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Breed Description: The Parson Russell Terrier, also commonly called the Jack Russell Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog with muscular hind legs, a strong neck and docked tail. Initially developed to hunt small quarry, this breed's small, flexible chest, long body and adequately long legs, enable it to pursue game underground or trail hounds during overland pursuits. This dog breed is lively and alert and makes an excellent companion for adults or children.
Group: Terrier Group
Purpose of Breed: Going to the ground and ratting
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Average Size: Ranges from 10 inches to 15 inches and 13 to 17 pounds.
Color(s): White, white with black or tan markings or a combination of these three colors.
Coat Type: This breed has a double coat with a short, dense undercoat and a smooth, broken or rough outer coat.
Grooming: The coat of the Jack Russell Terrier requires minimal grooming to keep it in top form. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.
Exercise Needs: This athletic little dog is suitable to apartment living provided he gets ample time to play and enjoys the benefits of regular exercise. Due to his lively nature and hunting heritage, this breed should be exercised on a lead or allowed to roam in a safely enclosed yard.
Temperament: The Jack Russell Terrier is intelligent, confident and easy to train. This breed is very lively, overtly affectionate and makes a wonderful playmate for children. When hunting, the Jack Russell shows courage, single-mindedness and great tenacity.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems and dislocated kneecaps.
Life Expectancy: Averages 13-15 years.
Trivia: This breed got its name from a renowned British fox hunter, the Reverend John Russell, also called "The Sporting Parson." The Jack Russell Terrier was accepted in the AKC registry in 1997.
More Information: Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
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Daisy, Maisey and Snickers are 7 weeks old. They are Jack Russells. They were born on Feb. 25, 2010. They like chewing and chasing the cat. They play hard and sleep hard! LOL
Sproetjies is a 1 year old Jack Russell. I bought Sproetjies from a pet store in November 2011. I often go to pet shops to cuddle the small cats and dogs, and when I saw those two big eyes, I just couldn't resist. Sproetjies likes sneaking into the house. Whenever you are looking for her, you can just go and look ~ you'll probably find her curled up on my bed. She also likes chasing birds, eating plants, and running after bugs. She is a very busy dog and has enough energy for three dogs! Sproetjies likes to be the center of attention. She does not like it one bit if one shows affection to the other dogs.
By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng
Shinook is a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier. My coworker and friend had Jack Russells and bred them. I got one from the last litter. He was 6 weeks old when we were able to bring him home.
He loves to dig, hunt, and search for things. Shinook also like to swim, give kisses, go horse back riding with me, and make new friends. He was a father figure to a baby crow he found last spring under our evergreen tree. We raised it to an adult and named it Jett. This fall, he flew away. We miss him, but had so much fun with him. Jett loved everyone, especally Shinook.
Buddy is one year old. He is a Jack Russell Terrier. We got Buddy as a puppy after we saw an ad in the paper for Jack Russell puppies. Our daughter has been wanting one since she was 2, so we called and the lady had one puppy left. That puppy was Buddy, which my daughter named because she finally got her Buddy. He likes to play with our 3 cats. I honestly think he thinks he is a cat. He also like to dig, run, and cuddle.
The first week we had Buddy, the girls and I painted his nails lime green. At the time, we lived next to a park. One afternoon Buddy got out of the gate. We were going that day to get him a collar and tag. We went looking for him. Once we drove back home, Buddy came running up to the gate. We jumped out of the car - so excited to have our Buddy back.
I guess he got out and saw a father and daughter playing and decided to play stick with them. The man said that as they left, Buddy followed them and jumped into their car (which he loves to do). They took him home and fed him. Once they did, he said Buddy sat in front of their door crying.
The wife had noticed his nails where painted, and told her husband that he belong to some little girl who was probably missing him. So they took Buddy back to to the park and opened the door to see where he would go. He jumped out and ran straight to our house. We were so happy to have our Buddy back!
