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Old 09-07-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default Whats up with JRTs?

Just been for a walk in the park today and ran into 4 JRTs.
no 1- didnt see to closely coz the owner went to great lengths to walk as far away from us as possible.
no2/3- leggy things so probably Parsons, one was shy but friendly, the other turned tail and ran back to her owner when she saw my 2 coming. Total avoidance! When her doggy friend said hello and she realiesed Adam and Hannah just wanted to say a very calm sniffy hello she sidled over to see them.
no 4- the owners picked him up when they saw us coming. "oh, doesnt he like other dogs?" i asked, (never seen anyone pick their dog up to avoid a chihuahua before!). "he's just a bit growly with strange dogs", was the answer. Surely meeting 2 tiny, calm, friendly dogs would be what you should be hoping for to socialise your dog?
Add that to the insanely small JRT I met last week that was actually too scared to get off its owners lap and I am really confused about these little dogs! I worry people are buying them coz they are small and cheap then not socializing them at all.

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Old 09-07-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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I think JRTs are suffering a bit at the moment, they're small and cute and people buy into that, without realising what a breed like that really needs.

I had to talk someone out of getting one recently, she wanted a cute lapdog.... I had to explain that the 'rat killing machine' might be a tad feisty for her requirements.

Awesome little dogs in the right hands, but i've lost count of the times i've had my dogs snapped/lunged/grumbled at by a JRT.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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Very sad. I think people see them as a more affordable version of the cute little Paris Hilton type dogs.Dont realiese they need more stimulation and exercise then the vast majority of bigger breeds.
My friend at work also has a little JRT that is really nervous, scared of everything and has no doggy social skills(barks at every dog it see).
Consequently it hasnt been out for a walk in over 6weeks!

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Most likely it's more due to careless breeding and lack of puppy raising skills on the part of the breeders.

It happens with just about every breed of dog once they become popular.
Look at the sheer numbers of unstable labs and pits in the shelters as a couple of examples. Both breeds are high in popularity and irresponsibe breeding is rampant in both breeds.
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I believe there are well bred JR dogs out there. People buy good ones, but make lap dogs out of them with NO training or socializtio. It is never the dogs fault, but the owners when something happens. Little pups are NOT born mean, they are made that way by humans. JR dogs are a hiper breed to begin with, need special people to own and know how to train them. It is a pity some buy them and do nothing. Dogs need to work, use there brains too.
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A friend of mine had a Parsons Russell terrier and NEVER walked it, the poor thing was mental i've no doubt out of frustration. She thought because she was little she only needed to run around the garden, when I expect she could've out walked most other dogs.

There is a lot of backyard breeding of JRTs. Where I grew up the majority of them were working bred on farms, so having them as pets just wasn't something that you would attempt. The only people I knew that had them were farmers/landowners who needed them to keep rats down.

Now, it seems every other person has one.

I think they're fab dogs if they're properly handled, I love that manic energy if channelled correctly, not a breed i'd like to own but one I like to play with if it belongs to someone else!
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When we were looking for a dog, hubby wanted one because they are so smart. I looked into it and decided I didn't want to own a JRT. They are too high energy for me and being terriers have a chip on their shoulder. Also in the US apparently there was a fad because of some TV show. Some of the questionnaires on sites that I looked at asked if the reason we wanted a JRT was to have a dog like "Freddie." I didn't even know who "Freddie" was since we watch so little TV.
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The series 'Frasier' had a JRT called 'Eddie' in it, maybe that's where it came from?
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My cousin's son recently rescued one. I saw him on the weekend & he said he was a lunatic & would'nt get another one.
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My neighbor had a really nice JRT and when it died, they went to a breeder and brought home a female about a year old. It was an absolute maniac, would just go nuts if it saw another dog. If he picked it up it struggled and tried to bite him if he did not put it down. It obviously had just been a kennel dog, no socialization at all.
He finally returned it to the breeder and got a puppy. The puppy is a really nice little dog and he faithfully walks it every single day, rain, snow or sunshine, and it goes everywhere with them.

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