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I remember the day we went to pick up Eddie from the RSPCA I was eleven and he was two and I thought he was beautiful.
What had attractive us to him, was how quiet he was. In a enclsoure full of barking dogs, he was the only one sat quietly wagging his tail. We took him home and soon we realised we were all wrong. He was a terror! He was terrible for yapping all day and trying to fight the other dog. He tore things up, he would get into the 25kg bag of dog food make himself ill trying to eat the whole thing. He malted and because he was so short, his belly got muddy on walks. He could not heel and would spend the entire outing choking on the lead, and because he couldn't pace himself he would just stop suddenly and have to be carried home.
I almost forgot he would not get out of bed before 730am either and was grouchy for the first thirty minutes of his day.
All that said, I have never seen a more loving dog. He liked cuddles and kisses, and adored to be spoken to. He would get himself in some hilarious situation and definitely had little dog syndrome. Once a Rottweiler attacked the other dog we had (a very large mutt) and Eddie was in there without a second thought.
He was worth every ripped up £5 note and yap because he was just such a personality. Everyone who met him fell in love. Sadly at the age of 15 he just passed away, but he really was spectacular. Jack Russel's need a lot of attention, and a lot of love. You also need to be patient and as they are working dogs give them lots of exercise, but they are totally worth it.
We have an adorable nine month old Jack Russell puppy, and he's bonkers. We bought Jake when he was eight weeks old and he became part of the family immediately, we were his second home from the breeder as the lady we bought him from had grossly underestimated the amount of energy these little dogs have and her idea of buying him to liven up her elderly dog failed massively. Her loss was definitely our gain though as Jake is a beautiful clever dog and is growing up to be an absolute beauty.
The one thing I learned fast about this breed is that they like to chew - it doesn't matter what it is, they'll find a way to destroy it. This was particularly annoying when Jake started 'teething' a couple of weeks after arriving with us, he used to love to bite fingers which didn't endear him to our two youngest kids who have had very little experience with small snappy puppies - this has changed as Jake has grown as he now knows he has his own supply of things to bite and he tends to leave fingers and toes alone now. He loves nothing better than ripping a plant out of the ground when left alone in the garden, which is highly irritating as how do you stop that (I have my eye on a bamboo cane in the shed, not that I advocate whipping puppies into submission...) without uprooting all the plants and putting them in troughs?!
Jake doesn't like to be left on his own but I'm a housewife so am here most of the time anyway so this doesn't happen often. Despite the fact he was housetrained VERY quickly he likes to squeeze out a dirty protest when I leave him shut in a room by himself, he's diddled himself by poo-ing once too often and now I've bought him a cute little dog house which he has to use when I go out as until he stops that revolting habit he's not going to be left inside if no one else is in!
Jack Russells are completely not fussy when it comes to food, I knew this anyway from a Jack my uncle had for years (they can have a lifespan of up to and beyond 17 years!) and it's been reinforced with Jake. Jake eats quite a lot of fresh meat which I either buy especially for him or it's meat that has been left over from dinners or packed lunches, he eats dog food too obviously but it's clear while he's eating that he prefers the better food that the humans eat!
This is a breed I recommend to everyone, I'm in love with Jake and so is the rest of the family - a gorgeous little dog.
Jack Russels are a fiery, spirited, adventurous dog, they are real characters, such good fun and completely and utterly fearless. They are very clever and not afraid to think for themselves, this can make them seem wilful at times. They are completely fearless, an angry Jack Russell will not back down from anyone or anything. They are proud, brave and fiercely loyal.
Because of their fiery disposition I would not personally recommend the JRT for families with small children, they have little a patience and will waste no time in making their feelings known of they are annoyed by a child's behaviour. They are not a dog for a young family.
Jack Russels love to be out and about they will not be happy if they don't get a daily walk. They like to explore their Enviroment and are one of those dogs that will get into everything and anything on a walk, no stone will be left untuned, no burrow or set will be left unexplored. They enjoy their exercise and at times their energy can seem boundless.
I have found that Jack Russels can be a family dog they generally pick one owner, their favourite person in the family and won't ever be found far from them if they can help it.
Despite their small stature they are a strong, sturdy little dog, they are pretty robust and the breed doesn't have too many health issues as a whole. Knee issues can be a problem such a luxiating patella, where in the knee slips in and out of place causing discomfort and pain. Just something for prospective owners to be aware of.
