Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Jack Russell; JRT; Jack
The Jack Russell Terrier is a bouncy, high-energy breed developed during the 19th century to work with human hunters and be relentless in its pursuit of game-- often foxes that had to be dug out of their dens. As a result, this breed is high-energy, needs a great deal of exercise, expects to spend hours roaming the countryside with its people, and loves to dig.
For the active person seeking an outdoor companion, the Jack Russell can be the perfect choice. For the busy person with a tiny or nonexistent property, this breed can be the worst possible choice. It's also unwise to add this dog to a family that already owns several smaller pets which may look like potential hunting game to the JRT. Evaluate your own circumstances carefully before you fall in love with a puppy you can't handle.
Appearance / health:
The JRT has a short-legged, muscular, sturdy body with a length proportional to its height; color is principally white, with patches of brown and black, frequently covering part of the face. The head should be nicely balanced, proportionate to the body; the skull is flat; moderate width at the ears and narrowing to the eyes; the stop should be defined but not over-pronounced; muzzle length from the nose to the stop is to be slightly shorter than from the stop to the occiput; the nose is black. The jaw is powerful, well-boned and the cheeks strongly muscled. Eyes are dark, almond-shaped, and intelligent; ears are dropped, small "V" shaped carried forward and close to the head; the mouth has strong teeth with the top slightly overlapping the bottom; both level and scissor bites are acceptable, though scissor is preferred. The tail is set high, typically cropped to about 4” long to provide for a good hand-hold. The most critical physical characteristic of the JRT is that the chest should not be too large to preclude the dog from chasing game into a hole.
The Jack Russell has a very easy-care coat, regardless of coat variety, requiring nothing more than regular brushing. He is consistent, year-round shedder.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a enjoyable companion when he has been properly exercised; however if he doesn’t get enough exercise, he may well become a nuisance. He needs to be taken on a long, daily, brisk walk. Additionally, he will be magnificent with space to hunt, run and play.
The JRT is a long-lived breed that has managed to avoid most health problems because of a wide and strong gene pool which creates no need for excessive line breeding or inbreeding. That being said, their recent popularity increase has caused some lines to have some genetic health issues crop up. Those issues include:
A test can be performed on puppies that are over the age of five (5) weeks to check for congenital deafness: the BAER (“Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response”) test. Check with your breeder to determine if your potential puppy has had this test performed.
Behavior / temperament:
This playful, energetic breed makes an exceptional companion for an equally playful, energetic family. The JRT is a lively, happy, loyal, and loving dog; he is brave to the point of absolute fearlessness. He is amusing, enjoys games and toys and is so very intelligent that if you let him take an inch, he will easily become willful and single-minded in his quest to take the entire mile. It is vital that you are his pack leader. If you are not smarter than he is, he will take over. He must to be given rules and limitations as to what he is and is not allowed to do, else he fall into “Small Dog Syndrome,” and develop the belief that he is pack leader to all humans. Allowing him to fall into “Small Dog Syndrome” will bring on a myriad of degrees of behavior problems which can include separation anxiety, obsessive parking, guarding, and even snappishness. Be vigilant in not allowing him off the lead unless they are very well-trained as he loves to chase and will chase anything that moves with a single-mindedness that excludes him paying any attention to his own safety.
The JRT has a significant tendency to become destructive, including digging, if not kept occupied and exercised. Be aware that JRT’s are very adept at climbing and jumping! He can climb over nearly any fence if bored or believes he has a good reason to climb over, and he can easily jump over five feet high. With an alpha and understanding pack leader, the JRT can really excel; however, if you do not understand what it truly means to be a ‘pack leader,’ the JRT is not recommended for you. While they have multiple wonderful characteristics, the JRT is not a good breed choice for the inexperienced dog owner.
The JRT is rated high in learning rate, high in problem solving and low in obedience. They are very trainable with a firm trainer with experience in handling a willful-minded dog. Without a trainer who can show authority, the JRT can be very difficult to train.
Jack Russells like to bark.
intelligent, affectionate, best cheeky personality, real athlete, bouncy energy, perfect lap dog
strong prey-drive, clever escape artists, barking, separation anxiety, unwarranted aggression
voracious hunter, short coarse hairs, competitive dog, mental stimulation, agility, agile climbers
Luna is such a sweetie. When she was younger I was often irritated by her. She was obnoxious and in-your-face. However as she was more socialised she has calmed down. She's still young, but I love spending time with her. She enjoys hunting insects, and geckos are her enemy! Luna is extremely playful and demands loving attention. She's a snuggler as well! Luna loves going on walks, especially to the beach, and she's always looking to make new friends. Luna is alert and will bark whenever she feels something is amiss. She's full of energy and always tries to engage our older Staffie in a game of chase . She's a people-dog, and gets quite a bit anxious when left alone. All in all, a good pupper..
From KlariWari Apr 20 2017 3:19PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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