Are Jack Russell’s Cuddly? [ Yes + Tips to Grow the Bond]


If you are considering adopting a Jack Russell Terrier, you likely have a lot on your mind.

I was the same way and understand the feeling.

I wanted a new family dog, but I also needed to find the answers to specific questions.

One of those questions was simple.

Are Jack Russell’s Cuddly?

After going through my adoption with a Jack Russell and being the proud parent of a female Jack Russell, here is what I can tell you on this subject.

So, are Jack Russell’s cuddly? Yes, Jack Russell’s are cuddly dogs. Jack Russell’s always want to be in the presence of their owners and families. Jack Russell’s love attention and will show affection. Jack Russell’s will be equally as cuddly and receptive to handling as any other dog breed.

That’s right, and hopefully, that’s the answer you wanted to hear.

In general, Jack Russell’s are incredibly affectionate dogs.

You do, however, need to know a few other details to be better prepared for the journey you have in front of you.

In this brief 2-minute post, I intend to break down those details for you.

In fact, feel free to use my links directly below to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to read more about.

Here’s what’s on our lesson plan for today’s post:

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My Jack Russell Luna

As stated previously, if you are in a time crunch, feel free to use the links provided above to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.

Otherwise, let’s dive into the specifics about how cuddly a Jack Russell really is and what you can expect after your adoption.

Here is what you need to know.

How Cuddly Can You Expect A Jack Russell to Be?

Jack Russell’s certainly have a mind of their own, and many potential Jack Russell owners believe that they aren’t the best dogs for a long day of Netflix and cuddling.

While they may be different in this category in some ways, this still is 100% not true.

Jack Russell’s love to be around their owners and love to cuddle just as much any other dog.

The most significant difference is that they simply need time to burn off some energy throughout the day.

They are playful dogs that need to be mentally or physically stimulated in some way, at least for a few minutes a day when possible.

Owners who are experiencing a non-cuddly Jack Russell may just be running into an issue of your new dog having too much energy to make them comfortable laying around all day.

Attempt to take your JR for long walks, runs, or even a game of fetch before preparing for a relaxing evening full of cuddle time.

A little bit of effort goes a long way with Jack Russell’s, and if you put in the time to let them exhaust some of that hyper filled energy, you will have a much cuddlier new dog than you may believe.

Are Jack Russell’s Loving?

Absolutely. Jack Russell’s are extremely loving pets.

They want to please their owners and have many ways of showing affection towards the family.

Jack Russell’s are also naturally protective animals, so they will exhibit more behaviors such as barking or being tense around new visitors.

This is perfectly normal and something you can work on training out of them as you go.

The most significant takeaway to understand is that Jack Russell’s are, indeed, very cuddly dogs.

They just need time to be a bit wild first.

Jack Russell’s, The Secretly Clingy Dog

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My Son and Jack Russell Enjoying A Movie Together

Something Jack Russell owners or future Jack Russell owners may not be aware of is how clingy a Jack Russell dog can be.

I honestly wasn’t expecting this either.

After owning my JR for long enough at this point, I can tell you that these dogs are 100% clingy.

Especially towards the owner that takes the lion’s share of care and training towards the dog.

My JR follows me everywhere I go.

If I’m sitting, she must be either at my feet or next to me.

She prefers to sleep near me, and it’s tough to even sneak out the back door to the house to fire up the grill without her right next to me and walking in stride with me.

If this isn’t something for you, you may want to consider a different breed that doesn’t love the attention and closeness that a JR desires.

However, if this is something you desire, you can bank on the fact that these dogs will be loyal and loving dogs until the end.

Where Your Jack Russell Loves to Cuddle and Be Petted

Jack Russell’s, for the most part, acts much like any other dog breed when it comes to being pet and loved.

The most significant difference is that Jack Russell’s don’t prefer the roughhousing or the typical touching and playing that a young toddler may decide to do from time to time.

I’ve noticed that when my son is also in a hyper mood that she becomes more reserved or timid and tends to migrate towards me and lay where she doesn’t have to be bothered.

Outside of that, Jack Russell’s love the typical belly rub, ear scratching, and gentle pets.

My Jack Russell will even go as far as coming up to me on the couch and getting my attention by placing her paw on my hand to get my attention.

After she did it a few times, I realized relatively quickly that this was her main way of expressing that she wanted to be loved on.

Her ultimate favorite by far is 100% the ear rub.

She can typically fall asleep sitting straight up with a good ear rub and typically lets out a moan of approval during the process.

When you finally work up the motivation, and you are prepared to adopt a Jack Russell, let all your reservations go.

The stories that they are a bit cranky and not fully loving dogs are not true, and I can assure you that the journey has been equally as exciting as any other dog I’ve ever owned.

Plain and simple.

Final Thoughts

Listen, my friends.

Jack Russell’s are fantastic dogs.

That’s all there is to it.

To recap what we originally began this post attempting to answer…

Are Jack Russell’s Cuddly? Yes, Jack Russell’s are cuddly dogs and love interaction just as much as any other dog breed.

Do they require a bit more time to burn off some energy?

Yes, they sure do.

However, you should be aware of this before you adopt it in the first place.

If you are aware of this and take the necessary precautions, you’re going to experience a bond just as strong and a dog just as cuddly as any other dog breed could choose to adopt.

The choice is ultimately yours, but I wish you luck with whichever decision you eventually make.

Turning the Floor Over to You

As always, Luna and I encourage feedback from our loyal readers at Terrier Owner.

Do you believe Jack Russell’s are cuddly dogs?

If you currently own a Jack Russell, what’s been your experience?

Do you have anything further you can share with our readers?

Be sure to share your concerns, thoughts, and stories by dropping a comment below.

Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and will catch you 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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