Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 5, page 1 of 12)


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Chapter 5

The most important issue to know is that Jack Russell's are first and foremost a working breed of Terrier. The emphasis is on the word "working" and that many Jack Russell enthusiasts find much more value on the Jack's work trials and attributes than in any type of dog showing competition. Some breeders will go as far as to say that if a Jack Russell is not used for field work than it's not a Jack Russell, but a misbreed that looks like a Jack Russell.

It's a good rule of thumb that if you do plan to enter your Jack in either showing or trial competitions that you should become very familiar with the breed standard. The standard can be found in Chapter 4 of this report. It's important to be honest with yourself about the breeding of your dog and its strengths and weaknesses according to the recognized standard. When you have a firm understanding of the standard and have reviewed the traits of your dog, if you decide to move ahead with competition, review the rules and regulations of your local or national Jack Russell Terrier Club or JRTC.

There is a very real danger to the survival of the Jack Russell caused by enthusiasts who breed the dog solely on appearance, only for showing events. Jack Russell's bred for looks and not with their original purpose eventually begin to lose the characteristics that make them a Jack Russell, and compromises that breeding line forever. The best breeding operations do their breeding with care towards the survival of the original Jack Russell. These programs focus on producing working Jack Russell Terriers and simply happen to show the ones that coincidentally meet the requirements for showing when one does.

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