The Jack Russell Terrier is not the dog for everyone. They are a fantastic breed, but their high energy levels, often stubborn attitude, and intense personality are not characteristics that every dog owner is equipped for. Make sure to do your research on this breed before bringing one home to make sure that they are right for you. You will need to be ready for a lot of chewing, barking, and zoomies around the house.
The JRT was bred in England in the 1800s by Parson John Russell, or Jack as his friends called him. He bred the dog to assist hound dogs in their hunt for foxes. The job of the JRT was to get the fox to run away from their dens and then let the hound dogs take over. This of course required a breed with a relentless attitude.
This 13-17 pound dog certainly requires daily exercise. This is not just a recommendation, without their exercise, they will become restless and can turn your house upside down in the blink of an eye. These dogs need a lot of firm, consistent training to behave appropriately. You will encounter a lot of challenges along the way, but having a humorous attitude towards their training progress will lead you to success. When your JRT is properly trained, they will make wonderful companions. They will love to accompany you on runs and play fetch in the park.
The Jack Russell is loved by many for their fearless personality and their often hilarious antics. If they are matched with the right owner, they will be as loyal of a dog as they come and will quickly become your new best friend. There might be some bumps along the way, but nothing good comes easy!
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