The Jack Russell terrier dog breed, also known as a JRT, is a small, energetic breed best known for its intelligence and enthusiasm. 

As with many dog breeds, there has been some debate over whether or not Jack Russell Terriers are hypoallergenic.

No, Jack Russell Terriers are not hypoallergenic. They shed their fur regularly and produce dander, which can trigger allergies in some people. However, some individuals with mild allergies may be able to tolerate being around a Jack Russell Terrier.

We now know that Jack Russells are not hypoallergenic. However, there are ways to determine if a person will be affected by the dander and how it will affect them. Let’s find out! There are ways to reduce allergy-causing dander. 

What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

Hypoallergenic is a word used to categorise the type of dog, usually with fur that doesn’t shed. Hypoallergenic refers to how likely a dog would cause issues in someone with allergies or asthma, causing breathing problems when interacting with them.

If you suffer from allergies, it may be best for you not to adopt this dog breed as it has been known to cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin or asthma. However, if you don’t suffer from these conditions, there should be no problem welcoming a Jack Russell terrier into your home, these dogs are full of character, and their devotion to their owners is outstanding. 

Hypoallergenic dogs produce little to no dander (dead skin), which causes allergic reactions in humans.

How do I know if I’m allergic to Jack Russell Terrier?

The best way to find out if you are allergic to a Jack Russell terrier is if your friends or family own this dog breed. If they ask if you can look after or visit them for a few hours, see how you react to the breed. Depending on your allegers’ severity, you will grasp if you are highly allergic or just slightly, and maybe not. 

Please note if you suffer from severe allergies, it might be best to speak with your doctor first and go down the test route with them. Don’t put yourself at risk if you know you already have severe allergies. 

Another method is to talk with a Jack Russell breeder and tell them you are interested in offering a Jack Russell terrier a home but need to know if your allergies will cause issues. They may invite you over to spend some time with them.

All in all, before you run out and welcome a Jack Russell into your home, you need to make sure you will be okay. The last thing you want to do is re-home a Jack Russell terrier because of your allergies. It’s not good for you emotionally or the dog. 

  • Spend time with a Jack Russell in your family or friend’s group
  • Speak with your doctor
  • Contact a breeder for an invite

Reducing Dander in Your Home: Tips for Jack Russell Terrier Owners

Here are some ways to reduce dander in your home:

Regular grooming: Brush your Jack Russell Terrier regularly to remove loose fur and dander. This will also help distribute natural oils throughout their coat, which can reduce dander.

Bathing: Bath your Jack Russell Terrier once a month or as needed to remove excess dander and dirt.

Hoovering: Hoover your home regularly, especially in areas where your dog spends most of their time. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap dander and other allergens.

Air purifiers: Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove dander and other allergens from the air.

Clean bedding: Wash your dog’s bedding regularly to remove dander and other allergens.

Limit exposure: If you or someone in your household has allergies, limit your exposure to your Jack Russell Terrier. Keep them out of bedrooms and other areas where you spend much time.

Consult with a veterinarian: Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a special diet or supplements that can help reduce dander and other allergens.

The Jack Russell Terrier: A Lively and Loyal Companion for Active Owners

The Jack Russell Terrier is a highly energetic breed that thrives on human companionship. They make excellent companions for those seeking an active dog, always eager to play and join in on adventures. With their enthusiastic and supportive nature, they are sure to be a loyal and cherished companion. Once you get attached, it would be tough to part, so make sure you get the dander uncontrol if you have mild allergies towards them.

I recommend reading the below, which gives a complete insight into the Jack Russell terrier breed.

Types Of Fur Jack Russell Terriers

Even though there are three different types of fur, they are all evenly matched with the dander and considered non-hypoallergenic.

  • Smooth
  • Broken
  • Rough


Jack Russell terriers shed more than some breeds, so if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog, these won’t be a good choice. Dogs, such as the Dachshund or a pug, would be better suited to you.

If you suffer from allergies, it will be best to find an alternative breed of dogs such as a poodle or a Yorkshire Terrier.

Hypoallergenic Dogs

Below is a list of dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic. These particular breeds will be better for someone who has allergies or asthma. You can’t stop the reaction; however, you can reduce it.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Afghan Hound
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Border Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Havanese
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Poodle
  • Samoyed
  • Shih Tzu
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

The full article is found here: 15 Best dogs for allergies and people living with asthma.


I hope the above has helped you make the right decision in deciding if a Jack Russell is the right choice for you. If you own one already, we hope this article helped clarify any confusion about whether they are hypoallergenic!

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