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Old 11-15-2011, 11:42 AM
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Jack Russel Terrier- long curled tail?

I got a Jack Russell from the Human Society a few months ago (although, they said he was a Fox terrier mix... i just didn't see that) and I was curious if anybody knew if a long curled tail shows up in the breed or is he a mix maybe? Everything about him is otherwise very Jack Russell from what I've read.

Here's a picture of him when I first brought him home at about 5 months old, the best one I've got of his tail. (No, he was never on that porch without contant supervision). He was extremely calm when we first brought him home.. almost cautious. It had my fiancee and I going "where's the terrier??" lol. Now he's got what I'd call the typical Jack attitude and is super comfortable with his surroundings.
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He's most likely a mix. He may have some JRT in him. I don't believe JRT natural tails are that curly. You should do a DNA test if you'd like to know for sure. I thought my dog had rat terrier in her based on looks/personality, but she doesn't. With a mixed breed dog, you can get almost any of the traits randomly that end up making your dog look like something they aren't.
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Maybe its a Jack with out the tail docked.

Jack Russell Terriers are a breed that traditionally has their tails docked, or shortened. However, this is a practice that, thankfully, is on the decrease and may eventually be outlawed in the UK.
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I've looked up DNA tests for dogs but Jacks aren't on any of the tests that i've found. For some strange reason they just aren't a breed thats tested for.
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Do you have any more pictures? From that picture he just looks like a JRT. If I'm not mistaken, since JRTs are a docked breed, people don't breed for the tails to look a certain way, so I would guess a curly tail could happen.. however I'm not totally sure.
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They probably call it Parson Russell Terrier. Same thing.
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He looks like an awful big 5 month old JRT IMO. Every breed is tested for on these tests minus the Pit Bull I believe
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He's really handsome, and I love the curly tail!

Yes, I see a lot of JRT too, but haven't a clue about the tail.
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considering this is a docked breed, and this dog just isnt docked. Id say he is just all JRT. from that one photo.
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In the UK Jack Russells are quite a common breed and I know ones with straight tails and curled tails, ones with short legs, ones with longer legs, ones with silky coats and ones with coarse coats . Having looked on the net, curly tails seem a normal jack russell trait.

I LOVE jack russells! my dad has had a few, his first had HUGE dumbo ears and was mad as a box of frogs, his current one is really sweet but she has been poorly with meningitis recently : (
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