Just curious off hand... does anybody know much about Jack Russells and Rat Terriers? they both look kinda similar but lol of course I know they're probably not. I've heard JR's are kind of high strung and can be destructive if they're not entertained. I was curious if Rats' are somewhat hyper as well.
Either way, had a few questions on both breeds such as: Tempermant?...Shedding? etc. Any info is great.. thanks!
hey, i have a 15 year old jack russell/rat terrier mix and he is a great dog (not that im suggesting you go out and purposely buy a mix). we have never had issues with him being really hyper although when he was younger and left alone for long periods of time he did get destructive. as for shedding, we have never really had a problem with that either. i know this doesnt exactly help you with the two specific breeds but i thought i would just share my experience. hope it helps :)
Ive had a rat terrier and a rat terrier mix. they are realy great dogs. and mine was very easy to housebreak and was very loyal. they are somewhat a 1 person dog (atleast mine where anyway) they have a big bark for there size and dont bark much. they are realy cute, they have small heads for there body, and there bodys are muscular! i dont think rat terriers are as hyper as jack russels. But i never had a jack russel.
he is a fantastic lovely dog but they do have a tendency to be snappy in some cases. They make up for their snall stature with attitude. They are a medium to low shedder and the short haired coat is obviously alot easier to maintain than the wire. Alfie gets terrible knots so we keep his coat clipped.
They are yappy dogs and love to dig ( from their rat catching days) they are a very loving dog and enjoy close family company ...alfie is worse than my dobie for being velcro.
They are also very high energy and i have found to keep weight on they preferably need a high protein food. They do not eat alot but are very active but also love to snuggle up.
With some great socialising from day one they will make an excellent dog who loves to go anywhere and everywhere :)