I have had my Jack Russell Terrier for 10 years now just over. I got him when he was 2 months old, and he celebrated his 10th birthday in November. In all honesty, he is the best thing that has happened to me. He makes me laugh all the time, and has such funny little ways and characteristics. And when I take him out, I always get people stopping me wanting to stroke him. I shall discuss with you some of his little ways and habits. All those that have had a Jack Russell will no doubt relate to what I am about to talk about. His name is Ollie.
My dog is a miniature Jack Russell. He is ginger and white in colour, similar to the one in the picture.
1) Nosey and curious!
He is such a nosey little dog! He loves to jump onto the chair and onto the window sill. I often have my window open, so he will lay down with his bum on the top of the chair and his paws hanging out of the window LOL. He can sit up there a long time watching people and cars go by. He has never attempted to jump out, but just loves to watch the world go by. He hates the fire engines and the postman. I live round the corner from a fire station, so often get fire engines go past, and he goes mad when they go past. He barks like crazy, and is the same when the Postman comes. Oh, he barks and barks! But, sometimes people come up to the window and stroke him, and he loves it. He will like them and kiss them.
Jack Russells tend to be very inquisitive dogs by nature and love to explore their surroundings and investigate. He has lots of toys to play with at home, but now and again I will chuck the old toys out (apart from the odd 1 or 2 he still likes to play with, although he's pulled all the stuffing out of 1 of them!), and will get him new toys to play with.
2)| Loving and loyal
He is an extremely loving and loyal dog. I trust him explicitly. He may be small in size, but the love he has to share and his loyalty is outstanding. He follows me everywhere. If I go to the toilet, he will sit outside the door and wait for me. When I take him into town, he will jump up on the bench or seat I am sitting on, and put his front legs on my lap, and I will stroke him. People often come up to me and want to stroke him, and children too. If they sit down, he will jump onto their lap lol. People like that. =)
And, he loves to be loved, and will love you back double. I know a lot of people don't like their dogs in bed with them, but I don't mind him in bed with me. He gets himself right under the duvet and loves to be cuddled and will snuggle up to me. He is such a soft-hearted dog.
3) Full of energy
He has a boundless amount of energy. He loves to play and run. I often take him for long walks. And even at 10 years old he still trots along when I walk him. He is good with other dogs. Although he barks a lot when he's indoors, he never does when he's out - unless he tries to chase birds! He loves to 'say hello' to other dogs and have a sniff. He's always been very good with other dogs, and I have got to know a lot of the other regular dog walks on my ventures out, and we all know each others dogs.
4) What doesn't he like?
He hates water. When I bath him (in the sink) he tries to get out and when I've towelled him, he goes and rolls on my bed, little bugger. And if it's raining, he won't go outside for love nor money. So I have to carry him out, so he does a wee at least, and he comes running back indoors.
He's a fussy eater too. He loves chicken. I feed him on Pedigree dried dog food (the one with the picture of the Jack Russel on the front). He likes that. But he don't like doggie chocolate or tinned dog food. But I have recently had him weighed, and he is the right weight for a dog of his size.
Would I recommend a Jack Russell as a pet? Personally speaking, yes I would. I love him to bits and would not be without him. Maybe a Jack Russell isn't for everyone, but he is such a wonderful dog to me and my best friend.
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My daughter Shauna has always wanted a dog. I always said no. We had various dogs during my childhood but I had never formed a close bond with any of them. Eventually, with my daughter's 16th birthday coming up, my husband and I decided to surprise her with a puppy. We reasoned that she would be old enough to do her share of the dirty work, like picking up the poop! After a lot of research we decided on a Jack Russell because they are small and, being short-haired, would not aggravate my husbands asthma too much. At the time my daughter had three rabbits living in hutches in the garden and people told us we were mad to get a terrier because it would want to eat the bunnies! When we arrived at the farm we were shown to a stable block. In it were a doberman puppy and right at the back, the smallest, cutest puppy I had ever seen. Milo was the only boy from a litter of seven pups and because he was on his own they had put him in with the doberman. As soon as I stepped over the gate he came running up and immediately undid my shoelace with his teeth, then he rolled over onto his back and showed me his little pink tummy to tickle. I was smitten. We met his mum, a sweet, gentle lady and decided this one for us. As the breeder handed him over to me he said "This one will be trouble. He gets into and out of everything"!
