'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Eddie Chapman - 'The Working Jack Russell Terrier.'

One: What is a Jack Russell?

'In the last century, a hunting parson, the Rev. John Russell, bred his own type of Fox Terrier. [...] Because he bred only from proven game terriers, the Russell type has stood the test of time.' (p4)

'The Jack Russell of today is as different as chalk from cheese from the show Fox Terrier. [...] So, what we have in the present Jack Russell Terrier is the original fox terrier, which was bred for work and not for its pretty appearance . . . [Russell] was insistent on gameness and took no notice of fashion.' (p4)

'If you are dedicated to improving your stock you should always demand to see a stud dog work before using him no matter how many championships he has won or how long his pedigree. Or, for that matter, how many scars he has on his face.' (p5)

'I think it's true to say that the genuine workers are of the most docile temperament and show their true spirit only when at work.' (p6)


Two: The Jack Russell Hunt Terrier

'This intelligence also contributes to the Jack Russell's wonderful temperament and adaptability. It is marvellous how versatile a Jack Russell Terrier is.' (p8)


Three: The importance of breeding pure

'A well bred Jack Russell is a truly wonderful dog. It can be a perfect pet with the smallest of children or the most demanding of adults. It can be taught to do any number of tricks and its standard of obedience can be perfection itself. It can be taught to hunt any animal it encounters if told to. Its bravey is unquestionable. This is why it is such a perfect hunt terrier.' (p23)

'Hunt terrier men avoid Bull Terrier blood like the plague.' (p24)


Four: Advice on entering to fox

'To start with, do not waste your time and money on a pup from unproven parents. The Russell has a deserved reputation, but not every one will become a worker.' (p30)

'To be quite sure of full maturity, and I do not mean just full growth, but mentally mature, you should wait until he is at least eighteen months old [before entering to fox].' (p33)


Five: Hints on breeding

'It is not easy to breed a strain of working Russells. It takes a lot of effort and a lot of experience . . . The problem of breeding is that, on the whole, Jack Russell Terriers are a motley bunch. Each one is an individual, no two are identical, and no two strains the same.' (p41)

'. . . a Jack Russell Terrier does not need to be a powerful dog. He is not bred to be a fighter, or a killer, but a clever bayer, no more and no less.' (p42)


Six: Handling a Fox

'The question of being able to call out a Russell Terrier is a very controversial one and I have heard several terrier men say that no terrier worthy of the name could be called out. They seem to think that any terrier that leaves his fox under any circumstances is useless. [...] It takes a good relationship between an owner and his dog to get a terrier to leave a fox and it is not a thing you can get every terrier to do even if he is normally very obedient.' (p54)


Eight: The Bleeper

'For the sake of a bleeper, many dogs, good, honest dogs, would be alive now. A working Jack Russell gives you his best. The least you can give him is this lifeline to the surface in case of emergency.' (p67)


Ten: Mink Hunting

'Jack Russells are famous vermin controllers, which is why they are so popular with farmers as they keep the rat and mouse population to a minimum, being tireless hunters.' (p74)

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