Short Legged Jack Russell Terriers - Shorty Jack

Short Legged Jack Russell Terriers – Shorty Jack

Short-legged Jack Russell Terriers are popular among pet lovers because of their cuteness. If you hope to raise one, it is important to know everything related to this terrier. So, this article is all about these canines. 

So, What are short legged Jack Russell Terriers? Shorty Jacks are one sub-breed of Jack Russell Terriers. They are hyperactive and hyper-energetic with a cute and lovely look. Short-legged Jack Russells have relatively shorter legs than a normal Jack Russell Terrier. So, they have less height and weight.  

As an owner of a shorty Jack, you should have a clear idea about their feeding and grooming methods to maintain good health. Accordingly, you have to consider age, health condition, nutritional needs, etc.

And you can make a routine to continue this process systematically. As hyperactive terriers, they are more likely to be dirty and do not forget to follow the correct grooming methods.

Also, consider the common health problems of your pet that you will be able to follow safety precautions at a time of any infection. 

Accordingly, in this article, I have covered; who is shorty Jack, how to feed and groom them, and finally, I have given you a clear idea about some of the commonly seen health problems of this terrier. 

What is a short-legged Jack Russell Terrier?

If you are looking for a pet dog, a short-legged Jack Russell will be the best choice for you because; they are cute and lovely animals that can become the best guardians. 

Jack Russells originated as hunting dogs, and the original breed has long legs. Later, varieties of sub-breeds originated, and short-legged terriers are one of them. All of them are hyperactive and energetic.

Also, they are devoted and lovely pets that become aggressive in some situations like; when they lose their attention, feel bored, fellated, etc. your attention is very important to them as they like to be around their owners always.

Therefore, if they feel that you do not focus on your pet, they will do whatever they can to have that, like; digging, running, barking noisily, etc. 

Their lifespan is approximately 13-16 years, and their weight is about 14-18 pounds. And, the short-legged terrier’s height is about 10-15 inches. So they are very cute and small in their outlook.

Therefore, many people like to have the companion of these canines. But, it is important to train and provide better exercises for them. If not, they could catch various diseases. 

Usually, this terrier sheds moderately. And yes, if the hair is short, they are more likely to shed according to the natural hair fall cycle.

That means; the dead hair falls and is replaced by new hair. But, you do not want to worry here because; you can reduce it through better grooming methods.

How to feed your shorty Jack? 

Feeding is very important, especially to maintain your pet’s good health. Therefore, here let’s talk about the ways of feeding and grooming a short-legged Jack Russell.   

First of all, let’s see how to feed them to maintain their good health. So, here you will find a variety of food items that contain many different nutrients.

So, first, you should consider the amount of food that you should give the dog because if you give them more or less amount of food, it will be harmful to your pet. Their age, weight, and nutritional needs have to be taken into consideration here. 

 And, if your dog is about 8-12 weeks old, you have to provide food at least 3-4 times a day. But, do not forget to maintain the amount to be given without exceeding it.

Usually, the amount should be approximately about 80z-120z of food, 800-900 calories per day, and you have to maintain its weight 3Ib-13Ib.

You have to gradually start decreasing the amount of food you give to the dog when it becomes about 6 months old. There, you can create a routine to give him food at the same time every day.

Generally, when it becomes an adult canine, you have to provide the dog with 1.25-1.75 cups of food daily. That means about 100z- 140z of food per day, and do not forget to include 450-650 calories and try to maintain its weight in between 13Ib- 17Ib. 

Here, I will help you to make a routine to feed the pet as; 

  • Morning: You can provide your dog’s first meal in the morning before beginning to continue the usual daily routine. It will provide them with more energy to be active within the whole day.
  • Mid-day: some healthy treats should be given here to keep up the energy level of the dog. Especially if they spend more energy in the morning, you have to do this. 
  • Evening: the dogs get hungry at night. So, some food before going to bed is essential for them. They can have a better sleep at night with that. 
  • Snacks: this is not essential, but you can keep them energized by providing only healthy and quality treats. 

And you have to consider many things when feeding your pet dog as; 

  • Age and health of your dog

It is important to consider your pet’s age and health condition when providing it with food. Only the best products should be given here. The health condition can be worsened if you give unhealthy food according to their health conditions.

And if you do not provide better food items that fit their age, it faces difficulties to digest them. So, consider the dog’s age and health when providing food for him. 

