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Jack Russell Terrier Dog Breed

Originating from England, the breed gets its name from the Reverend John Russell who bred the dogs in the 19th century using the now extinct English White Terrier. This working type of terrier was bred purposely to hunt and flush foxes out from their underground dens, and to possess a “tempered aggressiveness” - that is, enough drive to pursue the game but not cause any physical harm to it. A distinct breed with a sturdy appearance and an intelligent expression, it stands at a height of 10 to 15 inches and weighs 14 to 18 pounds. Its head is in proportion to its body, with a flat skull, a defined stop and a well-proportioned muzzle. The nose is black and the eyes are almond shaped and dark in colour. It has a muscular neck of good length, strong forelegs and hind legs and a shallow and narrow chest. The tail is set rather high and the coat is smooth and close to the body but not sparse. Standard breeding colour is predominantly white with tan, black, or brown markings.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a hardy breed whose talents include hunting, tracking, agility and performing tricks. It is spirited, energetic but obedient and a devoted and loving dog at home. They are highly intelligent and are very easy to train. Early socialization for the breed is a must if it will be interacting with small non-canine pets because they have strong hunting instincts. The Jack Russell Terrier likes to chase, explore, bark and dig. They are good with children, however. They can live long, healthy lives of about 15 or more years.

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