Jack russell terrier
A tiny but great companion with huge potential.
Yes, we are small and sweet dogs. But it is uncommon for people to be surprised at how much energy and confidence we have in us.
We Jack Russell terrier requires more activity people expect. But if you can provide us with this kind of stimuli, you will have a friend for life.
We are best suited for owners of active lifestyles, who regularly go for walks in varied nature. Keywords that describe us are agile, strong, energetic, confident, brave, and intelligent.
We Jack Russell terriers are versatile dogs and can be used in a number of activities. We love tracking animals, searching for mushrooms, agility, obedience, hunting, and so on. Not least, we are excellent hiking buddies.
Worth mentioning is that we are hive dogs. Meaning, we originally lived in hives, and have evolved a strong sense for mousing and ratting. In other words, we are able to drive small animals out of their dens.
Can adjust to the apartment lifestyle, but ...
As mentioned, we are an energetic breed. We need a lot of exercise and varied activities to thrive. An under-stimulated Jack Russell terrier can develop undesired behavior due to restlessness.
Ideally, we should have access to an outside area. That way we can run and ravage as an outlet for our energy.
However, do not forget that we are courageous and agile dogs. If we get the opportunity we are happy to jump a fence!
If you don't have a garden we can run in, you will have to take us to the park, or elsewhere, on a daily basis.
Always have me on a leash, because I love chasing other animals, including larger dogs. Some of you might find us running in front of cars, which can be rather fatal.
Jack Russell terriers need between 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. Make sure you have enough time.
Relationship with other animals
Some of us can be aggressive towards other dogs, especially dogs of the same sex.
Due to our strong instincts, we can both hunt, and in some cases kill other animals - such as cats.
However, it is impossible to get a Jack Russell Terrier to get along with other animals. The key to success is to socialize the dog from an early age.
Three types of fur
The amount of maintenance we require depends on the type of fur the dog has. Jack Russell Terriers can either have a straight-haired coat, broken fur, or a straight-haired coat.
The former sheds a little but requires little care. Occasional brushing will be fine.
The ones with broken fur require slightly more care to avoid absorbing debris and dirt.
Jack Russell terriers with bristly fur require the most care. Here you must cut/trim its coat 3-4 times a year.
No matter what type of coat we have, we should never be shaved. This is because shaving destroys the quality of the coat.
On a general basis, the Jack Russell Terrier is a healthy dog.
Some health issues can occur. These are usually issues related to skin, immune system, and intestines. Some also struggle with allergies.