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Jack Russell Terrier Dog Breed Facts And Info

Jun 27, 2008
Looking for a dog that is active, intelligent and fearless? Then the Jack Russell Terrier may be for you!

This little terrier has a perky personality and is just at home on the agility course as he is taking part in an English hunt. Originating in England in 1800s, this breed was bred to hunt small game like fox. He has a willful personality, can be a bit mischievous at times, and makes a great pet for an active family that likes to share their activities with their dog.

Featuring a compact car with athletic body, the Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog ranging in height from 10 to 12 inches and in weight from 14 to 18 pounds. he has almond shaped dark eyes and pointed ears that flop over. The docked tail is carried high. This breed comes in three different types of coats - the broken coat, the smooth coat and a wirehaired coat. The body Is largely white in color and has markings usually on the face and tail sometimes in the middle which can be tan, brown or reddish black.

Not for the newbie dog owner, the Jack Russell Terrier is a very active dog. He is obedient but he also has his own minds and training can be challenging. This willful dog will need to be trained with a firm but loving hand using positive reinforcement. Socialization from a young age is a must as this dog is absolutely fearless and can be aggressive with other dogs is not trained properly.

Jack Russell terriers have strong hunting instincts which causes them to love to dig, and also cannot be good housemates with small animals. They can get along with small children quite well as long as the children are trained not to abuse the dog.

The Jack Russell Terrier does require a wad of exercise that he can be a good apartment dog if he is exercised properly. He will be active indoors, and it's probably best that he have at least the medium-sized yard to run around in. Be forewarned, however, that you Jack Russell will probably do a lot of digging and this dog can jump very high in even climb fences so make sure your backyard is Jack Russell proof.

The Jack Russell terrier likes to be with his family, and in fact it's really not a good idea to leave him alone with the run of the house. Jack Russell's need to be busy all the time and can become destructive if left alone to much. Your best bet is to crate train your dog so that you can keep them contained when you're not around. The Jack Russell Terrier should be matched up with her family that is able to spend a lot of time with their dog.

This breed is fairly easy to grow requiring occasional brushing and an occasional bath. The Jack Russell Terrier can be prone to certain eye diseases as well as dislocated knee caps. as when selecting any dog make sure you get your pet from a reputable breeder and be sure to provide him with regular vet visits and the appropriate immunizations.

The Jack Russell Terrier can make an excellent family pet for the family that is willing to spend the time training and hanging around with their dog. Excellent for hunting, tracking and agility this dog small size makes imperfect as a take a long dog for all of your family activities.
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