Jack Russell Prices 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Written by Erin Whitten
Updated: December 20, 2023
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If you’ve ever found yourself thrilled by the high-energy antics and sharp smarts of Jack Russell terriers, or Jack Russells for short, you’re certainly not the only one. A Jack Russell puppy will cost between $300- $2,000. The cost of a Jack Russell, however, largely varies on whether you choose to adopt a purebred from a reputable breeder or opt for a rescue from a local animal shelter. You’ll also need to plan for routine costs like regular vet check-ups, vaccinations, wholesome food, basic supplies, grooming, and, of course, some training to keep those sharp minds stimulated.

How Much Does a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy Cost?

If you live in a city, or anywhere many people might want a Jack Russell, you will have to pay more compared to countryside areas where these dogs may not be as popular.

Average Cost

The cost you’d face when getting a Jack Russell can vary quite a bit. This is because of things like where you acquire your puppy, its health and diet, and its lineage. To give you a rough idea, the starting cost, which includes the Jack Russell, necessary supplies, and other related expenses, can easily reach around $1000.

Finding a Jack Russell for Free

There are rare opportunities to bring a Jack Russell into your life at no initial cost. Rescue centers, families rehoming their dog, or even good Samaritans who have found a stray may offer a Jack Russell for free. Although these options won’t require you to pay for the dog, even a free Jack Russell will have ongoing costs, like vet care, food, and supplies, which can quickly add up.

Reputable Breeders

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The cost of a Jack Russell varies on whether you choose to adopt a purebred from a reputable breeder or opt for a rescue from a local animal shelter.

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Breeders often charge higher prices than other sources due to their commitment to quality care. This includes providing optimal nutrition, medical screenings, and early socialization for their pups. They also provide clear and accurate information about the puppy’s lineage and health history, which can ultimately save on vet costs down the road. You should expect to pay a reputable breeder between $800 and $2,500, depending on the pedigree of the Jack Russell and the reputation of the breeder.

Adoption Centers or Animal Rescues

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One of the most gratifying paths to finding your new Jack Russell is through the route of adoption or animal rescue centers.

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One of the most gratifying paths to finding your new Jack Russell is through the route of adoption or animal rescue centers. The expenses associated with adopting a Jack Russell are noticeably less than purchasing from a breeder, typically falling within the $250 to $500 range. When adopting from a shelter, it covers initial veterinary procedures like vaccinations, deworming, and spay/neuter surgeries.

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of a Jack Russell Terrier

Bloodline

If a puppy comes from a lineage of show dogs, it is going to have a higher price tag than a Jack Russell from a less prestigious background. Show dog breeders invest significant time, resources, and effort to uphold the quality and standards associated with these champion lines. The prices of these pups reflect the breeders’ commitment to maintaining the pedigree’s reputation for excellence.

Location

If you live in a city, or anywhere many people might want a Jack Russell, you will have to pay more compared to countryside areas where these dogs may not be as popular. Transportation costs should be considered if you’re thinking about purchasing your pet from a breeder outside your local area. This could include the cost of driving to the breeder or even the price of shipping the puppy, if necessary.

Gender

The gender of a Jack Russell can occasionally influence its purchase price. Breeders might set different prices for males and females, based on their own practices or local demand trends. For example, if a particular gender is in high demand, breeders might increase the price slightly. However, this isn’t a rule, and the price variation if present is usually minimal.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for a Jack Russell Terrier

ProcedureCost
Initial Vet appointments$100-300
Initial Vaccines$250-300
Sterilization$300-600
Microchip$50-70

Cost of Food and Supplies for a Jack Russell Terrier

Food and SuppliesCost
Bed/Cage$85
Nail Clipper$15-20
Brush$10
Leash and Harness$30-50
Food and Water Bowls$60-80
Toys$30-50

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Jack Russell Terrier?

Dog Jack Russell terrier chewing on kong puzzle toy.

Even though it might feel like extra money you’re spending, getting pet insurance can be a smart choice.

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The price of pet insurance for your dog can change based on things like how old the dog is, its health, and the type of insurance plan you pick. Even though it might feel like extra money you’re spending, getting pet insurance can be a smart choice. It can help you avoid large vet bills if your pet gets sick or hurt. Every month, you might pay between $20 to $50 for a basic insurance plan.

How Much Does It Cost to Train a Jack Russell Terrier?

Training helps your new Jack Russell become a well-behaved and social member of your family. Professional training classes can range from $30 to $50 per group session, and up to $100 or more for private sessions. You could also invest in training materials and do it yourself; however, there are risks that you should be prepared for if you are not a trained professional. Well-trained Jack Russells are happier and safer, and the benefits of good training will last a lifetime, especially when taught early on in ownership.

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About the Author

Erin Whitten is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily covering dogs, food, and travel. She earned her BA in Communications and Digital Media from Arizona State University in 2019. A resident of Massachusetts, Erin enjoys hanging out with her shelter cat Azula and taking photos of other animals.

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