Jack Russell Terrier
Just like a variety of other animals out there, a bevy of urban legends and myths surround various dog breeds. Jack Russell terriers have their share of legends surrounding them.
[h]Urban Myth: Email Circulation[/h]
An email has been circulating around the Internet since January 2007 suggesting that Beneful Dog Food purchased at Wal-Mart in December 2006 was responsible for the sickness and/or death of 20 dogs. The dog owners maintained they saw something that looked like mold growing on the food. The symptoms reported were similar by all parties; general weakness or sluggishness, glazed eyes, not interested in food or water, white gums, lack of control of bodily functions. [...]
The playful Jack Russell Terrier has made its way into people's homes and hearts. The breed is well known in the news, on the big screen and even in television. Some examples of famous Jack Russell Terriers follow.
Bothie is the only dog in recorded history to visit both the North and South Poles. He accompanied Ranulf Fiennes on his expeditions. Bothie was voted dog of the year in 1982.
Wishbone is perhaps the most popular Jack Russell of all time. The feisty Wishbone was the star of the children's television series of the same name, which aired on American television from 1995-2001. [...]
The Jack Russell Terrier was originally bred in Devonshire, England, in the 1800s for the purpose of hunting fox. They get their name from the Rev. Jack Russell who, besides his ministry, had a passion for the fox hunt.
The fox hunt is a deeply routed rural tradition of England. Many animal activists object to the hunt as they see it to be a cruel, barbaric sport elicited by the idle rich. The fox hunt is carried out by trained working dogs, which pursue a fox until the ultimate kill. The dogs are followed by humans either on foot but mostly on horseback. For the advocates of the fox hunt, it is more than a sport. It is a method for conservation and pest control. In North America, the pesky coyotes is the "tod" or target predator of the hunt. [...]
Jack Russell Terriers may be small - but like the much larger Malamutes and Boerboels, they are working dogs, and so need their daily quota of exercise. Keeping these little dogs happy is key to ensuring a harmonious household.
Many people mistakenly choose them as pets because of their small size, innate intelligence, and friendly, playful nature. They imagine the dog will be a facsimile of Eddie, in Frasier.
But the agile antics of a Jack Russell that is not schooled or exercised properly will in reality resemble more those of Milo in The Mask; soiling carpets, chewing soft furnishings, digging up plants, biting and nipping. This is not a two-walks a day dog. As the adage goes, when it is good it is very good, but when it is bad, it is horrid. [...]
Loaded with energy and ready to go at a moment's notice, the Jack Russell Terrier is a dog many people adore. Learning how to keep these little guys under control isn't always easy, however. Proper schooling for both dog and owner is often required.
An important thing to remember when training your Jack Russell Terrier is that these dogs are hunting dogs by nature. They have been bred that way. Also like any other dog, their genes play an important role in such things as temperament and other characteristics. [...]
Jack Russell Terriers can become a beloved part of a family, but buyers beware, these little critters are not for everyone. Jack Russells are quite active and they do not always do well around small children.
Despite some catches, Jack Russell Terriers are loyal, loving watch dogs. They are fierce and will stop at nothing to protect their family. If not properly trained, their barking can be loud or rather shrill and may annoy the neighbors, which is one of the reasons they are not usually considered good apartment dogs. [...]
The Jack Russell Terrier may be small in stature, nevertheless it is a working dog. It is wrong to assume that its size necessitates less exercise than that which is necessary for the larger breeds. In fact, this tenacious breed is even deemed suitable for police work.
Originally bred for hunting foxes, these small dogs are strong and well built. They must be allowed to vent their energy, either through work or exercise. They are also fierce and courageous animals that will stop at nothing to protect their loved ones. They have shown their loyalty and bravery in the line of duty time and again. [...]
Though a lovable and loyal companion, the dog that can and will capture your heart, the Jack Russell Terrier is also the dog that will test your limits. He can be willful and stubborn and truly wear your patience thin.
You must establish the pecking order immediately. You are the boss and he must learn to respect that.
These dogs are working dogs, bred to be hunters and diggers. They require a lot of exercise. The number one reason that owners give up their Jack Russell Terriers is that they were not prepared for the amount of activity required to make these dogs happy and healthy. [...]
When selecting a family pet, one must choose prudently. Not every animal is suited for every home. Unfortunately, many people do take into consideration the various factors concerned in the selection. As a result, animals are left abandoned or sent to shelters by the thousands each year.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a canine that needs the right owner just as much as the owner needs the right dog. They can be stubborn and hard to train. They have strong personalities and will dominate any inexperienced owner. The Jack Russell Terrier has been ranked as one of the 10 breeds of dogs that are most often rejected or abandoned by their owners simply because they are misunderstood. [...]
There are a lot of unusual things about the Jack Russell Terrier breed that many would be owners are unaware of. Let's explore them.
[-]Did you know that Jack Russell Terriers and Border Collies are considered to be the smartest breed of all dogs?[/-]
[-]Did you know that there is a controversy about whether or not Jack Russell Terriers and Parson Russell Terriers are one and the same. The name of the Jack Russell Terrier was changed on April 1, 2003, to Parson Russell Terrier by the American Kennel Club and the Jack Russell Terrier no longer exists as a breed in the United States. [...]
When people are considering what breed of dog to get they often consider several factors. Most people choose a dog breed for emotional reasons, they love the physical appearance, they think the dog is very smart, or they have a friend who has a dog of the same breed that is absolutely adorable and well-trained. People may also choose a dog for size, coat type or even popularity. Many people don't actually research the breed they are considering, and many find out that quiet, adorable, tiny little puppy has turned into a massive ball of energy that seems to have no off switch. [...]
As most people that own dogs or just enjoy being around dogs have come to realize, each and every dog really has his or her own personality. There are definite breed characteristics, but not all dogs, even purebreds, are exactly the same in what they enjoy, how athletic they are or even how much natural talent and instincts they may posses. [...]