Jack Russell Terrier Info & Jack Russell Terrier Breeders
Jack Russell's are not for families with a new baby or very young children. Jack Russell terriers are first and foremost working hunting dogs. JRTs have been bred for hundreds of years to pursue small animals which make high-pitched noises and have jerky uncoordinated movements — just like a human baby. They are intelligent, feisty, highly energetic, easily bored and will NOT tolerate teasing or abuse from a child, even if it is intentional on the child’s part.
Their high energy and drive make these dogs ideally suited to a number of different dog sports such as flyball or agility. Obedience classes are also recommended to potential owners, as Jack Russells can be stubborn at times and aggressive towards other animals and humans if not properly socialized.
Despite their small size, these dogs are not recommended for apartments unless the owner is ready to give the dog with the necessary amount of exercise and stimulation. They have a tremendous amount of energy for their size, a fact which can sometimes lead to trouble involving larger animals. While socialised members of the breed are friendly towards children, they will not tolerate abuse even if it is unintentional
The breed has a reputation for being healthy with a long lifespan. Breeders have protected the gene pool, and direct in-line breeding has been prevented. Jack Russells can live from 13 to 16 years given proper care.
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