Owning a dog brings joy to so many people. Dogs are exciting creatures that can make you laugh, smile, find love, etc.
Many feel as though their dogs are children – and in some ways they are – but just like “real parents”, pet-parents need to make sure they are aware of their dog’s breed and personality so that they can properly take care of them in the long run.
When it comes to owning a Jack Russell Terrier, this is much more important, as they tend to be pretty specific to the breed and need to be properly taken care of. Knowing these traits will allow you to understand your dog more, and that will lead to more love and attention from you to him. Here are the top five traits to be aware of for everyone’s sake:
1. Energetic and agile
Anyone who has experience with this breed will tell you that they love to move, run, play, and generally be alive. This is a good trait because it means that they’ll keep you busy, but if you are someone who has never had a dog before, or even kids, you may find his constant energy a little hard to get used to at first. The thing to remember, primarily, is that he won’t just “grow out of it”. He’ll want to play and roughhouse every day of his life, and you need to make sure you commit the time to doing that for him.
As far as skills go, a Jack Russell Terrier is very agile. They love to move quickly and you will really be impressed with how they jump and hop from spot to spot. This will be fun for you and him while training and playing, especially for agility where they are rock stars. These dogs tend to be similar to cats in terms of their structure and physical skills. These are great dogs for people who love to be outside and exploring. Your dog will easily and faithfully keep up with you.
There’s no question that these dogs are incredibly (and sometimes, terrifyingly) smart. They will pick up on tricks like that and you’ll be able to get a lot out of him in terms of tricks and training. If you are someone who wants to take on the hobby and training your dog in a show, a terrier is definitely a great way to go about doing that. That being said, once in a while, having a dog that is smart can work against you.
He’ll know how to rile you up and get you frustrated when you’re busy or in a rush. While these excited dogs aren’t mean, they will want to play with you once in a while when it comes to making you frustrated. Be aware of this and don’t become bitter when this happens – he just wants to connect with you! Give him a few minutes of attention and he’ll settle right down!
As far as genetic background goes, Jack Russell Terriers are pretty close to fearless. They will lock their eyes on a target (or goal) and won’t stop until they get to it. As hunters – originally – they would use this same mentality to approach the animal they were hunting. Therefore, Jack Russell Terriers do tend to make great guard dogs in that they won’t whimper in a corner when something goes bump in the night, which will help many who want to feel safe.
Additionally, Jack Russell Terriers may get into fights, and they don’t tend to back down from them. Make sure you’re aware of this when socializing your dog.
4. Strong play drive
These dogs love to play! Whether you’re just tossing a ball around or going for a walk, this breed of dog is great for those who aren’t just looking for a dog that wants to cuddle all day long. A Jack Russell Terrier will want to love you, of course, but he wants to play and bark and jump around with you, even more!
Make sure you leave enough time for him to have a great time in the backyard. Playing with your dog is always good too, as it bonds you and him much closer, meaning you both can benefit greatly from the play time. It’s great exercise and makes you closer to your furry companion, too. Make time for you and your dog to play, even if it’s just for half an hour each day. It’ll make a huge difference in attitude and connection between human and dog.
Yes, these dogs do tend to be on the noisy side. They love to talk to you and get your attention so that you can share with the fun. Remember that dogs bark in order to communicate with you, so take that seriously. This is the reason why you need to start teaching him to stop barking from the very first day (Learning how to bark on command and therefore the stop barking cue helps a lot, don’t just yell at him to stop – there is a big chance he doesn’t understand what you want).
Odds are, he simply wants a few moments of your time, and you can do that without derailing your entire day, whether you’ve thought about it that way or not. It will help both you and him deal with any issues in terms of noise control and love.
Your Jack Russell Terrier is part of your family, and we get that. We also want to make sure that you know that you are prepared to make the commitment to your dog. We do this through offering these five top personality traits to be aware of so that you can always make sure that you are a good fit for this breed of dog.
Knowing you’re a good match will make both you and him much happier and bring you all sorts of happy memories with no inconveniences in sight.
Do you Jack Russell owners think there is something else to add to this list? Or are you concerned about any of these? Tell me in the comments below.