First, a bit of background from our friends at the Westminster Kennel Club:
The Russell Terrier is considered the ultimate working earth terrier due to their small size (10" to 12" tall) and unique chest. The hallmark of the breed is its small, oval-shaped, spannable, compressible chest, which allows them to hunt efficiently below ground, pulling, pushing and bending through tight turns and narrow tunnels. Their origin dates back to the 1800's in England where they were utilized for fox hunting and carried horseback in terrier bags. Pack hunters, they are non-confrontational, not a sparring breed. They are predominantly white with spots and come in three coats - smooth, broken, and rough. They are athletic, intelligent, and fiercely loyal.
Make no mistake.. The Jack Russell is NOT a casual lap dog. No, the Jack needs a job to do.
Here are some more facts about the Jack Russell:
LIFESPAN: 15 Years
YOUR HOME: Best if you have a backyard or opportunity for daily outdoor activities. Makes an OK apartment dog if you're willing to commit to daily walking and exercise for your dog. Children over 6 are best for home.
HEALTH: prone to dislocated kneecaps, eye diseases and deafness. As with any dog, regular vet visits are a key to a happy, healthy life.
TRAINING: An experienced trainer is recommended. Do not let this little dog fall into Small Dog Syndrome, where he believes he is pack leader to all humans.
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