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Jack Russell Terrier

 (other names: Cross terrior)

Jack Russell Terrier
origin:Great Britain
date origin:1800s
life expectancy:10 to 15 years
classification:Terrier
height:25 to 26 cm
weight:4 to 7 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorfeeding: Mediumsize: Very Small
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History [ edit ]

The Jack Russell takes its name from the Reverend John Russell who developed this breed in the 19th century, in England. It was his passion for fox hunting that led him in the search for the perfect hunter, able to keep up with the hounds and small enough to scare the foxes inside their den. The Jack Russell Terrier still maintains today his hunting instincts. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

Sturdy and tough, the Jack Russell is a working dog that measures between 25 and 26 cm and weights 4 to 7 kg.

The chest should be shallow, narrow and the front legs not too widely apart, giving an athletic, rather than heavily chested appearance.

The stop is defined, but not abrupt. The nose is black and the eyes are dark. The eyes should be almond shaped, dark in color and full of life and intelligence. The ears should have the shape of a small "V" ears carried forward close to the head.

The coat should be smooth, without being so sparse as not to provide a certain amount of protection from the elements and undergrowth. Rough or broken coated, without being woolly. As far as color concerns, white should predominate with tan, black, or brown markings.
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Temperament [ edit ]

This is a very energetic, agile and playful dog. This breed still maintains very sharp it´s hunting instincts, but it´s extremely devoted to his family and eager for attention. They are good with children, but react with aggressiveness when provoked.

They are very courageous dogs, as they have often been known to take on an adversary twice as big. They require firm, consistent and responsible training.

Due to their joyfulness, inquisitive nature, and intelligence, Jack Russells are popular as pets. However they are not companion dogs and need a lot of exercise and training.

They will do ok in an apartment, but they need a lot of exercise, so it´s advisable to have a small yard for them to dig and explore. 
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Health [ edit ]

The Jack Russell is a healthy dog that has a long life expectancy.

Some are prone to dislocation of the kneecaps, Legg Perthes-a disease of the hip joints, hereditary cataracts, primary lens luxation, medial patellar luxation, and cerebellar ataxia.

The breed can also be afflicted with epilepsy, skin conditions (including allergies), and genetic deafness, usually associated with white coats.

Comb and brush regularly the coat. 
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

The Jack Russell is a very popular breed who has a couple of hits on the little magic box and has conquered the big screen as well.

On the television, Wishbone, the title character of an extremely popular and award winning children's television series in the United States, is perhaps the most famous of Jack Russell Terriers. But the sitcom Frasier also featured Eddie, the clever, irrepressible dog belonging to character Martin Crane.

On the big screen, other famous Jack Russell Terriers include Milo from the hit movie The Mask. 
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02.12
Dogfan22 said:
I like this breed :)
11.08
Dogs said:
The Jack Russel is a breed that is not the right breed for somebody who never had a dog before or wants to have a nice and easy dog! A Jack Russel is a big dog in a small body with a mind of his own and because of that it is not an easy dog. As already mentioned above, it needs a lot of (positive) training, discipline and determination. They are very smart dogs and can be cunning to get what they want. Here in Europe people take a Jack Russels into their homes without knowing what Jack Russels are all about. They take the dogs without doing any research and think that the definition that they are cute is enough. At the end of the day it is the dogs who has to suffer when people can not handle them. That is why in a lot of animal shelters more than 30% of the dogs are Jack Russels. Again the animal suffers because of stupid humans. But when you have time to exercise with the dog, train him, socialize him well at an early age, a strong character yourself and you have enough space (garden) at home, this is a great dog to have for 15 years and more.