On the car journey home Milo sat on my lap and looked into my eyes the whole way trying to figure me out. The expression on my daughters' face when I bought him into the house was something I will never forget. We had read all the books and taken advice from the pet store and had invested in a crate for him to sleep in and scented puppy pads for toilet training. We had even bought a cushion which you warm in the microwave for him to cuddle as it was winter. Milo refused point blank to go into the crate, preferring a bed in the kitchen and the toilet training took about two week in all, he just got it straight away and to this day he has never had an accident in the house. After being introduced to the rabbits and having a sniff through the bars he took no further notice of them, although we never took any risks with them just in case his terrier instincts took over!
At 10 weeks, once he had been fully vaccinated, we enroled Milo into puppy classes. My daughter and I went together and it was really useful, as well as great fun. The lady who ran the classes was initially dismissive of Milo because he was a Jack Russell. She actually said he would never learn the tricks because he would be too willful. However, she didn't count on his love for the bits of hot dog sausage that we used as treats. He was the first to master all the tricks and commands, apart from the 'lie down', which he refused to do until the final class, when he astounded the teacher and all the other dog owners by lying down on command and looking around smugly as if to say "I could do it all along, I just chose not to".
Now, if you are looking to get a dog but you are a bit of a couch potato, get a labrador or a bulldog, not a Jack Russell. His energy levels are through the roof and he always gets at least two 45 minute sessions of exercise every day. We are lucky to live next to a park, so he can indulge in his favourite pastime of chasing after a tennis ball on a regular basis, but he will walk for hours and he is a strong swimmer with a great love of water. The first time we let him off the lead he made a beeline for the canal and launched himself off the bank into the freezing water, only to run up the bank and do it all again! He has lost hundreds of tennis balls in the canal, and if he doesn't have a ball he will happily waste time diving for rocks and bringing them to me as if they were gemstones. He is really well behaved off the lead but occasionally he will get the scent of something and he is off. He once disappeared into a clump of trees and while I stood calling him a small deer came charging out of the clearing, closely followed by Milo who was grinning from ear to ear as if to say "look what I found"! Luckily the deer was a much faster runner than Milo and sped away but it was so funny.
All the local dog walkers know Milo by name, he has been well socialised with lots of different dogs and gets on well with most of them, especially the big dogs who play rough. He loves to be chased and wrestle but if a dog tries to take his ball he comes over all Ray Winston and gets an attitude. Some people are wary when he is playing because, like all terriers, he is very vocal and makes lots of tribal noise, but he has never shown any aggression towards anything or anyone. Jack Russells do need a firm pack leader or they will bully you. They need strong leadership and a lot of love but boy, do they give it back in spades. Just one look at Milos' big brown eyes melts my heart. I can honestly say that I never thought I could love a dog as much as I love him, he is indeed a member of the family and four years on, we wouldn't be without him.
I have a jack russell, Harvey, who is 4 yrs old. He's a lovely little dog and has grown up with my other dogs; 2 labradors and a huskey so i think he's a bit confused about the whole chasing rats side of life - a common association people have with jack russells, and much prefers spending his days eating jumbones and watching telly - lucky little thing!
As mentioned i do have 3 other dogs, all of who need considerably more exercise than harvey. I'm at uni but when i'm back home and have the time i'll walk them all twice a day for upto an hour each time - he doesn't struggle and although he has stubby little legs he can't half run fast! I think if i didn't have the other dog's he'd be content with half an hour of running round the field then a brief walk around the block. My mum walks the dogs while i'm at uni and she does the same as me. His energy levels are usually sky high when he's excited and he'll cry to be walked. I think if he wasn't walked then it'd be carnage as he's got a strong jaw on him and likes to chew furniture when he gets the chance!
Some people think that this breed is snappy, nasty and yappy. Yes, some are; depending on how the dog has been taught to act by its owner. If the owner is uptight, controlling and unkind towards the dog, or it doesn't get the attention it needs, it'll more than likely become nasty and yappy, but this is the same for all breeds; not just jack russells!