  • Nutrition 

This is a hyper-energetic terrier. So, make sure to provide all their nutritional needs through the food. Accordingly, the food items with a lot of protein, vitamins, carbs, minerals, etc., are best for them because there are no alternatives for these nutritional needs especially, for protein. 

  • Date of expiry

Do not give food that is expired or that can keep only for a few days, that means which are near to expiration. If an expired food is given, it will face difficulties with diarrhea, vomiting, or any other sickness.

Sometimes, it can become deadly. Therefore, consider this factor when selecting food items for your pet.

  • Flavor

Understand the favors of your dog before choosing the best-flavored food item for your pet. It may be duck and chicken mix, grilled chicken, fish, beef, or any other flavor.

If you provide them with their favorite food with the flavor that they like and with fewer odors, they will eat them willingly and happily. 

  • No preservatives and colors

Only healthy food with high quality should be given to these terriers. So, it is better to prevent buying food items with various colors and featuring preservatives.

If you continuously provide them the colored, high preservative food, the dog will quickly become sick. 

How to groom your short legged Jack Russell Terrier?  

Grooming is also very significant to maintain the well-being of your pet. As a good owner, you should have a clear idea about this to keep your dog healthy and happy. Therefore, here let’s talk about the ways of grooming a short-legged Jack Russell.   

When it comes to grooming, remember that they are very active and energetic terriers. Therefore, they tend to be very dirty at the end of the day. They run, dig, and do anything to burn their energy every day. So, make sure to groom your pet often if you have a shorty, Jack. 

 Here, you may use a dual-sized brush where one side is pointy, and the other side is soft. And, do not forget to use a good dog shampoo to remove the dirt and clean them well. Also, if your pet often digs the ground, it is good to use a flea and tick-resistant collar. 

What are Shorty Jack’s common health issues?

When talking about the short-legged Jack Russell Terriers, it is important to know about the common health issues that they catch because, through that, you can choose the methods of treating them. 

  • Oral hygiene problems

This is a common disease among this terrier. But, do not worry here because you can cure it through better medical treatments. And, you can maintain the health of your pet’s mouth by cleaning their teeth and gums regularly.

  • Absence of premolars

This can be commonly seen during the growing period of your dog. With the vet’s assistance or a nutritionist, you better take a good idea about the healthy food to be given for your shorty Jack. 

  • Ear infections

This infection can be detected through its behaviors like; shaking the head most often and scratching incisively. But, no need to fear, they are not so dangerous, and you can easily treat them. 

  • Unilateral and bilateral deafness

In unilateral deafness, the dog will face hearing problems with only one ear. And when ing problems occur in both ears, it is called bilateral deafness. You can use the hand signals on both of these occasions. 

  • Obesity

This terrier is hyper-energetic, and therefore they need to release more energy daily. So, exercises are very important for them. But, if you provide them food continuously even without enough exercise, it will lead to the obesity of your dog. 

  • Arthritis

This disease is associated with the dog’s joints, which develop with getting it older. But, you can control it if you recognize it initially. So, be alert on the symptoms like; difficulty in climbing the stairs, long walks, etc. If you notice the above symptoms, it is better to go to the vet quickly. 

Not only this disease but there are many other health problems also with this terrier as; 

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hernias
  • Wobbler syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Overshot
  • Undershot

Final thoughts about Shorty Jack Russell Terriers

We have discussed the; short-legged Jack Russell Terriers with more details. I think this article will work out for all the shorty Jack owners as I have covered many important areas related to them like; who is a short-legged Jack Russell, how to feed and groom them, and finally, I have given you a clear idea about some of the commonly seen health problems of this terrier.

Many people love to raise dogs as their pets, and shorty Jacks will be one of the best choices because; they are hyperactive, hyper-energetic, lovely, and playful terriers. So, everyone who owns them does not like to see any difficulty within their dogs.

Therefore, make sure to practice good feeding and grooming methods here by considering their age, health conditions, nutritional needs, etc.

And also, do not forget to be alert on the common diseases that you can see among them like; arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, obesity, etc. then, you can own the happy and healthy pet dog you ever wanted.

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!


  • George Brown

    George B. is the founder of the JRO Organization. He believes in creating a better world for domestic animals. He believes domestic animals are more vulnerable than other animals, especially dogs, since they have been used to depending on their owners for generations. So, he started JRO to share his ideas and insights while helping vulnerable dogs worldwide. George runs multiple projects on street dogs in developing countries, especially Sri Lanka.

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