If you are thinking about owning one of the sweet Jack Russell Puppies, then you are thinking about bringing a bundle of love to your home. The Jack Russell is an even tempered, people pleasing, fun to own dog. Originally the Jack Russell was bred as a hunting dog. They are now mainly bred as wonderful companions. The following information is designed to let you know what to expect from Jack Russell puppies.
Their Size and Appearance
These are small dogs. When they are full grown, they only weigh between 13 and 17 pounds. These dogs come in three different coat color combinations. They can be white, white with brown, or white with brown and black. All three colors are gorgeous.
The Jack’s Personality
Jack Russell puppies are full of personality. The retain this personality throughout their lives. They love their people and they want to be around them. This breed is not meant to be left alone in the backyard. This dog wants and needs to be part of the family. If you want a dog that is happy to be on its own, this is not the one for you. The Jack Russell is a dog that will make you smile. He runs and jumps with such exuberance that you can’t help but smile. This dog truly seems to enjoy life.
Proper Training for Your Jack Russell Puppy
Since Jack Russell puppies are adorable, sweet, funny, loveable, and small, many owners simply melt. However, this is something that is bad for both you and the dog. The dog needs training and discipline. If you are not a firm, and consistent trainer, this little guy will take advantage of you. He needs a firm hand. He is a terrier after all and they are known for being stubborn if they do not have a strong pack leader. That is your job.
They Love to Jump and Dig
Terriers dig. It is just a part of who they are. Be prepared for this in your yard. It may be a good idea to give your dog a digging area. Jack Russell terriers jump. They jump much higher than you would likely imagine. It is important to make sure that you have a fenced in yard and that they are always supervised when they are in the yard. Some dogs of this breed have been known to climb over their fence. Keep your eye on him anytime he is outside.
Bringing Jack Russell puppies into homes with children and other pets
Jack Russell puppies can get along with other pets, if they are well socialized when they are young. The Jack Russell has a strong prey drive and may go after smaller animals if he has not been well socialized. These dogs do well with children, as long as the children are old enough to know how to treat and interact with dogs. Small children may not understand the need for gentleness with the new puppy. The Jack Russell is also full of energy and can inadvertently scare of hurt a small child by jumping up on them.
Exercise with Your Jack Russell
This breed needs walks and play time. They are a rambunctious breed that has tons of energy. They love to play. Fetch and tug of war are favorite games. This breed also excels as agility training. Starting this dog in agility when it is still young will be something fun for both you as the owner, and the dog. It will help him to burn off some of that over abundance of energy that he has.
All in all, the Jack Russell is a fun dog to own. He makes a great companion. He enjoys learning and playing. He is intelligent. As long as you have the time to put into training and spending time with the dog, you will be rewarded with plenty of love and devotion.