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Mini Jack Russell Terriers?

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liadaintheirishpoetess Wed 19-Apr-17 12:30:53

Does anybody have one? Are they suitable for children? Can you rough and tumble with them? Do they get along with other dogs? Are they similar personality wise to normal JRT's? Thank you smile

Pollydonia Wed 19-Apr-17 12:33:38

Don't get one, they are a backyard breed , smallest dog & bitch put together to breed. A woman I know put her bitch through this 3 times in 2 years sad

liadaintheirishpoetess Wed 19-Apr-17 12:53:35

@Pollydonia I'm not planning on buying one but rescuing a puppy from a litter born in rescue. The pup that will more than likely end up being mine has been considered to be a Mini Jack Russell by the rescue. There's five puppies in the litter and two are Minis the other three appear to be a normal size.

YrHenGi Wed 19-Apr-17 14:38:47

It's great that you're rehoming a puppy from the rescue but I don't know why they're trying to make out that there's such a thing as a 'mini Jack Russell' - it's just a very small actual Jack Russell terrier, with all the attributes of a JRT but perhaps with some health implications of being born smaller.

Wolfiefan Wed 19-Apr-17 14:40:26

How much do you know about Jack Russells?

liadaintheirishpoetess Wed 19-Apr-17 15:29:35

Ermmm @WolfieFan, let's see, a bit of a handful to train and sort out and will need reinforcement, can't treat her differently bc she's a small dog, strongwilled, diggers, can be dog-aggressivr, barkerd, strong preydrive, v bouncy, high energy levels & may suffer from separation anxiety.
@YrHenGi, it was a rather new worker I talked to last about her and she was the one who mentioned that her and the ither puppy would be Minis,I will double check with the rescue and ask for a more experienced worker.

Wolfiefan Wed 19-Apr-17 15:33:56

Yes you do OP! Very clearly!!
Maybe they mentioned the size if you have children and they were thinking of tiny dog and risk of child falling on it?
My grandfather had working Jacks. You're braver than me to take one on. And I have a giant breed! shock

liadaintheirishpoetess Wed 19-Apr-17 15:38:30

Haha @WolfieFan, let me guess a Wolfhound?! grin Beautiful dogs and so sweet. We also have a rescue whippet Macy, who is very chilled so have decided our next port of call will be a mad Jack! I had them as a child and loved ours deeply so am very excited to be training up a JRT. I think we'll call her Winnie or Issy. And, yes, the rescue may have been thinking about that, I'm ringing now.

Wolfiefan Wed 19-Apr-17 15:40:26

Yep! A wolfhound indeed!
Whippet and Jack could be a lovely mix. Shall keep my fingers crossed it all works out.

CornflakeHomunculus Wed 19-Apr-17 15:46:48

Whilst "miniature" is an official size bracket in some breeds, it's not in the JRT. In their case "miniature" just means either bred to be as small as possible (with health and temperament often thrown by the wayside in the pursuit of tiny size) or they're puppies who haven't thrived.

Either way you could be looking at potential health issues down the line or they could turn out absolutely fine. It's always a bit of a risk taking on a puppy without a fully known background, particularly in terms of health.

One of the most common issues you see in JRTs/JRT types is luxating patella which can need surgical intervention and is more common the smaller/shorter legged dogs get.

georgedawes Wed 19-Apr-17 16:08:29

It's a very rare jrt that gets on with other dogs in my experience. You'll probably get loads of owners on saying theirs is great etc.. but when I'm on walks if I see a JRT on a walk at least 90% have a go at my dog (well behaved and minding her own business). Yappy sods.

allfurcoatnoknickers Wed 19-Apr-17 16:09:59

I have a JackChi (from a rescue before anyone flames me) so perhaps he's what they mean by a miniature Jack Russell?

He's very sweet and lovely and cuddly but a lot of work and NEVER TIRED. He's also very needy and has separation anxiety. He's fine as long as he's with my other dog, but he can never, ever be left along or he screams like he's being murdered.

He can also jump five feet from a standing start, so nothing on the table or worktops is safe 100% safe unless you push it right back. I learned the hard way that he's an ace climber after he clambered up the book case and ate three cookery books hmm.

Here's a picture of the delinquent.

LumelaMme Wed 19-Apr-17 17:16:06

Is it just a small Jack? The working strain ones - as I understand it, I'm not an expert - are small because they have small chests so they can right down underground.

But yup, you will get a LOT of dog in a small body.

liadaintheirishpoetess Wed 19-Apr-17 20:41:39

Right, have rang rescue and discovered that the woman was actually talking about a litter of poodles that have come into rescue through an ex-breeding bitch sad. Poor doggy, rescue have apologised profusely about the worry.

applesareredandgreen Wed 19-Apr-17 23:10:09

I have a short legged Jack Russell - is this the same thing? He's a lovely little dog - yes he's yappy and only obedient if it suits him but he's such a friendly loving little dog - with people and with other dogs.

PickAChew Wed 19-Apr-17 23:18:11

That would be very different, liad!

Parents have a rescued Jackuahua. He's a lazy, snuggly guy, prone to occasional 5 minutes of snarly, growly madness with his toy du jour. Birds are jolly good fun but he really would rather sleep.

JJmom16 Fri 05-May-17 14:57:45

Jrts - High energy might get on with your kids when older but will be very nippy and will chase. Not good with other dogs may not be good with strangers either.... think its the luck of the draw.
If you want walk miles and miles and never have a tired dog - A jack is for you.
They may be little but don't underestimate them.

InfiniteSheldon Fri 05-May-17 22:06:33

I have a jrt/chi he is tiny and sleeps loads he's amazing with the dgc. He does like a good walk though and absolutely loves toys. I will never have any other breed/cross/mongrel it's the best mix such a lovely temperament.

Orangebird69 Fri 05-May-17 22:12:02

I've known plenty of JRs that get on with kids, people, other dogs and are a delight. But maybe that's because they were worked. They're lovely dogs.

InfiniteSheldon Sat 06-May-17 07:08:35

I have had three jrt and its true that they need to be worked/exercised as if they are much bigger dogs. I work from home so my dogs have never been left alone. Or my dh takes them to work (on farms) My newish ddog 2 only weighs 4k but we walk at least 3 to 4 miles a day sometimes 7 to 10 though he has to be carried for the middle section of long walks.

frillyflower Sat 06-May-17 07:51:19

I've got an 18 month old Jack. He hardly ever barks and is really good with other dogs and people - a really sweet natured little chap. He's happy to be on his own for a few hours.
He needs a lot of exercise though. Ours gets at least 2 hour-long walks off lead every day.
I think if Jacks are well socialised and exercised they are lovely little dogs.

Karin18 Sun 07-May-17 12:29:41

I have an eight year old male jack Russell. Brought up with cats and a house rabbit, great with them. Not particularly yapping, discouraged him from day one as live in a flat! He's a proper couch potato if he gets his 2 hours exercise, a lot of it chasing a ball. I could walk him all day quite frankleyburn, wouldn't be tired!

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