Harvey has been raised with other dogs, children, teenagers, etc and is a soft little lump of cute! He wouldn't hurt a fly; my male labrador has unfortunetly killed several rabbits in the past before he was whistle trained, while Harvey prefers to run after them, purely for the fun of it. He's had the chance to catch several and hasn't. Ofcourse some jack russells may have the urge in there breeding to cause them to chase and kill wildlife which can be distressing but with time and effort should stop.
Harvy loves been stroked so has no issues with that, he'll glady lay for hours letting me try out massage techniques on him and letting me brush his hair. He's also very bright and was easy to train and is able to:
- Jump on command
- Walk off the lead to heel
- Roll over on command
- Open closed doors
- Lay on command
- Be gentle/slow when taking a treats
He's very eager to impress and enjoys learning.
I would only reccomend a jack russell, or any other dog if you've got time and effort for it, and someone home a majority of the day to walk and train it as they need stimulation and attention.
Price wise my Harvey was £30. Many jack russells are under £200.
Overall i love him to bits. He's just the right size to pick up (although is pretty solid with muscle!), a bright and loving dog and as he has a short coat malting is minimal.
I have had my dog called Daisy for 3 years now and she has been the best dog you could ask for! My dog was not trained as a puppy so she doesn't have many skills but when I call her name she responds and always looks happy. I usually take her for a 30 minute walk every day either around the block a few times, or to the park where she can explore, run and be care-free which is so great to see.
My dog doesn't eat that much food each day because she is a rare kind and is miniture to an extent, but she is fully grown and when people come up to me they think she is still a puppy, and so I have to correct them and say that she is an adult. All the girls go crazy after this dog because she is small and friendly. My dog eats half a can of food each day for morning and afternoon and a hard substance for lunch.
Daisy (my dog) doesn't mind people stroking her or petting her, and she has never bit anyone, which is good. I especially love her because our doorbell is broken at the moment so she barks when anybody comes to the door and it is quite funny to see peoples reactions because she is a small dog. She doesn't normally bark though apart from that, and she gets along with any dog.
We take Daisy to the Vet every now and again to get her checked up and make sure that she is fine and she doesn't cost a fortune. My dog only sheds hairs for about a month in summer when it gets hot but its normally manageable.
She is a great dog and i'm sure lots of other Jack Russels are the same. I'm just so glad that this gamble that i took of getting a dog of this size was the right decission.
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I have a Jack Russell called Ozzie. Generally the species is regarded as a "yappy" and over confident dog, which is rarely true. I have a Parsons Jack Russell which is a longer legged species, which in my opinion looks more handsome. I live in the country, and around my house there is plenty of space, which is vital for these dogs. They are a very active dog, who need exercise at least once a day, if not more. I love walking him, and it also gives me exercise. They are also vermin-killing dogs, and my dog likes to chase the odd rabbit, and has been known to catch a pheasant in his time.
You have to beware, because sometimes local gamekeepers do not look kindly on dogs running around an disturbing their game crops, and once he threatened to shoot him if he go too out of hand. Inside he is an affectionate dog that will kindly jump onto your lap. Otherwise he is obedient, which is very important for a dog to owner relationship.
One of the greatest advantages is that he is small, and so can be picked up, or transported easily. He is the love of my life!
I've have my Jack Russell for about 12 years now, and she has never caused any problems! I got her as a child, and had two younger brothers as well, but despite being around young children she has never caused any problems with them and would quite happily be played with and cuddled by them. Jack Russell's seem to think they can do the same as humans, an definitely have a personality. My Jack Russell, Rosie, thinks she owns my room and my bed, if either my cat or my other dog comes in she will become very jealous and start growling, as jealousy brings out her mean streak. Despite not having caused any problems with us before or never hurting anyone, she does get nasty with other dogs sometimes if she feels threatened and jealous, as she seems to think that she should get all the attention. Saying this, she has never attempted to chase our cat, once she knows her place she won't step out of it, and as she knows the cat is part of the household she understands that she mustn't chase it. My cat will happily stroll up to Rosie and walk right across her pathway, yet Rosie won't do a thing.
I do believe a Jack Russell is a good pet for a family, no matter how young the people are in the household, because Jack Russell's learn very quickly who their masters are, and abide by rules well.