Co-co Belle is a two and a half year old Shorty Jack Russell Terrier. My cat Tarbaby was missing and thinking the pound might have picked him up I went to the local shelter looking for him. That's when I saw her big golden brown eyes peering out at me from a very small cramped cage. I knew I had to have her. My kitty was not at the pound but my new friend and family member was. I brought her home that very day.
Co-co belle has her own toy box full of small stuffed animals and her favorite, a pink ball that bounces when you throw it. It's one of those super bouncy balls and she will make you laugh when she chases it. She gets so excited. Such a smart, loving little dog full of life and trusting to.
This sweet creature was a victim of animal abuse by her previous owners with scars on her belly to prove it and to know what a blessing she has been in my life makes me sad that there are such cruel people in this world. If your thinking of adopting an animal, adopt a shelter animal because the shelters are full of wonderful, smart, loving animals who just need a chance. You could be there only hope.
Sproetjies is a 5 month old Jack Russell. I bought Sproetjies at our local pet shop. I like going to the pet shop to cuddle some of the puppies and kittens, but when I saw her face, I immediately knew that she had won me over.
Her name is the Afrikaans word for freckles - Afrikaans is my home language - and she has hordes of brown freckles all over her feet and tummy. A fitting name for the new lady of the house!
Sproetjies is extremely playful - bye-bye garden! The plants and the grass have all taken a punishment from her. She also loves playing with the other dogs and especially enjoys pulling their ears. She thinks our fingers are chewing gum and don't leave your shoes lying around, LOL! Sproetjies likes to beg for a treat, and if you look at that face, would you be able to resist? A real spoiled brat in the making! ;-)
By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng
Buddy is about 2 years old. His breed is Jack Russell and I have no idea! But he is MOSTLY a Jack! I adopted him through the Animal Shelter in Oct 2008.
He has toys that he will play with. Loves the orange ball. He will bring it to you but won't give it to you! When you act like you don't see him, he will rub the wet ball against your leg. We call him Kitty. He walks on the rail of the porch. He will lay across the back of my husbands recliner. He has a perch at the bay window that he lays on and looks at the window.
Buddy loves to go fishing and hunting. He rides on my husbands 4 wheeler. He won't let me touch the 4 wheeler when he is on it. I guess he thinks it belongs to him! "Good Byebye" and he goes nuts! loves to go for rides. He gets to go to Lowes and rides in the cart. Everyone loves him.
Naughty Spottie is a 4 and a half year old Jack Russel Terrier. I took part of my rent money, drove to Rugby and picked her up at the Cenex, second guessing myself all the way there. She likes to catch flies in mid air, bark at the cats outside, play with my son (he chases her, then she chases him dragging with whatever she can find; clothes, blanket, etc) oh, and dig holes in the yard whenever she can sneak one in. She's so smart, almost like having a really naughty little kid!
Skippy is a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier. My husband brought her home along with our other jack after our oldest dog passed away.
Skippy loves to play with her sister Tuffy, wrestling and tumbling. She loves to nuzzle her little hedgehog, squeaky toy.
She loves our two cats and cannot wait to take walks in the field with them and her sister. They have a special playtime when we all walk in the field.
By Nelliemary from West Virginia
Spotty is a Jack Russell Terrier and was born on the 26th of January, 2007. My brother owns his mum, she had a litter of ten. Never heard of a Jack Russell having ten puppies, only four survived. They have all stayed in our family.
For fun, he likes to fight with the broom, and when anyone comes indoors, he pulls their socks off.
By Borasic Lint from England, UK
Nina is three years old. She is a pure breed Jack Russell Terrier. I got my pet after my rabbit died so I wouldn't be upset. My godmother gave Nina to me on April 8, 2003.
Nina loves to have lots of fun. She is very energetic and loves to play with other people. She is very loving and protective. She wouldn't let a stranger near my home, which makes me feel safe.
