What Are Some Characteristics of a Jack Russell and Rat Terrier Mix?


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Jack Russell-rat terrier mixes, also called Jack rat terriers, are affectionate, independent and courageous dogs. They are small, hybrid dogs in the terrier breed. They only grow as tall as 18 inches at the shoulder and as heavy as 26 pounds.

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What Are Some Characteristics of a Jack Russell and Rat Terrier Mix?
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As a terrier breed, Jack rat terriers are strong hunters. In fact, they can be rather stubborn when they're on the trail of prey. They are energetic and love to play, especially by chasing balls. They have a lot of stamina and can be excitable dogs, meaning they bark a fair amount. For their size they have an enormous amount of physical strength. They are good at controlling pests, since that's what both Jack Russell and rat terriers were bred for.

Jack rat terriers are easy to socialize. They do well with children, other dogs and even cats. Training them involves establishing a human pack leader. Because they have strong personalities and a good sense of humor, they can be tricksters. Nonetheless, they are good-natured highly intelligent dogs, so training should revolve around positive reinforcement. Because of their energy and intelligence, they are great dogs for doing tricks.

Both Jack Russell and rat terriers are diggers, meaning Jack rat terriers have a propensity to dig under fences or in the middle of the yard. They need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Otherwise, they can resort to barking or destructive behavior.

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