If you have considered adopting a Jack Russell, read this first.
I am the proud owner of a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, Porky and Skippy. Both of my Jacks are four years old and have produced four litters, for a total of 34 puppies. Prior to allowing folks to adopt the puppies, I always ask several screening questions to find out what their expectations are from the puppy, and to find out what type of life style they have regarding time available to spend with the puppy.
I would like to dispel some of the myths, and reinforce some of the truths about Jacks.
Myth: Jack Russells are hyperactive.
Truth: They are high energy dogs, but not hyperactive in the sense that they are never still or calm. They do need a yard to run in, or some serious daily exercise if you are apartment dweller.
Myth: You can not make a house dog out of a Jack Russell.
Truth: Yes you can! Both of mine are primarily indoor dogs. They do go out and run in the yard about twice a day, but they are perfectly happy, well adjusted
inside dogs. Will they run through the house and jump on the furniture? Sure they will, so will any other breed of dog.
Myth: Jack Russells will eat your furniture and destroy your house while you are gone.
Truth: They do have separation anxiety. They do not like being away from you and left alone all day. If everyone in your household is gone 10-12 hours a day,
a Jack is not the best choice for you. Be aware that other dog breeds also have separation anxiety.
Myth: Jack Russells will dig your yard up.
Truth: Yes, they will, if you do not give them something constructive to do. Jack’s are working dogs, hunting dogs to be specific. They must have a job to do,
such as chasing a ball or fetching a stick on a daily basis.. If you do not give them a job to do, they will find work to do on their own, like digging holes in
your yard and running off any small animals that come onto your property.
Myth: Jack Russels are not good with children.
Truth: Yes they are. Jacks love kids, they are like 3 year olds themselves and get along very well with kids. (I do not recommend that you leave small children
unattended with any breed of dog.) Jacks make very good companions for kids over the age of 6. Jacks are very intelligent and they crave your attention. If you have a couple hours a day to devote to walking & playing sessions, then a Jack Russell will make you a loyal, loving and fun companion.
Jack Russells come in different heights and coat varieties– shorties, short legged (table legged) and long legged. Long coat, broken coat and smooth coat.