Having only ever had big dogs previously, I never really likes small dogs until my sisters Jack Russell had puppies. We took on one of the puppies and have never looked back. Jack Russells seem to think they are a much larger dog then they are, and are very cocky but in a loving way. They are amusing to have around as they have a very strong personality, they always want things there way. I find the breed to be very loyal and loving, they want to be part of the family rather than the family pet. Our little Jack Russell refuses to lay on the floor and has to either lay on the sofa or go to bed in my bed. She will snuggle people all day long and demands to sit on your knee when she wants attention.
I think the most important thing about the jack russells personality is the fact they are so gentle with people they know and children. Although they can be a bit aloof and off with people they don't know, there bark is certainly worse than their bite. Our girl will quite happily wander around barking at people with her hackles up as long as they are atleast 10m away and she has the back up of the mastiff, but would never even dream of hurting somebody!
Jack russells are known for their ratting ability, but I feel the need to warn you that this doesn't mean your little Jack Russell puppy will definitely grow into a rat killing machine and rid your stables/garden etc. of any rat infestation! Our girl is from a working dog background, her mum was sold to my sister because she was the one puppy who wouldn't show an interest in rats and it has passed on to my dog too. She will pretend she hasn't seen rats rather than fight one, so ratting has now become the mastiffs job.
I do recommend the jack russell breed to anybody who wants a loving, personable family pet. They are such an intelligent breed and will really complete the family.
Jack Russell are real characters, they are the small dog with tons of personality. These animals are fearless and despite their size aren't afraid to stand up for themselves.
Traditionally I believe they are hunting dogs (rat catchers) in particular and you will notice this whenever you take your Jack Russell for a walk and let them off their lead. They will bound off in search of rabbits / rats etc with their endless energy.
I have owned two Jack Russells (male & female) both of which had lovely natures. With a bit of patience they weren't too bad to train although they did tend to run off once let off the lead and pull while you are trying to walk them.
They were both very cuddly though and enjoyed lots of 'lap' time and cuddles. Desapite their size they also require a fair bit of exercise as I mentioned previously they do have a lot of energy.
They are good hardy dogs who make great family pets and highly recommend!
Every owner thinks his dog is the best: at least he ought to! What you need to know is not whether I like Jack Russells but whether you will.
Russells come in four varieties: short and long-legged, rough or smooth coated. The short legged variety can manage a ten mile walk with ease; their long-legged cousins are bred to keep up with horses, but will you keep up with them? Smooth coats are easier to maintain, but both rough and smooth will shed. Quite a lot. A powerful vacuum cleaner and sticky rolls for cleaning cushions are required. It is a pity that Jack Russell hair has no commercial value. Loft insulation perhaps?
Because Russells are not pedigree dogs they are designed for use and not for ornament. They don't typically suffer from hereditary diseases. It does not matter too much what they look like, though to be a Jack Russell at all you must be predominantly white, except for the ears and head. Some people prefer a white body, but spots and patches are fine and even, I think, quite becoming.
A word about tails. Tail docking for cosmetic reasons is now rightly illegal. The only circumstance in which it is permitted is to protect a working dog from injury. In normal circumstances the chance of your Russell injuring his tail are remote. It's there for a purpose, so leave it be. If anything, it is the ears that suffer injuries, when running through thorny bushes, something that Russells do a lot of. The coat provides good protection against thorns, but they must be picked out from time to time. This is quite therapeutic.
Russells are lively and active. As terriers, they enjoy exploring holes, digging holes, and chasing rabbits. They are not town dogs and these are off lead activities. A Russell that disappears into a briar patch will take a long time to come out again. As puppies, they may dig holes in the garden, but as they grow up this should stop if they are properly exercised. The garden must be secure: Russells are inquisitive and will escape to explore if they can. They have a tendency to pull if walked on a short lead: annoying on the flat but useful uphill.
In common with many terriers, Russells have an independent spirit. This does not mean that they cannot be trained. House training and so on is easy, but in general they will only do what they want to do. They are not the dog for trick work or obedience classes. There is a reason why there are no Jack Russell guide dogs: Russells go where they want to, owners follow. I am not advocating indiscipline, but you need to be aware of what is achievable: Russells are not for those who like to exercise a high degree of control. If you prefer a dog with an independent spirit, they may be for you.
Russells have a powerful bite: amputating the vacuum cleaner flex was the work of a moment, and many dog toys last mere minutes. They are inveterate chewers. This does not mean they will chew up the house (the vacuum cleaner incident was a youthful transgression), but they do need something to chew. Rawhide strips and the famous Kong are ideal. Nor, if properly trained and treated, are they going to bite anyone, though they do make an excellent burglar alarm, with a surprisingly loud bark. They are not, however, talkative animals, and rarely bark without a reason.
