Are Jack Russel Terriers Born With a Short Tail?


No. They are born with a normal length tail (much like a Beagle). The breed has their tails docked as newborns (along with dew claws removed).

However our Jack's last litter she had a pup born with NO tail! We called her Fanny… because she was all fanny (rear end)… no tail. (I'm in the US – so it doesn't have the same connotation as in the UK)

There are many that are opting against docking the tail though and so will see some with long tails.

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  • steffigiraffe

    No, they have to be surgically docked :-(
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  • Mamma

    No most dogs are born with a long tail accept for a few breeds, the mother could have bit it off if she thought it wasn't supposed to be there.
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  • MyCookies!

    ya….i think….my friends does…..and she was born a like 1 month ago.
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  • candyy11

    No, Jack Russells are born with a long tail, just like any other dog, but for esthetic reasons, they are docked, as is found in many other breeds. Its not a nessesity, and you can find many jacks with long tails … especially jack mixes.
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    my own jack
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  • GllntKnight

    No they are docked when they are a few days old.

    Candyy11: JRT's are working dogs. The tail is not docked for aesthetic reasons they are docked so they are easier to grab to pull them out of a hole. So it serves a purpose not aesthetic,
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  • Jessica A

    there is a breed of jackrussel that has no tail, they are rare and are around $1500
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  • kimi

    nope. the are removed when hey are young. sad, i know.
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  • Cambria

    No. They are born with a normal length tail (much like a Beagle). The breed has their tails docked as newborns (along with dew claws removed).

    However our Jack's last litter she had a pup born with NO tail! We called her Fanny… because she was all fanny (rear end)… no tail. (I'm in the US – so it doesn't have the same connotation as in the UK)

    There are many that are opting against docking the tail though and so will see some with long tails.
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    Owner of Jack Russell Terriers