The Best Jack Russell Terrier Names

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: December 4, 2019
The Best Jack Russell Terrier Names
Jack Russell Terrier

Animal file: Jack Russell Terrier

Bringing a new pup into the family is a great joy, even more so if it's a lively and adorable dog like the Jack Russell terrier. Not only will you find the Jack Russell a faithful companion, it is also a great friend to children and will provide plenty of love and hours of fun. Adopting a Jack Russell terrier is a great choice if you prefer a small breed, but at the same time you are looking for an active and cheerful companion that loves playing and outdoor activities.

Of course, adopting a new dog may raise some questions: How to train them? What is the best way to feed them? And, of course, the most immediate one: what should I name my dog? Whether you have adopted a female Jack Russell terrier or a male, AnimalWised is here to help with your decision. Here is a list of the best Jack Russell terrier dog names - male and female - for you to choose from, or to inspire you to come up with your own.

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  1. How to choose the best Jack Russell dog name
  2. Female Jack Russell terrier names
  3. Male Jack Russell terrier names
  4. Characteristics of Jack Russell Terriers
  5. Still haven't found the right name?

How to choose the best Jack Russell dog name

Choosing the best name for a Jack Russell terrier dog's name is not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, its name will identify the dog for the rest of its life. As we have suggested, you can choose a name based on the pup's appearance or personality, or using other criteria to decide what will best suit your Jack Russell dog.

Apart from these specific considerations, here are some tips to choosing a good dog name:

  • Choose a short name - ideally of two syllables - that does not need to be abbreviated. It is more difficult for dogs to learn long names, so a short name is always your best bet.
  • Choose a name that is easy to pronounce. If you pronounce or others say the name differently each time you use it, it will be harder for the dog to learn its name.
  • The name should be easy for you and other family members to remember, otherwise you will each end up using different nicknames and only confuse the dog.
  • Don't choose a name that sounds too much like a family member's name or the name of any other pets in the house. This is bound to create confusion.
  • Also avoid names that sound too much like commands. For instance the name ‘Sid’ sound too much like the command ‘sit’. This could cause problems when training your dog.
  • Consult the rest of the family about the best name for your Jack Russell terrier, so that everyone is happy and you all use the same name.
The Best Jack Russell Terrier Names - How to choose the best Jack Russell dog name

Female Jack Russell terrier names

If you have decided to adopt a female, here is a list of great female Jack Russell names. It is always a good idea to find a meaningful name, perhaps one matches your dog's appearance and personality, or reminds you of something unique about them.

  • Abby
  • Amber
  • Amy
  • Ana
  • Angie
  • Ava
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Betty
  • Bianca
  • Blanca
  • Bonbon
  • Bonnie
  • Bubbles
  • Candy
  • Chica
  • Chloe
  • Cindy
  • Clara
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cocoa
  • Connie
  • Daisy
  • Dana
  • Diana
  • Dora
  • Duchess
  • Ella
  • Elsa
  • Estela
  • Eve
  • Fifi
  • Flower
  • Foxy
  • Gigi
  • Ginger
  • Gypsy
  • Hazel
  • Hope
  • Jackie
  • Juno
  • Kelly
  • Lana
  • Lark
  • Lassie
  • Leia
  • Lily
  • Linda
  • Liz
  • Loreta
  • Lucky
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Lupe
  • Mancha
  • Macy
  • Maya
  • Merry
  • Mila
  • Mocha
  • Molly
  • Moon
  • Olive
  • Olivia
  • Peanut
  • Pearl
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Peppy
  • Pixie
  • Queen
  • Rachel
  • Riley
  • Roxy
  • Salsa
  • Samba
  • Sara
  • Sofia
  • Spark
  • Spot
  • Spots
  • Star
  • Stella
  • Trixie
  • Vicky
  • Zelda
  • Zena
  • Zoe
The Best Jack Russell Terrier Names - Female Jack Russell terrier names

Male Jack Russell terrier names

If you have adopted a male Jack Russell terrier, take a look at this list of the best dog names for male Jack Russells. Which one is your favorite?

  • Aaron
  • Alex
  • Andy
  • Apollo
  • Archie
  • Aston
  • Atlas
  • Baxter
  • Benji
  • Benn
  • Bill
  • Bob
  • Bolt
  • Bonsai
  • Boris
  • Bruno
  • Bullet
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chess
  • Chester
  • Chico
  • Chip
  • Cody
  • Dash
  • David
  • Dexter
  • Duke
  • Elvis
  • Eric
  • Frank
  • Freckles
  • Freddy
  • George
  • Gizmo
  • Gremlin
  • Hank
  • Harry
  • Hunter
  • Jack
  • Java
  • Jazz
  • Jiffy
  • Joe
  • Joey
  • John
  • Jot
  • Lenny
  • Leo
  • Luke
  • Marbles
  • Mark
  • Marley
  • Merlin
  • Milo
  • Mischief
  • Moose
  • Ned
  • Nico
  • Oreo
  • Oscar
  • Peanut
  • Pepper
  • Peter
  • Pinto
  • Pip
  • Poco
  • Rex
  • Rocco
  • Rocky
  • Rum
  • Rush
  • Rusty
  • Sam
  • Scout
  • Sparky
  • Spirit
  • Squirt
  • Swift
  • Taco
  • Teddy
  • Theo
  • Tim
  • Tom
  • Turbo
  • Zeus
The Best Jack Russell Terrier Names - Male Jack Russell terrier names

Characteristics of Jack Russell Terriers

The Jack Russell is a type of terrier dog originally developed in England by Rev. John Russell, a parson and hunting enthusiast who crossed wanted to breed a terrier that was an effective hunting dog. Russells were bred to be small enough to hide and bolt prey but compact, muscular, and capable of running fast. After the death of the Reverend, the Jack Russell breed was perfected in Australia, to reach the characteristics for which it is known today.

It is distinguished by its small size, which conceals a muscular body and an alert intelligence. The Jack Russell's coat is short and can be smooth or rough. They are a spotted dog breed, largely white, with black or reddish-brown spots on the head and flanks. They are affectionate and highly energetic dogs. These characteristics can be useful when choosing a name for a Jack Russell terrier, as good dog names are often be inspired by appearance or personality.

As we have stated, the Jack Russell is an active dog, full of energy, so raising them in small apartments is not recommended, although they can adapt to any space as long as they are given enough exercise. Of course, they are happiest with access to a garden or plenty of space and time dedicated to play and entertainment. Check out our Jack Russell Terrier breed file for more information on how to care for these little fellows.

Still haven't found the right name?

If you are still having trouble choosing a name for your Jack Russell, here are some articles with great ideas for the the best dog names:

To learn all about Jack Russell terriers, take a look at the video below. Maybe you'll find the inspiration for a name in there!

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