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Old 01-14-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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Any Jack Russell owners....

Thinking about getting this boy from the Animal Control in my area, to be a playmate to my new-to-me dog, who has 'separation anxiety'. Doing some reading online about this breed....and it says they can be quite a handful.

So if there are any Jack Russell owners out there, I'd be grateful for your input.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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I had 2 jacks at one time. They are a handful. I
wouldn't suggest getting one to leave alone. They get bored and make their own fun and not in a way you might think of as fun. Lol

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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We have 4 Jack/Chihuahua mixes and they are a handful!! I wouldn't trade them for the world though!! They are great campers too! Good luck with "Gus"!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #4
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Nieghbor across the street has a rough coat. He has to keep her crated while not home...ummm he's never asked us to sit for him while he's out of town (often). So far his parents keep her and I'm glad for that! handful is an understatement

Sister had a rough coat that had a strange quirk, kinda like a fainting goat. If something upset him he'd flip over on his back, all four legs straight up in the air and freeze like that. He also slept like that. She got him free because his original owners were about to take him to a shelter. yep...again, handful is an understatement.

This is not a breed DH and I would ever consider adopting.

Edited to add: Neighbor put a sofa out by the road for garbage collection a few months ago. I noticed the cushion covers were totally destroyed. He has no other pets so obviously it was the Jack's work.

And on second thought, my sister got her Jack after she agreed to dog sit for a co-worker who'd gone through all family members and other friends 'til no one would sit the dog any more. When her co-worker came back she asked if my sister wanted her because she was going to take the dog to the shelter.
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I know some can be a handful but it's how you raise them! I have one and she can go from 0 to a 100 and back from 100 to 0 instantly. So much personality too! I say go for it!
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Great dogs with lots and lots of energy. Have trouble sitting still. Very smart and trainable dog as well as lovable.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the feedback from you Jack Russell owners out there. I am going to take my Cinnamon, the Chiwienie, to the Dog Pound tomorrow, to meet Gus.

I wish there was a way that instead of outright adopting Gus, I could 'foster' him for a couple weeks, to see if he is a good fit, and then adopt him. I guess it won't hurt to ask.

Maybe the 2 dogs won't even like each other tomorrow. Who knows, it seems that I don't have any luck with 'blind dates' either!!!
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We had one ages ago. Ours required constant interaction or as stated upthread, he would make his own fun.

They are not mellow dogs, they were originally breed for farmers to dig rats and other vermin out of the ground and kill them, and they retain this quality.

They do not get tired, ever, and they eat their own weight in 3 days ration (or so it seems. )

If you want a lapdog to sit and watch TV with you, get something else. If you want an untiring, energetic Tasmanian devil, then go for it. They will keep you busy. Having another dog to play with may be a good thing for a Jack, but the Jack is going to want to be the alpha in that pack.
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I forgot to mention that I had to keep her crated during the day. She was not the most friendly to other dogs, she was too busy hunting. I would not say that dog would be the best company for another dog.

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Bandit minds me.
He does not mind Laurel.
He is coarse and demanding.
Our JRT has attacked other dogs and has nipped at people and children.
He wears a muzzle when another dog comes over.
Twice I have picked up my dog and he still had the other dogs face in his mouth.
The police have been to the house and he is now registered as a nuisance dog.
Dude is a complete psychopath.
IMO from my experience they are a dangerous breed.
If the dog is safe and happy where it is, leave it there.
I would rather confront an 80 pound dog than my 19 pound Jack.
They are vicious and are bred to kill.
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