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Jack Russell Terrier
|JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
- Handy size
- Sporty companion
- Full of character
- Adapts well to home life
The Jack Russell Terrier has become immensely popular in recent years. New owners often become incensed on finding that the breed they have sought and acquired cannot be registered with the Kennel Club, for it is not as yet a pedigreed dog. Kennel Clubs around the world appreciate the efforts gone into standardizing the Jack Russell but, are unable to accept it while there is so much variation in colour, size and form.
- Excitable in a pack
- Not yet a pedigreed breed
- Not for first-time dog owners
Height: two different heights at the withers: 11 – 15 inches (28 – 38 cm) and under 11 inches (28 cm)
The Jack Russell Terrier will adapt well to life as a household pet provided regular walks are given. It is really in its element in the countryside, running free and chasing small animals, for they are game little dogs that like to be active. Packs of Jack Russell Terriers are kept at most hunt kennels in the United Kingdom.
A daily brushing with a stiff brush will keep your Jack Russell Terrier in fine fettle.
Recommended would be 1/2 – 1 can (13.3 oz 376 g size) name-brand dog food with a biscuit, or 1 1/2 cups of a dry dog food. Always provide an ample supply of fresh water for your Jack Russell Terrier.
Origin and History
Reverend Jack Russell, a sporting parson in Devonshire, England, who died over 100 years ago, built up a strain of wire-haired fox terriers that would hunt with his hounds, go to ground and bolt the fox. The dogs were in fact hunt terriers. Jack Russell not only bred his unique hunt terriers but also judged terriers at West Country shows and was one of the earliest members of the Kennel Club. It could be that when the breed is established and proper records of pedigree are kept, we may see the Jack Russell Terrier listed with pedigreed dogs. Certainly the Jack Russell Terrier Club is working very hard towards achieving this goal.
Serena Williams has a Jack Russell Terrier appropriately named Jack.
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