Meet Pippa & Missy, Jack Russell Terrier, aged 10 & 14 and their owners Peta and Cat O’Brien.

About the breed

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated but can be any colour.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

Missy was given to us by our Dog Walker because her owner had to go to a commission home and couldn’t take pets with her. So we didn’t have a choice with her haha!

Pippa, on the other hand, was bought as a puppy to keep Missy company at home, and the idea of two dogs of the same breeds was too cute to resist.

Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

Being Terriers, Jack Russells tend to be barkers, sometimes aggressive and jealous from what we know. But our Pooches are both very different in their own ways.

Missy is a Princess some might say, she doesn’t bark much unless another dog is, she isn’t aggressive at all, she just wants human love, all day every day. Pippa, however, does show Terrier traits, she can be aggressive (sometimes to Missy) , towards us if we upset her and she has jealousy and anxiety problems. She’s a bit all over the place in the personality department, but we love her none-the-less.

Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?

Well, Missy was our adoption puppy and she’s an angel so we would recommend getting Jack Russells from the shelter, but that is just from our experience. Shelter pups tend to appreciate your love a little more we’ve heard, so why not rescue a pooch in need.

How interested/good at training or obedience?

Our Princess Missy does whatever she wants – she wasn’t trained when we got her so it was hard to reinforce training with her when we took her in. She can be good walking un-leashed at the park, but she’s deaf now and can’t hear us to come back so we need to keep an eye on her.

Pippa went to puppy school and learned how to sit, and come and that’s about it.  Her anxiety makes her less likely to respond to commands with us but she is generally pretty good when it comes to basic obedience.

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Missy is a PRO-BEGGER. She can stand on her hind legs for hours.

Pippa on the other hand, she copied Missy and eventually learned to beg, but loses balance quickly. Pippa is also fabulous at catching the ball in the air, so talented!