It's been a while since we have hosted a Jack Russell Terrier in our rescue, and we forgot how much fun they are. Chrome came to us recently from a large overcrowded Animal Control Facility that had attempted to adopt him out, but grossly misjudged their Adopters. Chrome received the best shelter behavior ratings, by vet and staff handlers. Nonetheless, Jack Russell Terriers are not for everybody.

We consider Jack Russells to be one of the most difficult breeds due to their extremely high energy level and high prey drive. JRTs are tenacious, high energy little dogs, who really keep their people on their toes. This is not the breed for the casual or sedentary dog enthusiast. JRT people must fully commit to leadership, training and exercise; otherwise, they may find themselves blown away by Hurricane Jack.

While JRTs have become quite popular, they often wind up in rescue because folks underestimate the importance of exercise and training. A bored, frustrated JRT will wreak mayhem on an unsuspecting dog owner. However, JRT lovers welcome this challenge, and revel in the playful, good nature that comes after a long hike or run.

Although Chrome is an older dog, 8 to 9 years old, he does not show any signs of slowing down. He continues to display the high energy level that we associate with the breed. If adopters continue him on a high quality diet and meet his exercise needs, Chrome has many, many active years ahead of him.

We'd say that our adorable Chrome is breed standard in temperament. He is a firecracker, who explodes into a room with a Jack Black hysterical vibe: a comedian, always knows when to deliver a good punchline. Chrome likes people, once he assesses character and gives a mental thumbs up. He is full of energy and loves to play with a vibrant intensity.

Chrome with play time buddies.

Since Chrome is a hardwired working dog, bred to hunt vermin and other farm pests, this very visceral instinct should be channelled into something productive. Chrome needs a job and purpose! The best way to challenge him mentally is through daily obedience work. So far he has proven to be an obedience superstar, with ability to focus and eagerness to please. Chrome has a blast during his training, and adopters will be able to continue Chrome all the way to Canine Good Citizenship certification.

Chrome could easily join the active adult home, of a single or couple, who have JRT experience. Toddlers and cats might not be the best fit. Chrome seems to like other dogs, but he is not one to back off in a canine throwdown. Dog chemistry will be a factor in his adoptive home. He gets along with playful energetic dogs, but a nervous, insecure, or fear aggressive dog vibe will raise his hackles. He is one of the Masters of the play yard, and is not above chastising another dog for poor manners.

Chrome has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained, although, adopters must have appropriate expectations, and forgive the occasional accident that may occur as Chrome adapts to a new environment. He is in good health, neutered, and at an ideal healthy weight of 18 pounds. He has been vaccinated for rabies and DA2PP (distemper, adrenovirus, parvo and parainfluenza). He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Chrome, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call or text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.