additional advice that may help us all effectively become better Terrier Owners.

Do you have any other tips on handling shedding with Jack Russell Terriers you can share?

Be sure to share those thoughts, comments, and concerns 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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