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Harvey the softie
Author Name: daisylee3
Date: 06/05/11, updated on 06/05/11 (132 review reads)
Advantages: bright, cute
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.
Summary: Lovely dog
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