Jack Russell puppies are the rough and tumble little dog seen on television and the movies that are full of energy, demanding, domineering, brash, bold, and outgoing. New owners who were expecting a couch potato are sometimes shocked at what they got. This dog has a colorful beginning. The breed derives its name from Parson Jack Russell who was a rough riding, hard drinker or a hunter back in the 1850-1870 range. The dog is bred from the Wire-haired Fox Terrier.
Jack Russell wanted a dog that was fearless enough to chase a fox into a den but would not kill the fox. The dog’s job was to locate the fox and force the fox out into the open so the foxhounds could take over and the chase would begin. The Jack Russell had short legs, which allowed it to maneuver into underground tunnels.
These dogs seemed to take on the flashy personality of Jack Russell himself. These terriers seem to fear nothing. With his energetic personality, you will give plenty of constructive things to do.
Jack Russell puppies need strong-willed, persevering owners who will work hard to socialize the dog early in life.
With this dog’s purpose as a working dog skill and bravery are more important characteristics than physical appearance. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America specifies the dogs should be 10-15 inches high at the withers. The American Kennel Club calls for 12-14 inches in height. The Jack Russell terrier puppies should have a wiry or smooth coat and are mostly white with tan, brown, or black secondary colors. The dog should appear in physically fit condition. His thick ears tip forward toward the front of his head. His chest is small and narrow giving the impression of being fit. The hindquarters are strong and powerful and his tail is generally docked to about four inches. His body motion should be coordinated and graceful.
As we said Jack Russell puppies were bred for chasing small animals. This is their natural instinct. Don’t be surprised when your Jack Russell goes charging off after a squirrel or rodent. He is just being a Jack Russell. This hunter instinct can provide challenges to the average pet owner. When walking your dog you may find it hard to control him outdoors. They want to chase everything. They will chase after another smaller dog.
Dogs bred for working purposes end to be healthier and more disease resistant and have favorable temperaments. Health problems, unfortunately, begin to creep in whenever aggressive breeders try to increase production. Some of the health problems observed are corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, ataxia, and lens luxation. These problems, fortunately, are less numerous in Jack Russel. This could all change as pet stores and puppy mills start to offer Jack Russell puppies for sale.