The Beauty of Having a Jack Russell
My dog, Ollie.
The early days
When it comes to getting a dog, it does take a lot of thought and consideration. Especially if you are in a household with children. With my own personal circumstances, there was just me and my late husband. We previously had a Labrador. But when we lost her, my husband was adamant on not getting another dog. He knew how much it upset me when Jazz died, so refused outright to get another dog. Well, his mind was soon changed when he met Ollie!
Ollie came into our lives in 2003. My sister had bought him for us as a surprise. Ollie was 2 months old at the time. When I first laid eyes on him, he was so tiny, and had that gorgeous puppy smell on him. When I took him to the vets to get his injections, I was constantly getting stopped by people wanting to stroke him. This was the first time I had ever had a dog from a puppy, and had to learn myself how you toilet train a dog. Thank goodness for the Internet! And he also had to get used to being on a lead. He wasn't too keen on a lead to begin with, and took him a little while until he realized being on a lead was a good thing!
Information about Jack Russells
Jack Russell Terriers are feisty little dogs. They are bright and highly intelligent dogs, and come in various shapes and sizes. They used to be used as hunting dogs, and were essentially used as working dogs. Of course, my dog has never been used as a working dog and has always been a very loving pet. But I can understand why people would use these as working dogs. They are extremely fit and clever, and quick at learning commands and doing as they are told. This is the first Jack Russell I have owned, but I can relate to a lot of what people have told me. I've met many other Jack Russell owners through the years I've had Ollie. And from what people have told me, I can relate to a lot of what they've told me about their behaviour and personality. They can be very vocal too. They certainly seem to be a lot more yappy than other dogs I've been around in the past.
Having spoken to a few current and ex Jack Russell owners, a lot of them have told me they've had their Jack Russell Terriers from anything to 15 - 19 years. Ollie is currently 13 years old. Although he's not showing any signs of old age yet. Yes, he's going grey around the eyes and mouth, but health wise, he's still in good condition. I walk him every day, and he can still run around and play catch. He loves sitting in the garden when the weather is warm. He tends to bark when people are walking past, which can put people off. But, he is a friendly dog. People can stroke and cuddle him, and he enjoys being fussed. He's loves to lick too, and is great with children.
Now, I know I've made a rod for my own back, but he does sleep in bed with me. I know a lot of people don't like dogs in bed with them, but on the other hand, lots do! He sleeps in my bed every night, and loves to cuddle up to me. He's very good at night and loves the comfort of bed and the warmth of being under the duvet in the winter. Jack Russells are very loyal dogs. Ollie has always got on well with other dogs and is happy to approach - and be approached - by other dogs. He's mixes well and plays well with other breeds.
I know they can have a reputation of being snappy. I don't dismiss this claim. I can only speak from personal experience. Ollie has never bitten anyone. Of course, he's growled at me when I've gone near his food. But that's only natural in any dog. With these being highly intelligent and active dogs, walk and play is very important. I am lucky to live near the coast, so I often frequent the beach for long walks. This tires him out. Although he's only got little legs, he can walk such a long way. His appetite is good. Yes, he can be a fussy eater, but he eats well and is the ideal weight for his breed and size.
He's a lovable and loyal dog. As I say, he's 13 yrs old now, but he still runs around alright and eats well. He can be a little barker, but that's part of their personality and breed. I wouldn't change him for the world, and love him to bits. I sometimes look after a friends Jack Russell when he goes on holiday, and they both get on really well with each other. I often have both of them on the bed with me at night. It's lovely to see them both together, and show how lovable they can be. If you have the time and energy, I would certainly recommend getting this breed of dog. They're adaptable little dogs and can easily go on long walks with no effort.
I would also suggest investing in specialized toys for them which gets their little brains ticking over. One particular toy I have for him is a cube with 4 balls in it. And he has to put his nose in the cube to get the balls out. It didn't take him long to figure this out lol, but he still enjoys playing with it.