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Old 06-06-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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jack russell puppy

so i'm thinking of getting a jack russell. i saw one add that said the tails were docked. i didn't know that was done for this breed. so i'm wondering if it's common or not. if anybody knows anything about the breed that i can't find on google please share. any personal experience with them? i plan on it being a copilot in the jeep from time to time as well as a hiking, camping, and fishing buddy.

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Old 06-07-2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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Yes it's common. They're docked a little bit longer than a lot of breeds though, so it should be a more than just a little nub. Should be the perfect size companion for a Jeeper!

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great dogs, high energy and can be chewers. It will need some good walking on a daily basis to keep his energy neutral and to keep him from developing bad outlets for excess energy.
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Just a reminder, lots of really great dogs at your local shelter. Mutts makes the best compaions in my opinion. Either way, enjoy your friend.
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Just a reminder, lots of really great dogs at your local shelter. Mutts makes the best compaions in my opinion. Either way, enjoy your friend.
+ one hundred jillon, rescues are the best.
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True. But can need a lot of love and attention and work as well. Had one for 3 years now and he's just started to settle in. He ran in circles for years and has just now stopped. He'll actually come in from outside now and LAY DOWN. It's a miracle!

Even after being abused he lets my young kids love and hug on him. He adores them. Chooses them over us. And they're noisy! Feels really good to have given him a better life. You'll never regret that.
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True. But can need a lot of love and attention and work as well. Had one for 3 years now and he's just started to settle in. He ran in circles for years and has just now stopped. He'll actually come in from outside now and LAY DOWN. It's a miracle!

Even after being abused he lets my young kids love and hug on him. He adores them. Chooses them over us. And they're noisy! Feels really good to have given him a better life. You'll never regret that.
That also describes behavior issues of purebreeds like Jack Russells that have been overbred. Higher risks for congenital disorders and other health problems with purebreds, too.

JRs are good dogs, but as mentioned, they are high energy, high involvement from owner breeds. They thrive best in an environment where someone is home a lot to engage them and keep them active. If you are single or both adults work outside the home, they can get separation anxiety quickly and create a mess while you're gone.

Its great that you want to get one, just make sure that the dog matches your lifestyle.

I'm a firm believer in shelter adopts. Done the right way, I believe dogs pick us, not the other way around.
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Traditionally the tails are docked a little longer. Just long enough to grab hold of when hunting fox out of there holes.

I have a Jack Russel/English pointer mutt. He's the best.
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That also describes behavior issues of purebreeds like Jack Russells that have been overbred. Higher risks for congenital disorders and other health problems with purebreds, too.

JRs are good dogs, but as mentioned, they are high energy, high involvement from owner breeds. They thrive best in an environment where someone is home a lot to engage them and keep them active. If you are single or both adults work outside the home, they can get separation anxiety quickly and create a mess while you're gone.

Its great that you want to get one, just make sure that the dog matches your lifestyle.

I'm a firm believer in shelter adopts. Done the right way, I believe dogs pick us, not the other way around.

Yea mine was rescued from a puppy mill bust so not only was he a rescue dog (he was not a puppy when he was rescued) but he's also overbred. Hyperactive and he has a host of medical issues, skin allergies, peed in the house, scared of storms, chewed on everything, you name it in that first year. Once he started getting regular vet care and good nutrition and grooming and attention he's settled down and he's less obnoxious than the one we've raised from a puppy. And soooooo sweet. He knows he's got it made. The other one's just a brat!

OP you might look into Jack Russell Rescues. If you're really wanting a JR you can always adopt that way too and get the breed you're wanting.
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x2 about the adoption. I've got a Westie and a Scottie....the Westie was bought from a breeder and has congenital issues. We decided to adopt our second terrier and got our little girl Scottie from the Oklahoma Westie Rescue. She's such a sweet little dog and we're glad that we were able to adopt her.

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i already have one rescued lab mix. all the dogs in my area seem to be pit bulls. i want another sporting dog like my lab. if i could find one at a shelter i would do that but there just aren't any. it doesn't have to be a jack russell either, i like blue heelers too.
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Have you tried petfinder.com? I agree, there are a lot of bully breed mixes in the shelters now. That's one of the rescues we have now, and she's a complete sweetie. I understand the preferences, too.
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My Doberman came from rescue. And purebred or mutt, they can inherit things from their ancestors. If you do go with a breeder, make sure it's one who does all of the health testing and has healthy parents, not someone who's throwing dogs together just to make money. Overbreeding is a huge problem, and not health testing is another huge problem.

I've had two great Dobermans from rescue. Older dogs can be trained just like the young guys can. With any dog though, it's a good idea to sock money away for health issues. Mutts aren't immune to inheriting health problems from their ancestors, and neither are purebreds- I had a mutt who had hip and elbow issues at 1 year old, and my first Doberman who passed from cancer at 7 years old. I don't know what the mutt's story was, but the Dobe was from one of these 'breeders' who wanted to breed for supersized Dobermans. Big mistake, they're a medium sized breed, and he paid for what the breeder did. I was his third home after the first two couldn't handle him.

Hands down though, I'm a shelter fan. A friend of mine has an Australian cattle dog (blue heeler) cross from the shelter and she sounds like the Jacks. Stubborn, smart, hyper to the max, and very devoted to her person. The cattle dogs wind up in shelters because they're too smart and have border collie level energy, which is too much for a lot of folks to handle.
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i have two jrts as well as a german shepherd and an airdale. the jrts are great little dogs. choose your breeder carefully. mine are pretty docile and quite in the house, but they do get plenty of dog park and backyard play time. must be kept in an escape proof fenced in area or tied to your belt loop when outdoors. once they start chasing a small animal, there is no getting them back until the have caught their prey. also if they are unteathered and find a gopher, rabbit or ground hog hole, they are going in. i've heard they some times get themselves too stuck to themselves out, so keep a shovel near by and in your jeep. great dogs!
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here is some info;

Jack Russell Terrier Information and Pictures, Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We just picked up a Rat Terrier pup, she's a little smaller than the jacks... Lots of fun, very smart, fast learners, great hunter, good w/other pets, they don't shed, etc...

This is the Rat Terrier:
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i ended up deciding to get out of the air force and getting a new puppy would be a bad idea right now. i found a breeder with blue heelers. there was a little girl puppy i fell in love with and now i can't take her home.
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Jacks are my favorite and labs. They all gang up to battle my lab. We dock the tails ourselves. They are a pack dog and see me as the pack leader









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