Do Jack Russell Terriers Shed? (Yes, But You Can Keep It Under Control)

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The short answer is yes, Jack Russell Terriers shed. The more complicated answer is that Jack Russel’s can shed a lot, or very little, depending on the time of the year and what you do to keep the dog hair in your home under control. So it’s a good news / bad news type of situation. The bad news is that Jack Russell Terriers shed, but the good news is that it’s not too bad for most of the year, and that there are a bunch of things you can do to keep the shedding under control.

How do I stop my Jack Russell from shedding?

You can’t literally stop your Jack Russell from shedding, but you can do multiple things that will reduce the amount of dog hair floating around in your home.

Personally, I find the below three options have the biggest impact:

  1. A regular brushing routine
  2. A robot vacuum cleaner
  3. No fabric couches or armchairs if you allow your dog on the furniture
  4. A throw to cover the bed during the day (our dog will nap on the bed when home alone, but does not sleep on our bed at night)
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Brush your Jack Russell Terrier frequently

Ideally, you want to brush your Jack Russell Terrier every day. But as you probably know, real life doesn’t always allow us to follow our own advice. In reality, I would say that you should just do it as often as you can. By brushing your dog frequently, there’ll be more hair going into the brush and less hair floating around in your home. Plus, if you brush your dog frequently, you can keep the grooming sessions much shorter than you’d have to if you’d only brush your dog once a month or so.

Get a robot vacuum cleaner

Jack Russell Terriers shed, and you can’t stop them from shedding. But you can drastically reduce the amount of hair in your home with a robot vacuum cleaner. It works by moving around the house on its own, and sucking up all the excess dog hair that’s floating around in your home. Honestly, I think every family with a dog should have one of these – they’re just such a game changer for keeping dog hair under control.

When it comes to robot vacuums, there is a wide range in price. You can find really expensive ones, as well as more affordable ones. The more expensive ones are typically smarter โ€“ they will bump into objects less, and they can even clean themselves. But the cheaper ones can do a good job too, theyโ€™re just a little more annoying and less efficient.

Consider replacing your fabric furniture

If your fabric couch is always full of dog hair, you have the following options:



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