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Q: friend for my dog

September 27, 2008 | By Jen L. | 17 answers | Expired: 2013 days ago

Jen L.

I have a jack russel terrier and I feel he would benefit from another dog. What type of dog would make a good friend for him besides another jrt. I would like other options for adoption.

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Oct 05, 2008

I had a jack russell mix. What a special dog he was!!! He was my baby for about 11 years until we had to recently put him to sleep. This was devastating to me but we recently adopted another one..he is an incredible little guy! My first one was an alpha type dog and he always got along great with our other dog Zeke who is a rottie/shepherd mix and he is very mellow and calm. The two of them were best friends their whole lives. Depending on the personality of your jack russell, if he has more of an alpha type personality, I would get a dog that is not an alpha type. As for breeds, I wouldnt know, I think it goes more on the individual dog and how their personality is. Good luck!

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Sarah B.
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Oct 04, 2008

Hi, My Mom has a Bjack named Brandy. She is Beagle/Jack russel. So at some point Beagles & Jacks got along well enough! I do know that Brandy does get along well with Beagle's though. I liked other Zootooers comments too. You should let your dog decide. Mom's Bjack loves cats. Your dog might suprise you with its choice of friends! Best of luck.

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Kellygooden
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Oct 03, 2008

I have two JRT. We got Petey from a bad home.I was like you he needed a friend so we got Reba (she's deaf). Just get lots of toys. I wouldn't not have no more than two JRT though. Many JRT are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs. Two Jack Russells should not be left alone together -- one may kill the other over possession of a toy.

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Ellen K.
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Sep 29, 2008

I think your pooch will let you know what will fit best... Don't think about breed or gender -- spend time with other dogs at shelters -- interaction is the best way... Listen to the volunteers and shelter workers -- they see alot of interactions (good and bad) -- let them help... GOOD LUCK and hope you plan to save a life from a shelter or rescue...!

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Gina S.
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Sep 29, 2008

He is high energy so I imagine you'd need a breed/dog that can keep up. I'd take him to the Humane Society or adoption site and see how he does with different ones. Why not let him pick his new friend?

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Jodi R.
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Sep 29, 2008

You are going to need a high energy dog. Shelters like ours recommend good matches and then have you come in with your dog for an interaction.

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Stacey H.
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Sep 28, 2008

Having a JRT I think you would benifit greatly by getting another high energy dog. Unless you have the only laid back JRT out there! HaHa Most shelters will be more than willing for you to bring your dog with to meet a few dogs. Going by breed is one way, but let him meet some dogs at a shelter and I think he will be able to pick out his own friend

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Jacquie  C.
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Sep 28, 2008

I would take my dog with me to the shelter, or to Petsmarts on the weekends when they have adoptions. This way, you can base your choice on how well your dogs get along, rather than by searching for a breed that may not work.

Good luck!

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Mary T.
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Sep 28, 2008

I think it's awesome you are considering a canine pal for your JRT. From what I have seen of JRTs they are high-energy, and having a buddy to play with all day would be super.

I suggest contacting local rescues, tell them about you, your lifestyle(how much the dog will get walked, do you have a yard, that sort of thing) and about your dog's temperament. They will be able to suggest dogs that fit your family's lifestyle. Most rescues will insist on the dogs meeting each other to see how they get along. This is important!

A good rescue will also be able to give you advice about how to acclimate the dogs to each other. Sometimes you can just bring a new dog home and go from there. Other times it works better to allow the dogs to meet a few times on neutral territory to get to know each other, etc, etc.

If you don't know of rescues near you, use the search feature here on Zootoo or on Petfinder, plug in your zipcode, and you'll be able to find groups within driving distance.

Good luck to you on your search for a new family member!

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Ali M.
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Sep 28, 2008

we had my jrt for a long time
then we got her a friend
a boy beagle
they love each other sooo much, and have a lot of fun playing!
she also has a neighbor friend that she love
hes a weiner dog...but he is REALLY loud

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