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    Jack Russell Terrier |England|

    Jack Russell Terrier |England|

    The Jack Russell Terrier is one of the best-known and most recognized breeds. Nevertheless, there is often confusion surrounding the breed: it is often mistaken for the Parson Russell terrier, and sometimes subdivided into Jack Russells and Russells—the latter being a shorterlegged, stockier variety. “Jacks” are the definition of a big dog in a small body and have tremendous personalities. They are lively, energetic, nosey individuals who want to be at the center of everything. They are devoted to their families, highly intelligent, and independent thinkers. They can be aggressive with other dogs, though, and need thorough socialization.

    History

    The Jack Russell Terrier shares its history with the Parson Russell Terrier and traces back to the nineteenth century and the efforts of the Reverend John Russell, a fox-hunting, dog-breeding enthusiast. Russell developed a pack of Fox Terriers, largely white in color, which he bred for working ability, shunning the show ring. His terriers became known as Parson Jack Russell Terriers. A shorter-legged, longer-bodied terrier began to develop from these and was used for hunting rabbits and other small animals. These smaller terriers were often called “Shorties” or “Puddin’ Dogs” before becoming known as Jack Russell Terriers in England, Ireland, and Australia.

    Jack Russell Terriers have a low boredom threshold and need to be entertained. They do not do well left to their own devices and may become destructive and noisy.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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