This breed originated in 19th century England by a man named, what else, Jack Russell, and they were bred to hunt small game. The Jack Russell's specialty was digging its prey out of their den, and they had to be big enough to keep up with the hounds on a fox hunt.
The feisty little Jack Russell still retains a lot of the same instincts it did back then. They love to chase small animals, so they should never be allowed off the leash unless they are extremely well trained (and even then you're tempting fate!). They love to hunt and explore, and shouldn't be trusted with other small animals.
Jack Russell's are very fun to have around the house. They are intelligent, loving, playful, and devoted dogs. They are completely fearless, so you must be careful around other dogs as fights can erupt. Jack Russell's definitely think they're bigger than they are!
The Jack Russell also needs to be kept busy. If they're bored they can turn destructive, which won't reflect well on your furniture. Because of their strong will and stubbornness they can be difficult to train, so this breed would do well with owners that are experienced with terriers. They do okay in apartments, but they do need a workout daily or you'll see a rise in their behavior problems.
Jack's do not need a lot of grooming, and stay pretty healthy. They're long-lived, averaging 15 years or more.
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club at www.akc.org. If you would like information on adopting a Jack Russell in dire need of a loving family, you can visit www.russellrescue.orgor PetFinder.com.
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