Leslie Kasperowicz holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Winnipeg. She spent several years as a Farmers Insurance CSR, gaining a solid understanding of insurance products including home, life, auto, and commercial and working directly with insurance customers to understand their needs. She has since used that knowledge in her more than ten years as a writer, largely in the insuranc...

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The Jack Russell terrier is a small dog, usually measuring around a foot (30 cm) high and 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 a child, though they can snap when they feel threatened.

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Most breeding lines of Jack Russells are vigorous, and they regularly live for 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.

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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.

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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.

For other types of dogs, check out our full list of dog breeds.

 

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How do you choose a dog breed? There are so many awesome options! We have compiled a complete database about all the dog breeds, their mannerisms, care, and who they do best with. Statistically, some purebreds experience more health issues than mixed breeds. There are many pet insurance companies out there and we have put together a great article about the best puppy and dog pet insurance companies in the US

 

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