Comments received on the Jack Russell Terrier
and its crosses:
Gill - Parsons Jack Russell
This is my first agility dog. He was a rescue which we have had
from 13months. When we first started agility training at
18months he was very easily distracted but a natural for
agility, very fast and loves running, jumping and clI'mbing. He
has no fear! At almost 3 years old he is showing great promise
and his concentration has I'mproved a lot. He would do very well
with a more experienced handler -if I hesitate for a second I've
lost hI'm (off to sniff or jump a everything in sight!)But as
long as I'm doing my job well he does very well too.
Jack russell x dachshund
My dog is three and I have just started training her she is fab
I have a Lovely 5 month Jack Russell who is adorable and
loveable, from early age I started her training her because we
know Jack Russells can be stubborn and wont to rule the roost,
She is a short haired Jack, does any one know how big they will
grow too, although she is growing, I dont think she will be that
Patterdale handler (Patterdale/ Jack
She's very stubborn and has a mind of her own, which I expect being
the breed cross
she is, but she is only good with our family and dogs, and detests others, HELP
Also very good at flyball, as the curent one is obsessed with tennis balls
My oldest dog is sensitive to noises, and has mood swings. She's got a stubborn
streak in her. That's probably from the terrier. When she doesn't want to do
something, pretty much nothing will convince her to do it. Other than her mood
swings and stubborness, she's a great agility dog. We started agility when she was
about 12 years old. She's still going at 15!
He is a wimp
Russell Border terrier cross):
A little on the small size, but what a wonderful cross!! My little terrier Boo is
soooo beautiful, loves agility and is amazing with my little girl! If I could
clone her I would!!
Russell Cavalier cross):
What a great cross!! Happy in the house, great with children, full of love and
good at agility!!
I have owned jack russells for years & currently have 3, but I only run 2 of them.
Training is frustrating but the extra hard work pays off as once the penny drops it
tends to stay dropped! The most annoying part of training a jack russell is
distraction. Every little thing seems to take their mind off the task and regaining
control is tricky as they can be very stubborn!
Thinking of buying jack x whippet as pet.
I have kids and a cat.
Good idea or not?
Pat Comments: Possibly not. Terriers are quite strong
willed and they need a firm hand sometimes. Whippets can
tend to be a bit difficult as well and a cross like this may
turn out to be a cat chaser. Children generally like to
have dogs that they can play with and train easily. They like to
be able to hold the lead if you go out for a walk and they may
want to go to family dog shows or do some agility in the garden.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels and their crosses make excellent
pets for children. They are real little spaniels and
they're easy to train. In general you want a dog that's
easily trained and small enough for the children, and even
tempered enough for the cat.
Brilliant little dogs but you need to
keep their mind off scents
Griff is smooth coated tri colour, blue, light tan and white. Very striking dog,
good nature and easy to train. he does basic agility, walks well off the lead and
responds to call back. I think the fact that he is neutered has helped because his
mind is focused on me. he gets on well with other dogs and is no threat to our
parrot who bosses him around all of the time. He will happily sit with the rabbits
and share their food, it seems that no one has yet explained the JR job description
to him! Although Griff is a Yam Yam through and through, born and bred in Bilston in
The Black Country.
We have Rune who is full Jack Russell. She is 20 month's old and a dogs trust
rescue bitch (adopted at 5 months old) , she's loyal and very smart, and loves
being close to "her people". We also have a 10 week old Jack Russell Daschund cross
called Lilith. She looks a lot more like a Daschund but is ALL Jack Russell with
her personality. She is already leaning basic commands - sit, up, wait. She loves
coachies snacks, so this is making training much easier (Rune doesn't like them
much though). I never saw myself as a small dog person, but all the Jack Russell's
I've met are BIG dogs in a small package.. PERFECT!
I have a Lovely 5 month Jack Russell who is adorable and loveable, from early age I
started her training her because we know Jack Russells can be stubborn and wont to
rule the roost, She is a short haired Jack, does any one know how big they will grow
too, although she is growing, I dont think she will be that big.
My dog Norman is about a foot tall but can jump almost quadruple his height!!
There's good stuff in small packages! Hee hee.
