Friday, June 5, 2009

Getting to know your Jack Russell

One of my favourite dogs is the Jack Russell Terrier. They have lots of energy and drive, and can tend to be a bit on the hyperactive side sometimes. They epitomize the idea of dynamite coming in small packages, which can sometimes lead to problems with bigger dogs because Jack Russells never seem to register just how small they actually are! Because they come from a large gene pool, Jack Russells tend to live a long time and are mostly very healthy dogs. The typical lifespan of a Jack Russell is between twelve and nineteen years. In 2007, a Jack Russell named George saved five children from an attack by two pit bulls in New Zealand. The Jack Russell charged at the dogs just long enough for the children to escape. The dog was subsequently killed by the pit bulls but was awarding a gold medal for his bravery.