Will Spaying My Jack Russell Calm Her Down? [The Honest Truth]


Spaying your female Jack Russell Terrier seems like a popular debate these days, and it can present some benefits for your dog. It is also a decision you should be educated about before making your decision.

I have been raising a female Jack Russell Terrier for the past 2.5+ years, and here is what I can tell you on this topic:

Will Spaying My Jack Russell Calm Her Down?

Spaying a female Jack Russell Terrier can make your Jack Russell more tolerant of other dogs and people. Spaying does not directly fix behavior problems present with a Jack Russell but can help avoid some hormonal related aggression or tendencies if spaying is completed.

I know that it may seem like it doesn’t offer enough benefits to get you excited about your Jack Russell’s new behavior after being spayed but give me a few more minutes to explain and break this topic down in depth.

Here is what I plan to cover in this discussion:



Spaying A Female Jack Russell Terrier

In case you were not 100% sure, spaying a female Jack Russell means that you are removing your Jack Russell’s uterus and ovaries.

It has been well documented that spaying a female Jack Russell can offer significant health benefits.

On the other hand, and slightly less proven, it is also known to help with a few behavior-related issues that may present with a Jack Russell Terrier as they mature.

Before diving into the health benefits, I want to touch on the slight behavior changes that may occur after spaying your Jack Russell.


Does A Female’s Dog’s Behavior Really Change After Spaying?

I hate to break it to you, but if you experience some of the typical behavior issues with a Jack Russell Terrier, spaying likely will not get rid of them.

A few of them, sure, it may help with, but for the most part, training and discipline are your practical approach towards improving your Jack Russell’s demeanor and behavior.

To put more simply, you should not spay your Jack Russell Terrier only because you want to experience a different dog and see better behavior.

That is not how it works.

Like I stated a moment ago in our discussion, spaying a female Jack Russell may help with future behavior when being socialized around other dogs and even people.

It can help prevent some hormonal related aggression and tendencies.

However, Jack Russell’s are known to have other typical personality and characteristics.

These include behaviors such as the following:

Spaying your Jack Russell is not going to suddenly make them have less energy and make them demand less of your time.

I want to be 100% clear about that.

Exercise and training will take care of these behaviors for you but not spaying.

Now that I have that off my chest, I want to move into the primary reasons you should be spaying your female Jack Russell Terrier, which revolves entirely around the health benefits it can offer your JR.


The Benefits Of Spaying A Female Jack Russell Terrier

The health benefits that spaying your Jack Russell Terrier can offer are hard to match and usually makes spaying your dog a no-brainer and an easy decision.

Overall, spaying is known to offer the following health benefits for your Jack Russell:


Accidental Breeding Is Eliminated By Spaying Your Jack Russell

I know, and I get it.

I understand that it is hard to picture your Jack Russell accidentally getting pregnant from some freaky time.

However, do you have friends with male dogs that are not fixed?

Are you sure your Jack Russell will never find a way to get out of the fence and go for a late-night stroll down the boardwalk?

Well, if that happens, accidental breeding is always possible, and spaying is the only way to ensure that does not occur.


The Chance of Breast Tumors Is Dramatically Reduced With Spaying

A few things need to take place for this health benefit to present in most circumstances.

First, it is recommended that if you want your Jack Russell to have a reduced risk of breast tumors in the future, that you get her spayed before she goes into her first heat.

This typically takes place in the first 6-9 months.

To be completely honest, I missed this timeline and wish I had not, but here is the good news.

Not getting your Jack Russell fixed before their first heat does not automatically mean you will deal with breast tumors in the future, either.

It is merely a statistic and procedure known to help eliminate the risk.

It is not full proof.


Spaying Helps Reduce The Chance of Uterine Infections

One more benefit of spaying your female Jack Russell is the reduced odds of dealing with uterine infections.

While it does not eliminate the possibility, it is undoubtedly helping drop the chances significantly.


A Spayed Jack Russell Terrier Will No Longer Go Into Heat

Have you ever dealt with a heat cycle with your Jack Russell Terrier?

I can tell you that I would prefer not to do that if it can be avoided.

