Should you be Buying Jack Russell Terriers from South America?

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Buying Jack Russell Terriers from South America is becoming morecommon, although the whole process can be a risky business. This is because the whole canine industry is less regulated in South America and therefore there is always the chance that you won’t be getting what you asked for. On the other hand, the prices are much cheaper in this part of the world, so you could save yourself a lot of money. The following paragraphs aim to provide an overview of the pros and cons of buying Jack Russell Terriers from South America.

The Advantages of Buying JRTs from South America

The biggest advantage of buying JRTs from SouthAmerica is obviously the fact that they can be purchased for a lot less money there. In the United States, buying a Jack Russell Terrier can cost anywhere between $200 - $800, whereas in South America it will be possible to purchase one for a fraction of this price. When the fact that no charges are levied on someone for bringing a domestic dog back into the United States, the whole experience can be a massivemoney-saver.

Another advantage of buying JRTs from South America is the fact that it is closer to the United State than any other continent. This means that if you are certain that you want a dog bought from a foreign country, the flying time and air fares won’t be nearly as much as places like Europe or Africa. It is always recommended that you go to see the dog first; never simply buy over the internet or the phone and ask the breeder to send it to you.

The Disadvantages of Buying JRTs from South America

The biggest disadvantage of buying JRTs from South America is the inconsistent supply that comes from this continent. Some of the dogs provided will be perfect – they will have a purebred history, have been perfectly looked after and will be a fine example of everything that a Jack Russell should be. On the other hand though, some of the dogs will be bred unethically, will not be purebred (eventhough the breeder will say that they are) and will have been housed in poor conditions – something that can lead to a dog with a poor temperament and psychological problems.

The other problem with buying JRTs from South America is that the USA designates this continent as one that is not free of rabies and also one that is still suffering through problems with screwworm. This means that buying Jack Russell Terriers from South America entails not only ensuring that the dog is vaccinated against rabies and free of screwworm, but also that it has a recent letter from a vet stating that the dog is free from disease. This can often cause problems when bringing the dog into the United Stated, so any import of dogs to the United States from South America should be carefully planned.

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