Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 9, page 2 of 7)


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Chapter 9

There is a handy resource online at www.terrier.com to see if a Jack Russell is the right dog for you. Many experienced, as well as inexperienced, dog owners are overwhelmed by the demands of a Jack Russell Terrier, leading to the dogs being abandoned even before they reach adulthood. Jack Russell’s are first and foremost hunting dogs. The traits and skills that make them excellent hunting dogs (i.e., digging, barking, aggressive nature, ability to follow scent) are often interpreted as bad habits that cause people to give them up.

These dogs are bred to go underground, following scent to locate and bark at quarry until they are dug down to or the quarry bolts. If they do not have an outlet for their natural instincts, they will invent new and fun jobs for themselves, which frequently include guardian of the world and/or their possessions and family, chasing cars, hunting birds, bugs or leaves, or endlessly digging in the soil.

Jack Russell’s are often described as a big dog in a little body. They have the same need for exercise as a much larger dog, possibly even more so. They have the mentality of a much larger dog. They think they are at least 150 pounds, and are fearless, often challenging other dogs three times their size. Jacks can often be aggressive with other dogs. Same-sex aggression and aggression towards other breeds of dogs is well documented with this terrier. It is strongly recommended that no more than two Jack Russell’s, of opposite sex, ever be permitted to stay together unattended.
No matter what you heard form Aunt Gloria Jack Russell Terriers are not a non-shedding breed! All coat types shed! Smooth coats shed the most, dropping hair continuously year round. Rough coats maintain the guard and dead coat, requiring manual shedding a few times a year. The broken coat is an intermediary coat, between the two types.

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