If you’re a Parent thinking about giving a lucky Dog a nice home and welcoming it into your family, you have probably thought about which kind of Dogs are best with children and around toddlers.
You have probably heard and read a lot about Jack Russell Terriers before and opinions do vary when it comes to the question: “Are Jack Russell Terriers good Family Dogs?”
Some think they’re too high maintenance and hard to handle and train.
Others say, they’re the perfect Dog to have in any way.
Truth is :Every Dog has its own personality in addition to the typical characteristics. Its behavior towards humans and other dogs depends on various circumstances such as:
- pure or cross breed JRT
- Treatment by the Owner
Jack Russell Types
First, here’s some basic information about Jack Russell Terriers:
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour.
The Jack Russell is frequently confused with the Parson Russell terrier (see the American Kennel Club) and the Russell terrier, which is a shorter-legged, stockier variety. (Within the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, the “Russell terrier” is also known as “Jack Russell terrier”.) The term “Jack Russell” is also commonly misapplied to other small white terriers. The Jack Russell is a broad type, with a size range of 25–38 cm (10–15 in). The Parson Russell is limited only to a middle range with a standard size of 30–36 cm (12–14 in), while the Russell terrier is smaller at 20–30 cm (8–12 in). Each breed has different physical proportions according to the standards of their breed clubs.
Jack Russells are an energetic breed that rely on a high level of exercise and stimulation. They are relatively free from any serious health complaints. Originating from dogs bred and used by the Reverend John Russell in the early 19th century, from whom the breed takes its name, the Jack Russell has similar origins to the modern Fox terrier. It has gone through several changes over the years, corresponding to different use and breed standards set by kennel clubs. Recognition by kennel clubs for the Jack Russell breed has been opposed by the breed’s parent societies – which resulted in the breeding and recognition of the Parson Russell terrier. Jack Russells have appeared many times in film, television, and print – with several historical dogs of note.
Source : Wikipedia
Jack Russells have been across Advertising, and starring in numerous Movies and Television Series since the early 1980s
read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Russell_Terrier#Well-known_Jack_Russell_terriers
The 7 most common Jack Russell Terrier Mixes are :
1. Jack Russell Terrier – Poodle Mix aka “Jackapoo”
The Jack-A-Poo is a very playful dog and is also great for families with kids. These sweet, fluffy poochies are very affectionate, caring, sensitive, playful, and cuddly. They also don’t lose a lot of hair – so they’re even a great choice of dog for people with allergies!
2. Jack Russell Terrier – Yorkshire Terrier Mix “Yorkie”
The Yorkie looks a lot like a Yorkshire Terrier, but fortunately,has the characteristics both dogs. Yorkies are loyal and energetic, and very adaptable to their owners lifestyle. Yorkies are more of a one person dog and not recommended with small children.
3. Jack Russell Terrier – Dachshund Mix aka “Jackshund“
The combination of two very different type of dogs, the jumpy, playfull and smart Jack
Russell and the calm, intelligent,cool and cheaky Dachshund ultimately results in one of the most affectionate,lovable and entertaining doggies out there. Though each Jackshund will have its own great personality, Jackshunds are generally well behaved when they are told to be, and energetic when allowed. They are easy to train and very sensitive and very entertaining and helpful at the same time.
4. Jack Russell Terrier – Pug Mix aka “Jug”
Jugs have the adorable squished face of a Pug with the playful, bouncy personality of a Jack Russell. These mixes are fond of running, digging, and all about playing and hunting. Jugs do require quite a lot of excercise and are not among the to recommendations to have around kids.
5. Jack Russell Terrier – Beagle Mix aka “Jack-A-Bee”
This adorable mix has the slim, agile body structure of a Jack Russell and the pattern and huge ears of a Beagle. Jack-A-Bees are well known for being sweet, sensitive, and endearing dogs.
