The Jack Russell terrier is a small dog, usually measuring around a foot (30 cm) highand weighing around 15 pounds (7 kg), that originated in Scotland in the early 1800s, where it was bred for hunting foxes. These dogs are extremely active, even acrobatic, and can be difficult to train. Still, if properly socialized, Jack Russells make good family dogs and get along well with child, though they can snap when they feel threatened.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Jack Russell Terrier?
Most breeding lines of Jack Russells are vigorous, and they regularly live more than 15 years. Nevertheless, these terriers are known to be prone to a few illnesses:
- Eye problems: cataracts may form owing to damage to the outer surface of the eye, and surgery may be required to restore a dog’s sight.
- Patellar luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some dogs may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to reposition the affected bone and connective tissue.
- Skunk toxic shock: these dogs are one breed known to be especially susceptible to the spray from skunks, which can cause destroy their blood cells. A quick visit to the vet is necessary to obtain treatment that clears the offending chemicals, which can cause fatal conditions if allowed to remain in the dog’s system.
Again, Jack Russells tend to be healthy, and those obtained from reputable breeders are unlikely to suffer from cataracts or patellar luxation. But these dogs’ love of the chase not infrequently brings them into contact with skunks, and they are also famous for getting into things they shouldn’t and eating things they shouldn’t. Many owners therefore make the decision to purchase a pet health insurance plan that helps them to predict their dog’s medical expenses and ensures that they will always be able to afford the best care.
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