There’s a common – and entirely false – belief that Jack Russell's don’t shed. Indeed, Jacks not only shed but shed a great deal, much more than most breeds, in fact. So while Jack Russell owners do have to deal with shedding, this is only a minor inconvenience that comes with owning a great dog.

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Types Of Coat

Before you can understand how shedding works, you should understand something about the coats of the Jack Russell. A “smooth” coat is the shortest type, “broken” is a little longer, and “rough” refers to the longest, scruffiest kind of coat. Each coat features the same type of rough hair, come with a double coat and shedding should be expected for all three types.

Don’t think that having a short haired variety will get you off the hook either. Jack Russell terrier shedding is not limited to those with a longer coat, and if anything the short haired versions shed more than the rough or broken (longer haired) varieties.

Maintaining Order

Here are a few facts to be mindful of. Most of the fur Jack Russell's have is white, so your house might soon seem like it’s been hit with snow. Another point is that the coarseness of their hair causes it to stick to furniture and carpet, making any cleanups rather time-consuming.

Frequent vacuuming certainly helps matters, but due to the nature of their fur you may need to add some intensity to your cleaning efforts. An easy trick is to have some rolls of tape available to work any bits of hair the vacuum misses, so your home is left looking fresh and clean. Sure, there are a variety of hair-removal tools you could buy, but none or as effective or economic as tape.

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Groom Your Dog

Grooming can go a long way. This is one of the best ways to keep the Jack Russell terrier shedding issue under control, because the more hair you catch with a brush the less will be strewn over the carpet. Regular brushing will keep their coats in good condition and if you use a bristle brush you should be able to tend to clumps of hair before they shed.

Regular brushing should be enough grooming, unless your dog has an especially rough or broken coat, in which case you’ll have to attack the shedding harder. Their coat will need to be “stripped” and/or trimmed a few times a year, or just keep a stripping comb on-hand to pluck out all the dead hairs. Bathing is not a replacement of grooming, even though your dog will need an occasional bath it will do little in solving your shedding issues and can even irritate your dog’s skin if you bathe him too often.

In conclusion, if you’re interested in owning a dog you’ll have to make peace with the fact that he will shed, especially if he’s a Jack Russell. Their white hairs can get everywhere so it may not be ideal for people that like to keep a totally spotless home, unless they like crawling around with tape at all hours of the day. Shedding happens and owners need to be ready to do some grooming and vacuuming, which are small prices to pay for the amount of enjoyment your Jack Russell will add to your life.

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Author's Bio: 

Ann Ameto is a professional dog trainer and has had a passion for dogs since a young child. Her favorite breed of dog is the Jack Russell Terrier. Ann has helped hundreds of people solve their dog training problems through her many years of experience.