Nina is also very smart. I thought her many tricks. She knows all her tricks in both English and Spanish. She knows how to sit, give paw, lie down, do commando, and play dead. She is also learning many more.
By Andrea L from Yonkers, New York
Skippy is 1 1/2 years old and is a Jack Russell Terrier. Last October after losing our original Jack Russell to old age, we acquired two more. This is the one that loves to pose.
She loves to run in the field with her sister. She also loves to jump in the wading pool and turn round and round.
She loves to hang out with her cat sisters, she is happy just to spend time in their company. Skippy loves everything and everybody.
By Leni from West Virginia
This is the second photo I am sending in of my litte Jack Russell Terrier, Rocky. In this one, he is 14 months old. He is a very smart and lovable little dog. He loves to have fun and is a joy to have around. We are never bored because he keeps us laughing and entertained all the time. He likes to watch other dogs on television. He gets quite excited when he sees dogs of the same breed as himself.
Frangelico (AKA Frannie) is 2 1/2 years old. She is supposed to be a Jack Russell. My daughter and I were running errands and just by chance stopped to see the animals at the humane society. We adopted her that day, thinking she was 6 weeks old, but she was actually only about 3 weeks.
Frannie loves to sleep. She naps several times a day, under the electric blanket. When she is awake she lets her best friend, Jack (our cat), groom her. Other than that she has a big toybox full of her most prized possessions and she takes them all out and leaves them all over the house - just like a two year old. She loves to go bye-bye in the car/truck and for long walks around the neighborhood.
She loves to travel. When she goes to stay at a hotel, her whole face lights up. She loves the elevator ride and sniffing every square inch of the suite/room.
By Leigh H. from Montgomery, AL
Wills and Pearl for short - Brave Sweet William and Pearl Girl. He isn't brave and/or sweet but is very willful. Pearl is 100% girl! Wills is almost seven and Pearl just turned six - they have the same sire. Wills is "store bought" from a breeder in MS; Pearl was free because her ears are off color. She came to us at 4 weeks from the same breeder. They are Jack Russell Terriers.
They love to romp and wrestle with each other. They go to "play day" - Wills is in with the big dogs and Pearl prefers the small ones. They love a walk and a ride in the car - often into mischief if you don't pay them enough attention. They have both been to obedience class but have selective memory particularly when you give the "Come" command.
If you want some fun in your life, just look at my two Jack Russells. Wills is in the cowboy hat and Pearl is chilling as usual. They are "running rabbits", always clowning - very high energy and fiercely loyal. They have a somewhat low tolerance for children they don't know, typical terrier. Bred to hunt; Pearl is quite adept at reducing the varmint population. Wills would just "bark them to death!". I will always have a Jack as long as I have a lap. My beloved Max lived for 17 1/2 years. When he had to leave me, he had already trained these two pups to be my faithful companions.
By CJ from Camas, WA
BOO is our 10 month old Jack Russell. My son got her for his birthday. Besides liking to eat my things, she is a true mischief maker, hyper but that cute face saves her every time.
Love her to death, even though she is my sons dog she is really a mommys baby.
By Michelle from Eastpointe MI
Cookie is a Jack Russell Terrier, approx 10 mos.old and 11 pounds of fun. She is very calm, loveable she does get wild but that is only outside. She does chase our spoiled cat Scottie around and Scottie is not sure about that but loves Cookie. They wrestle, fight to be first in daddy's lap and then nap cuddled up. Cookie loves to nap, and to go on car drives with us. She sits tucked in between front and folded down back of Jeep which is her kennel, water, food and toy zone. She loves going on trips.
She was left in a home for 2 weeks before someone found her and then I saw her and hubby said "No Dog". He saw her and said, "Whatch gonna name her?" She is his baby girl. she is housetrained, sleeps in bed and not one "oops". She does not get into anything and sleeps with us and kennels up for a day nap or to hide from Scottie.
I cannot believe someone left her, she is the joy in our home, along with Mr. spoiled cat, Scottie. She is always good.