In general, Jack Russell Terriers may be described as robust dogs with excellent health. However, they are not covered by any breed-specific insurance:
- Puppies 4–10 months old may be afflicted with osteochondrosis of the femoral head (Perthes disease), which causes frequent or intermittent lameness;
- dislocation of the patella;
- Terriers are not prone to hip dysplasia, though big breeds are sometimes regarded as a high-risk group;
- heart diseases;
- The development of the sclera, choroid, retina, optic nerve and retinal vessels – also known as the collie eye problem – is due to inheiritable anomalies.
Visit your veterinarian regularly for preventive examinations and follow his or her instructions to ensure that your pet’s health and quality of life remain optimal until old age. Self-medication with vitamins and minerals is not recommended for symptoms of various sicknesses.