Jack Russell History
Their first appearance seems to have been in the Oxford area of England, a place where small white fox-working terriers were first bred by Reverend John Russell. The line of terriers bred by John Russell were especially strong and attractive; they were raised to be aggressive and to hunt foxes. John Russell's feisty terriers were used to hunt small game and were trained very well in digging quarries out of dens. They were known for their superb working ability.
Terriers have a super fun-loving, merry personality. Jack Russells are happy, devoted, and very perky. They are amusing and entertaining, and eager to play with new toys, games, and people. Shorty Jacks are very loving and affectionate, and need lots of your attention. They love to be involved in all activities of the family. Jack Russell Terriers are friendly and kind towards children and strangers, and will happily introduce themselves to new people.
Jacks have a white coat with black, tan, and brown markings and often have reddish tones. Their coat can be short, broken (med length), or rough (long).
Needed Living Quarters
Jack Russells are very adaptable to different environments, but need the right amount of stimulation and exercise to stay happy and healthy. We only like apartment life when we can get enough of these things. Jacks love to play ball or fetch and enjoy trips to the park! They do quite well with a fenced-in yard or a place outside to call their own. Jacks need some freedom to explore and run around. They love the outdoors and discovering new things to play with. Shorty Jacks will always develop a strong bond their people in an atmosphere of love and affection.
Training Jack Russells sometimes requires patience and persistence, but teaching them at an early age will ensure a well-mannered adult Jack. Good discipline also helps them have respect for, and bond with, their person.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a smart and intelligent breed of dog, and can learn new tricks and skills very quickly. They respond well to basic training but they may be difficult for the average person to train. These dogs require patience and consistent training; they are sensitive to tone and command and they are especially receptive to affection and attention.
Jack Russell Terriers are naturally energetic, playful, and have strong stamina. They make excellent family companions and can pick up any skill and learn any trick easily. Shorty Jacks are very determined and independent as well; please remember this during their training stages. Still, diligence and perseverance with Jack Russell Terriers will always pay off and will help bond you both together. They are quick learners and highly intelligent. It is important for Jack Russell Terriers to learn from early socialization, especially during their early years. If not, they could become aggressive around other dogs. They should be introduced to different dogs and animals whenever possible. Jacks do have natural hunting abilities and a strong instinctive quality. With Jack Russell Terriers, it is important to combine training with play for them, because they respond well when they are interacting positively with different kinds of activities.