I'd contact the official club.
Nope just the Parsons Russel I believe. They, jack russels, are considered crossbreeds. Its a shame really they should be recognised as they have been around long enough. Although most have probably had so many other breeds mixed into their heritage it would be almost impossible to trace grand parents/great grand parents etc i'd imagine
You can buy yourself the most expensive 'well bred' Jack Russell - it doesn't mean it's going to be good around your toddler. No puppy is safe around a toddler, they all nip and bite.
Once you expect that there's no reason not to look for a puppy in a rescue. They often have taken in the pregnant mother, so you're not necessarily talking about pups that are 'damaged' in some way. Should be easy to find if you look...
Lots of puppies and dogs end up dumped off in the shelters because some people (not saying the OP is one) think it would be nice to get a few puppies for the kids etc., and then realise the total chaos all this brings about and the puppies end up with the red card. Subsequently these discarded dogs end up caged up in the pound - and this doesn't of course mean that the dogs in the shelter are beasts - just ill informed decision making.
Just to ask that this thread does not turn into a 'puppy farm' / 'Donedeal' debate please.
What you said was that you bought a puppy from people that had 2 jack russells and that the puppies were unexpected. So therefore, these people bought a male and female dog, didn't neuter them and didn't notice she was on heat either. Do you seriously believe that they didn't notice the other dog constantly trying to mount her. It makes me wonder how many times they've told that story. They weren't giving the puppies out for free, 90 euro per pup is a nice little earner. I'm not criticising you for buying a puppy, I'm just amazed that people still believe these stories.
Jack russells are a very popular dog and I regularly see posters on notice boards in my town advertising the puppies at 100 euro each. I don't think that there is ever an argument to make for buying puppies from puppy farmers, anyone who suspects that they might be buying from a puppy farmer should contact their local dog warden to report it. Most dogs that end up in rescues are there because they've been dumped because they are no longer wanted by the owner, usually through no fault of the dogs.
Rescue's will do a thorough home check and meet all of the family who will be in contact with the dog to ensure that everyone is aware of the commitment involved and that the dog is suitable for the new environment. Rescues will also usually vaccinate and neuter the dogs.
there is a Dog show on this weekend end ( Paddys Day ) in the National Show arena
Why not come along and ask advice from the People there
Here some info
ST PATRICK’S CELTIC WINNERS SHOW 17TH MARCH 2012.
The National Show Centre, Cloghran, Co Dublin.
Judging Commences at 8.30a.m with the Junior Handling Classes
Breed Judging commences at 9.00a.m.
Hi OP firstly great that your taking time out to research before getting your dogs,well done and Jacks are a lovely little breed(have two myself) funny out.
I know what your saying about shelters but often they do get litters of puppies in so I wouldn't rule that out.
I would advise you to read up about the breed and if/when you get your dogs train them from the get go! Especially if you have youg kids,they dont tollerate a lot of fussing from kids generally!
Best of luck.
Haven't read all the posts, but have you tried rescues lots of jack russels are in rescues of all ages.
OP, try here:
I would strongly advice against getting two terrier pups at once, I struggled with training one and it was a 24/7 job for a full year. They are not pets for kids either and you'd need to spend a lot of time monitoring how they (kids & pup) interact with each other and their time together needs to be very limited, especially at first. If you have your heart set on it get one first and think about getting the second when the first is completely house-trained and well out of the adolescent phase. Only get you pup from somewhere that it has been raised around kids the same age as yours, most terriers are not fans of toddlers.
They are not pets for kids either and you'd need to spend a lot of time monitoring how they (kids & pup) interact with each other and their time together needs to be very limited, especially at first.
Have to disagree with "their not for kids part", I've had jack russels my entire life and have never been bitten by one. The only dog I was ever bitten by was a border collie cross german shepherd. The jack russels I had back then even followed us to school and played with all the kids. The Jack russel I have now wouldn't be around children that much but when she is she's fantastic with them. I agree with monitoring the kids and puppy/puppies because being little toddlers i'm sure they won't know how to interact with the puppies without being properly shown.
Just to clarify, Jack Russells are a recognised breed by the IKC.
Have to say my experience with JRTs would mean I wouldn't suggest them for small children either. I've found they don't have a lot of patience with small children poking and pulling, and of course every child and dog need to be supervised permenantly but I've a mix of breeds here and the other breeds are far far more tolerant of my toddler than either of my 2 JRTs
I meant if they are getting dogs for the child there are much better suited breeds that will quite happily have kids hanging off them, terriers won't be.