We have a three year old Patterdale/jack russell boy and a year old rescue jack
russell. They really love each other and play all the time. The jack russell now
knows his name but when or if do you know if you can ever trust him off lead? The
Patterdale is fine but we had him from a pup. The jack russell loves to run ad
play with other dogs but I think it only needs that on moment of seeing a squirrel
etc and he could be gone. They are lovely dogs though and both have so much love to
My dog is a Jack cross terrier and she is only 8 weeks old. I got her for christmas
07 and I love her to pieces. Her name is Bell and she love to play with cat toys.
Haven't tried training her yet bit hard at this age. My other dog is a Labrador cross
spaniel and she loves mothering Bell and rolling her in the mud.
/Jack Russell cross)
We acquired our Poppy at the grand age of 13 weeks. We were originally told she was
a Jack Russell, but questioned this due to her black and tan colours and white
chest. After talking with the breeder she has confirmed that her Aunt's Patterdale
must have had his wicked way with our breeder's bitch. Our Poppy is a lively pup
and yes she nips especially at our 3 year old lad. We are working with our Son to
change the pecking order and he is feeding her all the time. We love Poppy and
wouldn't change her for the world. We have just taken her on her first walk to the
lake and she loved every minute. She had to have her first bath when she got back
as she was covered in mud!! People we see keep saying Poppy is a Rottie, but she
clearly isn't as her paws would be HUGE!!! We are going back to the same breeder in
a week or so to get another pup. This one is definitely a Jack Russell and is
tiny!!! We hope Pops will invite Jazzy into our home with open arms as we are a
little concerned. There is only 8 weeks in age difference, but there will be a
substantial difference in height!!!! Does anyone have a Patterdale and Jack
together??? How do they get on???
Russell cross handler:
She's got the speed of the JRT; the sweetness of the SBT; the stubbornness and
independence of all terriers; Agility is her favourite game (equal to chasing and
retrieving a tennis ball)
I have a two year old jack russell x norfolk terrier girl,Tess. This small, rough
coated, honey coloured dog is the light of my life. My constant companion is
intelligent, easy to train, with a wonderful sense of humour. Very friendly, kind with
my cat & parrot, I would trust her in any situation. A wise little soul,& so very
much loved. A fabulous cross.
We have 3 JRTs, one male neuter who is 5 years old, short legged but can
comfortably jump into my arms and I'm 6' tall! He's called Jock and has a great
temperament although he doesn't really like dogs he doesn't know and sometimes gets
completely obsessive over certain objects. We have a 2 year old bitch called Harley
who we suspect may have a little chihuahua in her as she never drops her ears and
is really cheeky! Then we have Milo, a full male with great big paws and who is 5
months old, he's pure white with tan 'panda eyes' These are great dogs but can be
hard to train. Really rewarding, and (at least for us) great with kids.
My Jack Russell, Louie is 10 months old and I have had great fun training him over
very small jumps and through tunnels. He seems to love it although I have to admit
they are a tough breed to tackle.
My other dog, Cadet, is a Pharaoh Hound and we have competed at county level
Good luck to everyone with their Jack Russells.
Jack Russels are great as they have boundless energy and can jump with the best.
The JRT is naturally lively and full of energy but can be somewhat stubborn, by
crossing with a slightly taller Patterdale who are generally more athletic and
easier to train you get a fabulous mix. This does depend on the individual parents
taking their temperaments and conformations in to account.
I love the pictures of the dogs they're sooo sweet , I'm looking for a patterdale at
Pat comments: The little dog
in the photos is called Banjo, and Jeff says he's becoming quite
famous on the internet as so many people want to use his photos.
I have three dogs, 2 rough coated short legged JRTs and one JRT X Patterdale, who
is starting agility training this week. He's already been placed at a local show in
his only competition to date and we hope to go on to some serious competing because
he absolutely loves it.
