Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 7, page 1 of 9)

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Chapter 7

The administrators of any good Jack Russell breeding program will focus on three major factors: The natural ability to hunt, temperament and conformation. Alongside the natural ability to hunt, breeders have found that size is an important criterion. The quarry that the dogs have to work is not large and in order to be able to succeed they have to able to maneuver in equally as small an area. Therefore breeders strive to breed terriers that will be under 12 ½" in length. It should be noted that Terriers over that size often have no trouble performing their tasks, but the smaller size is more desirable and is a better guarantee of good performance. Many breeders will seek out Jacks that have a unique split personality; an excellent hunter in the field and a docile affectionate nature in the home. The breeding of Jack's with this type of personality is encouraged. Conformation to Breed Standard revolves around a working dog. Form follows function. The Jack Russell Terrier Clubs have had the good sense to recognize that and have allowed for a breed standard to include a wide size range of Terriers.

Breeders and Puppies Most Jack Russell Terrier clubs will not recommend specific breeders. If you are looking for a puppy, the best place to start is to contact your local club for an information pack or advice on what to look for. In the U. S. you can send for the JRTCA's information packet. In addition to breed and club information, this packet contains directory of breeders with listings from all over the U.S. Each breeder listing includes the basic details on that specific breeding operation; all breeders are current JRTCA members, and follow the current official Breeders Code of Ethics. The packet also contains a list of JRTCA state representatives and locally organized clubs which are affiliated with the JRTCA.

The packet may be obtained by sending $10 to: JRTCA P.O. Box 4527 Lutherville, MD 21094

Breeding Before you begin breeding any dog, ask yourself "Why?" Why do you want to breed this dog? There are less than handful of good reasons and an extensive list of bad ones.

The Bad Reasons Love Breeding your female Jack out of love is not a good reason, no matter how good your intentions. No matter how routine, the birthing process for dogs is always a dangerous one, especially for smaller breeds. It has been known to happen more than people like to talk about for an adult female to die during birth, usually taking the pups with her either immediately or by way of any survivors not having a mother to care for them in the early days of life. If you read the book "Canine Reproduction" you'll notice that there are 54 pages on what can go wrong, and only one page on what it's like if everything goes well. The risks are very real, and even if everything goes well initially, there are defects that can show up later, causing the eventual death of the puppies.

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