A Russell has the character of a big dog in the body of a small dog, and so offers the most dog per kilo of any breed. They are bold and active but can be carried in one hand if necessary. They are full of character and will make their wishes known. This makes for a rewarding interaction, but will not suit anyone who likes to be totally in control at all times. A Russell will obey you as long as he agrees with you.
We took over a two year old Jack Russell almost two months ago, from some friends who were moving house and couldn't take him with them. My husband and kids had been campaigning to have a dog for several years, but I wasn't keen as I knew that I would end up being the one doing all the walks etc and didn't think I could cope with the extra work. However, I'd gradually come around to the idea and decided that a Jack would be the breed that I'd most likely risk, as they were the only type of dog that I'd had experience looking after, as we used to dog-sit Nipper the Jack for my in-laws when they went on holiday. So when our friends asked for anyone who could give Jake a home at short notice, we decided to go & meet him, and consequently brought him home.
The first night he was here, he slept in our bed, between us, initially with his head on mine. We bought a bed for him the next day, as he didn't have his own one due to him having slept on the sofa previously. It has taken a few weeks but he is now settling quickly into his bed most nights, although he is still in our room, shut in with us. Initially, his bed was part way between a giant chew-toy and a thing of oppression, so we had quite a battle of wills.
He was brought up with a retired greyhound, so is used to being around another dog and playing. Jacks have a reputation for being yappy, which he is so far unfortunately living up to whenever we see another dog. He seems to want the other dogs to play with him, which most owners we've come across actually aren't too happy about. This is something that we will try to work on in the coming months. He does have one doggy friend, Amber, who is a German Shepherd cross, who he will play with for a couple of hours solid and be thoroughly worn out! He has several walks a day, as he walks the kids to school with me either end of the day, then has a long walk in the middle of the day to the local park, and an evening 'maintenance walk' before bed-time. Before he came to us he was producing poo 3 or 4 times a day and sometimes in the house during the night, he was having dry food but supplemented with 'human' meals too. Now he's having mainly his dry food and the occasional tin of dog food as an interesting supplement, he's settled down (so far at least) to twice a day.
Character-wise, he has a beautiful temperament, he's a real lap-dog, loves to have loads of fuss, loves his toys and his hide bones, is very talkative (the vocalisations, not barking or growling, that Jacks are capable of is fascinating!), is very nosey indeed, and thankfully had passed through the chewing everything stage before we had him. Our daughters are aged 12 & 9, and he is great with them, even letting the youngest pick him up the first day that we had him! He is not too keen on being left on his own, but hasn't caused any damage when he has been; I suspect that he's barked the whole time though - which makes us gladder still that our home is detached. He needs routine to be settled, which I guess is true of all dogs, the same basic walk routes, for instance. We've tried to keep things as constant as possible, so that he can learn what we're about & what we're like. He has on the whole settled remarkably well into our family so far, bearing in mind how quickly the swap-over happened, which must have been quite a shock. It has been a bit of a shock to us too, suddenly becoming dog-owners, and has been a very steep learning curve, but I think that it will be good. I have lost weight with all the extra walking, which has to be a plus!
The main thing always to remember though is that having a dog is a huge responsibility. It really has felt like having another child, it's that much of a commitment. It's something you should never do on impulse - although we took Jake on at short notice, we had been thinking very seriously about having a dog for quite some time, and also he had the benefit of a good character reference from our friends!
3/11/13 - four years on and he's still with us, he has become a very loved (and probably spoilt!) member of the family, still doesn't like to be left on his own, and loves nothing more than to cuddle up with one of the girls (now 16 and 13) or me on the sofa. His social skills have improved a bit, he even helped to rehabilitate another terrier who we meet on walkies, who had been housebound along with his elderly owner and was never socialised with other dogs. They are now great friends :) I still get frustrated by other dog owners who assume he'll go for their dogs purely on the basis of his breed, but I have met so many people whose dogs have been bitten by Jacks that I'm willing to allow people that caution. He has one sworn enemy, a border collie that went for him on the playing fields, so we avoid it as best we can, and their owner is aware of the problem and has changed their walk time too (at last!). He is very neurotic, but we work around or with that as appropriate, with largely good results. And we love him to bits :)
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My two drive me potty. Yap yap yapping at anything that startles them. But I adore them regardless.
