The Jack Russell Terrier is a loyal and affectionate companion, but he is very strong headed. Expect a dog that needs a high level of physical fulfillment to remain balanced, and can become destructive if neglected. They are good with kids when socialized properly, but will usually not be a fan of other dogs. The Jack Russell will be wary of strangers, but this makes him a great watchdog. All in all, this terrier breed is very affectionate with his family and can make an extraordinary family pet for a family with an active lifestyle.
Have you ever seen the movie Home Alone? Well, that’s not the Jack Russell Terrier, he doesn’t like boredom and being on his own. While he is very capable, he requires fulfillment as any terrier does, and will be stir crazy if he/she doesn’t get it. Given the strong hunting background, they are not overly sensitive to commotion, and will also do very well with colder temperatures. If you have a very small living space, this breed may not be for you.
The health of the Jack Russell is known for being generally good. They should live a long and healthy life, generally having from a 13 to 16 year life span with proper care. As with all breeds, there are some health concerns to be aware of with this breed. Some of the issues to watch for are Cataracts and Patellar Luxation (genetic).
The Jack Russell Terrier is not for an inexperienced owner. They are very headstrong and will require continued and focused training throughout their lives. For the right owner, this breed can provide one of the most rewarding relationships between dog and owner of any dog breed.
The Jack Russell has either a short and smooth, or broken coat. Either coat type will have a semi-coarse texture, but will be fairly easy to maintain. They like to play hard, and are diggers, so they will like to get dirty, but nothing a good bath can’t solve. Weekly brushing of the teeth and coat will make the Jack Russell a clean and happy little terrier.
The Jack Russell is a miniature action hero. They are high energy and will make every attempt to run themselves ragged, which will not be easily achieved. They need space and substantial amounts of exercise to be happy. They are also a great fit for agility training and other canine sporting events.
The Jack Russell will generally stand between 10-17 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 12 and 18 pounds.
When purchasing a Jack Russell Terrier puppy it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of this breed. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your Jack Russell Terrier puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.
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