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Don and Kellie Rainwater
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These feisty little Terriers capture the hearts of many, but that doesn’t mean that they are the dog meant for everyone. They may not even be the dog meant for you. While adaptable to a variety of environments, they are first and foremost bred to be hunting dogs. City or apartment living, or a confined or sedate lifestyle, does not suit a Jack Russell. Special facilities and handling are absolutely necessary, especially when owning two or more Jack Russell’s. You must be ready to provide firm, consistent and responsible training and discipline. While facilitating outdoor activity and exercise is essential, you can never leave your Jack Russell Terrier unattended, even in the country. The courage of the Jack Russell means it may take on any adversary twice their size or more. They are intelligent, determined, and bold, but sometimes you have to apply the brakes that they weren’t built with.
You may find the antics of the Jack Russell amusing, but don’t forget they are also assertive and feisty. A well looked after Jack Russell Terrier is a happy, bold, energetic dog, extremely loyal, intelligent, and assertive. Their greatest attribute is their working ability, closely followed by their excellent qualities as a companion. Their funny antics will continually amuse you and their intelligence knows no bounds, although their assertive nature and boundless energy can at times be overwhelming. No matter what you see on TV, these little dogs are not “Wishbone”. These dogs require an extraordinary amount of human attention, outdoor activity, exercise, discipline, and your understanding and acceptance. Their natural instinct may make them aggressive towards other small animals such as snakes, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs. They can also be very aggressive with other dogs. Never leave more than two together unattended. Even young pups must be carefully monitored. Their aggressiveness is a part of their specifically bred nature.