Sad Question?

by Karen
(NJ)

We have an 8 y/o male JRT. Unfortunately, he got loose last week and attacked a stray cat almost killing the animal. My son witnessed this incident and it has left him traumatized. We, as a family, feel we cannot keep our beloved pet anymore. He has been aggressive with other animals in the past, especially cats. We fear that this may be a wake up call that he will eventually attack someone else's precious pet or even a small child. Can anyone in your forum provide advice as to whether there is an organization that may take him where he can live out his days? We live in the South Jersey/Philadelphia, PA metro area. Thank you in advance for all your help.

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Jul 09, 2013
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so easy to just give him up?
by: Jemma

i agree with Nick Gratton. This is ridiculous over a cat!.JRT are hunting dogs!i dont think one person on here would go oh mine would never chase anything. come on!. i understand your concerns/fears as im sure it was awful for your son Karen, however your query was written so formally and so blaze it honestly sounds like...so where can i dump him now hes not a cute puppy to "live out the rest of his days"...how awful...lets hope your son doesnt say the same about you when its your time to "live out your days".

Apr 10, 2013
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Vibrant and Confrontational but Not Dangerous
by: Lisette

I have had 6 Jack Russells at different times in my life, and 3 of them would attack any cat that ventured into our garden. I did not have any cats myself, therefore my dogs were not accustomed to them. On every occasion the cats were killed, unfortunately.
They are also very bold dogs and will often instigate a confrontation with bigger dogs (my neighbour's American Pit Bull Terrier is one of them).
However, not one of my JRTs has ever even attempted to harm me or any other person.
People need to research dog breeds before acquiring them.

Mar 18, 2013
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Jack Russell Terriers
by: Jo

Jack Russell's were created for hunting, they love it! Rabbits, rats, if it moves it can be chased, caught and killed. Every book you will ever come across about them will tell you this. They very rarely get on with cats, even one they are bought up with! They also will take on ANY sized dog they cone across, its their nature. UNLESS YOU TRAIN IT!

Clearly its not trying what it needs, look for local JRT clubs near you, they can teach it and you how to play hunt.

The chance of it ever hurting a member of its pack I.e. your son is no more than any other dog you own, whatever the breed. Don't give up on it, get your son to take it to obedience classes, let him become the master of the dog.

Mar 18, 2013
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jrt
by: nick gratton

hey my 8 year old jack has done the same thing, its their job, the last thing i would do is give up my jack russell tho, shame on you! its your fault the dog got out...you need to secure your back yard properly!! also a cat isnt a sdmall child, theres no way in a milion years my jrt would attack a child...and i doubt yours would either.....so take responsibility and keep your jrt!!! god im annoyed with your post

Mar 18, 2013
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good dog
by: Anonymous

If I lived closer I would take him!! That's the way they are. You need a Poodle!!!!

Mar 18, 2013
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good dog
by: Anonymous

If I lived closer I would take him!! That's the way they are. You need a Poodle!!!!

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