It was clear that it was less comfortable than usual for my Jack Russell, had some slight discharge, and clearly was not her usual self for a few weeks.

While it was not the end of the world if it can be avoided, why not consider doing it?


Spaying Your Jack Russell Increases The Chances Of A Long and Happy Life

Overall, to sum up, the health benefits that spaying can offer is the most straightforward statistic of them all.

The consensus is that spaying a female Jack Russell leads to a longer, happier, and healthier life.

With the amount of joy and affection they provide us as the owners, it seems at least worth a few minutes of your time to consider this procedure for your Jack Russell to offer them all of the benefits we have discussed thus far.

Now that we know the health benefits spaying can offer, we need to discuss when the most ideal time is to get your Jack Russell spayed.


What Age Should A Jack Russell Be Spayed?

Most experts recommend getting your female Jack Russell spayed before the first heat cycle but never before the age of 3 months.

This is the age range that can present the most health benefits and reduce the health conditions common with female Jack Russell’s.

However, do not get too stressed by this timeline.

Like I said a minute ago, I missed this timeline as well.

Your best bet is to talk to your vet and cover all your options.

Although benefits are offered by spaying a Jack Russell Terrier at these ages, it is still essential for you to be comfortable with the decision and understand all the options.

If you have passed the first heat cycle window, call a few local vets that you trust or have already used and discuss when would be ideal to complete the procedure and what all will be necessary.

You will be much more comfortable after this simple phone call.

Trust me.


Will My Female Jack Russell Have Periods If Spayed?

No, a spayed female Jack Russell will no longer have periods or have heat cycles.

A non-spayed female Jack Russell can have what you would consider a “period,” known as the heat cycle twice per year.

Once the procedure is completed, the heat cycle and period will no longer take place.

Now that we have the health, age recommendations, and behavior discussion out of the way, let’s talk money for a minute.

It is equally as important to understand, and I know as much as anyone, that a budget and planning is extremely beneficial and necessary.


How Much Will Spaying My Jack Russell Terrier Cost Me?

The cost to spay your female Jack Russell Terrier will vary based on your local vets. All vets will have different charges, but on average, spaying a female Jack Russell will cost you between $150.00 and $550.00

Some vets will want to complete a full-exam of your Jack Russell which may add additional cost and some vets also use the weight of the dog as a metric for determining the costs of spaying.

To get more accurate pricing, I recommend contacting your local vet that you want to use for the procedure, get the exact pricing and ask about your payment options.

Overall, what I can tell you is that the cost of spaying your Jack Russell is likely going to save you a lot of money in the long run.

The costs of costly medical procedures if your Jack Russell does happen to have a medical condition arise due to not being spayed can get high in a hurry.

Simply put, spaying your Jack Russell is much more cost-effective than not spaying your Jack Russell in most circumstances.

Keep that in mind.


Prepare For Your Jack Russell’s Spaying Procedure

The last thing I want to touch on before sending you on your way is to be sure that you plan for your spaying and get your Jack Russell ready for the procedure.

For all pre-procedure advice, I would speak to your vet to get exact directions.

In most circumstances, the vet will advise on what to feed your Jack Russell and when to feed your Jack Russell before the procedure.

The same advice will be given to you about what fluids to allow your Jack Russell to have before the procedure.

Your vet will give you a detailed breakdown that you should follow to ensure your Jack Russell has a quick and painless recovery after being spayed for post-operation procedures.


Unless You Plan To Breed Your Jack Russell, Spaying Can Be Very Beneficial

Clearly, spaying seems to offer more benefits for your female Jack Russell than potential downfalls.

It can offer your Jack Russell a healthier life and avoid illness that is relatively common with Jack Russell’s who have not been spayed.

If you have no intention of ever breeding your Jack Russell, it most likely makes the most sense to complete the spaying.

However, I am not a vet and recommend having that discussion with a trusted and local vet to ensure you are comfortable with your decision and understand all the pros and cons of doing so.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your female Jack Russell Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you!


What Are Your Thoughts About Spaying A Female Jack Russell Terrier?

Did you have your female Jack Russell Terrier spayed yet?

Why or why not?

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.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com 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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