The Jack Russell terrier is an intelligent, independent, fearless, lively, and beautiful four-legged companion. It will fill your life with laughter and love, but only if you provide it with the proper supervision, training, and attention essentially demanded by it.
A Jack is demands consistent training. They’re a challenging dog so a first-time dog owner should check before purchasing a Jack Russell terrier. They’re known to wreak havoc when bored. Keep them intellectually and physically stimulated all day long though, and you won’t have any problems. They aren’t dogs that will sit quietly in the corner. They are regular divas and love to have everybody’s attention all for themselves.
Here are some interesting facts about Jack Russell dogs that will help you understand their true nature.
John Russell, a priest from England, loved to hunt foxes and was always in search of a terrier who could accompany him during his expeditions. In 1819, he finally met a British white terrier. With the help of this breed, Russell created the perfect hunting companion- a Jack Russell terrier.
Fierce and confident the terrier’s job was to drive the prey out of its burrow for the hunters to catch. As a result, the dog is lean and small but packed with courage.
A Jack Russell can reach 10 to 15 inches in height and 14 to 18 pounds of weight.
Famous for its speed, agility, and ability to jump very high it accomplishes excellent results at the competitions in agility.
Being very jumpy and bouncy, they are capable of jumping more than five feet high.
Jack Russell terriers belong to the group of moderate shedders. Weekly brushing is more than enough for this breed.
Females will give birth to litters of 4 to 8 puppies (6 on average).
A Jack Russell has an average lifespan of 13 to 16 years.
Although they come from a common ancestry Jack Russell Terrier dogs were originally 3 different breeds.
Jack Russell terriers are available in 3 types of waterproof coats- broken, rough, or smooth coat type. Smooth coat dogs have short hair, rough coat dogs have long hair and the broken coats ones are a mixture of both.
They love digging and can make a large number of holes in a very short time. It is easier to train a Jack terrier to dig a particular area than to make him drop the digging habit.
Jack Russell terriers need a lot of structured training early in life. These intelligent dogs tend to outsmart the average dog owner.
Jacks are not appropriate for apartment life or small houses. They are recreational barkers, wild and independent. They perform poorly if bound in the enclosed spaces especially that of an apartment.
When outdoors, they are driven to work, energetic, hyperactive, and perform at their best. They possess very high energy levels and are excellent jogging companions.
They should never be trusted when unleashed as they are very strong at their prey. Preferably, they should be kept in a fenced area.
They hardly mix up with the cats. It’s usually a bad idea to keep both a cat and a Jack Russell dog inside the house.
Jack terriers experience separation anxiety very quickly. Turning on the radio for your Jack Russell next time you leave the house will help keep it calm.
The light coloured coats of these dogs should be protected with the help of sunscreen.
British explorers Ranulph and Ginny Fiennes travelled to the far ends of the Earth, often with their Jack Russell terrier, Bothy, in tow. In 1982, Bothy became the first dog to go to both the North and South Poles.
A Jack Russell terrier’s white coat has been linked to the pigmentation genes associated with deafness. If you are the owner of a Jack Russell terrier, it’s always recommended that your dog has routine check-ups to ensure the quality of his health.
The most common health conditions for Jack Russell terriers are cataract, eye disorders, deafness, skin allergies, ear infections, benign tumours, arthritis, and hypothyroidism. Quite a lot to keep a check on!
This breed is also one of the most successful “working” dogs in Hollywood with roles such as Eddie in the long-running sitcom Frasier, Milo in The Mask, Friday in Hotel for Dogs, and as the dog in The Artist.
If you’ve watched Frasier you probably remember Eddie, the charming Jack Russell. This charismatic little dog was played by Moose, a JRT who also played Skip in My Dog Skip. Fans loved him so much that the canine got more fan mail than anyone else on the show!
When you get a Jack Russell you get a 150-pound dog personality in a 15-pound dog body. They love to assert themselves on others and aren’t afraid of anything or anyone.
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