Jack Russell Training – A Friendly Ball of Energy

The Jack Russell Terrier is a happy, energetic dog breed. They are small in size, but their attitude and strength says otherwise. Jack Russell training is straight forward as they are extremely alert, bold and loyal. They have amusing personalities and their cleverness will astound you.

Jack Russell Terrier’s make a great companion for active individuals and families. They get along well with outsiders, and love to jump and bark.

The Jack Russell has won the hearts of many dog lovers all over the world.

Jack Russell Terrier History

Jack Russell’s have been around for about 200 years and originated in southern England. The Jack Russell Terrier was bred for fox hunting, particularly the European red foxes as Jack’s could also hunt them under ground.

The official name of the Jack Russell Terrier is the Parson Russell Terrier. Their official name came from Reverend John Russell, a famous British huntsman who was renowned for his use of terriers for his passion of fox hunting. The Reverend received the nickname “The Sporting Parson”. That is how his terriers that he bred earned the name Parson Russell’s.

“Jack Russell” was a term that was used and misused after the Parson’s passing. At this time, basically all hunting and working terriers became known as Jack Russells, and held little similarity to the original terriers bread by the Parson.

The Parson Russell Terrier has several distinctions that make them a cut above the average terrier. He has a compact chest that is long and flexible, a strong muzzle and head to hold the fox, and lengthy legs that allow him to keep up with hounds on the hunt.

Today’s Jack Russell Terrier is a credit to his origin, and the hunting instinct is well inbred into his nature.

A Brief Look at Jack Russell’s

The Jack Russell Terrier is extremely friendly, playful and boisterous. They have remarkable intelligence, and require the proper dominance training. In fact, their intelligence, while one of their more favorable characteristics, can also make them difficult to control at times.

Being a terrier, Jack’s naturally enjoy the great outdoors, and love to hunt. However, they also love to play games inside, and are just as happy playing fetch as they would be chasing after a squirrel.

Due to their limitless energy, the Jack Russell Terrier can be a handful, and this is another reason why properly training the breed is an absolute must. Furthermore, although they have a gentle and friendly temperament, they will not tolerate any abuse, even that which is unintentional, from children. Jack’s enjoy playing with children, but the child needs to understand how to play with the dog. For this reason, a Jack Russell Terrier is not recommended for families with young children under the age of 6.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a breed that is true to its roots. Therefore, you need to make sure you fully research Jack Russell’s before making the decision to make one apart of your family.

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.

Jack Russell Care – Maintaining A Healthy, Happy Dog

Thankfully, caring for your Jack Russell isn’t as challenging as training him. Because they aren’t prone to many health problems, and they don’t have a coat that requires constant, tedious grooming, the care you need to provide you Jack Russell to make sure he remains healthy and happy is relatively light.

Jack Russell Care Tips

Grooming – Grooming a Jack Russell isn’t difficult, regardless of the type of coat he has. A Jack requires the occasional currycomb to tidy up his short, rough coat, particularly during shedding season. If you give him a good comb or brush twice a week, this should suffice. You’ll discover he is pretty good at keeping himself clean.

Other Jack Russell care that is needed as far as grooming is concerned includes:

Bathing – You will want to give your Jack Russell a bath every 2 months to keep him clean.

Coat trimming – if your Jack has a broken coat he will need to be plucked (especially if he is a show dog) or trimmed with an electric clipper every 6 – 8 weeks. This is relatively easy to do, but if you are not up for the job, there are plenty of professional groomers who will do the job for you.

Nail clipping – you can either learn how to do this yourself or have a professional groomer or your vet do it.

Ears – Twice a month you should check your Jack Russell’s ears to make sure they are healthy and clean. There should be no foul odor, and the skin should be a pleasant pink.

Teeth – Jack Russell Terriers can and will get cavities and periodontal disease if their teeth are not taken care of. Introduce your Jack to teeth brushing at an early age. Also provide him with dentabones, as well as have his teeth cleaned professionally by the vet when needed.

Exercise – Your Jack Russell Terrier needs to be exercised regularly to allow him the opportunity to release his energy, and to prevent him from becoming overweight, which can lead to health problems.

