Kingsmaiden

Are Black and Tan Jack Russell terriers(Irish stock) calmer than the white and brown ones?

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Irish Jack Russell Terriers
by: Kingsmaiden

Thank you so very much for your thoughtful and detailed answer to my question about Irish Jack Russell terriers.

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Irish Jack Russells
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The Irish Jack Russell is a strain of Jack Russell Terrier that has been bred to emphasize shorter legs and a calm temperament. Irish Jack breeders have attempted to breed out the hunting instinct from the their breeding lines, resulting in a calmer dog which is more suitable as a pet for most families than the typical working-dog Jack Russell.
The most significant physical traits of an Irish Jack are shorter legs, and sometimes difference in coat color. It's possible to have an Irish Jack which is completely tan, black and tan, completely black, or several other color variations, as opposed to the typical Jack Russell from working stock which is mostly white according to the JRTCA breed standard. Because they are bred purely for personality and temperament, there is more variation in physical features and these are not taken into account so much by breeders.

Because of their shorter legs, they'll often be referred to as Shorty Jacks or short Jack Russells. Now be aware if you're looking out for an Irish Jack that not all short-legged Jack Russells are in fact Irish Jacks. There are various different strains of Jack Russells with shorter legs, such as the English Jack Russell and Australian Jack Russell, as well as dwarf Jack Russells and other unhealthy dogs that are simply the result of breeding between generations of runts. Irish Jacks are also sometimes known as Puddin Jack Russells. Do your homework and only buy from a reputable breeder.

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