Do Jack Russell’s Require A Lot of Attention: Are Jack Russell’s Needy?


Before adopting a Jack Russell Terrier, you may be curious if they will require a lot of attention or if a Jack Russell Terrier is considered needy.

It is a valid question to have and what I plan on touching on during this brief post.

Do Jack Russell Terriers require a lot of attention?

I have now been raising a Jack Russell Terrier for the past 2+ years, and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

Jack Russell Terriers require a lot of attention while they are being trained. Your Jack Russell Terrier needs dedication and consistency to become trained and well socialized after the adoption. Jack Russell Terriers also require exercise and are naturally considered a hyper dog breed.

The rest of this post is designed to break down exactly what you need to understand about the amount of attention that needs to be devoted towards your Jack Russell Terrier, how clingy they can be, and how needy they may be moving forward.


Here is how I intend to layout this information for you:


Do Jack Russell’s Require A Lot of Attention?

Hopefully, the beginning of this post did not convince you that a Jack Russell is not the dog you should be adopting.

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While a Jack Russell Terrier does require a lot of attention towards certain aspects of life, they are also capable of being independent dogs if you understand what it is that they need and desire.

The bulk of the attention needed to raise and adopt a Jack Russell pertains to training.

This is a dog that is highly intelligent.

However, they still need a routined schedule, discipline, for training to be effective.

This is also going to ensure that they do not move forward with negative behaviors in the future.

This may include behaviors such as the following:

Hopefully, this is making sense to you so far into this post.

While Jack Russell does need a lot of attention, it comes and should come in the form of training.

Once your dog is beginning to adapt to this routine, you can scale back the amount of attention devoted to your Jack Russell.

The time invested, in the beginning, is merely to ensure your Jack Russell cements the training into their minds, gains positive socialization skills, and begins to adapt to your rules and preferences.

Following this, you can begin to fulfill the other major need of a Jack Russell.


Jack Russell’s Will Always Require Attention in The Form of Exercise

Unfortunately, even after you have trained your Jack Russell Terrier, they will always require a lot of attention in the form of exercise.

Jack Russell Terriers make for excellent dogs for an individual or a family that desires this personality.

A personality that requires physical activity and demands it.

I personally enjoy this about owning my 2.5-year-old female, Jack Russell.

It gives me a reason to get out and get moving with her.

Exercise for Jack Russell Terriers can come in many different forms such as the following:

You see, even though they require this exercise, you still have options you can implement to reduce the amount of attention you need to provide your Jack Russell.

If none of those options work, of course, you would want to devote that time each day to, at a bare minimum, get your Jack Russell out for a walk or play some tug of war with them.

Whatever the case may be, this is the best way to ensure your Jack Russell remains healthy, happy, and more well-behaved now and in the future.


Are Jack Russell Terriers Needy?

When it comes to how needy a Jack Russell Terrier can be, it comes down to how you look at it and what you consider needy.

They are certainly a dog breed that always wants to be around you.

They are also always going to need exercise in some fashion, but as we mentioned previously, this does not always mean that you must be the one providing the exercise.

Sometimes a backyard with a fence is enough for them to burn off some steam.

Overall, I would not say a Jack Russell is needy and is much like any other dog breed.

They need some love, attention, and the basics, and they can turn into an excellent dog for the family.


Are Jack Russell Terrier’s Clingy?

Now, in my opinion, needy and clingy are two completely different things, and a Jack Russell Terrier would be considered clingy.

This dog does not want to be home in a room that is not with you.

Most of the time, when I am not in the room with my Jack Russell Terrier, she will find me or eventually end up near me.

The only time this does not happen is if she is playing and interacting with my other dog.

Still, most of the time, if you are home, your Jack Russell is going to take a fond liking to someone in the household and become clingy towards them.

It is how this dog behaves and one of their personality characteristics.


Why Do Jack Russell Terriers Stare at You?

A Jack Russell Terrier may stare at you for a variety of reasons.

However, most of the reasons a Jack Russell Terrier may be staring at you will always remain the same.

Jack Russell’s love to please their owners and seek your approval.

This may be when you are relaxing or when you are doing something completely unrelated to interacting with your Jack Russell.

Nonetheless, a Jack Russell will stare at you to understand if they have your approval.

They may also stare at you simply because they want your attention and are waiting for you to acknowledge them.

My Jack Russell Terrier sits and stares at me all the time as well, and it is another behavior that you just need to get used to.


Jack Russell’s May Crave A Lot of Attention but Overall, Are Not Very Needy Dogs

A Jack Russell Terrier does crave and desire your attention and love.

No denying it.

They love to be the center of attention and do require some diligence and patience during the training process.

If you can provide this love and attention, they become one of the most affectionate people-pleasing dogs you can choose to adopt.

Overall, while I consider them somewhat clingy and consider them to have the basic needs of most dogs, I would not say that they require more than any other dog you can choose to adopt.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Jack Russell Terrier’s if you do decide to adopt and the journey you have ahead of you.


How Needy Is Your Jack Russell? Does Your Jack Russell Require A Lot of Attention?

Does your Jack Russell Terrier require more attention than we have broken down in this post?

Would you say your Jack Russell Terrier is clingy and demands a lot of your attention?

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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