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 Dogs – What You Need To Know

If you’re thinking about becoming a Jack Russell owner, you need to know every detail about the breed before you make any final decisions.

Don’t let actor dogs such as Eddie from the TV sitcom “Fraiser” mislead you into believing when you adopt a Jack Russell that is the type of dog he’ll grow into. Jack Russell Dogs demand plenty of your time and energy. If you are willing to commit to them, it is essential that you know what they are all about.

Here’s what you need to know about Jack Russell dogs:

Size – Jack Russell’s stand 13 – 15 inches high to the shoulders. They weigh about 13 – 17 pounds.

Temperament – Friendly, bold and brave. Jack Russell’s are highly intelligent, have a one-track-mind and are independent. He requires plenty of your attention.

Life Span – The average life expectancy of Jack Russell dogs is 13 – 15 years or longer.

Health – The Jack Russell is a healthy breed and is not prone to any major hereditary health defects. The one health concern that tends to appear in the breed is cataracts.

Grooming – Jack’s come in three different coat textures – Smooth, Broken and Rough. The smooth and broken coat requires minimal brushing during shedding season. The rough coat dogs, on the other hand, will need to be plucked on a regular basis. You can either learn to do this yourself, or you will need to take the dog to a professional groomer.

Social Skills – Jack Russell dogs are quite sociable and are usually friendly with everyone including strangers. They don’t mind children, but are not recommended for children younger than 6 years, as Jack’s will not tolerate being teased or unintentionally abused by children who don’t know how to play with them.

Home Life – Although small, Jack Russell’s are not good apartment dogs. They need plenty of exercise. This breed does well in the country or in a house that has a nice sized back yard. Think of a Jack Russell as a big dog in a little dog body.

Exercise – A Jack Russell is full of energy that never seems to run out! He needs to be exercised frequently throughout the day or he will find other ways to vent his frustrations. 2 – 3, 20 – 30 minute walks a day, plus playtime and the freedom to run around in the backyard keeps a Jack happy.

Note: Just make sure that when you are walking your Jack that he is on a leash. If you let him off the leash you run the risk of your dog running after a squirrel or other wild rodent. Should the rodent borrow under ground, the Jack Russell will pursue it and stay under until it catches it.

Training – Jack Russell dogs are easy to train because they are fast learners. That being said, they will also attempt to use their cleverness to try and do things his way. You need to be firm in your training, and don’t let his charming demeanor fool you.

Dog Group –The Jack Russell is apart of the terrier group in the American Kennel Club. Terriers are high energy and natural born hunters. These instincts always remain with the dog, so don’t forget his roots!

Other Pets – Jack Russell’s tend to socialize well with other dogs, but they often do not get along with cats, and should never be placed in a home with rodents. Therefore, if you have a hamster, gerbil, rabbit or any other rodent, a Jack Russell is out the question, as he will consider this animal fair game.

Note: Jack Russell Terriers do not get along well with the same sex of their own breed as they are extremely competitive.

First Time Dog Owner – A Jack Russell Terrier is not the breed for you. His high energy and intelligence will overwhelm you.