10 Things to Consider Before You Get a Jack Russell Terrier

Getting a Jack Russell Terrier?

The Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting and ratting. It is primarily white-bodied and smooth, rough, or broken-coated, with black, brown, or tri-colour patches or spots. They are fun-loving, energetic dogs who love attention and companionship!

I am an animal lover, and my husband had a JRT before we met. After we got married, it felt as if something was missing from our home, so I suggested we get another JRT, a little puppy. He gave me plenty of warning and told me how much effort the pup would take, but I didn't care. She was to be my baby and a little buddy to our old man JRT.

However, by the end of the first day of having her, all those warnings replayed in my mind much louder and clearer. As a furbaby mummy who knows, I am going to share ten things that you really must consider before getting a little JRT for your household!

10 Things to Know About Owning a Jack Russell Terrier

  1. They Need Space!
  2. They Are Natural Athletes
  3. They Are Natural Hunters and Ratters
  4. They Have a Short Attention Span
  5. The Phrase "Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks" Doesn't Apply
  6. They Are Loyal and Loving
  7. They Suffer From Small Dog Syndrome
  8. They Think They Are Human!
  9. Routine Is Important
  10. They Are Fussy!

1. They Need Space!

Jack Russell Terriers are naturally hyperactive, fearless, and fun-loving dogs. They thrive on running around, playing games, and constant activity! If you live in a small house or have a small garden, the confinement would drive them insane, but if you plan on taking extremely long walks often, it could potentially work.

2. They Are Natural Athletes

These little guys can jump up to six feet in the air! They are competitive and thrive on agility tasks. Admittedly, not all enjoy playing catch (it never appealed to my older JRT) but generally they do, and some reportedly love playing goalie, too!

So this is a warning: They will go through many tennis balls and various other toys, which never seem to last. I would suggest buying favorite toys in bulk!

3. They Are Natural Hunters and Ratters

At the beginning, JRT were bred to do exactly that! It is part of their natural instinct, so sniffing out the goods is their superpower! Believe me, if your JRT is upstairs and you are about to prepare dinner, it will take only seconds before he/she is by your feet looking at you! If your garden gets regular visitors or intruders of the feline or vermin variety, it won't take long for the JRT to hunt and chase them all out! Keep this in mind if you let them off of the lead outdoors with squirrels, birds, rabbits, or cats in sight: Your JRT will stop at nothing to catch them and may even disappear down a rabbit hole!

4. They Have a Short Attention Span

I often talk about my puppy having ADHD, like myself. JRT are constantly on the lookout for cats etc but after losing sight for a second she'll go back to playing with her toys. With that in mind, teaching commands should start as soon as they come home!

I found teaching verbally wasn't enough because of the attention span; so I incorporated using hand signals too which worked very well and even when I don't say the command I can still get her to do her tricks just by the "sign language." Repeat the tasks and positive rewards, it takes time and patience but it pays, because these dogs have long lifespans, are loyal and loving.

5. The Phrase "Can't Teach an Old Do New Tricks" Doesn't Apply

JRT are keen learners, and learning new tricks doesn't stop once they hit adulthood. For example, I taught my 9-year-old JRT new tricks as I trained our pup. He added new commands to all the ones he knew already and learned sign language, too.

So if you are rescuing a JRT and worried you wouldn't be able to teach it anything, don't be. They love learning! JRT are highly intelligent and keep on using and expanding their physical and mental abilities.

6. They Are Loyal and Loving

From personal experience, I have found that JRT are ever so loving. When you're not feeling your best, they are the first to comfort you. They are loyal and do not like to see you hurt or upset; no matter what, your JRT will always stick by your side!

Warning: Get a bigger bed. It doesn't matter how much they love their own, it will never compare to cuddling up to you in yours!

7. They Suffer From Small Dog Syndrome

They like to make their fearlessness well-known to all postmen, strangers walking past their home, cats, etc. They love to sing the song of their people to other breeds, making it clear that they are the boss. No matter how big or small the other dogs (or sometimes even horses) are, JRT will try to assert themselves.

