Thinking about purchasing an Russell Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Russell Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Russell Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Russell Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Russell Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Russell Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Russell Terrier Profile
The Russell Terrier is a small, agile, brave, principally white-bodied terrier that is known for fox hunting and other small animals. Referred as the “Pudden-Dog” shorter-legged and longer-bodied, or a “Shortie”. The Jack Russell Terrier comes in two distinct variations: the long-legged version and the short-legged version. Short-legged Jack Russells are often called "Shorties" and are recognized with the AKC-FSS as the Russell Terrier or Jack Russell Terriers. Meanwhile, the long-legged variation is called the Parson Jack Russell Terrier. They are both small dogs and can be a variety of wiry, smooth, and multicolored coats. They are predominantly white, with patches of brown and black, often covering part of the face. They are sturdy and muscular, well adapted to work hard. Russell Terriers often work so hard and are unafraid that a farmer gauged his terriers on his farm to live only about 6 years. Otherwise, living in a normal household, the Russell Terrier can live as long as 16 years. At work the Russell Terriers are a game hunter, tenacious and courageous. At home they are playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. The Russell Terrier is an independent and energetic terrier and requires their due portion of attention. They are highly energetic, interactive and love to play with children. The Russell Terrier is the ideal breed for a fun-loving family seeking a hard working little dog.
Other Names: Shortie, Puddin Dog, Jack Russell Terrier(FCI)
Height: 9 - 12 inches.
Colors: Predominantly white with tan,
black or brown markings. Patches of color often appear on the main body, tail,
and head. Ears are often colored, with a blaze up the front of the face. At
least 51% of the body should be white.
Temperament: Russell Terriers are very vocal, alert, lively and bold. They are very affectionate and playful with family, and love attention. They require training or a job, as they need adequate exercise. They are very energetic and can be very excitable. Russell Terriers can be scrappy with other dogs, but can be socialized and trained to be okay with other pets. They are friendly, courageous and do not like backing down from a fight. They are intelligent and stubborn. If trained well, this breed can harness all of its energy into training and become very obedient and worthwhile, but otherwise they are difficult to train, with the typical terrier stubbornness.
With Children: Yes, especially active
Watch-Dog: High. They are very alert
and vocal when suspecting something unusual.
Care and Training: The Russell Terrier needs
minimal brushing of their coat. Bathe only when necessary. Russell Terriers
should receive daily exercise or outdoor activity. If not given consistent exercise,
training, or a job to do, the Jack Russell can become destructive and edgy if
confined. Early firm training is necessary to prevent a hyperactive dog.
Russell Terrier Health: Russell Terrier can suffer from dislocated kneecaps (luxating patellas), eye problems, deafness, and Legg-Perthes disease, a disease of the hip joints.
Life Span: 13 - 15 years.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
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