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female vs male jack russell pups

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cuntinghomicidalcardigan Thu 28-Jan-16 10:14:27

I always thought I would want a male dog but have been offered a 12wk old female jack Russell pup from a trusted source. What I want to know is is there a massive difference in their personalities? For example I used to have an elkhound and i was told on choosing her that the male elkhounds were much more dominant and less easy to train to obedience as a rule.

Would a female jack Russel make a good pet for my family of me, dh, dd(3.5) and ds(1.5)? (obv kids not in charge of or near dog unsupervised yada yada smile )

TheoriginalLEM Thu 28-Jan-16 10:25:51

I've never had a bitch but work in a vets so have had experience of both. Dogs are like people in as much as their personalities are their own and individual, however I do think that bitches do tend to have a slightly gentler/quieter nature. You'll need to get her speyed at abotu 6 months old and it does cost a bit more than castration but practically that is all that is different.

Terriers are a force to be reckoned with, I have two now compared to having rotweillers in the past, the rotweillers were much easer! They are great dogs though and ive had my oldest ddog since DD was 2 and never had any issues.

With a young family it might be worth considering crate training so that your dog has a place to go to get away from the madness of family life, when she isn't causing chaos herself, this should be out of bounds to the children..

At 12 weeks she should be fully vaccinated or at least have had her first injections so socialise her as quickly as you can,oh and they suffer from selective deafness so work on recall from the start mine are little bastards and make me look like a numpty on regular occasions when they blatantly ignore me

TheoriginalLEM Thu 28-Jan-16 10:26:20

love the nname btw

Themodernuriahheep Thu 28-Jan-16 10:29:22

They are feisty animals come what may, though ours is a complete wuss compared to his mother and sister. He's also incredibly affectionate, esp compared to his sister.

So I think it just depends.

Floralnomad Thu 28-Jan-16 11:14:25

My mum has 2 JRT X border terriers ( littermates) , the boy is a gentle loving soul , the girl is also very loving with family but would quite happily bite a vet / stranger and is a feisty little madam .

cuntinghomicidalcardigan Thu 28-Jan-16 13:04:27

Thank you for the replies. The bitches I've had in the past have definitely been more feisty! Thanks LEM, we will definitely spay and crate train, our old boy used to love hanging out in his. I've also found some agility and obedience classes locally so will be signing up when we get pup. I'm new to terriers too but have had a ridgeback x mastiff, whippet x staff and elkhound in the past so I am prepared to put some effort into the training grin

I'm getting quite excited, looking forward to finding more out about this pup!

grannycake Thu 28-Jan-16 13:09:51

I have had both female and male jack russell's. Currently have a female who will do a runner if given half a chance but is lovely with GCs and very friendly. Also very cuddly and acts more like a cat (in that she's permanently attached to someones lap). Her son belongs to my DS so comes to stay occasionally but he (although again very loving) can be aggressive with other dogs - he hates them all and believes he can take them all in a fight. Terriers are great but not the most biddable of dogs - just when you think they are obedient they let you down.

Lokibuddyboo Sun 31-Jan-16 00:36:52

I've always had male dogs currently have a male jrt cross chihuahua and he is very loving and sweet little dog. great with kids and great with dogs he knows but can be alittle aloof and barky with dogs he doesn't know but once he's been around them a few times he's fine.
Ive found male dogs to be more loving and less fiesty than females, but that's just my opinion. Whatever you decide good luck with your new pup.

cuntinghomicidalcardigan Sun 31-Jan-16 10:24:24

He's here and he's a boy! Thank you for all your help and advice. Now the fun starts! All he wants to do is sleep on someone's lap and be snuggled. Vet check booked for tomorrow smile

Themodernuriahheep Sun 31-Jan-16 20:22:37

Ooooh, I want him....he's sooo beautiful.. Lots and lots of cuddles...

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