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JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
Jack Russells are an energetic breed that rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation, and are relatively free from serious health complaints. Originating from dogs bred and used by Reverend John Russell in the early 19th century, from whom the breed takes its name, the Jack Russell has similar origins to the modern Fox terrier. It has gone through several changes over the years, corresponding to different use and breed standards set by kennel clubs. Recognition by kennel clubs for the Jack Russell breed has been opposed by the breed’s parent societies – which resulted in the breeding and recognition of the Parson Russell terrier. They are sturdy, tough, and tenacious, measuring between 10–15 inches (25–38 cm) at the withers, and weigh 14–18 pounds (6.4–8.2 kg). Predominantly white in coloration (more than 51%) with black and/or tan markings, they exhibit either a smooth, rough or a combination coat, known as a broken coat. Jack Russells have appeared many times in film, television and print. – WIKIPEDIA
This is another of my favourite breeds. Such smart and lively little dogs with big personalities! It’s been my pleasure to have known several. Saba was the queen of them all, with me for almost 18 years:
Excerpt from Chapter Eight of my W.I.P. “Adventures in Dog Sitting”:
Saba, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier, came into my life when she was only seven months old. The assignment: to walk her while her mom was away for the day. At the appointed hour, I pulled up to a modern stone mansion with a beautiful courtyard. This was a local version of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”! The housekeeper invited me in while she fetched the dog, so, I had time to enjoy the view. Fabulous marble flooring and paintings on the wall. Still, it all seemed a bit cold and austere. Saba was obviously a high strung little girl; panting and trembling on the end of her leash. Bending down to reassure her, I noticed her face was divided right down the middle, with brown on one side and white on the other. The eye patch gave her even more character! We started out, but after a few minutes, Saba did a quick “about face” and tried to run home. “Come on Saba. Don’t you want to go for a walk?” She turned back to me and we managed a few more metres. This scene was repeated over and over, but finally, she did her business, much to my relief! Time to head home and she tried to run all the way. No wonder her leg muscles were the size of Arnold Schwartzenegger’s! The next few walks were more of the same, but eventually, Saba greeted me with enthusiasm and went willingly. Continue reading ►
Other favourite Jacks:
Have you known any Jack Russell Terriers?
Do you prefer dogs who are smart and independent
(ie. challenging) or those more willing to please?
Looking forward to your comments!