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Old 01-02-2007, 09:36 PM
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Scooter, sorry to hear about the attack, I don't blame you for not trusting the breed. Sadly too many Jrts are like that, it is a training issue but the breed does have some aggression. Of all the Terrier breeds out there, they are still worked to live quarry in a natural setting. They have been bred to have enough balls to enter a cold dark earth, and to meet the quarry which has teeth and claws. Although Jrts were bred to Bay and Not Slay, they still have to be able to defend itself and to force the quarry to bolt or corner it and hold it there by baying. All of this is done in the dark and in very tight spots. But that does not excuse dog aggression, nor people aggression.
Up until recently, Jrts were not bred to be companion dogs. And the average person can not deal with them, the worse thing a person can do is raise them in a permissive home, on the other hand being harsh or training with corrections also doesn't work. Sadly too many people don't understand the breed, don't know how to raise and train them correct. Those same people tend to purchase from breeders who don't care, they just take the cash and run, they also tell people what they want to hear about the breed and not the truth. And all of us pay including the dogs that end up being put down for aggression etc.
But I can give a flip side to this, one of my dogs.........not aggressive, but he was very dog reactive.........because he had been jumped several times by strange larger dogs at training or at agility trials. It has taken a lot of training on my part to teach him not to be reactive just because a strange dog is within his comfort zone.

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Old 01-03-2007, 01:04 AM
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I love Jacks! They are on my list of breeds not recommended for most pet homes but that's not a slight against them- just that they are a LOT of dog in a little package. People seem to get them for how cute they are and have no idea how much training and stimulation they need- same goes for most of my favorite breeds.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:44 AM
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Oh I couldn't agree more! The owner is totally at fault in this case. It's sad because after being attacked twice, my puppy is now a bit afraid of all small dogs. She is fine around the big dogs, but shies away from the little ones no matter what the breed. I'm hoping some good experiences with small dogs will get her over that.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:37 PM
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OHHHHH!!! Another JRT lover!

I LOVE JRT's, and plan on owning a few when I get into a house, showing, hunting, and possibly breeding them. I say possibly because I am not completely sure if I want to or not yet, as I am still young.

My Kona is a JRT/ Chi mix, but she is all JRT. She has not nary a trait of a chi, except for her colors.

While she is a very happy, athletic dog, she is still quite the handful. She has a very high prey drive, is faster than a bullet, and sometimes has selective hearing! But working with her constantly for months has turned her into a very well-trained, calm, and loving little girl. She loves other dogs, and loves to play with them.

This is what all JRT's need. If only the people buying them would realize that!!

Oh, and this is what happens when you have a JRT that isn't tired

Thanks for the wonderful informative post Lynn, maybe you and I can change people's mind about our breed
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:43 PM
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I love my Jacks and have to agree, they are not for everyone, they need the correct home that understands their training needs
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:00 PM
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anyone who may be interested in getting one of these little bundles of joy in the new york area, there are two litters in upstate shelters, one in east aurora, NY, and one is Cuba, NY. someone who actually knows a thing or two about dogs needs to give these babies a home, not some mother whose child saw "wishbone" and now wants one. search Jack Russells on petfinder in the NY area and they'll come up.
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:24 PM
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I'm a first time dog owner and while I've had a few problems I've raised Jack pretty well. He knows commands and doesn't tear up furniture. He has a set of rules he has to follow around the house and he usually obeys them. I've worked with him a lot though. He is also very smart, and I'm surprised JTR's are not on the top 10 list of smartest breeds.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:35 PM
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Default JRT peeing in our laps

My boyfriend has a 7 year old Jack Russell (Winston). About 8 months ago, Winston was on my lap for a while - nothing exciting happening and he wanted on my lap (I mention this so people don't think I picked him up and made him sit on my lap) - Winston went into the kitchen and I looked down to see he had pee'd on my lap. We were at my boyfriends house so he was in familiar territory...

Fast forward to yesterday. We were at my boyfriends cousin's backyard at a BBQ. There is another dog (a terrier but not a jack) and they got along really well - I think Winston had met this dog before. Anyways, nothing exciting going on...just 10 people sitting around chatting in the backyard. Winston sat on my boyfriends lap for a few seconds and then moved to my lap. My boyfriend looked down and saw Winston had pee'd in his lap...we teased my boyfriend for a few minutes and then Winston jumped off my lap and we realized he had pee'd on my lap too.

Winston just had his annual vet checkup - mind you no stool sample was analized...has anyone else had this problem before? Is it a jack russell thing? Could it be a parasite? Is it an emotional thing? Any advice/help would really be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:01 PM
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To the OP: I understand how frustrating it is when people who are clueless own the type of dog that you feel passionately about. I've met a few people who say that keeshonden are "nasty" dogs!

Obviously, mine isn't and none of the ones I've ever met aren't, but back yard breeding can do terrible things to any breed.

As for my personal feelings to JRTs- I'm really not a huge fan of terriers, in general. Especially the smaller ones, like the Yorkies, etc. My kees has been attacked four times: one by a pit bull mix at a dog park, twice by a pair of JRTs that live in our complex, and once by a Yorkie Terrier.

The pitbull mix had a silly owner who didn't have a clue about how to control her dog.

The pair of JRTs are owned by some very good friends of ours, and they are little demon dogs. They are back yard bred and pet store bred. Both don't really even look like JRTs. They are very hateful, and the owners don't dicipline them or exercise them enough.

As for the Yorkie...I just wish people who had little dogs would realize that they need just as much dicipline and exercise as large dogs do, and that a vicious dog is a vicious dog regardless of size.

I have met some really great little terriers. Border Terriers are awesome little dogs and cute to boot!

To the person that just asked that question about bladder problems: As a pet owner, I would feel better to be safe then sorry when it comes to my animal friends.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by LappieLover View Post
To the OP: I understand how frustrating it is when people who are clueless own the type of dog that you feel passionately about. I've met a few people who say that keeshonden are "nasty" dogs!
I agree... I often here the same thing about cockers as well

I would LOVE to meet your guys' dogs, who actually behave some of the time !!!
I have met my fair share of JRTs, mainly when I was working/volunteering around horses. As many others have stated, very crazy and even at times aggressive. I'd say 99% of them were not exorcized enough, and the owners were just irresponsible...
I met the coolest JRT though, his name was George and I loved to visit him and the old man who owned him! His job was to keep the rats out of the feed, and to also be a companion to the man. The dog never listened to commands like "sit" "down" or "stay", but he listened perfectly well if you talked to him like a person! For example, the old man would invite him to come sit by him quietly so they could both visit with me. Or tell him that they could go on a walk together, but if he pulled they would turn around and go home. 9x out of 10 the dog would get up and go sit right next to the man, or do what he was asked! If he was misbehaving, the man didn't yell or scold. He'd say "Alright, I'm gonna go buy that little black puppy and He'll be my new friend. You can sleep in the dog house!" George loved all dogs and people (he was pretty fond of Maddie! let me tell you!) but he was insanely jealous of the little black puppy... I was really fond of that little dog. We believe he was stolen, and we all searched for him for a long time. . . I understand he was an awesome dog, but whoever took George from that old man was a cruel and heartless person! (sorry for rambling a bit, here! lol)

I've never met a "good" breeder, or a well bred JRT other than George. I believe George was farm bred, and was just a lucky draw if you know what I mean. I've seen some squirrelly looking ones around here, I have the strongest suspicion that the BYBs around here who breed for size, are breeding truly mentally retarded dogs. Honest, I think they are

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