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Jack Russell Terrier

Lively. Lovable. Joyful. Jack Russell Terriers are get-up-and-go little firecrackers. Perfect for owners that love to be on the move and older children that want to hang out with an energetic little pal. They are also great companion dogs for active seniors.

If you are looking for a bouncy bundle of small dog fun, a Jack Russell Terrier might be the perfect fit.

Where I'm From

The Jack Russell Terrier originates from the United Kingdom. English reverend and hunter Parson John “Jack" Russell developed the dogs in the 1800s. Bred as working dogs used to hunt foxes by chasing them from their borrows so that larger hunting hounds could catch them. The breed resulted from crossbreeding beagles and bull terriers amongst others. The Jack Russell Terrier and slightly taller Parson Russell Terrier were the outcome, and whose sprightly offspring you still see today.

What I Look Like

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small dog that is about 25-30 centimetres tall, though this may vary somewhat between litters. They have sturdy little bodies covered by a white coat with black or tan markings, sometimes both, on the head and tail. Their short coat can be smooth or rough, or mixed, known as a broken coat. They have short pointy ears that remain folded over until brought quickly to attention by a seductive sound along with a short, fast-wagging tail.

How I Act

Jack Russell Terriers are exuberant little dogs whose big personalities make up for their diminutive size. A great family pet, they can be good with older children and seniors who remain active. Jack Russell Terriers sometimes take issue with other dogs, especially with bigger pups they may feel threatened by, which may bring out some hostile posturing.

Jack Russell Terriers are intelligent but can be downright stubborn when trying to train. They can also be destructive puppies. Socialisation and training should begin at an early age so that your pup develops into a well-rounded pet. With a relatively low attention span, Jack Russell schooling needs to be firm and consistent but only undertaken in small doses to prevent your dog from getting bored.

As born hunting dogs a Jack Russell Terrier will need a decent dose of daily exercise to stay healthy. A 30-45 minute walk and a decent backyard area to run around in will suffice. However, Jack Russell Terriers love to dig and are excellent at escaping their confines in chase of prey, so make sure your yard is breakout proof and that your canine pet can't dig its way out. These dogs need to be kept on a lead outside the home to prevent any attempted getaways.

Looking After Me

Jack Russell Terriers are generally a healthy breed of dog but can suffer from a number of ailments that effect small dogs including bone and joint issues. They also might suffer from deafness and eye problems such as Glaucoma, which can cause blindness.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy's parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Jack Russell Terriers have a lifespan of 14-15 years.

They need high-quality dry food twice a day as per packaging recommendations.

Jack Russell Terriers may have two types of short double coats, either smooth or broken or a combination of both. Their fur does not need too much care and a weekly brush should suffice. Conveniently this low-keep coat also means that your pup will rarely need a bath.

They are very social family dogs that should be kept inside. If home alone alone, Jack Russell Terriers should be left with the radio on to reduce separation anxiety and any destructive behaviours.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!