Jack Russell Terrier
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The Jack Russell Terrier, also known as the Parson Russell Terrier, was developed in England some 200 years ago to hunt foxes. It is a lively, independent and smart little dog. They are charming and affectionate, but they are also a handful to train and manage.
The Jack Russell Terrier originated in England in the mid to late 1800s in response to a need for a small but spirited fox hunting dog. While foxhounds had gained much popularity among the English nobility for hunting with horse and dog, a parson named John Russell saw the need for a small terrier that could follow the fox into the ground. As a result, he began a selective breeding programme aimed at developing a tenacious but small hunter.
The Jack Russell Terrier quickly gained popularity, with a name inspired by the breed's founder himself. The small but agile dogs were bred for speed - they could keep up with horses on the hunt. They were also built with the distinctive terrier tenacity. These dogs were successful in hunting foxes, raccoons, groundhogs, and other small game. They found a niche especially when used in conjunction with larger foxhounds. While the larger hounds could chase a fox until it retreated to its den, the smaller Jack Russell Terriers could chase the fox out of its hiding place and the hunt could continue.
The energetic and spirited Jack has a lot of personality in his small body. Loving, devoted and endlessly amusing, he enjoys life and all it has to offer. If given the chance, he will chase his pleasures over fences and through the streets. He is incredibly intelligent, but his stubborn nature can make him difficult to train. He is friendly to people, but can be aggressive towards other dogs and any animal that looks like prey, including cats. His fearless nature puts him in danger if he decides to take on a larger dog.