Jack Russell Terrier Colors and Coats Options – All You Need To Know

Jack Russell Terrier Colors and Coats Options – All You Need To Know

Jack Russell Terriers are a famous dog breed among many dog lovers. When it comes to the appearance of JRTs, there are different Jack Russell Terrier colors and coat options that you can choose when adopting a JRT.

So, what are the Jack Russell Terrier’s colors and coat options? There are White, Black & White, Brown & White, Tan & White, Lemon & White, Red & White, and tri-colored JRTs. There are patches and markings in their over eyes, over ears, full face mask, face mask with streaks, saddle markings, and tail spots. The JRTs have different coat types as well. Smooth coats, rough coats, and broken coats are major coat types. My pet JRT, Shaggy, is a black and white JRT with a rough coat and an over-eye patch. 

By reading this article, you may be able to understand different Jack Russell colors and their different patches and markings. Then, let’s identify coat types of JRTs and, finally, how to take care of the appearance of your JRT.

So, if you are a JRT lover, then this article may find you. I’ll share my knowledge of adopting JRTs with you. Let’s start.

Jack Russell Terrier Colors 

Jack Russell Terriers are an active and intelligent dog breed that is famous for hunting dogs. They are small and cute in appearance while having more popularity among dog lovers.

JRTs have different colors, and you can choose a pet according to your preference of color. Here are some Jack Russell Terrier colors, and you can choose according to their color shades. 

1. White JRTs

JRTs are often not in a single color, and JRT puppies are born completely white. Then when they grow, they develop some other colors and patches in their body.

Therefore, you can choose a completely white JRT puppy. 

2. Black and White Jack Russells

If you are a dog lover that loves white dogs, then black and white JRTs are good for your choice since they are white and can be seen with black patches in their coats. 

3. Brown and White JRTs

Brown and white JRTs are also a choice of JRT lovers since they are also white dogs with brown patches in their bodies. 

4. Tan and White JRTs 

Tan and White JRTs have tan markings or patches in their white coats. 

5. Lemon and White Jack Russells

The primary color of lemon and white JRTs is white, and they have lemon color markings and patches.

6. Red and White JRTs

Red and White JRTs have a reddish face and red-colored patches in their white coats. 

7. Tri-color Jack Russell Terriers

Tri-color JRTs have different color combinations. Sometimes they are with the combination of white, tan, and black colors, while sometimes, with white, tan, and brown combinations.

Most of the time, JRTs have the primary color of white and patches and markings of other colors.

Markings of Jack Russell Terriers

In addition to Jack Russell’s colors, they are also different in their patches and markings. Since most JRTs are primarily in white, their patches made them more interesting and unique.

These markings and patches can be seen in different places in the body of JRTs and can be seen in different colors, sizes, and shapes.

According to the places where the patches are located, they can be different from each other. 

1. Over-eyes patches

Over-eyes patches of Jack Russell Terriers can be seen mostly over an eye of the JRT in different sizes, colors, and shapes. Most probably, they are in one eye, not in them both. 

2. Over-ear patches

Same with the eye, the patches over-ears too will appear in the ear of the JRT. Their patches can be different in size, shape, and color. Mostly these ear patches also appear in only one ear, not both.

3. Full face mask

JRTs with full face masks are interesting, and it makes them recognizable and easier to identify. In this type of JRTs, their whole body is white color, and their face will be in one color completely, whether black, brown, or tan. 

4. Face masks with streaks on it

This dog type is also interesting with the streaking face mask. The whole body is white-colored in his appearance, and the face mask will be in another color.

However, it may include white streaks on it. These JRTs are a combination of markings and colors and seem interesting to adopt.

5. Tail spots

In this type of JRTs, there are spots on the tail of JRTs that the whole body is white. The spots on the tail can be seen in different colors in the whitetail. 

6. Saddle Markings

Saddle-type common spots can be found in the saddle-marked JRTs, and these markings can be seen in different sizes and shapes. They can be located down the back and sides of the JRT. 

Different Coat types of Jack Russell Terriers

When considering the Jack Russell Terrier colors, their coats are also important. The coat is important for dogs to protect them from cold, snow, and external elements.