I have a rescued Jack Russell cross something?? We think its a whippet type dog, he's
too big for a Jack Russell and his chest is too deep for one two. He's brilliant,
they are like a rottweiler all rolled up into a tiny package, they can take on the
world without a second glance. Alfie is not the best to train, a bit slow but once
a ball is introduced, sometimes a tit bit he'll try and work it out. Got him doing
sit, speak, whisper (growl), down, go away, go to your bed, jump, figures of 8
through your legs and paw if he wants to. For some reason he doesn't like that?? Trying
roll over but his little brain can't quite comprehend what's going on. Would love to
start him on agility but there are no classes around here so will have to do some
DIY. Jack russells are great dogs if you would love a big dog but you don't have the
space for one.
I have two jack russells one is called Sasha and the other one is called Tia but
Sasha is really good at agility and we are looking for some classes again.
My jack Russell terrier is tiny but I am training him over 50 cm jumps... he is
only 7 months old but easy to train... although he is very stubborn!
Pat comments: Becky,
I do hope you come back and read this.
Please, please stop training your Jack Russell
over jumps. He is much too young to be
jumping at the moment. I know you and your
dog are both enjoying yourselves enormously and
no doubt you will have loads of fun and success
in the future but you could cause damage to his
young joints by training when he is little more
than a puppy. It's hard to wait I know,
but you must let a dog grow to maturity before
you start jump training. Also your little
dog won't be asked to jump higher than 35cm at
Kennel Club licensed shows so when he is
old enough, the very most he should be asked to
jump is 35cm. Please believe me that it's
not the height of the jump that matters but the
way in which the dog can tackle the course.
Sasha often trains over 35cm jumps to make sure
that she is accurate and Jamie never jumps
higher than this now that he's older.
Would not choose this as my first dog to train . I have three terriers of all
shapes and sizes and he is the one who is really up for it, but I now know a
little more so can control and use the excitment.
We have two Jack Russell/Yellow Lab crosses. They are siblings and the most awesome
dogs. Sara has more of the Jack traits, while Sam has more of the Lab traits in
him. They are awesome with kids and very protective of the family and the home.
I have 2 jack russells, Guinness 5 years old,
he was really easy to train basics to
and even tricks . Tinkerbell, 1 year old, however was not so easy. She is very
single minded and is still not brilliant at the basics but she is very loyal and
follows me round the house. They both are extremely loving with big personalities
and very hyperactive and I love them to bits.
I have a jack russell terrier named Orlando. I want to do agility.
Pat comments: This is an excellent breed to start
agility with. They're very keen and thoroughly enjoy the
I have a fantastic 3 year old Jack Russell who we got as a rescue dog from Mrs
Murrays cat & dog home in Aberdeen. He is an absolute angel with not an ounce of
aggression in him, he is 100% trustworthy and an absolute joy to have!
Energetic and excitable dogs, a great way to let out any energy is definitely
through agility. Plus it's great to meet other dogs at training.
Hi, I have a nine week old JRT / Yorkshire
Terrier she is wonderful very energetic
and has learnt the sit command already.
She loves attention and a cuddle and very nosey about what
people are doing
Helen (Patterdale /Jack Russell cross):
I got my Patterdale cross (Jack Russell) in Oct 05, Poppy is
the absolute light of
our lives, we couldn't have asked for a more loving, fun, energetic dog! She
easy to housetrain and is quite obedient in the home, however, outside is
issue! She does pull on the lead and I am not confident at letting her off
we take the football which she loves). She loves to come on very long walks
never seems to tire. I have never known a dog be so friendly with everyone
meets, both human and canine, she never ever barks (not sure if that is
the breed?) and has never snapped or shown any aggression at all. We are
looking to get another 'patterjack' or similar, so if anyone knows of any
Hi, I have a terrier (probably Jack Russell)
collie cross. He's definitely a
mixture of both - very willing and fairly quick to learn but has
the attention span
of a flea especially if rabbits are in anyway around. He likes
especially when he got the hang of it and decided it was more
interesting than the
smelly riding school sand. I wouldn't say obedience is his
forte (Chak the lack is
his nickname as in lack of discipline) but we're working on it,
having a fairly
well behaved pure collie round helps a bit!
Hi, I noticed that you said you hadn't come across
a large Jack Russell cross, well
I have a Labrador Jack Russell cross who is 12 weeks old and at
the moment looks
like a mini yellow lab. She seems to have quite a lively terrier
although is going through a pretty bad nippy phase is very quick
Norfolk Terrier cross:
The dog is good its the trainer who has the problems.
