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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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What food should I not give miniature Jack Russels?
Don't give them the cheap grocery store food if you can help it. Grain-free, soy-free food is probably best, or a high quality natural food with rice but no wheat, corn or soy.
Unseasoned, uncured cooked meat is fine at times, but don't give human food like grocery store roast chicken, deli meats or bites of fast food burgers. No chips, cookies, hot dogs, etc. no matter how much they like it.
Don't feed grocery store type treats that have a lot of ingredients like corn, soy, textured vegetable protein, meat by-products and artificial coloring. Don't feed any treats that come from China.
How do I know if I have a mini Jack Russel Terrier of a Fox Terrier?
By D. Doyle from Dublin, Ireland
Your canine vet should be able to tell. Also, Google Image Search is your friend:
FOX TERRIERS -
JACK RUSSELLS -
As you can see from the two sets of images, generally, JRs have a shorter, stouter, short haired body with shorter legs; FT are a little taller with longer, leaner, bodies and legs and their coats are made up of longer, more coarse hair.
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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
Duke is a seven year old Jack Russell. There was an ad in the paper, and my Mom and I went to look at the puppies. The lady said that Duke had not been sold, and she was asking less for him because he did not look as good as the other puppies. We knew immediately that he was the dog we wanted. I couldn't stand the thought of all the puppies being adopted and Duke being left behind because he was different.
Duke loves to play with the cat, Squeaky. We do have to keep an eye on him because he is at least 10 lbs. overweight. He doesn't realize how much bigger he is than the cat, and he gets a little rough sometimes. He loves to chase any cat or dog that doesn't belong out of the yard with zeal! He is very smart and was easy to train to stay in the yard without a fence. He also loves to sneak in the house and sit in Dad's recliner. His favorite thing is to take a walk to the pond with Dad.
Duke belongs to my Mom and Dad, but I always say he is part mine because I take care of him for my parents when they travel. They do not have a computer and wanted me to enter Duke, because he had saved me from being attacked one night.
Duke is a very brave and protective dog. I was up at Mom and Dad's checking on things because they were out of town. The only time we put Duke in a fence is when they go out of town and don't take him with them. I had let him out and was standing outside with him talking to my sister on my cell phone.
While I talked, I noticed 2 young men walking up the road. I thought this odd because it was dark and after 7 pm. There is a big light outside and it shines to the road, so that is why I was able to see the young men pass by. They walked up the road to my parents top drive, turned around and walked back down the road to the bottom drive. At that point, I noticed they had split up and I only saw one man. I then heard the other man running toward me up the yard in the darkness, and the young man at the bottom of the driveway started to run up toward me also.
When he did, Duke went into protection mode and jumped as high as the man's chest. When he did this, I made a dash for the door and locked myself in the house. I heard Duke growling and it sounded like he was tearing someone up. It got quiet after a few minutes, and Duke came to the patio door. I looked around and didn't see anyone so I let him inside.
I called the police and gave the best description that I could considering that it was dark. I thought that I had seen one of the young men before, but I wasn't sure so I just gave a description. The policeman told me that he knew by my description exactly who I was talking about. He said that this person had outstanding warrants and that they had been looking for him.
The policeman had received a tip about where this person was, and was going there after he got my report to try and make an arrest. He also said that, if not for Duke, it could have turned into a very scary and dangerous situation for me. I had never been scared to go out at night at my house or my Mom's house. We live less than 1/4 mile from each other and it took me a while to get over being afraid.
Duke should have received a medal that night for being my hero and saving me from something that could have been really bad.
I lost my Hayley Girl 11/30/2010, and I'm still missing her! She had been fine at Thanksgiving and five days later, I lost her. We had been for a long walk just the day before, which she so loved, and had missed, since my Mother has been so sick.
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.
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 1 puppy left.
Sadie has been one of my best friends since I was 11 years old. She is a specialist at scaring away monsters, and waking me from bad dreams. Though she has never had any pups, she is a full blown momma. She loves children and will nag you if there are any crying.
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.
I got Shinook from a coworker where I'm a dog groomer at a veterinary animal hospital. Shinook loves to swim, play fetch, hunt rodents, go fishing in the boat with us, he walks along when I'm horse back riding, and play with his human daddy.
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.
Molly-Pops is a Jack Russell. She was 5 when we got her from a farm. She's a very good rat and bird catcher. That's good for her, but not for me.
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.
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.
Duke became part of the family in the summer. We adopted him from a friend of ours.
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!
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.
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. . .
I got him from my friend who raised them for a short time. He loves being outside, hunting, and going to work with me, I am a dog groomer, he loves going for rides in the car or on the tractor, and fetching things.