8. They Think They Are Human!

Believe me, they do! They think they are your furry children, regardless of any actual child you may already have! They expect the same fun, food, and love!

My dogs like certain TV programs: Star Trek, Top Gear, and any show that has a dog in it. Not only that, they know what films they like, too. My pup especially loves classic Disney: The Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, and The Lion King!

9. Routine Is Important

We have found our JRT know what day it is. They know what day the bin men are coming, which days the kids are here, and which are shopping days. They know what time it is, as well: When the postman is coming and at what hour dinner happens, school gets out, and their favorite TV programs begin. Believe me, if you change the routine even slightly, you'll know all about it because boy, will they tell you!

10. They Are Fussy!

JRT have specific material, colour, and taste preferences. This also applies to food, beds, and smells, so be careful when trying new things in the household! Like any child, a JRT puppy has an "if I see it, it is mine" mentality! When it comes to toys, the only way to stop the pup from going into the kids' toy box was to give her a box full of toys that she can access whenever she wants. She even has to put them all away when it's bedtime!

If None of the Above Has Changed Your Mind...

Then why not? Who could resist their cute little faces! It doesn't even matter that you'll be forever covered in fur. You will find it on your clothes, in your car, everywhere. I have not regretted getting the second JRT. She is the complete opposite to our older one. If I had more energy and a bigger house and garden, I would have many, many more!

Like any other dog, JRT have their own personalities, and there isn't a day where ours don't make us laugh! JRT will become part of your family, and they will love and cherish you like no other!

Remember to check local rescue centres and local social media sites and forums! If you are not a confident trainer, look for classes or get one-on-one training. Please remember JRT respond to positive reinforcement, so repeating tasks with encouragement and rewards is vital!

Last but not least... good luck! :)

© 2015 Kally

Lydia on March 05, 2018:

We just got an 8 week old girl. She is so cute and playful. She's a little shy but warming up quickly to everyone. She learned after two stern NOs not to chew on my socks or my sons pants.

Kally (author) from Scotland on January 25, 2016:

Like every other living creature, they are individual and you're very lucky to have such a loving and caring one! My two are complete opposite ends of the scale personality wise but share the love and attentiveness for their "pack" whether they have 4 legs or 2!

Louise on January 25, 2016:

I have a jrt and he is not like they are described at all he's friendly loves everyone from kids to other dogs when my cat had kittens he used to lay with them and groom them even tried to breast feed them once bit hard as he is male when the kittens started to walk about he. Would round them up after a while and carry them back to their bed....he does not bark very otter it is true however when you are ill they will lay by your side and not leave. Help do I have a strange jack????? However love my boy to bits he is the best

Kally (author) from Scotland on July 05, 2015:

Yes I loved Milo probably why I have 2 of them now! lol

Amine from Doha, Qatar on July 04, 2015:

I like these kind of dog, since I was little kid, maybe because I grow up watching Milow, on the Mask cartoon if you have watched it too.

Patterdales are prone to separation anxiety. A Patterdale is not for you if you are out of the house daily from 9-5. Only get a Patterdale if you or someone else can be at home with him or her most of the day. Ways of minimising separation anxiety could be building up the amount of time left slowly and combining this with the use of an entertaining food dispenser such as a licky mat or kong.

Patterdales are very intelligent, which means that they need a lot of mental stimulation. Consider training your patterdale on agility courses and using dog puzzles for their treats.

There Are Several Variations

Most people don’t know this but there are a few breeds that look like the Jack Russel that is actually different breeds. The Parson Russell terrier and the Russell terrier are actually different than the Jack Russell, although they look very similar. The Jack Russell is smaller than the Parson and it is larger than the Russell. The Parson was actually bred from the Jack Russell terrier when hunters decided that they needed a dog with them who had longer legs. When the breed split, the Jack Russell terrier became more of a companion dog and was more relaxed, while the Parson is more hunt focused and intense.

