miniature jack russell a good 1st dog for an 8 year old boy?(36 Posts)
No dog is a good first dog for an 8 year old.
I've known 2. One was nippy. One wasn't.
But unless you accept the dog will be yours and you'll be the shit picker upper my advice is - don't.
minature JR? I don't think they exist as a breed - i could be wrong so don't pay alot of money for it!
I have two JRTs and they are fantastic dogs but your DH is right, they certainly can be nippy. Terriers are feisty dogs and will fight their corner. They need a lot of exercise and are generally mental. They will certainly be up for lots of games and if your DS is sensible I think they could well be the best of friends.
I'm more scared of jr's than rotweillers. I saw the results of one on the children's ward. And one runs at me in the park...
we have a JRT apparently a miniature, he is just small short legged, he is lovely most of the time but JRT in their nature are quick feisty dogs on the go all day, can be very noisy barks at anything and still is even after a year can qet quite snappy and when my dd (6) is running around will nip at her heels, jump and scratch her legs and has almost nipped her face a few times, I would advise against letting any dog sleep on a childs bed, it is my firm belief that dogs and children should never be left alone together unsupervised (just my personal belief) belive it or not I actually trust my rottie around my dd than my JRT
I had a bowlegged, block headed little smooth JRT at the same sort of age and he was an absolute cracker. Back in the days when we were shoved out of the door in the summer holidays and told to come back when the street lights came on he came everywhere with me - we used to bike about for miles and he'd run alongside, whether in the woods or the fields or down to the shops. I don't think he ever wore a lead. I sent him round makeshift agility courses in the garden and taught him to do stupid tricks like sneezing on command and hiding his nose under a paw.
But, and it's a big but, I have since met a large number of poorly socialised, snappy and nervous examples many of which were back yard bred 'miniatures'. I think you may still find a good example in the proper Parson JRT types. I also really like fox terriers and these have a better rep as a pet. All of these types need more exercise than you may expect.
Unfortunately there are no guarantees that any dog would have the "Lassie" like qualities you are after, but I think it could be a real lottery with a JRT. JRT is really a 'type' rather than a breed (if it looks like a JRT, it is a JRT, there are no breed records or pedigrees) so even harder to predict characteristics.
I think your other problem will be that any dog you get will be spending most of it's time with you and as you'll be the primary provider of food, training and exercise it will probably be most strongly bonded with you and not be the boys best friend you are hoping for. We have 3 dogs, my DD loves them and they love her back but they love me most!
I had a cairn at that age , he was feisty but very companionable . We have a cocker spaniel , he is a great family dog and we love him to bits but he does shed quite a bit and I wouldn't want him sleeping on my bed!
What about a Norfolk terrier ?
I haven't had great experiences with golden retrievers - quite aggressive and Bolshy .
What about a flat coated retriever? I walk with one and have meet another couple who are all lovely, can see them haring around after a boy on a bike
Our dog ( 9 1/2 months) is definately strongly bonded with me, but these last holidays he has developed a very strong bond with DS, I think it is exploring the woods, looking in streams following on bike.... It has been lovely to see.
Would strongly recommend our breed - but then you would have to be happy with a giant...... Which even I think we are crazy about.
Only thing I would say, is you need to heavily involve your DS in training.
My DS can't walk out ddog (well he can on a halti) but has been very involved in recall training/games
How about a German Shepherd? They are lovely dogs, easy to train, intelligent and make great family pets. Our pup is a bit scared of cavalier spanners and JRTs though - basically anything small and barky!
On the subject of training;the classes we went to had several children attending with their dogs , they were expected to take it seriously , no real allowances made but they , and the dogs seemed to love it .They tended to do much more practice than the adult and the bond between them and their dogs was a joy to see.
Oh - a d you need to consider energy level - how Mach walking are you happy to do when it's freezing cold and sleeting - as in winter I guarantee you will be doing all the walking.
My husband likes to say "their is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes" but walking a dog in the wind, rain, and snow (when everyone else is tucked up warm inside) can challenge your sense of humor on that
If you like spaniels, what about a Cavalier King Charles?
Small, usually very nice natured, trainable. MUCH calmer than cockers/springers & need less exercise. They can suffer from a few health problems so make sure you go to a good breeder & get insurance.
JRTs, like all terrier breeds, have a tendency towards feisty, pushy personalities - it makes them real little characters but probably not the right breed for what you want.
We have an 9 month old Border Terrier who my 7 year old ds adores. The play can get rough at times though so I wouldn't recommend with tots but the age of youe children should be ok.
I am currently watching them both wrestle with a blanket whilst I comtemplate wrestling the stinking hound into the bath after his second fox poo incident of the week. Lovely!
Oh toboldlygo your childhood sounds magical, and what a great life your dog had!
I have to say (off topic) that I would much rather walk our dog without a lead all the time if I could, she is much happier & better behaved
I had a Cairn as my 15th birthday present. She was a fantastic dog, lots of fun, always ready for a game, and loved children. She wasn't snappy at all and was great company. Had to have her PTS last year at the grand old age of 17, still miss her now.
My parents got a Golden Retriever when I was a small child and she was also a lovely dog, very soppy.
I grew up with JRTs. My whole family had them and I loved them all. I always thought that when I got my own dog that this would be the breed we would have.
I had to rule them out though for the sake of our existing rabbit and guinea pigs and went to a rescue with a pretty open mind (young dog, no terriers, no collies) We came home with a Springer Spaniel pup and it has been a revelation!
I cannot believe how much better he is with the children than the family dogs I remember. We always had to treat them with a lot of respect because they would snap and were not very patient even when young. I can remember my gran, mum, aunt uncle and cousin all being bitten. These were well looked after dogs too, walked around 3 hours a day and with someone home all the time.
They were generally not great with other dogs, terratorial and yappy. They were a lot of fun though
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