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Breed Spotlight

The Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier originated in England during the last century but has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Jack Russell is small in stature with short legs and a well muscled body. Average height is 9" and weight averages about 10 pounds. The eyes are dark and ears fold down and are set wide on the head. Color is usually white with black and reddish markings. Coat comes in two varieties: smooth and wirehaired.

Personality wise the Jack Russell is a tough customer. Acting like a true terrier he can be stubborn and willful, making training and leadership somewhat challenging. Active and brave by nature, this is a lot of dog in a small package. Early socialization and training are recommended to assure a well-adjusted dog that is good with children and other dogs.

As with any puppy search, seek out reputable breeders and avoid impulse buys. The Jack Russell is known for temperament problems: reputable breeders will breed only well- adjusted friendly dogs that are appropriate pet dogs. Ask your breeder lots of questions about the personality and temperament of both parents and for information about the breed. Good breeders will not be in a hurry to sell you a dog without first making sure you know what the breed is all about. The television popularity of the Jack Russell has brought this breed to the spotlight for many people looking to add a dog to their household. Do your homework before you buy, this little terrier isn't for every household.

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