Thinking about purchasing an Jack 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 Jack 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 Jack 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 Jack 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 Jack 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 Jack Russell Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Jack Russell Terrier Profile
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small, agile, brave, principally white-bodied terrier that is known for fox hunting and other small animals. The Jack Russell Terrier's chest is the determining factor as to whether a terrier may follow its intended working attributes. If the Jack Russell Terrier's chest is too large, there is little use for quarry underground. 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, while 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. The Jack Russell Terrier has short drop ears and a tail that is usually cropped just long enough to grab it out of a fox hole. They are sturdy and muscular, well adapted to work hard. Jack 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 Jack Russell Terrier can live as long as 16 years. At work, Jack Russell Terriers are a game hunter, tenacious and courageous. At home they are playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. The Jack Russell Terrier is an independent and energetic terrier and requires their due portion of attention and training. They are highly energetic, interactive and love to play with children. The Jack Russell Terrier is the ideal breed for a fun-loving family seeking a hard working little dog.
Other Names: Parson Jack Russell Terrier, Russell Jacks
Height: Two variations: 9 - 12 inches;
12 - 15 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: Jack Russell Terriers are
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. Jack 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 fro 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.
Watch-dog: High. Jack Russell Terriers
are very alert and active.
Jack Russell Terrier Care and Training:
Jack Russell Terriers need minimal brushing of their coat. Bathe only when necessary.
Jack 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.
Activity: High. Jack Russell Terriers
have quite a lot of energy; any potential owner should be aware of the Russell's
exercise and activity needs.
Jack Russell Terrier Health Issues: Jack 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
First Registered by the AKC: 1998
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