When choosing a dog, it’s important to consider it’s characteristics, and ensure that the lifestyle that works for your dog, also works for you. Remember happy dog means an easy dog!
The Jack Russell Terrier is a smart and lively breed, which has evolved from fox hunter to family pet. Their size also makes them a popular choice for a family. The Jack Russell is loved for it’s active and lively personality. It also a highly intelligent dog which is readily trainable. Being an active dog, it can become restless and it is suiting to playing with other dogs. It has plenty of courage, and wont back down from a challenge. If bored they have a tendency to dig and are world class escape artists, so tall and secure fencing is recommended.
The Jack Russell is strong and sinewy, and is supple and flexible, with a coat that is either smooth, broken or rough. In all cases it’s pretty think and weatherproof!
With a long lifespan of 14 to 15 years, there are few health and genetic problems with this breed. They are considered hardy and injuries generally relate to their fearless nature. The Jack Russell is very low maintenance requiring little grooming even with a rough or broken coat. A regular brush is all that is needed.
The Jack Russell is a fantastic choice for a family and is great with children over 3 years of age. The active lifestyle required for this breed is often under-estimated and I suspect that is why they can often end up in pounds, being seen as “a handful”. So choose carefully, this is fantastic breed, but as with all breeds, you get out what you put in!
Article adapted from Dogs NSW December 2011