Friday, December 15

The Jack Russell Terrier

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The Jack Russell terrier achieved its name from an admirer by the name of Jack Russell. Having seen a terrier that he very much admired, accompanying the milkman, he stopped to inquire about the terriers origins and he later acquired this dog, named him “Trump” and bred more than sixty breedings from this terrier.  The Jack Russell terrier (also called the “Parsons terrier” ) exhibits most terrier behaviors. this is a dog that will “go to ground” and is a strong contender in many “earth dog” trials. He also is popular in the show ring, at flyball events, and exels as a family pet and farm dog, talented at chasing down rodents. The Jack Russell makes a great family dog and guard dog. He is not especially vicious toward strangers (and definiitely should NOT be) but he is noisy and thus he serves a good purpose simply by being an “alarm dog.” He tends to jump up and bark repeatedly …this will deter most folks from entering a home without permission! Like most terriers,Jack Russells are not especially friendly towards other dogs. If you have other dogs and are introducing a Jack Russell into your home, you need to b aware of this and take care to introduce the dogs on neutral territory. Allow them to set their own parameters when it comes to Pack Leadership.  As for cats and other animals, care shoould be taken. Many terriers, Jack Russells included, consider cat fair game. The coat of the smooth Jack Russell  is thick and dense and should have a waterproof or weather resistance to it.  The wire-haired Jack Russell is also water resistant,  but the hairs are “wire” hairs and present a bristled appearance.  The coat should not soak up the rain when the dog is out in the weather but rather the drops should almost “bead up” on the dog’s back.  The wire-haired will have a distinctive beard. In both coats, the tail is docked. The ears are fold over, creating a triangular appearance to the skull. The most preferable color is white with patches of tan over the eyes and ears and at the base of the tail.  This is a dog that is small enough to bathe easily in the bathtub and baths are often necessary as this is a dog that loves to investigate his surroundings and frequently buries the treasures that he finds, industriously digging up his yard in the process. This is a dog that sheds readily, it serms he sheds year round. The owners of Jack Russells are constantly finding harsh little white hairs everywhere. This is NOT a dog for folks who are allergic to dog hair. The small but energetic jack Russell terrier is a great choice for a farm dog but will also adapt well to city life. If he is a “city dog” then he definitely needs plenty of exercise. And of course, Obedience classes, in either environment, are appropriate. He is a highly intelligent breed and will soon take over the household and assume the position of Pack leader if you don’t make it clear who is the “boss.”

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