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What do you need to know before you adopt a Jack Russell Terrier? We asked the experts!
Russell Rescue, Inc. says:
Jack Russell Terriers are a thinking breed and they need to have a job. The job can be as simple as letting you scratch his belly, or as important as performing search and rescue, but it always has to a positive (to owner as well and dog) reward-focused experience versus a negative punishment. Personally my experience as to why there are so many terrier breed dogs surrendered to shelters or found as strays is they have been given permission to do what is not pleasing to its owner instead of changing the subject and giving them something they can do differently. Simply put, if your dog bolts out the door, ask him to sit, and give him a reward every time you open the door. Reward him and you will have a new wonderful dog waiting to please you every time the door opens.
More about Jack Russell Terriers:
The Jack Russell Terrier is commonly referred to as the ‘JRT.’ Those who share their homes with JRT’s and JRT mixes often describe them as playful, intelligent and hard working. That said, they are also extremely active and assertive and require both attention and activities. They are true hunters that will dig and wander off if given the opportunity. They love people, even strangers and children. However, they can be anywhere between scrappy and downright aggressive with cats, strange dogs, and any creature that wanders into their field of sight or smell. A JRT can live happily in an apartment if adequate daily exercise and stimulation are provided.
The Jack Russell Terrier comes in three coat types. All three are dense, hard, and weather resistant, and cover the entire dog, including the belly and underside of the thighs. Rough-coated is described as a double coat consisting of a short, dense undercoat, and very dense, wiry outer coat. The hair over their eyes and on their muzzle will form eyebrows and a beard. Smooth-coated JRT’s have a coat that is short and smooth, but not silky to the touch. Broken-coated is described as any intermediate coat between a rough and smooth coat. The broken coat lies closer to the body than a rough coat and has longer guard hairs than a smooth coat. A broken-coated dog may or may not have the eyebrow and beard effect. All three coats require occasional brushing to minimize shedding. JRT’s should be bathed only when necessary.
Jack Russell Terriers have a reputation for being extremely healthy. However, some of the health problems that are occasionally seen in these dogs include hereditary cataracts, ectopia lentis, congenital deafness, patellar luxation, ataxia, myasthenia gravis, Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome and von Willebrand disease. The Jack Russell will pursue most creatures that it encounters. This includes the skunk. Unfortunately they are prone to skunk toxic shock syndrome.