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Jack Russell Terrier Behavior

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The Jack Russell Terrier was given a name as the working dog was originally named after his originator, the Reverend John (Jack) Russell. They were bred to accompany the hunt, mostly fox.

They are known as a small dog with a big attitude. As they were bred to hunt fox, the dog should flush out the fox with his steady barking but is never to kill his prey. The one fascinating fact about the Jack Russell terrier is that, it is the only dog ever to have set paws in both north and the south poles.

They are best known for their extreme intelligence, intense curiosity, and entertaining personality. The Jack Russell Terrier who is small in size stands between 10-15 inches and weigh 11-13 pounds. Their life span is around 10-15 years. The color of Jack Russell’s is White, white with black or tan markings

Entertaining Temperament of Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier is athletics, clever and entertaining canine. They like to live with people. They can easily get along with any strangers. So, they are not a great guard dog but if there is other dog around, it is better to keep them away as they can become aggressive.

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The Jack Russell Terrier is an energetic dog with a strong desire to work. They have a high hunting instinct and this instinct is something that can be trained out of them.

They love being busy and working most of the time. Digging is something they seem to be doing most of the time. If you are looking for a dog who sits on the couch all day long, Jack Russell Terrier is not for you.

Although Jack Russell Terrier is not a great guard dogs, it is always alert and watching. They look small and adorable but are curious, tireless working dogs.  His endless desire to be digging, barking and investigating can’t and shouldn’t be squelched.

The Jack Russells are highly trainable dogs and are quick in learning things. They can be a bit stubborn if they do not like the attitude of the person who is training them.

Their training should be made interesting with a mix in the routine. They should not be treated harshly or forcefully as it may cause the dog to become defensive and may lead to snapping or biting.

Loving but Stubborn Personality

Jack Russell Terrier is a biggest dog you’ll meet in a small package. They are highly intelligent, fearless, active and can run all day without getting tired. They need constant physical and mental stimulation. They enjoy living indoors but would be great if there is a big fenced yard for playing and digging all day.

The Jack Russells have three coat types, smooth, broken and rough. Weekly brushing is needed to keep their hair clean and to avoid the hair fly all over the carpet. Bathe a Jack Russell only when need. With regular brushing, bathing should not be very often.

If you are someone who can take good care of this dog and value their passion for hunting, this dog is for you. The Jack Russells can be comfortable in an apartment but as it is a working dog, it should be taking out to play, chase a ball in the park regularly. So, if you are a busy person who wants a dog to sit on a couch all day, this dog is not for you.

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Generally, Jack Russells are healthy but, like any dogs, they are also prone to certain health problems. Not all Jack Russell can get these diseases but, taking precaution is better. They might suffer from the diseases like glaucoma, deafness, lane luxation, patellar luxation etc.

Are This Dog Breed Child Friendly?

Jack Russells are very loving and loyal canine and can be a great companion for children. However, keeping them with small kids can be little dangerous.

Kids should be closely supervised as they might pull their hair or tails and Jack Russell do not tolerate pain and annoyance which may lead to biting.

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What Can Make Your Dog Aggressive?

Jack Russell do not tolerate pain and if they are force with rough hand, they can become aggressive. Pulling tails, ears and their hair can make Jack Russell angry which may lead to biting.

How Do They Behave Around Strangers?

Jack Russell gets along with strangers very well which is why they do not make a great guard dog. They are not timid or scared of new people but actually happy.

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