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    Ok I'm getting the picture here..: no jack Russell's...lol
    Will look into the other breeds mentioned.

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    In his defence... (can't believe I'm doing this). My mum and Aunty who are in their 50's and 60's absolutely adore him. They babysit him often and they both active women who just dote on him. He's calm and perfectly behaved for them. I think my dog ( not sure about other JR's) would suit your mum perfectly.
    He has only nipped once or twice in excitement or fright and is extremely loyal and protective.
    That was tough.

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    I grew up with Jack Russells and currently own two and they are definitely not for everyone. They need a lot of interaction and training but they train beautifully IMO, as long as you are willing to put the work in.

    They were great around my bro and I growing up, lovely temperaments and they are great around my kids now.

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    I'm not in any way a fan of little dogs. We have a big one and a little one and the little one is a yap away from taking a long walk of a short pier. But I have heard jack Russell's in particular are quite aggressive as far as little dogs go. I find little dogs in general have little dog syndrome where they yap at anything that is bigger than them.

    goodluck with choosing a dog though. There ate done good ones out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faroutbrusselsprout View Post
    In his defence... (can't believe I'm doing this). My mum and Aunty who are in their 50's and 60's absolutely adore him. They babysit him often and they both active women who just dote on him. He's calm and perfectly behaved for them. I think my dog ( not sure about other JR's) would suit your mum perfectly.
    He has only nipped once or twice in excitement or fright and is extremely loyal and protective.
    That was tough.
    I can feel your disdain through your writing.

    Im not a fan of JRs. Every one Ive ever met has (like PPs have said) nippy, jumpy, yappy, hypo and a bit crazy.

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    Oh how they shed! I live jack russels, very inquisitive and intelligent, though as pp have mentioned can be yappy and need to be trained and well exercised.

    Someone else mentioned a foxie? They are lovely, well all the ones I've come across are.

    Not sure I would go a beagle though, they are hard to train and don't really grow out of puppyhood till they are about 4. Very cute little stubborn troublemakers!
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    Not all Jack russells are nippy.

    We have a Jack Russell and she is sweetest lil thing. NEVER barks and lets the kids do just about anything to her. She has nipped DS1 so lightly once but he was being mean (and she was trying to sleep) to her so I felt he deserved it and I then punished him myself.

    Thing is I think people choose the wrong breed of dog. If your mum is active then a Jack russell should be fine. People get these kinda dogs then dont give them the attention, exercise and socialisation they need.

    Im constantly throwing the ball for our dog or playing with her. I used to socialise her with a friends dog constantly but they have since moved and I dont really have a lot of friends let alone many with dogs but I take her to the doggy park so she can have a play with other dogs.

    So in a nutshell my answer would be yes BUT as long as your mum knows that they are a very active dog and you need to put the time in to train them but once thats done they are very well behaved.

    EDIT : Forgot to mention that she does shed HEAPS!! Thats her only downside but there are combs you can buy to help that and in cooler weather I put lil jumpers on her (as she doesnt mind wearing them) and that helps her not to shed over everything
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    Just wanted to recommend a non-shedding dog.

    Yes you have to clip them but omg.. It is SO great not having dog hair everywhere. Anywhere, in fact.

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    I think your best bet would be to go & have a look at your local animal shelter. You will be suprised what you can find there they might have something that fits what your looking for

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    Perhaps with the jack russel it's to do with training??? I have friends who have 2 and I have to say they are the worst dogs I've ever met. In fact we don't like going to their house because of the bad dog behavior.
    Sounds strange but lots of little cute fluffies (this is what I call them!) love a good walk and are protective.
    I have a Lhasa apso (main breed but a rescue from animal shelter, she is crossed). She LOVES a long walk and especially loves running up and down the beach and the water. The water thing is a recent thing. She will bark at strangers but not at random stuff. Loves to keep you company on the couch. Doesn't shed at all but needs clipping. Just because she's little (less than 4kgs) and cute looking toy dog doesn't mean she doesn't have the energy to go for long walks. Lhasa apso are known for their protective nature too. She loves people and has a great temperament. But I got her and took her to training too.
    I know people with other sorts of little dogs like Maltese or terriers and they also love a good walk.
    Animal shelters are great for adopting. They will allow you to bring back the dog if for some reason they didn't fit with your lifestyle. And they generally assess the temperament etc too.
    Good luck with you dog hunting!!!!


 

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