Jack Russell Terrier in a dog bed

Can Jack Russell’s Eat Chicken?

I wanted to know if my Jack Russell can eat chicken and also the possible signs of allergies. We all know that chicken is usually one of the main ingredients in several dog food brands on the market. 

Jack Russells can eat chicken; however, all dogs are unique and have different dietary requirements. There is a tiny percentage of possible allergies in dogs link to chicken to consider. However, most dogs can eat chicken with no problems, and it’s actually an essential food for them to eat.

To eliminate if the chicken is a problem within their diet, you need to complete an elimination diet program. This will help you understand if your Jack Russell can or can’t eat chicken. We always assume that all dogs can eat chicken since most of their dog food has chicken in it, but this isn’t always the case; your dog could be allergic to chicken.

Cooked Chicken
Cooked Chicken

Jack Russell chicken allergy symptoms

  • Sore eyes like discharge or itchiness
  • Loss of fur, patchy or thining
  • Inflammation of the ears
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Coughing
  • Bad tummy
  • Runny Poos
  • Wheezing

As you can see, there are many possible Jack Russell symptoms of food allergies. If your dog is displaying any of these, you must consult your vet. Your vet can help with his or her diet and begin an elimination food program with your dog.

Other foods that most commonly cause an allergic reaction in dogs are:

  • Dairy Products
  • Grains
  • Beef
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Some fish
  • Lamb
  • Chicken eggs

Can a Jack Russell eat raw chicken?

Since the dog originated from the grey wolf thousands of years ago, they would have eaten raw meat, including chicken in the wild, with no problems. They are built to eat raw chicken, but it’s not encouraged. They have a higher level of acidity in their stomachs, and this gives them protection from bacteria. Unlike us humans, we don’t have the same levels of stomach acids as dogs do. That’s why if we eat raw chicken, it can lead to food poisoning. Raw chicken can be riddled with bacteria and pathogens, especially if not kept sterile. Feeding a dog un-cooked chicken never has sat right with me. I think most vets would also agree with not providing them with raw meat. If you decide to give them raw chicken, please make sure it is of the freshest date and stored correctly.

Can Jack Russell’s have chicken bones?

Don’t ever give your Jack Russell chicken bones. It’s a choking hazard, especially since they are hollow bones and can be split into tiny sharp pieces when chewing. The chicken bones tend to get stuck in the throat of any dog so avoid them at all costs. If your feeding your dog chicken, make sure you check for bones before letting them tuck in.

Chicken bones and a message saying never give your dog chicken bones
Never give your dog chicken bones

What’s the best way to cook chicken for my dog?

If you want to give your dog a little treat, the best way to serve them chicken is by boiling small chunks. It’s the most natural way to cook it. It might seem bland to us, but it’s very yummy to dogs, keeps all the natural nutrients in, and you don’t need to use any oil.

How to boil chicken for my dog?

Boil some water in a pan; when boiled, place in the chicken, and make sure that the chicken is fully covered with water. Depending on the size of the chicken, the time can vary between 10 and 30 minutes. It should be white all the way through when cooked. Leave to cool and check that there aren’t any bones, then serve.

Jack Russell Eating out of food bowl
Jack Russells love to eat boiled chicken

Related Questions:

Is it normal for dogs to have food allergies? It is normal for dogs to have allergies, just like us humans. It’s down to us to figure out which ones and eliminate them from their diet.

My dog has a chicken allergy. Can they eat turkey? These are two completely different types of meat. Just because your dog has a chicken allergy does not mean they can’t eat turkey.

Can my Jack Russell eat beef? Jack Russell terriers can eat beef. It is best to be lean cut beef and is a good source of protein for dogs. Beef also has several vital vitamins and minerals to benefit your dog’s overall health. Please note that dogs are all different and can have allergies. So if your dog is displaying possible signs, you will need to complete an elimination diet.


We love our Jack Russells, and we want what is best for them. by understanding that allergies can play a big part in your dog’s diet, you can find out if the chicken is okay for them. In general, we know that Jack Russells can eat chicken, but remember there is a percentage of dogs that can suffer from allergies to chicken. Remember to check with your vet if your dog is displaying any possible symptoms listed. If your dog is allergy-free from chicken, it is a tasty, healthy diet for them and is best served boiled.

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