Finding the Right Jack Russell Terrier Breeders

Finding reputable Jack Russell Terrier breeders shouldn’t be a hard task, due to the breed’s popularity. The best place to look for breeders is to conduct a search online, and in your local or city newspaper. Ideal sites that would have breeder information include:

  • Your national kennel club
  • The Jack Russell Terrier club of your nation

You can also visit the site, phone or email your local human society or Jack Russell rescue place to find out if they have any dogs available.

Regardless of how you choose to locate Jack Russell Terrier breeders, the following are questions you should ask the breeder of your choice to make sure they are serious about breeding quality in their Jack Russell’s:

  • Ask the Jack Russell Terrier breeders if they are registered with the national kennel club or Jack Russell Terrier club. If they are not registered, why not? If they are not registered due to cost, this is a good sign the breeder isn’t serious about their business.
  • Ask to see the parents of the Jack Russell pup if they are available
  • Ask how many puppies were in the litter. Are the Jack puppies you are being shown the same amount that was in the original litter. If not, what happened to the others? Were they sold? Did they die?
  • Ask how long they have been Jack Russell Terrier breeders
  • Ask how many Jack Russell liters they breed a year
  • Ask if they offer a guarantee. A reliable breeder can not guarantee that you will be able to register your Jack Russell pup or that it will be healthy. However, they can provide you with a guarantee of a refund or rebate, or take the dog back if the pup can not be registered or develops a serious illness within a year. Note: If you are not planning on showing or breeding your Jack Russell Terrier, then you don’t need to register your dog.
  • Ask to see the medical history of the liter. The Jack Russell you purchase should have a health certificate issued by the vet.
  • Ask to see the pedigree. Are there any problems with the Jack Russell’s lineage?
  • Find out if the Jack Russell comes with a complete Breeders Certificate and pedigree that is signed and includes 3 – 4 generations.

Other important aspects about choosing Jack Russell breeders include:

  • Do the Jack puppies and dogs look happy?
  • Do the Jack Russell’s look healthy?
  • Are the Jack Russell Terrier’s clean?
  • Is the Jack Russell breeders premise clean?
  • Does the Jack Russell match the breed standard?
  • Do they breed other dog breeds aside from Jack Russell’s?

Finally, any reputable Jack Russell Terrier breeder should be willing to answer any questions you might have. Furthermore, a good breeder will also want to ask you plenty of questions, to make sure you are suitable for the dog, and that their Jack Russell Terriers are going to a good home.

Preparing For The First Day With Your Jack Russell Puppy

Bringing a Jack Russell puppy home is very exciting, but you need to ensure that you are prepared for the new member of the family. This means knowing what to buy for the puppy and how to make your home safe. You want your Jack puppy’s first day in his new home to be an easy and comfortable transition for him.

What does your Jack Russell puppy need? Keep the following checklist in mind:

Collar – one that isn’t tight so it will be comfortable for the puppy

Leash – Find a leash that is retractable. This will allow you to control the amount of freedom you give your Jack Russell puppy when you walk him. This leash is also a good tool for training.

Food and water bowls – stainless steel is recommended as plastic bowls can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Dog bed or pillow and/or blanket – you want your new Jack Russell puppy to be comfortable. Just make sure you pick him up the size that is necessary for his breed. Jack’s require small sized beds that are “18x”23, or small pillows “30 – “36.

Crate – If you think it is cruel to crate train a dog, you probably aren’t aware of the fact that all dogs are den animals by nature. This means they are happy in their own cozy place. A Jack Russell puppy that is properly crate trained will be able to fully relax in his own space, will be easy to transport, and stay out of trouble when you are not home. The standard crate size for a Jack Russell is “16 x “22. You may also purchase them a crate one size larger.

Food – While there are many different, good dog food brands available on the market, when you first bring your Jack Russell puppy home, you will want to feed him the same food he was being given by the breeder, rescue shelter, etc. You want to make the transition into a new home as easy for the puppy as possible. Providing him with the same food will help.

Treats – Every dog, regardless of his age loves a good dog treat. Treats can also help keep a new puppy happy. However, you shouldn’t feed your new puppy more than a couple of treats. The object is to make him feel happy, not to buy his love and attention with goodies.

Toys – Purchase a few chew toys, a ball and a small safe and durable plush toy for your new puppy. He may not be interested in the toys at first, but you should show him each one and let him examine them, so he knows they are his.

Hot water bottle – A Jack Russell puppy may find a hot water bottle comforting, especially if this is the first time it has been away from his mother. Place the water bottle under a towel or blanket and put it in the dog bed, so he can snuggle with it.

Name – Before your bring your puppy home, he needs a name. Take the time to sit down with your family and brainstorm dog names until you settle on one you like. Only call the puppy by his new name as soon as you get him, so he will grow familiar with the name.

Now that you know what you need to welcome your Jack Russell puppy into your home, the following are other aspects you should keep in mind to ensure that his welcoming is a smooth, easy process.

Free Your Calendar
The best time to bring home your Jack Russell puppy is at the beginning of a weekend. If you work, it is also a good idea to take off a few days and arrange to have him brought home then. This will give you adequate time to help your puppy adjust to his new home, make friends with him and start his training.

Get Everyone Involved
Make sure that everyone in the family is aware of the day that the Jack Russell will be arriving. Remind children to cool their excitement and make sure they understand that the puppy needs to adjust to his new home and surroundings. Teach them how to play or pick up the puppy gently, and tell them to leave the puppy alone when he is sleeping, or in his crate.

Introduce your Jack Russell puppy to other pets
If you have other pets (dog or cat) carefully introduce them to your new puppy. Let the animals check each other out and watch their behavior closely. You don’t want to overwhelm your puppy or endanger him due to a jealous pet. Note: Remember, Jack Russell’s are not compatible with all domesticated pets. If you own rodents, a Jack Russell is out of the question. In addition, some Jack’s are not cat friendly.

Don’t bring the Jack Russell home during a busy holiday
While the idea of buying a Jack for a birthday or Christmas present may sound like a sweet gesture, it is completely unreasonable and not fair to the dog. Busy holidays will be too much for a puppy to handle. There is too much commotion and people to allow the dog the transition time he needs.

Last but certainly not least, have fun with your new Jack Russell puppy. Pay him plenty of attention and affection. The more he feels like one of the family, the quicker he will adjust.

Jack Russell Training – Are You Up For the Challenge?
Becoming a Jack Russell owner means you are prepared to enroll both him and yourself into a proper training program. While every dog should be enrolled in obedience classes, this goes double for Jack Russell Terriers.