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Kayla F.

06/18/2022

Jack Russell Terrier

I wasn't sure at first if this was a real thing, well (Peter pan) stitch now is loving his new home with us. He is already spoiled rotten and has 3 kids to help run out his energy. He is sooo great and perfect.

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Jack Russell Terrier Characteristics

The Jack Russell Terrier, made famous by the old children’s show “Wishbone,” was bred as a highly intelligent hunting companion, but can also make a great house pet with patience and early socialization. These dogs can be a handful! But they’re so much fun. Make sure you give your Jack Russell plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to ensure consistent good behavior. 

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

The Jack Russell terrier was designed nearly 200 years ago in England by a clergy member named Parson John Russell (who often went by "Jack"). Today's Jack Russell Terrier is an athletic, intelligent hunting dog that is happily trained, but needs consistent mental stimulation to truly thrive. And they’ll make sure you know! 
 
Standing between 10-15 inches tall and weighing between 13-17 pounds, the Jack Russell Terrier is on the smaller end of the well-known hunting dogs. But don't let their small size fool you into believing these dogs are made as apartment companions; the Jack Russell requires lots of exercise and mental stimulation, and we recommend a full-sized house and yard for your pup to play. Jack Russells have three different coat types, but all are white with black or brown markings. 
 
Like many terriers, the Jack Russell is prone to barking, chewing, and digging. But not to worry – these tendencies can all the remedied with early obedience training. If you're rescuing a Jack Russell, try training them to dig in a specific safe location instead of trying to train them out of digging altogether.  
 
Like many small dogs, Jack Russells may be at risk for dental issues. This is likely due to the smaller skulls and jaws, which can lead to overcrowding of the teeth. This overcrowding creates more spaces where food can get trapped, and bacteria can grow. Taking your Jack Russell to get regular checkups at the vet will ensure any dental disease is caught early and your pup is healthy and safe.
 

How dog-friendly is Des Moines?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Des Moines is the 29th most dog-friendly city, with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city is one of the most affordable places to live with a dog, receiving an A for the cost of dog insurance per month.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Des Moines

Des Moines has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. Some of the most popular dog parks in Des Moines include Raccoon River Dog Park, Ankeny Dog Park, and Rover’s Ranch.


In Des Moines, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Gray’s Lake Park, Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, Clive Greenbelt Trail, and Des Moines Trail.

Life in Des Moines with a dog

Des Moines has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Proof Restaurant, Lua Brewing, and St. Kilda.  


Des Moines has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Des Moines as the 43rd best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Des Moines, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Surety Hotel, Ramada Tropics Resort, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Des Moines

Des Moines is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Bulldogs, English Springer Spaniels, Havanese, Golden Retrievers, West Highland Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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