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Q: Do all Jack Russells have an insatiable appetite?

October 1, 2008 | By KellyGrace | 6 answers | Expired: 2262 days ago

I feel like I am starving my JRT but I am feeding her as much as she needs for her size. Why is she so hungry? She wolfs everything down. I haven't seen her chew in years.

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Oct 01, 2008

I looked around at a couple web sites and found that over feeding JRT's is very common because of what you are describing and they are very prone to being over weight. I also found a couple articles that said you should feed them 3 times a day. So it would seem you are doing just fine, just common of the breed to want to eat. Hope this helps :-)

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Saskia M.
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Oct 01, 2008

I have a female that might be an exception of the rule - we usually have a bowl with dry food available all the time, but she does not over-eat.

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Julie Kay S.
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Oct 01, 2008

Since you mention "in years," it sounds like Angel has been this way for a long time, yet she's okay. I'm guessing that there's no need to worry about it at this point. Your eyes and your vet concur that Angel is in good health, so just don't let the guilt complex make you overfeed her. You're doing just fine! Jacks are very energetic dogs and can also be a bit "over the top" regarding begging for food like they're starving: But they're not starving. If you want to feel better, just visit Google, click on Google Images and type "Jack Russell terrier" in the search box. You'll get to see lots of different Jacks and gauge their weights/conditions to Angel's. You might also make a point of asking your vet to tell you his/her opinion of Angel's weight. Good luck!

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