(Ease of training was classed as fair to middling for this
Jack Russell cross):
Two years ago we adopted Jack, who is going to be 9. He
is a quick learner to new
rules. He is very agile and loves getting his prey i.e. next door guinea pig.
is full of energy in the morning when he gets up. At 9pm he puts
himself to bed. We do not know why? but he is a fighter with other dogs. We cannot leave him
off the lead in public area. He has buried himself and needed the
to dig him out. He can dig a hole in no time at all, as big as his
own body. He
is a sun worshiper. He is a comis-chef in the kitchen as soon as the food is
prepared, he loves carrots and apples. He is very patient and he can
hours by the oven door waiting for the roast to come out. He loves children.
is very clean and independent. He makes himself loved by everyone.
looks like a puppy. So we do not know how much of the Patterdale
are and the Jack Russell. But we are pleased we got him.
I am 13 years old and I have a 10 year old Parsons Jack Russell
Spot. He is an amazing dog but unfortunately does not get on
well with other dogs
as we got him from the RSPCA at the age of 3 and he already had
it in him. They are
very cuddly and will sleep anywhere, anytime as long as there
are blankets for them
to sleep on or in. They are excellent with children as long as
they are not teased
or interrupted whilst sleeping. My Jack Russell has NEVER
bitten me or anyone
else. If you do get your own from a puppy then do be aware that
they do tend to
run off if unsupervised. If possible put a harness on instead of
a collar when you
take them for a walk (do make them wear a collar full time
though so you have
something to put your contact detail tag onto) as they are very
clever and tend to
back out of collars if they really want to be somewhere! .He has
temperament and I recommend one to anybody. As long as you train
they will stay loyally by your side.
Karis also has a German shepherd dog and
has written some useful comments about
Russell/Poodle cross handler:
Bright, keen, energetic, willing to please -
loved by everyone!!!!!!!!
We have a beautiful Jack Russell cross Cavalier. She has
a beautiful smooth and silky short haired coat and the kindest nature. She is very
gentle, snuggley and just loves a cuddle. She has a cav nature at home but when she
gets to the park she
runs circles round the other dogs and cant catch her. DEFINITELY recommend this breed if you can find it.
Jack Russell x
I think any type of dog should
give agility a go.
Milly needs to concentrate a little more but she
is only 9 months old at present.
Jack Russell /
Whippet Cross (small and easy to train):
She is very fast!!
Soraya Porter (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen crossed with a Jack Russell):
I have found a hound terrier mix brilliant. For me
you get the hound to live with when you're out at work, they are happy to snooze. However, for
agility you mostly get the terrier to work with, with some moderating temperament
factors from the Hound side. A lovely mix - highly recommend it!
Pat comments: I didn't know
what it was either but I've discovered that the Petit Basset
Griffon Vendeen is a small hairy thing that originated in Vendee
in France. It looks like a sort of basset but with a
shorter back and less pendulous ears. Here's a link to the
page where I looked it up.
We have just bought a little Jack Russell puppy called "Dash. "
He's my next agility dog and is lovely, sweet and tiny. He loves his tugger and is
doing well on his foundation work, he loves his clicker also and is mental about
"Terriers have a mind
of their own but their smart and quick to learn (once they put
their minds to it!!) - training was challenging - but the hard
work pays off... they may not be as quick as a Collie but they
add a little variety!"
Andy found the
following with a Jack Russell Cavalier cross:
Easy to train, would
recommend the dog for agility and would choose another dog like
this again. He also points out that "You
should never force your dog into agility. Not all dogs will like
it. Most will love it."
Steph Rendall says of
her Jack Russell Terrier
My 4 year old Pure-Bred Short-legged Jack Russell has
competed in flyball for 2 years and is
as reliable as you could wish for. We have just done our 3rd
Agility show - and I was so shocked with her!! She was so naughty - going off sniffing,
totally ignoring me - which is not normally likeher!!!
You can never ever take a JRT for granted, they will
always get one over on you!!