Back in 2003, I was burgled. Nothing extraordinary in that, but my then partner decided we needed a guard dog to prevent it happening again. Mmm. I wasn't convinced, but he said he would do everything as he'd had dogs growing up.
Oh, it was like buying your child a hamster, knowing you'd end up cleaning it out yourself, but I agreed to go to Wood Green (our local RSPCA shelter) to "have a look" for a German Shephard.
Once there, I saw this little ball of fur hanging from a rope-tugger (he was trying to 'kill' it) that had been tied to the roof of his cage, and fell in love.
No, not a Shephard, not even close. A Jack Russell. After reading the details on the cage, we learnt there was two. After much searching, we spotted a little nose poking out from under a blanket. Ah-ha!
After a small amount of pleading on my part, we took them for a little getting-to-know-you walk. Made no difference, I was in love and was adament that they would be mine.
The staff were thrilled, and promply arranged for a home visit, and placed the dogs under 'reserved'. Home visit came and passed with flying colours. But then I got a call to say one of the dogs was sick and couldn't come home. Benji had kennel cough, and they wouldn't seperate him and Caddy, so we all had to wait a week.
But hometime came, and the dogs came home.
I've had them six and a half years now, and can't bear the thought of being without them. It took a while to get used to the "cleaning up" after them, but that's part of being a doggy mum. As is cleaning the dogs bum when he's been eating grass and the runs that follow include undigested grass..... (let you imagine the removal of said grass)
And yes, the barking-cum-yapping does grate on the nerves when they get going, but they do only bark for a reason. Noises that startle them, next-doors kids throwing things over the fence at them, people knocking on the door, unleashed dogs in public parks, excitement.
The welcome home always makes me smile, even if I've only been gone two minutes! I can't explain to a non-doggy person how great it is to know someone will always be thrilled to see you (even tho I know it's because I feed them, and walk them, and buy them toys and treats)
And it's always nice to know someone who'll fight for you. Forget big dogs, it's the little ones that are vicious when protecting whats theirs. And I'm theirs.
I love my boys, and I have no doubt that they love me too
AHH the jack russell... another marmite moment, you either love them or hate them. The closest to having a wolf in your home...well in their mind anyway.
After sharing the past 5 years with a rescue jack then I am in the love them camp. I went out looking for a beagle sized dog and came home with a small scruffy bendy legged jack Russel instead. Saying this, he thinks he is the size of a newfoundland and will not come through a door unless it is fully open to allow his 'bulk' through. I have since found out this is a common trait.
JRT are one of the rare breeds that one dog can look so different from another that lives down the road. Traditionally they are longer legged with short tails and flopped ears after generations of breeding around horses. A very intelligent bright dog. The jack's body should be the length of its front legs in order to turn round in rabbit burrows etc. However the more fun jack is the short dumpy barrel chested fellas with bent "queen anne" front legs and a cheeky face. These fellas have the strongest ratting instinct which we see everyday (especially when the postman comes) but with soft toys and not real furry animals.
There is documented history of the breeding of the Jack Russel but after doing a comprehensive study of the wolf in my front room worthy of a PhD I have my own theory... Jack Russels originally come from Africa and are from the canine group jackal Russel. The hunting instinct we see everyday out on walks is not from looking for mice but indeed from the days of hunting elephants in the long grasses of the Serengeti. They would work in packs and their 6 inch high legs allowed them the element of surprise. When you see the long grasses swaying it is not the gentle African breeze but a pack of Jackal russels hunting. The can get up close and surround the expectingly bull elephant before they go for the kill by leaping up and grabbing the large ears and hanging on until they can wrestle the elephant down. Not pretty.. So if you ever see an elephant with raggy ears be sure he has escaped with his life..
Our jack is such a part of the family that my baby would copy the dog and crawl after him with toys in his mouth. Some think they are not lap dogs but our fella loves his cuddles and blankets and will sleep anywhere as long as he is touching you. Very gentle and loving. However it is important they know their place and I found ignoring him is the best form of disciple, he hates it and calms down immediately.
If you want to fit in your life get a lab. if you want to live your life get a Jack.