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Russell Terrier is not a breed for a couch-potato family. High energy levels and a robust personality make this an excellent choice of breed for an outdoorsy family who takes lots of hikes, bike rides, and long daily walks. Finding games he loves to play will help keep his brain and his body exercised. Jack Russel is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting.The energetic and spirited Jack packs a lot of personality into his small body. Loving, devoted, and endlessly amusing, he enjoys life and all it has to offer. Given half a chance, he'll pursue his delights over fences and through the streets.
Size: The breed has a compact, muscular body. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America standard calls for dogs to be from 10 to 15 inches in height, whereas the AKC standard calls for a smaller range of 12 to 14 inches.
Personality: Jack Russell Terrier will pick up on tricks like that and you’ll be able to get a lot out of him in terms of tricks and training. If you want a dog who can learn tricks, run an agility or fly ball course in seconds flat, play fetch until you drop, and who will make a charming companion when he's not getting into mischief, the Jack Russell may be the dog for you. The Jack Russell has an urge to explore and hunt and will wander off. Jack Russell terrier is a happy, energetic dog with a strong desire to work. This breed is most happy when given companionship and a job to do.
Temperament: Stubborn, Fearless, Energetic, Athletic, Intelligent, Vocal.
Friendly toward people, but can be aggressive toward other dogs and any animal that resembles prey, including cats. His fearless nature puts him at risk when he decides to take on a bigger dog.
Activity Requirements: Energy level is high. This Breed needs lots of exercise and a home with a large fenced yard is best. Give him 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, as well as plenty of off-leash play in the yard to keep him tired and out of trouble.
Behavioral Traits: Jack Russells Terriers exhibit many classic terrier traits including excessive barking, willfulness, rudeness to strangers, dog aggression, possessiveness and jealousy. Proper training and socialization from an early age can ensure an even-tempered dog. Jacks should never be trusted off leash. Digging is normal for a Jack Russell, especially if he decides it is his job to free your yard from rodents! Hunting ability is bred into them; it is their nature. The desire to hunt combined with a high energy level makes training a must for the Jack Russell. You will never win a battle of wills with a Jack Russell.
Diet: 1.25 to 1.75 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level.
Keeping this all in mind, general guidelines are as follows:
2 to 4 lbs. 1/3 to 1/2 cups per day.
5 to 8 lbs. 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
8 to 10 lb. adult = 1/2 to 3/4 cups per day.
10 to 12 lb. adult = 3/4 to 1 cup per day.
13 to 16 lb. adult = 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups per day.
Trainability: You must be the dominant member of the household. If not, your terrier will assert itself as the head of your household. He's strong willed and requires firm and consistent training. Use positive re-enforcement techniques if possible; reward good behavior; ignore bad. He's incredibly intelligent, but his willful nature can make him difficult to train. There’s no question that these dogs are incredibly (and sometimes, terrifyingly) smart. They will pick up on tricks like that and you’ll be able to get a lot out of him in terms of tricks and training.
Colors: Jacks can be white, white with black or tan markings, or tricolor (white, black, and tan). The white on the body helps the hunter see the dog in the field.
History: The breed has been popular with the horse crowd for years. Media exposure, especially the popularity of "Moose," the terrier who plays "Eddie" on the television show "Frasier," and "Soccer," who stars in the children's show "Wishbone," have catapulted the breed to popularity.The Jack Russell terrier is a newer member of the AKC terrier group, but that membership came amid protests from fanciers who feared AKC recognition was not good for the breed. The result is that two national associations exist for the breed, the original Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, and the newer AKC recognized Jack Russell Terrier Association of America.
Life span: 13 – 16 years
Temperament: Stubborn, Fearless, Energetic, Athletic, Intelligent, Vocal
Weight: 14 – 18 lbs (Adult)
Height: 9.8 – 15 in. (Adult, At the withers)
Colors: White, Black & White, White & Tan