My fiance and I have decided to add to the family and get a dog. We want to get a smaller size dog, preferably one that sheds very little if at all, since we live in a townhouse and don't have enough room for a large dog, which we both would prefer. We both agreed on the Jack Russell Terrier based on size and looks. However, after reading about this type of dog I am having serious doubts. Doubts that my fiance does not share.
JRT seem to be a very high maintenance dog, requiring tons of attention. I don't mind a dog that likes to play, I actually prefer that to one that just lays there. But I have read that the dog must always have something to do and tons of exercise. JRT also bark a lot, dig, and are not friendly towards other animals or small children - All traits that I do not want.
Is all of this true? Or does it depend on how you raise the dog? We were planning on getting it as a puppy.
JRTs are on a very short list of breeds I personally would never recommend to anyone as a dog. Not that I don't think they can make great pets, but they are incredibly high energy, very smart dogs, noisy and feisty dogs that many people just aren't prepared for. We have friends with JRTs and to a person they all have taken on more in a dog than they ever imagined. Their dogs run the house. Border collies are on the same list of non-recommended breeds (though not for being feisty!).
I commend you on your reading up on the dog breed before purchasing. If this is your first dog, I strongly recommend you look at other breeds, or perhaps visit the humane society in your area. If you are highly active people who jog, are constantly outside riding bikes, etc, perhaps the JRT would work out. If not, definitely get a dog breed book and read up on some other breeds.
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I had a Jack Russell Terrier and he was AWSOME! Yes they have alot of energy but not as much as you would excpect. They LOVE to play and, I dont know where you heard that from, but they LOVE children and other animals, just maybe not all cats because of thier naturally instincts. Ours was not even here an hour and he was already out playing with my dogs and cousins and he also didnt mind our cats too much (only when the other dogs did!) Also JRT shed but if you take the time to brush them outside once a day the hair should fall off outside the house which will mean less hair inside. JRT are just sweet, good natured, loveable dogs and they make GREAT family pets (well at least mine and ones I have seen do.) But, and I say this to people with all breeds of dogs, IT IS how you raise them! If your raise a dog to be loving it will be loving, if you teach it to be mean, guess what, it will be mean!
I wish you all the best on your dog hunt and hope my advice helped if even a little!
Jack Russel = high energy dog. You need a yard for it to have rom to run and play. Ours tolerated our own children, but not others. Jealousy is a factor-they love attention. Can be great dogs when raised right. I would not recommend as a first dog to raise.
I live in a townhome too and when we wanted to add to our family we also wanted a smaller dog. We ended up searching animal shelters until we found our border collie/beagle mix Jasper. He was so crazy and hyper but is now very mellow and trained. I just adopted another guy,Otis,a border collie and (I'm almost positive) JRT mix. So talk about two active breeds! He is very active and quite destructive. At first I really wanted to cry he was so out of control. I put him in obedience right away and he is improving drastically. I am quite active (when it's not -20 degrees) and my other dog only started to improve because I walked him a minimum of 1hr a day.I also take him hiking and take him to a farm once a week to run with another dog. If that seems like a lot of work, it is. But at the same time, it keeps you active and the dogs bond with you. I'm partial to rescue, but why not visit a few local shelters? Both my dogs were under a year when i got them, they were potty trained and neutered and that is a huge plus! You might fall in love with a dog you never expected!
I have a JRT and 2 of her pups. They are great with my children ages 6 and 16 yrs old. They also love the neighborhhod kids and my neices and nephews. They love to play with my cat although he doesnt like them very much. Yes they are full of energy and very talkative. I didnt know what I was getting myself into but I just love them. 1 of the pups is deaf which makes it even harder to train her but shes getting the hang of my sign language. This breed is deffinately not for everyone. They do dig alot. My pups killed all my large indoor plants by jumping in the pot and digging the dirt and chewing the plants to shreds. But they are pretty smart to go potty on newspaper. There pups so they do go where there not supposed to but they are good at using paper most of time. If you have small kids the JRT pups are like all other pups they will scratch and chew. The older the dog gets the more gentle they will be. Still hyper and energetic but more gentle. And they do bark alot. My mama jrt is broken coat jrt which is the wire hair and she only barks when she sees someone like walking down the road or if someone is at our gate ect. The dad was a rat terrior looking dog. He barked at everything. He was smooth coat short dog. Of the 2 pups we kept both are smooth coat but one is like him,short, other isfuller like mom a little taller and bigger in size.They are great lap dogs. Just keep on reading up on this breed before you make decission. Good luck.
Hello, I have had my Jack Russell for over a year now. I absolutely have loved him. We have two kids and we got him from some family and we haven't had a problem. We are an active family so he fits in well. He has been really good with our children and he is such a baby. He has did fine with our Golden Retriever and they play all the time. It just depends on your lifestyle. He is really laid back most of the time but he likes to get outside too. Good luck with finding the right dog for you.
I breed, train and show Parson(Jack)Russell Terriers. I think they get a bad rap a lot of the time. Some of them are just nuts, which I think is due to poor breeding. Yes they are active dogs, but are fine with brisk daily walks, but do require good mental stimulation. Just having plenty of toys helps with this. They are very people oriented dogs. While they do enjoy playing with other dogs, given the choice between playing with another dog and time with their humans, they will pick the latter everytime. They are very loyal and smart. Of the three coat types, smooth, broken and rough, the smooth coat sheds the most. I tell people if you click with this breed, it will be the best relationship you will ever have with a dog, but if your personality does not click it could possiably be the worst. Make sure you select a breeder who is willing to be there for you 24/7. One who tests for deafness in there breeding stock(BAER testing) and also CERF tests all breeding stock annually. They should guarantee there dogs and have a take back policy on any dog they place for any reason. I personally do not often place a dog with anyone who rents. If you want more information, you can send me a private message.
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