Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted November 6, 2014
I'll start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Jack Russells.
It seems like they have the energy of a larger dog compressed down into their own tiny frame. They're like a lightning bolt a lot of the time, running here and there, barking and playing. This can be fun and exciting, but after months and then years of exposure, it takes a certain personality to fully embrace the Jack Russell as a part of the family. I know from personal experience that they can become tiresome and irritating after a while.
There are positives of course with this breed! They are not very agressive dogs (unless it comes to demonstrating themselves in front of other dogs - which often turns out like a canine manifestation of Napoleon syndrome!), and they are very affectionate and loving. Likewise, they train up quite well and respond effectively to commands. Depending on whether its a short hair or long hair Jack Russell, or bred with another variety of pooch, the clean up can be easy or hard after these dogs.
In the end, I think it comes down to a personality match with Jacks. To me these dogs are too energetic, very yappy and defensive around other dogs. I've never had great experiences with them, though they are very affectionate and if you want a ball of energy around the place, this is the dog for you!