It's been a while since we have hosted a Jack Russell Terrier in our rescue, and we forgot how much fun they are. Samantha came to us recently from a large overcrowded city Animal Care Facility, after her owners gave up on her at just 2 years old.

Samantha is a tough cookie, and like many JRTs she has an extremely well honed prey drive that kicks in around other animals. She would thrive as an only dog in a home with adults who can provide the exercise and leadership that Samantha needs to maintain her good behavior.


Jack Russell Terriers are not for everybody. We consider them 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.

We'd say that our adorable Samantha is breed standard in temperament. She is a firecracker that explodes with white light once she enters a room. Samantha likes people, once she assesses character and gives a mental thumbs up. She is full of energy and loves to play with a vibrant intensity.

Since Samantha is a hardwired working dog, bred to hunt vermin and other farm pests, this very visceral instinct should be channelled into something productive. Samantha needs a job and purpose! The best way to challenge her mentally is through daily obedience work. So far she has proven to be an obedience superstar, with ability to focus and eagerness to please. Samantha has a blast during her training, and adopters will be able to continue and maintain her progress.

Samantha could easily join the active adult home, of a single or couple, who have JRT experience. Toddlers, cats and other dogs are not be the best fit. She is not suited to dog parks, or big family gatherings with multiple dogs. Samantha's adopters must take care around other animals.

Samantha 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 Samantha adapts to a new environment. She is in good health, spayed and at an ideal healthy weight of 14 pounds. She has been vaccinated for Rabies and DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus.) She has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Samantha, 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 Northern Breeds 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.