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Old 06-25-2007, 10:25 PM
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You've changed my mind! I know I know, but I've always thought of JRT's as hyper hyper hyper little yappy dogs. Bad on my part.

So, what is the normal JRT temperment? I mean are they has hyper has everyone says? Are they as "strong willed" as most say? Do they make good dogs for a first time owner, but does have experence with dogs? When looking for a breeder, would you recommend looking for Comformation titles or Hunting/Agility/Ob titles?

I'd really like some info on these little dogs. They may be a possibilty for my brother
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:37 PM
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NOT first time dog owner type dogs for the most part. That said rescues often have older more settled dogs that make great pets, for dog savvy owners. The normal JRT temperment IMO should be alert, brave, tenacious. They do tend to be dog aggressive especially with same sex dogs. They should be able to settle when nothing is going on. They are very much a 'whats in it for me' sort of dogs. I have put a CD on 2 JRTs with 2 HITs and Dekka went in one trial and picked up 2 legs towards her CD shortly after her first b day with scores of 194 and 193. So it can be done. But most people interested in obed DON'T buy JRTs . (unless you like the feeling of brick hitting you in the face ) Kaiden my stud dog is one leg away from his CDX but as I am back in school I have only been able to focus on one sport, and agiltiy is it. There are many JRTs in agility.

As for what to look for in a breeder. The same as any other breed of dog. Do they breed the kind of dog you want to own? Are they health checked, come with a guarantee, etc. Titles and working ability are great, I would look for well rounded dogs. Ones that can sleep on your bed, get the critters, lay down a nice agility run, and do basic obed.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:43 PM
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I'll be honest, I like JRT's a lot better when the belong to someone else! I love to watch them go in agility or similar dog sports. Our shelter is getting ready to send one to be a drug detection dot. However, they are just a little too much dog for me.
They do seem to be one of those love 'em or hate 'em breeds. Almost everyoen I meet at work has a strong opinion one way or the other.
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Old 06-25-2007, 11:38 PM
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Oh absolutely they are Lov'm or Hate'm kind of dogs lol!!!!!!!!!! They can be awesome dogs in the right hands but anyone that has any sense and true knowledge of them knows they are not for everyone. As to what they are like in general, well that often depends on the dog and the people. But for the most part they bold, too smart, courage in spades, loving and loyal and a certain level of aggression which can come out in dog aggression and especially with same sex aggression. Some are easy to train others not so easy lol and some are require a Phd to train them lol. They absolutely require dedication and educated owner on all levels especailly in training.

One thing you have to have when owning a jrt (or many of them ) is a wicked sense of humor. They do things that you HAVE to think is funny or you would lose your mind. My dogs make me laugh and smile EVERY day,
they have also made me smile on my worst day (the day my Dad died) and you never saw a group of dogs work so hard to make me smile and comfort me as on that day.
As for breeders of Jrts, it depends on what you are looking for. Finding an excellent breeder is always a challenge and it isn't any different with Jrts/Prts.
One good sourse is
or pm me. I know many breeders across N.A
But REMEMBER...............they are first and foremost HUNTING dogs, bred to this date for a certain amount of aggression to do the job that they were meant to do. They are in my opinion a very high risk breed on many different levels and they tend to be not for the fant of heart lol.

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Old 06-25-2007, 11:59 PM
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My experiences with JRTs in general is fairly limited, although I know two JRTs very well.

I grew up with a friend whose family was very active (they never, ever ever have a stay at home day, much less a whole stay at home weekend) and owned two JRTs. I was over at her house a lot, and her dogs were both rescues (they were cousins) from the same rescue. They picked their second girl up on an impulse because she was related.

I learned how GO-GO-GO they are, and how sweet and loving. However--these were two well-socialized dogs, one was well-bred, and they got LOTS of exercise and stimulation. I love the look and intelligence of JRTs, but the constant energy would drive me up a wall. Their girls would do zoomies around the house and started drooling at the sight of a tennis ball or leash.

The only nutcase-JRTs I have ever seen have been on another side of a fence from me, so I'm not as unlucky as those of you ( ((((Scooter)))) ) who have had the bad experiences with them.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:35 AM
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I think JRTs are absolutely adorable, but as a potential first time dog owner, they are so not on my list. They actually were at first, to a lay person they seem like a great companion for a little boy. And then there was Frasier, which was actually cited on another site for portraying a false image that JRTs are perfectly happy living in a tiny apartment.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:56 AM
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I will say that I have met a grand total of TWO JRT's that I didn't want to drop kick across the room. Just awesome dogs all around. Ready to play when asked, able to settle down and snooze when required. The other eight bazillion are just insane and make my life a lot harder when they are in daycare. Dog aggression does run a fairly wide streak, especially in the BYB's/petstore dogs, which make up 99.8***37; of what I deal with.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:32 AM
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I don't know why but every time I meet a Jack Russel it is really badly behaved. My cousin owns the o nly one I know who is well behaved. I've actually considered getting one of the little beasts before. Even the poorly behaved ones seem like they would make wonderful dogs so long as you coul work out the quirks they have from lack of training. I like them but then again I like all dogs until they give me a reason not to and I have never met a dog that has given me any reason not to love it.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:12 AM
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To be honest i'm not a terrier person at all, so it's nothing against JRTs. I'm just not wild about dogs with a genetic predisposition to dog-aggression, or dogs with such an overabundant ego that they can barely fit through the door. I have one of those already.

As far as terriers go, Jacks are one of my favorites. I love their work ethic and keen attitude. Would I own one? Probably not. But they sure are fun to play with.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:44 AM
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Just wanted to add here that JRT's should never be hyper. In my books, hyper is a temperment issue, and I don't like it when people describe a breeds general personality that way (no offence to anyone here). JRT's are high energy, and very active, but if properly bred and trained with no temperment issues, should never be hyper.

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