What is special about the short legged Jack Russell? At very first glance there may not seem to be a lot of difference between different kinds of Jack Russell. The short Jack Russell has become a very famous pet. Shorter legs seem to add to the cuteness factor. The distance between the muzzle and the tail is longer than the dog’s height. But are there any other differences between the tall and short Jack Russells?
Jack Russell is classically bred to be short legged and mild tempered. They are joyfully, affectionate, and loyal family companion. They have a height of about ten inches tall. They are called the ‘Old Fashioned’ Jack Russell terrier. When purchased through a breeder, they arrive to you with a health certificate, and first round of shots completed.
The differences are more to do with the politics of the dog associations rather than the actual dogs themselves. Both breeds come from the same original stock, so their behavior and temperament is more or less the same. Shorty Jacks are not “true” Jack Russells by any official breed standard. Actually, Short Jack Russells originate from Britain but they were developed in Australia where the breed standard for Jack Russells requires a lower minimum height (thus they are also sometimes known as the Australian Jack Russell Terrier). The short Jack Russell is also commonly known as the English Jack Russell Terrier.
Sometimes, short legs are the result of an actual genetic difference. Basically, these are dwarf Jack Russells. If all you want is a pet, these short Jack Russells will serve the purpose perfectly well, but be prepared for the possibility of health problems as the dog may have other genetic faults. These dogs are also commonly referred to as Puddin Jack Russells