Introducing Wishbone, a handsome Jack Russell Terrier boy. He has lots of energy and needs a fenced yard to run around in. He LOVES to play, whether it's chasing after butterflies or with a myriad of toys (be prepared with a full assortment for his choosing!) After playing, he usually likes to sunbathe in his bed by a window so that he can protect the house. One of his favorite things is cuddling on the couch while watching TV with his people. He may be very protective of my humans, he just needs time for making sure strangers aren't cause for alarm. It's a protective instinct of his breed, if you've ever owned a JRT, you'll understand. They have their quirks and they're proud of it! Wishbone doesn’t mind being in his crate to sleep as long as he knows that his humans are around.
Some helpful information about the Jack Russell breed:
The trained Jack Russell that you see on TV or in movies doesn't come that way. Teaching a Jack Russell to become a civilized companion is no easy task. It requires lots of time and patience as well as a strong sense of humor. The JRT is highly trainable, but he has a mind of his own and won't stand for boredom. If you don't keep him entertained, he'll find his own amusements, and you probably won't be happy with the results.
If you want a dog who can learn tricks, run an agility or flyball course in seconds flat, play fetch until you drop, and who will make a charming companion when he's not getting into mischief, the Jack Russell may be the dog for you. If you can't deal with a dog who will chew, dig, and bark, rocket through the house multiple times daily, chase cats and other small animals with glee and murderous intent, and will always find the loophole in any command you give, he's definitely not the dog for you, no matter how cute and small he is.
If you have the time and patience to devote to him, the Jack Russell has many qualities that make him an ideal family dog. He's devoted to his people and loves being with them. His heritage as a hunting dog makes him an excellent jogging companion once he's full grown. Active older children will find him to be a happy and affectionate playmate, but his rambunctious nature can overwhelm younger kids.
On the downside, his fearless nature frequently puts him in harm's way. He has tons of energy and won't be satisfied by a sedate walk around the block. This is a dog who loves to run and jump and fetch. Plan on giving him 30 to 45 minutes daily of vigorous exercise.
He's an escape artist who's best suited to a home with a yard and a secure fence that can't be climbed, dug under, or jumped over. An underground electronic won't contain a JRT. The Jack's strong prey drive makes him entirely untrustworthy off leash, so you'll need snap on the leash when you're outside of fenced areas. And his instinct to "go to ground" — to dig for prey — means your garden isn't safe from excavation. If you have a flock of chickens, don't plan on him wanting to become friends with them.
Wishbone can fill your days with laughter and love, but only if you can provide him with the attention, training, supervision, and structure he needs. First-time or timid dog owners would do well to start with a less challenging pooch. Do yourself and Wishbone a favor by considering carefully whether this is the right breed for you. If it is, you're in for a wild but wonderful ride.
Wishbone is a Jack Russell Terrier weighing 12 lbs and was born approximately 12-29-19. He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, given flea/tick preventive, dewormed & started on heartworm preventive. Adoption fee is $400 to help offset the many expenses we have for vetting costs.