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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2006, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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My son is considering adopting a Jack Russel puppy or even a Jack Russel Mix from Rescue if he can find one. We are wondering if anyone has one in thier family and can give us information regarding personality and temperment. Particularly around small children. I have always heard they were wonderful family dogs although very energenic? We have always had large dogs (Labs and German Shepards) whom were great with out kids. But we never had small dogs. My ex-husband is totally against my son adopting one saying they are bad around children as my son's fiancee has a 4 year old little boy. Devin is very accustomed to small dogs as his mom has a little Shih Tzu who is 1 year older than her son. She had Ginger before she gave birth to her son. He doesnt terrorize the dog like some small children tend to do. If anyone has any insight to this breed would be very helpful. Thanks in advance
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I hear they are VERRRY hyper dogs full of energy.You don't seem round here often.




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my brother's friend had a jack russel that was very hyper. Now he's old and just mean. I want one but my boyfriend told me he woud dump me

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my neighbor has one and it barks all through the night...so annoying

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Terriers in general, I think, could be remarkably different from what you're used to with large breed dogs. Terriers can be real TERRORS, lol (my parents have a West Highland White Terrier - she is a handful). My grandparents adopted a Jack Russel puppy...Trixie..when I was in middle school, and they just couldn't cope with the energy. It was a massively poor decision on their part, and also a poor decision on whomever sold the dog to them. She was rehomed to someone with Jack Russel experience though, and it worked out in the end.

As for being good with kids, my only real experience with Jack Russels was Trixie, and I was probably 12 or 13 at the time. She never got nippy or anything, and I loved playing with her. My grandparents loved when I came to visit too, because I would run around the yard with her and wear her out a bit. She would jump, but I imagine that behavior can be corrected.
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I would say be prepared to keep busy with a jack russel. They are hyper and intelligent. They need a lot of stimulation to keep them in control. They arn't bad dogs. They just need more than your average dog. I would sign up for agility, flyball, training, anything to keep them thinking and busy. They need something to do, even if your at home. Find toys that they have to use their minds with.

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I have two Jack Russells. They're nothing, and I mean nothing like GSDs. My biggest thing would be make sure the care taker doesn't mind a little energetic guy, and make sure the JRT has a lot of time/space for running.

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i wanted one... i wanted a pug..but after doing my research, realized they tend to have a lot of health problems.

then it was either between a JRT or a Westie...The Westie won in the end...

I heard the same too....very smart and very hyper.

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