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New JRT now or Later?

by Anne Marie
(Northern Ireland)

Hi I am currently living with my friend and have been for quite a while, together we bought and have brought up a male JRT (Charlie) who is now 6 months. I am getting married in approx 1 years time.

I/We were hoping to get a new JRT pup shortly. The plan was that when I moved out and got married I would take one of the JRT's and my friend the other, although both would see each other regularly (4-5 times per week MINIMUM) and both would spend overnights in both houses each week and still go for walks together. However I do not want to cause Charlie or our new potential puppy grief and distress - would this contact seem sufficient to them or would they feel distraught when one leaves?

Also does anyone know if it would be better/easier on Charlie if the new pup was a male or female?

At present Charlie is a very well trained and socialised puppy and has had a lot of time spent with him during the training phase so I do not want to set him back in his development but thought perhaps it would be company for him as he really enjoyed the one time I brought him out for a walk and playtime with another friends dog. All help/advice greatly appreciated. x

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Mar 04, 2012
new jrt
by: Chelsey

I agree. 2 males or 1 male and 1 female (make sure they are fixed!). But not 2 females, they have a bad reputation of aggression.

I think that the schedule you have worked out would be fine. I think your Jacks would learn to adapt, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

When/if you do get a new pup to add to the mix, make sure you introduce them slowly for short periods of time and that Charlie is given lots of attention during this period and that he is set as the alpha dog.

Feb 26, 2012
addition to your family
by: Anonymous

I researched about this also. I have a male Jack Russell that I wanted a "friend" for. Everything I read on getting another Jack said it is best to have a male and female, although I have a coworker that has three male Jacks. When Tucker was a little over a year old we adopted a female puppy. At first I didn't think it was going to work. It's been six months now and things are starting to work out (thank goodness!). I really don't know if it would be better in the long run to have two of the same sex or opposite sex but I do believe that if you want more than one Jack you should do so as soon as possible. That way they can grow up together and you don't have as much jealousy for attention.

Feb 23, 2012
by: Deborah

I would get another boy.I have 2 Jacks Elvis and Patch.Elvis is 4 years old and Patch I just rescued 3 months ago and at first there was some jealousy but now they are loving brothers!If you get a female you will never be able to get another added to your pack it is really up to you butFemales are usually very aggressive can be one way or the other.But you will be getting a puppy so you can raise it up right.Please let me know when you decide to get another I love to hear these stories?My email address is

Good luck and I hope this helps you!

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