The Jack Russell Terrier

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The Jack Russell Terrier A Cunning Personality in a Small Body

The Jack Russell Terrier, nicknamed Jack, is a small breed of dogs of the terrier type. The Terriers are usually very active dogs with wiry coat. The Russell was used to hunt small prey or fox. It is usually confused with its relative, the Parson Russell, but the latter is larger than the former. Its name comes from its creator, Reverend John Russell. It is known since the 19th century.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a little dog with a sturdy constitution. Its cunning expression gives the impression that it is bigger than it looks. Its head is like a triangle, with a wide forehead and narrow muzzle. The skull has the same length as the muzzle. The top of the head is flat with a fine stop and prominent eyebrows. The muzzle is delicate and narrow at the end. The eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown. The nose is small and delicate. The colour of the nose and the lips are black. The ears are set high on the head. They are small, V-shaped and carried forward.

The neck is strong and muscular and the back is straight and sturdy. The chest is not deep, but slightly bulgy. The trunk is longer than its legs. The legs are short and muscular. The forelegs are straight and athletic whereas the hind legs are slightly curved and very muscular. The loin is fairly arched. The tail is short and set high. The gait is lively and energetic. The coat can be smooth or wiry. The colour of the coat is white with tan, black or brown markings. They stand 10 to 15 inches (25-38 cm) tall and weigh 14 to 18 pounds (6-8 kg). There are no differences between males and females.

This dog knows how to make its presence felt. Its vivid expression and cunning personality are a real wonder for dog lovers. Despite its size, it is fearless and protective. It has always a merry attitude and a loving soul. Generally, it is very friendly, but can become wicked if it is not properly trained. Training and socialization must be made from an early stage.

Make sure you are strict and firm when it comes to rules, because this little fellow might easily trick you. You must show authority and firmness to this dog, but without being harsh or violent. With the right education, it can become very obedient and caring. It is very intelligent and can be trained very easy. It does not need large spaces, it does well in an apartment, but it must be sufficiently exercised. However, keep in mind that it is active indoors, so a small yard is ideal for it. Also, try not to let it alone, because it is continuously searching for human companionship.

This breed is not pretentious. They must be brushed from time to time and bathed only when necessary. They live up to 15 years.

The Jack Russell Terrier is an adorable pet who needs a patient and understanding owner.

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