Diet – Your Jack Russell needs to have a well balanced diet. This means putting him on regular food schedule and providing him with the recommended amount of food for his weight. The dog food bag will provide a food guideline based on the weight. However, you should seek the advice of your Jack’s vet to find out what’s best.

In addition, you should refrain from feeding your dog human food. This is because dog food has the nutritional balance your dog needs to stay healthy and strong. Human food can make Jack Russell’s overweight, causing health problems.

Vet – Quality Jack Russell care involves regular checkups at the Vet. Ensure that all of his shots are up to date, and every summer, make sure he is tested for heart worm, and then given heart worm pills to protect him from getting the illness.

Continuous Access to Clean Water – Your Jack Russell always needs to have access to clean water to stay hydrated. Clean water is important to make sure that your Jack Russell isn’t drinking water that contains bacteria or is dirty.

Safe Environment – Make your home hazard free. Think of your Jack Russell as a curious toddler. You need to keep him from finding any objects, foods, cleaning chemicals, electrical wires, or plants that pose a serious health risk to the dog. Keep items such as plants, sharp objects, and cleaning chemicals out of reach by placing them on high shelves, tables or counters, and make sure the floors are clean and free of any food.

You should also ensure that the garbage is never left out so curious doggies won’t get into mischief that could lead to possible choking or sickness from bad food or foods they are allergic too such as chocolate.

Jack Russell care should be a natural part of yours and your dog’s daily routine. Enjoy taking care of your Jack Russell as it is time you get to spend with him, and improves his quality of life.

Jack Russell Rescue – Give A Dog A Second Chance

If you are interested in Jack Russell rescue, you need to understand that adopting one of these Jack’s is not entirely the same as purchasing a puppy from a breeder. This is due to the fact that Jack Russell Terriers at a rescue are usually adult dogs that have been abandoned, abused or given up by their original owners. Therefore, these dogs require owners who are familiar with the breed and know what they are getting into.

The following are answers to questions you may have regarding Jack Russell rescue:

Is there any reason why I shouldn’t rescue a Jack Russell?
If you have never owned a Jack Russell Terrier, you should think twice before adopting one from a rescue shelter. Jack Russell’s are high energy and hard to control. In fact, part of the reason why so many Jack Russells end up in rescue shelters is because owners can’t handle them and give them up.

Take time to carefully consider your decision. If you know you don’t have the lifestyle that compliments the breed, or the time or patience to give a Jack Russell, it wouldn’t be fair to yourself or the dog to adopt. Be responsible in your decision and know what you are getting into.

Where can I find a Jack Russell rescue?
The best place to look for a Jack Russell rescue is to conduct a search online or contact your local human society.

Does it cost money to adopt a Jack Russell Terrier?
Yes. There is a fee to adopt a Jack Russell. Rescues are volunteer associations. Therefore the cost of the adoption will likely provide the shelter with money to help them continue helping animals, as well as cover the vet bills of the jack you are adopting.

Can anyone adopt a Jack Russell?
No. The Jack Russell Rescue and Shelter will not hand over a Jack to anyone. All interested applicants must fill out an adoption form and will be properly screened to verify their suitability. For instance, some Jack Russell rescue shelters will decide if one of their dogs is right for you based on your:

Home life – where you live. If you live in an apartment or in the city with a small lot, the rescue may deem your living accommodations unsuitable for the breed.

Family – if you have children. Most rescues will not give one of their Jack Russell dogs to a family that has children under the age of 6

Pets – if you have other pets, such as a cat, rodent or another terrier of the same sex, the rescue shelter may be leery about granting you adoption, due to the nature of the Jack Russell breed.

Lifestyle – if you work a lot and won’t have the time to give the required attention and exercise to the Jack Russell, you may not be granted adoption.

Donations and Sponsoring
Finally, even if you can’t adopt a Jack Russell because of your inexperience, or lifestyle, you can give donations to the Jack Russell rescue or humane society. In fact, most rescues provide you with the option of sponsoring one of the Jack’s. Thus, although they will still care for the dog, your charity will go towards any medications or vet bills needed to treat the dog and keep him healthy. Note: Most donations given to recognized rescues and shelters are tax deductible.