As a working Terrier, the Jack Russell is known for its intelligence, quickness and grit. Don’t be fooled by the well-trained Jack Russells you often see on tv or films. This energetic breed can be a handful, which is why it is not recommended for busy or first-time owners. It is a loving and loyal companion but it is definitely not a laidback dog. It is important to establish the alpha role in the household because it can be stubborn. It has a lot of tricks up its sleeve that can be overwhelming for most people. Time, patience, consistency, and dedication are needed to handle this strong-willed pooch.
This breed is friendly, affectionate and personable. However, it is better for families with mature and active children who know how to handle dogs. Its rowdy nature can be too much for very young kids. On the other hand, because of its high prey drive, it tends to be aggressive towards other dogs. Trainings should focus on basic canine manners, agility drills and socialisation. Routine and structure, along with positive reinforcements will make training sessions easier.
When not given attention or its activity needs are not met, it busies itself by barking, chewing, and escaping. You should never leave this dog for long periods of time since it is a high jumper, climber and digger.
Breeds have predisposed characteristics when it comes to temperament and intelligence. However, dogs grow up unique because of environmental factors.