10 Things To Know About Glen of Imaal Terriers

The Glen of Imaal is a remote valley in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains, and also the origin of this hardy, intelligent, and friendly terrier. Legend has it that the breed is the result of crossing native Irish dogs with the hounds of Flemish and lowland soldiers sent to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1570s.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Glen of Imaal Terrier:

1. The Glen of Imaal Terrier was first bred as a working dog.

They were bred to hunt small prey such as rats, as well as larger targets such as foxes and badgers (which could weigh more than the dogs, at up to 40 lbs). According to legend, Glens also had a role in the kitchen, turning a specially designed meat-cooking device called a turnspit—think of a dog-operated rotisserie. Today, they remain strong, fast-learning, game dogs.

2. The Glen of Imaal Terrier is known for its hardy, gentle character.

Glens don’t tend to bark much—perhaps because they were bred to be silent while working. And they’re known for being gentler in disposition than most other terriers. Some people describe them as “stoic.”

3. “Small, but strong” is an oft-used description of the Glen of Imaal Terrier.

They only stand up to 14 inches tall and weigh up to 40 pounds, but Glens have surprisingly muscular hindquarters. In fact, Glen lovers sometimes call them “big dogs on short legs.”

4. Glen of Imaal Terriers tend to excel at Earthdog trials.

Like most terriers, Glens love to dig and catch whatever they can find in the ground—and no wonder, since they were bred to hunt household pests. This makes Earthdog the perfect sport for a Glen, allowing them to find a scent, follow it, enter a den, and work with a quarry.

5. The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a rough double coat.

Glens have a wiry outer coat and a soft undercoat, and they need to be brushed two to three times a week to avoid matting, especially around the ears, neck, legs, and belly. They should also be stripped two or three times a year. Though they do shed seasonally, shedding will be minimal as long as they receive this care.

6. Moderate exercise is required for Glen of Imaal Terriers.

With their little legs, these dogs won’t be good jogging partners. They do enjoy walks at a pace that suits them—though they’re just as happy playing around in a house, apartment, or yard. They’re independent-minded and able to make their own entertainment.

7. Glen of Imaal Terriers are intelligent and fast-learning.

They’re naturally suited for Earthdog, but with some training they can also be excellent at Agility , Obedience , and even Rally —though like all terriers, their independence can be a challenge when it comes to taking orders. Early puppy and obedience training can keep those stubborn tendencies in check.

8. Though overall a healthy breed, they can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disorders such as cone rod deficiency.

Responsible breeders will screen for these disorders before breeding—and you can ask to see the proof of screening. You can find more information about the health needs of Glens at the Canine Health Information Center .

9. Glen of Imaal Terriers don’t always get along with other dogs.

As independent-minded dogs, some Glens show dog-aggressive tendencies as they get older. Buying from a reputable breeder who socializes puppies properly, as well as committing to ample training early in your dog’s life, should help nip any aggressive tendencies in the bud.

10. Glen of Imaal Terriers generally love children.

Glens love to play, so they’re well suited to life with children. But don’t be deceived by their diminutive size: these are powerful, muscular dogs who might play too rough for small children.

Purchasing and Registering your Glen of Imaal Terrier

Think the hardy, intelligent Glen of Imaal Terrier is the breed for you? Check out Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies on the AKC Marketplace.

After becoming the owner of a Glen of Imaal Terrier, it is important to register your dog. Why? The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains an investigation and inspection effort. The AKC conducts thousands of inspections each year to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of dogs and the environments in which they live.

You can register your dog here , and you will receive your official AKC certificate in the mail. There are many other benefits, including a complimentary first vet visit, 30 days of pet insurance, and eligibility to compete in AKC events and sports.

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Sure, pugs are adorable, but they also have some unique characteristics. Here are some things to consider before you adopt one.

