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Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 16 Sep 2013, 17:49
by Sciethe
Hi Nollaig,
yes, my son has one, and my grandmother had two which I knew well. Very active beasts, best worked hard. One of the breeds which feels that it needs a purpose in life. My son's is a forester's dog so goes to the woods with him each day and is properly disciplined. Result- happy dog. My grandmother's animals were under exercised, overly house-bound and very neurotic. They put their energies into trying to rule the house, very disruptive. They are intelligent as a breed and need plenty of challenges.
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Last week: "Go to the tractor, Riley"... stayed there watching until the chainsaws were switched off. Only 2 years old. :)
Hope that helps!
S

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 16 Sep 2013, 18:07
by Sciethe
And for real dog-lovers...
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Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 16 Sep 2013, 22:50
by WhiteCrow
They're working dogs. Every single one of them that I have come across ( and that's a lot ) has either been a hard working happy dog or a deeply unhappy bundle of endless destructive energy. Not for the faint hearted but a cracking little dog in the right environment :)

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 00:38
by DJ Droood
My friend's Jack Russel Terrorists are like four-legged land sharks...they will eat everything and anything that even remotely resembles food that they find anywhere, at any time...they seem to require constant monitoring and attention, and my well behaved shar pei and I are usually relieved when they leave...but maybe this is more about the owner than the dog, as is often the case....

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 07:25
by ShadowCat
Big working dogs in tiny packages, that's what they are.

If you're looking for a small dog because it has to stay indoor a lot of time, might be alone for longer periods of time and has to be "quit and welbehaved" it's not the breed for you. But if you take this pintsized powerhouse for what it is: a real, high energy, working/hunting dog, and give it both the training and exercise it needs, they are great fun: very smart and generally goodnatured.

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 11:56
by DaRC
like wot Shadowcat sez :grin:
they are very smart, dominant and have an oversized adrenal gland - which makes them great at chasing Foxes from burrows and killing rats. They are very loyal but don't share well.
In a domestic household with a weak owner they can be a nightmare.

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 18:23
by samurai
I have owned,worked and breed loads.You must understand they have hunting instincts,they may vary from dog to dog. What is the dogs background? If it has strong hunting instincts and is not allowed to pursue them in one shape or form,them undesirable habits may appear ie snappy with people(kids),chasing cats etc. The classic 'old lady' syndrome,who has a nasty Jack russell( I was a postman).
Russels are probably the most intelligent of the terrier breeds(in my opinion far cleverer than the Collie,as they can think for themselves).Terriers want to be top dog,thats why they have such strong characters,the humans must be top dog or you will not have a happy partnership.
As with rehoming any dog try and find out as much of its background,and never take the word of the rehomer or the so called qualified experts at the dog home.

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 18:27
by ShadowCat
Well spoken samurai :tiphat:

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 08:22
by ShadowCat
Best wishes than that it will work out.

Looking forward to the pictures in "pet pictures" :D

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:18
by Badger Bob
Jack Russells are good camping dogs, but they don't walk too far in one go. I used to go backpacking with my Trixie but days had to be limited to 12-15 miles max whereas my border collie Shep could easily do 25-30 miles in a stint. However, they don't take as much tent space as a collie and make good footwarmers if you get an overlong sleeping bag.

If you have access to rats or rabbits then a Jack Russell will be happy.

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 16:27
by solinari
My nan had a Jack Russell bitch and was afraid that when i was born she would turn on me but that could not be the furthest from the truth. The dog followed me everywhere, protecting me from everyone and everything, she may have been small but she had a bark! And for this reason I love Jacks with all my heart. They need attention, they need purpose as previously mentioned, they need space! They can not be allowed to get bored they will destroy, dig, hunt rodents and cause mayhem. its what they were bred for. They are yappy but don't forget they are terriers! They are a loyal dog. Oh and every so cute.. :cloud9:

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 16:29
by solinari
Sciethe wrote:And for real dog-lovers...
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what a sweetie!! Long legs for a Jack though!

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 21 Sep 2013, 21:18
by Sciethe
solinari wrote:
Sciethe wrote:And for real dog-lovers
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what a sweetie!! Long legs for a Jack though!
He's a Benson Jack Russell, closest to the original, hence the long legs. He has the beard too, which gets trimmed. Bless.
S

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 22 Sep 2013, 17:13
by Dathi
Hiya,
Another Jack Russell fan here. Owner of a pint-sized bundle of fun, energy and affection. Gets on well with just about anyone and any other dog. But with a fiercely protective attitude in relation to "badness". Situational awareness to a "threat" is acute. We live in a rural environment and local farmers take a lethal approach to dogs hassling livestock. So Daisy has had to learn some stern lessons about the "rules". A very strict imposition of rules as a puppy has been the key. A neighbour has a Neapolitan Mastiff and some kind of Akita hound, each of which could have disposed of Daisy in one gulp. It took her some time to learn not to pick a scrap with them. Fortunately these two huge hounds just treated with an appropriate amount of amused contempt.

Our mutt is a perfect Druid Dog, ALWAYS up for an adventure, great on hikes and climbs, well behaved in public / crowds, and a good explorer. Responds immediately to "Heel" and is thankfully not a yapper.

But this a dog owned from puppyhood. A six year old dog may have all sorts of baggage which must be explored. And I'd say that a period of reorientation training will be needed. The dog MUST learn who is unarguably the BOSS.

Have fun if you do go ahead.

Dathi

Re: Adopting a Jack Russell? Maybe.

Posted: 23 Sep 2013, 07:54
by ShadowCat
She looks very content... :cloud9:

Thank you for letting us know how it went and I'm happy that she has found a new home.