Want to adopt a Jack Russell Terrieror Jack Russell Terriermix ? These dogs are in your area!
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.
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.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Jack Russell Terrier puppy (or, gasp! find a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Jack Russell Terrier puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Jack Russell Terrier (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Jack Russell Terrier puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Jack Russell Terrier rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Jack Russell Terrier adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Jack Russell Terrier, even a Jack Russell Terrier puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Jack Russell Terrier puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Jack Russell Terrier if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Jack Russell Terrier would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Jack Russell Terrier rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Jack Russell Terrier you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Jack Russell Terrier to their family!