When I first saw Rosie, I knew we were soul mates. She came bounding into the kitchen, tongue lolling and eyes bulging, and gave me a big wet pug kiss on my nose. I was hooked.

Fast forward two days and I learned what a lot of new pug owners discover quickly: she never leaves my side. Ever.

A few months later, I learned the breed has some other unique traits. So, before you decide to go pug wild here are 10 things you should know.

1. They will follow you around everywhere.
If you're someone who would get irritated by lap dog behaviour, think twice about getting a pug. Whether I'm taking a quick jaunt to the kitchen or a trip to the bathroom, Rosie is right by my side, curly tail wagging. And then when I sit down, she wants to be right up on my lap.

2. They're prone to health problems.
Pugs aren't health nightmares but "they can have a variety of health issues, which, if you're not familiar with, can lead to devastating results," says Blanche Axton, president of the board at Pugalug Pug Rescue in Toronto. Things to be watch for include:

- eye scratches
- food allergies
- a higher-than-normal tendency to react to vaccines
- eye- and nose-fold care
- breathing problems

In short, pugs can be high-maintenance canines. Get familiar with their health issues and research their breeder before you adopt Fido.

3. They need a lot of attention.
Any dog needs your time and attention to be a happy pet, but many pugs require more face time than other dogs. "Because they do like to be with their people, they're not going to be OK just being left to themselves all the time," says Axton. "They are one of those breeds that, when you get home from work, you better be prepared to devote some time to them."

4. They're not couch potatoes (mostly).
While they do enjoy naps, pugs thrive on activity, including regular playtime and walks. So if you work 12-hour days, find a dog walker because a pug can't hold its small bladder for that long.

5. They shed—a lot.
Need proof? Come to my home and take a look at the carpet, couch, chairs, kitchen, clothes and bed…. "Some of the pug books says they are low- to medium-shed breeds," says Axton, "but some of them are double coated so they blow their coat in addition to shedding all the time."

6. They can be intrusive.
Pugs are what I like to call "space invaders." They tend to rush up to people and other dogs, which can lead to a negative response. "There's a certain assumption—I think on most pugs' part—that every other living thing thinks they're fabulous," says Axton. "So they can get themselves into dicey situations."

7. They're smart.
Just because they haven't been bred to be work dogs, doesn't mean pugs are stupid. Pugs can be trained just as easily as other dogs, including agility, scent detection, tracking and working with seniors. Axton recounts that she had a pug named Pete who, "ended up being a palliative dog, working with people who were at the end stages of their life."

8. They can take time to house train.
Pugs aren't fond of inclement weather, so you may have to deal with a dog that refuses to go to the bathroom during a snowstorm. Take the time to reinforce outdoor pottying, no matter how much they resist going outside Sticking to a schedule will help your pug learn what he or she should be doing. Remember, pugs respond to positive reinforcement, not punishment. Pugs are motivated by food, so give yours a treat and lots of praise when he or she goes potty outside.

9. They will eat almost anything.
I've seen Rosie eat sticks, gum, doughnuts, pasta noodles and even lollipops (wrapper included). Pugs are food driven and they won't give up their treat easily if you're trying to get them to drop it. To avoid a trip to the vet, make sure not to leave food lying around.

10. They're total love bugs.
Once you get a pug, he or she will be your bestie for life. They love belly rubs, head scratches, giving kisses and snuggling with their human, and they will gaze at you as if you're the best person in the world. Give them the love they deserve and they will love you forever. I've had Rosie for two and a half years and despite her quirks, I don't regret having her in my life for a second. You could say she has me wrapped around her little paw.

If you're looking to adopt or buy any dog, research the breed to avoid heartaches (and headaches). Head over to the Pug Club of Canada, recommends Axton. Come prepared with questions, such as what the dog's temperament is like, what kind of health testing they've done and if they've seen any health problems with the parents. "If they can't answer those questions," says Axton, "run away."

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