Jack Russell Terrier Dogs for Sale
If you want an energetic, hardworking dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, Jack Russell terriers might just be the breed for you. Bred for hunting, these little dogs love large, fenced-in yards where they can spend hours hunting and playing, and they do best with owners ready and willing to play fetch and take them on long walks.
An affectionate nature makes Jack Russells an excellent companion, and their keen intelligence makes them simple to train. If you’re seeking Jack Russell puppies for sale or just want to know more about the breed, read on to discover if these compact hunting dogs are right for you and your family.
First bred in the mid-1800s by the Rev. John Russell — aka the Sporting Parson — Jack Russell terriers were originally fox-hunting dogs due to their swift yet tough genetics. They share a common ancestry with Parson Russell terriers, though the breeds diverge wildly now that both have over 200 years of history under their belts.
Originally recognized only by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, this working dog only recently received recognition by the American Kennel Club. Many lovers of this small, friendly canine breed feel the AKC recognition harmed the breed due to relaxed standards, so controversy ranges even now.
Size and Health
Both male and female Jack Russell terriers weigh in at between 13 and 17 pounds. Males typically attain heights of 14 inches, while females generally grow to 13 inches tall. Though Jack Russells have compact, muscular bodies, they tend to gain weight when they don’t get enough exercise, so it’s important to spend time walking and playing with these dogs.
Lifespans for Jack Russell terriers usually run between 13 and 15 years, and most are very healthy canines, though some genetic issues exist. These potential challenges include eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts and congenital deafness. Additionally, some experience patellar luxation — dislocated knees — a condition that doesn’t affect some dogs but requires corrective surgery in others, especially with age.
Care and Grooming
Jack Russell terriers are very energetic, and as such, they typically require about 40 minutes of exercise per day. They have a tendency to dig, so you need to watch them closely if you leave them unattended in fenced-in backyards so they don’t escape.
As for their coats, they generally boast white, cream, light brown, dark brown and even black coloration. The texture ranges from rough and scruffy to smooth and soft, but no matter the texture, these pooches only require brushing once or twice a week to ward off shedding.
Lively and active dogs, Jack Russell terriers have lots of energy to burn and love to hunt. This makes the breed a great choice for those with lifestyles that include hiking or hunting but a not-so-great choice for those who live in smaller spaces or situations where the pooch can’t get plenty of exercise.
Further, the ingrained desire to hunt makes Jack Russell terriers see other pets — including smaller cats, hamsters and even reptiles — as prey rather than pal. Their working nature, however, helps these tenacious little hunters get along well with other hunting dogs, though they may be aggressive with some smaller breeds.
Additionally, Jack Russell terriers are very vocal dogs, so they’re not ideal for apartment living, but they do make excellent watchdogs. Naturally assertive and very intelligent, these dogs sometimes bite or nip if someone pulls their tail or harasses them, so they usually do well in homes without toddlers or small children.
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