About the Jack Russell Dog
From the beginning of this year the Jack Russell Terrier was given pedigree status by the Kennel Club. Although a very popular little dog, the Jack Russell has not previously been recognised as a breed, but more identified as a ‘type’ due to the wide diversity of dogs that can be described as Jack Russell’s.
The Kennel Club now records Jack Russell births through its voluntary registration system and in April 2016 a breed standard was published.
The Jack Russell is a popular town or country dog. It was originally bred to hunt rats and as a typical terrier is a feisty, hyperactive little dog. It will chase anything that moves and can often be snappy, but is fun loving and affectionate. They can be a handful to manage and train and probably not ideal for the novice dog owner, or those potential dog owners who do not have the time to give him plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are intelligent and can be willful little characters, so it is vitally important that they know who is in charge, or they will command that role! Be careful not to let this dog develop ‘Small Dog Syndrome’!
Jack Russell Tips!
Jack Russells need to be well socialised. Those dogs that are allowed to take charge can become aggressive with other dogs.
The Parson Jack Russell Terrier is a less common version of the Jack Russell described above and the line was developed by Reverend Jack Russell who was a sporting Parson from Devon and a founding member of the GB Kennel Club. He bred this wire haired terrier with longer legs to keep up with the horse on the hunt, but small enough to burrow and bolt foxes. The Rev Jack Russell preferred wire haired dogs, but apart from the coat and longer legs, is almost identical to the smooth haired strain.
The Jack Russell is a good companion dog, but may not fit well with a family of small children.
Jack Russell’s will adapt to town living as long as they have plenty of exercise, without which they may become a nuisance with excessive barking and displaying separation anxiety through boredom. When left alone, it is a good idea to leave stimulating toys such as those that you can stuff with treats to keep them occupied.
Having a short coat, the Jack Russell would benefit from a dog coat or jumper in the colder weather to keep it comfortable and warm. For more information on choosing a dog or Jack Russell please contact us.