The coats of JRTs are different from each other, and the type of coat is not affected by the color combination or markings of the JRT. Here are the main coat types of JRTs.

1. Smooth Coat

When a JRT has a smooth coat, there is no trace of hair on their body, head, and face. Smooth coats are free from alterations, and it is the easiest to maintain when compared to other coat types.

But there is a tendency to catch dirt and oil easily in their smooth coats. Their coat is short and has a small coat around their legs, body, and face. The smooth coat will lie in one direction, and it is not soft but appears sleek.

However, smooth-coated JRT s should have coarse hair to protect its body from snow, rain, and other elements. If not, they may catch a cold at a higher rate than other coat types. 

2. Rough Coat

A rough coat contains the opposite characteristics to a smooth coat. Then rough-coated Jack Russell has long and rough fur that covers the whole body.

They will have a textured look with wiry and straight hair that grows in different directions in its body. Their rough coat can be one or two inches long and does not need much effort in grooming.

3. Broken Coat

The broken coat has similarities with smooth coats. They do not need alterations, and similar to smooth coats, they are easy to maintain. It is a combination of smooth and rough coats.

JRTs with broken coats have traced hair on their bodies, faces, heads, and legs. There are patches through the coat with long fur, and it can be wiry to take care of your dog’s body. 

Tips for caring about the appearance of your JRT

When you are more concerned about Jack Russell’s colors, you should try to care and maintain their appearance.

Since dogs are the favorite pets of people and today they have become closer to people as family members, caring for them is very important for the well-being of your four-legged furry friend.

I follow some tips to take care of my JRT, Shaggy, to maintain his coloring and coat.

1. Groom appropriately

You need to groom your JRT at least twice a year, depending on their coat type.

Normally, JRTs should be groomed in February and then again in August. Grooming them will support maintaining their colors and the coat of the dog. 

2. Brush the coat

When it comes to the appearance of caring for JRTs, brushing takes a major place. Brushing creates the coat of JRTs hard and water repellent.

In the shedding season of JRTs, daily brushing is necessary. A slicker brush and a wide-toothed comb are suitable for brushing and combing your JRT in its grooming. 

3. Stripping the undercoat

When considering the caring of your JRT’s appearance, stripping the undercoat takes a major place. Stripping should be done two times per year, and it should be best used in the period of coat blowing by your dog.

You should find whether the dead hair was removed or not and pluck them out after combing and removing dust out of the coat. It will support the growth of new hair.

A stripping knife can be used to remove these dead hairs from the skin.

4. Trimming

JRTs do not need heavy trimming, but it is better to trim their loose hair through a blunt scissor. Just trim to balance the dog’s face and remove a little amount of hair.

Do not trim eyebrow hair and whiskers. Trimming the hair in genital areas, feet and toes should be done, and trimming the excess hair should be at the tip of the tail as well.

5. Bathing

Regular baths are unnecessary for JRTs, but when your rough-haired Jack is dirty, it is good to bathe them by using a good dog shampoo.

It will help to soften their rough hair supports to remove the dirt from the coat. Cleanliness is necessary to maintain the color of your JRT. 

Final thoughts about Jack Russell’s colors and coat options

By reading the article, you are well aware of the Jack Russell Terrier colors and markings and their coat types. Then we have understood the different coat types and their nature. Finally, we have identified the tips to take care of your JRT and maintain its appearance.

So, if you want to maintain your dog friend’s pleasantness and attractiveness, you need to care for them well—Good Luck with choosing a better JRT to adopt.

Thank you for reading this post. Stay tuned with Jack Russell Owner for more interesting posts about your favorite dog breed.

Cheers from Shaggy and Lenny!


  • Sofia Williams

    Sofia W. is a professional dog trainer who completed Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA and CPDT-KSA) certifications. Also, she has completed the Pet Nutrition Coach Certification. Sofia is interested in creating nutritious food formulas for dogs to give them a longer and healthier life. She believes food and training are a collective combination of a healthy dog. So, she is with us to share her expertise and knowledge with other dog parents.

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