The Patterjack is a hunter at heart: lively, curious, alert and determined. Its small size contains a dog bursting with energy, which constantly needs to exert itself. It is the ideal companion for people who want a playful, tireless and always in a good mood.
Origin : Britain
Cut: 25.5 cm to 30.5 cm. There is a taller legged variety (31-38cm), the Parson Russell Terrier. The difference between the two breeds is only in the size at the withers.
Weight: 10 to 15 lbs
Average life expectancy: 13 to 15 years old
Hair: It can be smooth, rough or “wire”. It is weather resistant.
Color: Predominantly white with tan mark, fawn and / or black.
The Patterjack is a very vigorous dog. His diet must be adapted to his high energy needs, his athletic muscles and his unique coat.
Like many small breeds, the Patterjack is prone to tartar and is susceptible to dental problems. The kibbles are to be preferred, because they have a brushing effect on the dog’s teeth.
The Patterjack is not a big eater, but it does tend to act in order to get treats. Be careful not to give in to his begging, because he could become overweight, especially if he does not move enough. If he gets fat as he gets older, don’t hesitate to put him on a diet.
The amount and type of food the Patterjack eats depends on its weight, age and level of physical activity.
Patterjack behavior and character traits
Lively, fearless and tenacious, the Patterjack is a real little ball of energy. He needs to participate in family activities and be constantly on the move. He loves to play ball and run after anything that moves. If he doesn’t exercise enough and is left alone too often, he will inevitably engage in destructive behavior.
The vigor of the Patterjack is not suitable for a sedentary or solitary lifestyle. It is not a house dog either. The Jack Russell’s sight, hearing and smell are highly developed, which makes them particularly alert and suitable for guarding.
Most Patterjacks are polite to everyone, but some are very brave and won’t hesitate to take on those bigger than them. This breed goes very well with children, provided that they know how to respect it.
The Patterjack is a bright, agile and vigilant dog. He has retained his hunting dog instincts and feels the need to work. He is blessed with excellent endurance and limitless determination. As a result, he will not hesitate to launch out in pursuit of any prey and to stay for hours watching his burrow.
Obviously, this dog has a strong tendency to dig and bark. If he does not hunt, he must absolutely practice a stimulating activity every day: agility or obedience classes, canicross, walks, ball games, Frisbee, etc.
The Patterjack is very intelligent. He is very receptive to obedience training and is particularly good at doing tricks. Although he learns quickly, the Patterjack is independent at times and may decide to do what he pleases. His education will have to be firm so that he is docile.
Grooming the Patterjack
Thicker and heavier, white hairs tend to fall out easily. This is why dogs with white coats, like the Patterjack, constantly shed their hair. To remedy this abundant hair loss, it is recommended to brush the dog regularly.
The smooth-haired Patterjack should be brushed and massaged with a rubber glove twice a week. For the wire-haired variety, weekly brushing is sufficient.
The latter must also be shaved (but never shaved or clipped!) Twice a year in order to maintain a good physical appearance and the waterproofness of his hair. It is advisable to systematically inspect your coat each time you return from a walk to check that debris or parasites have not lodged there.
Common health problems in the Patterjack
The Patterjack is a sturdy dog. However, it is predisposed to some hereditary diseases sometimes due to consanguinity: