JRT are supposed to be bold, friendly athletic, and clever. JRT were bred to be a brave and independent game hunter. At home you can expect him to be playful, affectionate and always desiering attention. JRT are very energetic so he will need lots of attention and exercise. Becuase he is such a small guy though....space shouldn't be too big of an issue.
JRT accept other dogs well and aren't supposed to be shy or aggressive toward any other breeds of dog. That's all the info I have for now.
I am interested in JRT too so I am looking forward to hearing from other members about their experiences with them.
A lady I use to work with had one, as well as a britney and a rotti. The jrt wasn't allowed into the house, way to hyper. Her step son adopted it, and it did calm down but only because there were 3 guy there on and off all day to work with her, and play play play.
My rommie's dad is a vet. The JRT breeder that bred Eddie from Frasier uses them as a vet. They ended up with a one year old out of the litter that had been breeding prospects, but was abused, or not taken care of properly, fractured her hip and was given tea by a homeopathic vet. The breeder decided the dog would be better off with a vet family in case surgery ever had to be done to repair the damage.
She walks with a slight limp, but she has the same mobility surgery would have given her, she is 10 years old, also as chubby as a basket ball, and can still jump 3/4 of the way up my body leaping. She has so much energy that when my roomie moves home she is considering redoing obedience and joining flyball. She doesn't think Spree will be fast enough to compete, but if she isn't fast enough it's only by a very little bit of time.
I have heard that they are wild and very very active as puppies. My cousin's aunt has one named Bongo & it's had several surguries because it eats weird things. It once swallowed a bouncy ball & the vet said he has no clue how the dog swallowed the ball because it was so much bigger than the dog's throat.
***Edited By: aceyfacey2 on 3/1/2005 12:42:22 PM*** Reason: oops
Seriously Merico, You know Max is a JRT. Everyone I know said before we got Max that JRT's are so hyper and full of energy and bounce off the walls. They all said we were crazy for getting a JRT. Well, they were wrong, at least about Max. Maybe other JRT's are wild like that but not Max. Of all the things I complain about regarding Max, I have to say that he IS NOT hyper. He is not wild. He listens (most of the time) and obeys. He is mellow. He is very happy to sit in our lap and nap. Toby is more hyper than Max. Max is a good boy in that regard. Sometimes I wonder if something is wrong with him because he is so mellow. Highly unusual for a JRT. He is the pisser though. LOL
i live in the house with a jrt.he is the most horrible dog i have ever had the pleasure of knowing.he does not get along with the other dogs in the house,he bites them very hard pulling on their legs and ears sometimes bringing blood.he cchased of my cat that has been with us for 7 years.we have not seen him in 6 weeks now after "demon"dog chase him out of the house.you put him off of the sofa and say no and this process goes on and on.he takes all of the toys and chews,hides them from the other dogs and if they find them he attacks them.there are children involved too which really does not work .he bites them all in play but the play gets too too rough.he brought blood on my daughter(his owner).he is the one that got hung up with my chi and he is neutered!!!!1while my dog was in heat he was unrelentless after her. we had pure heck for 2 weeks.he chases cars in the driveway,digs holes you name it he does it.i have not seen a single good thing about him.oh yes don"t enter his space while he is asleep or you will get bitten.i am moving out today and i will not miss this dog.
MericoX19, here's a link to the remembrance page that I made for our "Cutie". http://www.kandylandpoodles.com/cutie/cutie.htm She was a JRT mix. She was probably the smartest dog we've had so far. She wasn't quite as hyper as a true JRT, but she had lots of energy and loved to play. She was also very protective. Her biggest problem was when eating bones. She would hoard them and would not let any of the other dogs around them. A lot of JRT's get resold/rehomed because people do not know what they are getting in to. If bored, they will dig, chew, etc. They have a true terrier personality. They are not afraid of any other dogs what so ever.
I own a 4-month-old, male, Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier named Jackson.
They are very energetic, bold, and brave. Jackson thinks he's bigger than my 60 pound, female, Golden Retriever Kelsey. They play together very well and when Kelsey accidently steps on Jackson he just shakes it off and is right back there playing with Kelsey like nothing happend.
If you or any one else interested to know more about them or breeders that I know just e-mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
The dog you speak of was clearly untrained and poorly socialized if at all. JRT's are not normally like that but ANY dog can become an unruly overbearing pain in the tuckuss if not trained and soilaized properly.
So what? Did I go out and buy one? No. Was I totally set on the breed? No. Should I have to explain anything? No.
The only information on JRT I got here was that they were hyper and destructive and that I shouldnt get one. When I questioned it further 2/3rds of the people have never owned one just had met/knew something that did. Big help.