Jack Russell Terrier Temperament: What’s Good About ‘Em, What’s Bad About ‘Em?
The Jack Russell Terrier (also known as the American Pit Bull Terrier or simply the “pit bull”) is one of the most popular dog breeds in America today. They have been bred since their inception to fight other dogs and humans. Their popularity has led to them being used in many movies and television shows, but they’re not always well-loved.
They’re loyal and loving, but they tend to be very protective of those close to them. If you try to pick up your children from daycare without permission, it could get ugly fast. They have a strong sense of loyalty and will protect those they consider family members. However, if someone else is trying to steal their food or toys, then they’ll turn on you with deadly force!
If you’ve ever owned a Jack Russell Terrier, you probably feel like they’re just like any other dog. That is until you own one yourself. Then all your preconceived notions about them change completely. They aren’t just any dog though; they’re a true champion of the canine world at their finest!
That’s why there are so few left in the wild, let alone ones that don’t have some sort of problem with people or society in general. It’s important that you prepare yourself for the challenges of raising a JRT because they’re not bred to be couch potatoes. Jacks have a natural instinct to hunt small game and rodents. While they can (and should) easily be trained not to do this, it’s important to note that it’s in their nature.
So what are some other interesting facts about the breed?
Well here are some more interesting tidbits about your new best friend!
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