The art is a white bodied terrier from England, initially used for fox hunting. The JRT is known for being one of the more tenacious and versatile working terriers. The JRT while bred to be primarily a working dog also makes a great family companion.
The breed was origination has be credited to Reverend Jack Russell affectionately known as the Sporting Parson, Reverend Jack
The JRT, is a very hearty terrier. The breed originally bred to go to ground to flush fox from its den, like I said earlier, the breed is versatile, it has been developed in other areas, to go to ground and flush other small quarry.
The JRT is not recognized by the AKC, the primary stewardship of the breed in the USA is the JRT Club of America. AKC varieties of the breed are the Parsons Terrier and the Russell terrier. These two breeds are JRT bred to a slightly different standard, with less emphasis on working abilities.
The breed has a life expectancy of 13-16 years, the breed weight ranges from 14-18lbs, height 10-15 inches.
Acceptable colors for the breed are white, black & white, and White and tan.
Breed character traits are fearless, persistent, intelligent, energetic, athletic, and vocal.
Brushing is the most important aspect of grooming a Jack Russell Terrier, the main purpose is to help the dog develop a hard, water repellent coat.
These dogs are very confident, and like most terriers, they can be quite independent and stubborn. This means that from a very young age, you need to be firm with your dog, and train him to accept his place in your household.
These dogs need more than just a walk once or twice a week. They need lots of exercise, and space to be able to run. With their intelligence and need to burn off excess energy, Jack Russell Terriers are very well suited to dog sports such as flyball and dog agility. If they don’t get the exercise they need, you can expect them to be quite destructive around the home.
Socialization and obedience training is important for this breed, because they are tenacious, fearless and energetic, JRT can be unpredictable and wreckless. Socializing your Jack in various situations will give you and your dog the skills to better deal with the unexpected elements of life.Jack Russell Terriers can be quite aggressive to other dogs. You can help to avoid this dog to dog aggression if you carefully socialize your Jack Russell Terrier when he’s young. This means giving your dog tons of exposure to other dogs in a healthy and balanced environments. It also means keeping your Jack tired.
There are several hereditary health problems in Jack Russell Terriers. a hereditary brain disorder called cerebellar ataxia. pups usually show signs from 2 to 9 months of age – they start to walk abnormally, and develop a stagger. hereditary cataracts which may need surgery to remove them. Another hereditary eye problem is lens luxation, which can lead to glaucoma and blindness. patella luxation. The patella, or kneecap, rides in a groove in the thigh bone, and it may pop in and out of the groove and cause lameness.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a wonderful breed of dog – for the right family. Even though they are small dogs they are not ideal for apartment living, the JRT can be quite boisterous. They are also not suited for families who are not home most of the day, the JRT needs an active and engaged family.