Parson & Jack
... are hunting
The traits and skills that
make of them excellent hunting dogs, i.e. digging or following scent aren't
sometimes very welcome in a family. Quarry cats, rabbits, rats, mice or
birds naturally awakens the hunting instinct of a terrier. It is
important that you are attentive in such situations and call back or
distract the dog. Undesired attributes can be held within limits with
consistent training, patience and foresight.
get along well with other pets.
It is an
advantage if they have been used to them at the puppy age. They should
never been left alone with smaller pets such as rats, guinea pigs or mice.
... require a consistent discipline. They
are very intelligent and will always test their limits. Very often, they
train their owners before the owner knows what has happened. To live
comfortably in a household, they should at least have basic obedience
training: walking on a lead, come, sit, down and stay. This is to your
advantage as well; an obedient dog is welcome nearly everywhere.
... need sufficient
unattended or unemployed they will invent new and fun jobs for themselves
(which you will usually find destructive). An active, tenacious dog such
as a Jack Russell terrier is a great companion on all kinds of walks,
tours, runs, bike rides, outings and horseback rides, whether hunting or
not. They also love agility and other dog sports. A fully occupied Jack
Russell terrier is quiet and peaceful in his home.
... are big dogs in little
They have the
same need (or even more!) for exercise as much larger dogs, and they think
they are large dogs! That's why they often challenge other dogs three
times their size.
... are fond of children and good family
dogs. They love the activity in a lively family and are
always ready to play. But it is important that children know how to play
with dogs. The dog has to be protected from rough treatment or constant
teasing. The dog must also not been disturbed while eating or sleeping.
Just as with any dog, Jack Russell terriers should never be left with a
baby or infant unattended. Small children often try to carry small dogs
like a Jack Russell terrier. This should not be permitted.
... need a secure fenced
They can dig
under, climb over, and jump fences. If
they are to be left unattended in your yard, it should be surrounded by a
sufficiently high close-meshed fence. If they are bored, they will soon be
looking for a greener playground on the other side of the fence.
... have a coat which needs only some
Brushing once a week will do. However, all dogs shed, and rough coats have
to be plucked a few times a year.
... are great
They are lively cheerful
companions for various activities. Knowing the specific attributes of a
Jack Russell terrier is very important. Owners should love these
attributes or at least be able to tolerate them. If so, you will never be
disappointed of this dog, but be as enthusiastic about a Jack Russell
terrier as we are.
Text/Foto: Astrid Zwahlen,