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Are Jack Russell Terriers Hypoallergenic?

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 dogs breeds, there has been some debate over whether or not the Jack Russell Terriers are hypoallergenic or not.

The Jack Russell terrier dog breed is not considered hypoallergenic because they have high dander levels, which causes allergic reactions in people with asthma or hay fever. 

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 the allergy-causing dander. 

What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

Hypoallergenic is a word that is used to categorise the type of dogs, 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 they have 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 im allergic to Jack Russell Terrier?

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

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 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 emotional or the dog. 

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

Reduce The Dander (Three Main Things You Can Do)

There are three things you can do to reduce the amount of dog dander in your home and on your body when you come into contact with a Jack Russell. 

  • Regular Brushing, preferably outdoors
  • Regular hoovering, especially where they sleep
  • Brush your clothing down

Brief Statement – About the Jack Russell Terrier

They are very energetic and love being around their owners, and they make great companions for anyone looking for an active dog. 

They’re always up for a game and will cheer you on in your adventures. You’ll be glad to have them by your side!

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 do shed more than some breeds, so if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog, these won’t be a good choice for you. 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

The 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 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 happen to own one already, we hope this article helped clarify any confusion about whether they are hypoallergenic!

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