6. Jack Russel Terrier – Boston Terrier mix aka “Bo-Jack”
The Bo-Jack is well known for being good-tempered, loving, and very intelligent with a playful and energetic side.
Bo-Jacks are also suitable for families with small chidren.
7. Jack Russel Terrier – Chihuahua Mix aka “Jack-Chi”
Jack- Chis are is are exceptionally good with small kids and toddlers. They are playful, smart and caring and rarely get aggressive. These energetic little doggies as Jackshunds as well, are sometimes described as being a “big dog trapped in a little body”, due to their large personalities and small bodies.
Top 3 Family Friendly JRT Mixes
The Top 3 of recommended Jack Russell Terrier Mixes that are generally safe with and around kids are:
#1 Jack Russell Terrier & Dachshund Mix aka the “Jackshund”
Having the cute big brown eyes, calmness, smartness and cheeky personality of the infamous Dachshund with its short legs and long body, combined with the wild, playful, caring and loyal character of the Jack Russell Terrier, the Jackshund is truly a full package combining the best character treats of all dogs. Jackshunds also have a long lifespan of up to 16 years or even more and are practically free of typical health issues, unlike other dogs. The Jackshund is very intelligent, sensitive and protective of its home and family members.
#2 Jack Russell Terrier & Chihuahua Mix aka “Jack-Chi”
With their even smaller body than the Jackshund, the Jack-Chi makes a great light weight, and easy maintenance companion and family member. Jack-Chis are known to be great around children and easy to train and handle.
If you are living in a medium sized house or apartment a Jack-Chi is not as needy when it comes to exercise and playing, compared to the Jackshund.
#3 Jack Russell Terrier & Poodle Mix aka “Jackapoo”
The Jack-A-Poo makes it to 3rd place of my recommendations of Child and family friendly Jacks. These Fluffy little friends are easy to train and handle and are known for being good around kids. They maintain the typical, elegant behavior of a Poodle, while being very caring and playful as well.
How to treat your Jack Russell
Of Course any Dog can be a good friend and family member and basically all domestic animals are naturally protective of infants and toddlers.Importantly it’s not all on the dogs, if they are sociable with humans in general. A traumatized dog can mean well, but react aggressive in certain situations or when annoyed. You should make sure to know your Dogs Mother and the circumstances and environment it comes from, when looking for a dog to grow up around your new born or toddler.
Rescuing a dog from a shelter is a great thing to do, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so, when looking for a family friendly dog. Of course this also depends on the dogs age and time in the shelter. Dogs are very similar to humans, meaning they all have different and unique personalities, just like humans.
It plays a big part, if not the biggest, how you as a dog owner treat your dog and how deep the connection and affection between you and your dog is. Dogs are far more intelligent and thoughtful than most humans think or are aware of and they’ll naturally treat you as you treat them, in a way.
For more information on how to treat your Jack Russell or any other Dog, you can read about it (here)
Tips & Training for Jack Russell Terriers
There are tons of Books and Training Tips out there on the market and of course, just as many methods for all kind of training and breeds. My opinion on the dog training topic is that the very first step for every dog owner should be getting to know your dog and spend lots of time with it to create a strong bond between you. That way, any additional training will be much easier or even unnecessary.
If you are just getting a dog for the sole reason to dominate it and to make it follow your orders by force, this website is not for you!
Dogs need a lot of love and attention and can truly be a better friend to a human, than any other human could ever be.
However, there are a few good books out there that can give you some helpful tips and tricks on how to treat and train your dog the right way. Go ahead and check my recommendations (here).
Any Dog can be a loving and caring family member and naturally good around kids. As outlined above it all varies from dog to dog because each and every dog has its own personality and story.
The best way to look at adopting a dog is to compare it with adopting a child.
It all depends on how you welcome it into your life and how you love, treat and train it. Please don’t get a Dog if you are not ready to provide it a loving home and the proper treatment and attention it deserves.
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Much Love & Respect, Snoop Doggy