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peptodog
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posted July 14, 2004 08:37 AM      Profile for peptodog         
hi i haent been active for a while on this forum.
I was wondering what to look for in a jack russel pup. Like when i go to the breeder and look at the pups what should i look for. I have one other dog that is a sheltie. Thanks.

Sorry wrong section.

[ July 14, 2004, 08:38 AM: Message edited by: peptodog ]

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I have one chubby sheltie that is 8 years old. I might by a pug!

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Barbara Smith
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posted July 14, 2004 01:25 PM      Profile for Barbara Smith         
One thing you might want to check out is if the dog is calm or nervous. Take the pup and turn her/him over on it's back, in your arms, and if it lays there and looks up at you, then you know it will be a calm dog. I saw this on animal planet. Other than that I don't know much about Jack Russels. Good Luck to you!
Yes, it is posted in the wrong place! Try something like dogs in general.

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lou3
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posted July 14, 2004 04:10 PM      Profile for lou3         
same things you looked for when you looked for your sheltie, except obviously you wont get registration papers.
If you cant see BOTH parents DONT BUY THE PUP. There is always a reason why you cant see the parents and it is never the one the breeder tells you. It usually indicates they have something to hide. Be especially wary if you cant see the mother.
If EITHER parent displays ANY behaviour (not just aggression) you would not want in your dog DONT BUY THE PUP.
Dont go for the most dominant in the litter, the cute little thing that is the first to come running up and the most demanding for attention is the one most likely to be snappy, dominant and badly behaved as an adult.
If the puppies are docked check the length of the stub, you should be able to comfortably hold the tail in your fist with about half an inch poking out when the dog is full grown. Around the 7th or 8th tail vertebrae is the "correct" point for docking. Docking much shorter than that can cause problems.
dont go for the runt - you are just asking for massive vets bills if you do.
you want to make sure both parents display typical terrier character, they should be eager, energetic, curious, independant (but not too independant), intelligent, sharp and tough. however do not confuse tough and independant with snappy, distant, aloof, territorial or possessive.
make sure all the pups are in good health, that they dont have runny or gunky eyes, gunky ears, pale gums, lethargy, inappetance etc, and the same goes for all the other dogs in the place. If even one dog doesnt seem healthy and the owner cannot provide a satisfactory explanation dont buy the pup.
Make sure the breeder is up to date on worming and any innoculations pups are meant to have had where you live.
if the breeder offers you papers for a jack russell - laugh and walk away, they are forged - jack russells are by definition a mongrel and therefore cant be registered so this person is just trying to make a quick buck. (unless they are parsons jack russells in which case they are registerable)
Try and avoid dogs with those awful queen ann deformed legs jack russells have all too commonly, they have terrible problems, look for the pups parents to have straight legs, wire haired pups usually have better conformation and therefore fewer problems with gait and soundness.
If the breeder appears to have a lot of dogs and especially a lot of dogs and pups of different breeds then dont buy a pup from them, chances are they are little short of a puppy farm.
Never buy from a pet shop or dealer, always from a reputable breeder.
The puppies should appear fat and happy, if the pups look to be thin ot have a body condition score expected of an adult i would question the quality of the nutrition they have recieved and their health status and likelihood of worm burden.
Hope this helps a little.
Lou

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posted July 16, 2004 07:27 AM      Profile for peptodog         
I think i decided to adopt a dog from the shelter. It will still be a jack russell.
I love this one i just emailed the shelter.

http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet;=3120304&adTarget;=468doggeneral&SessionID;=40f7dfb40cca445d-app1&display;=&preview;=1&row;=0&tmpl;=&stat;=

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I have one chubby sheltie that is 8 years old. I might by a pug!

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