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Re: Is there such a thing as a albino jack russell?

Posted by:  Heather Reid
Posted on:  February 12, 2001 at 23:01:44

In Reply to: Is there such a thing as a albino jack russell?
Posted by:  Kim Pigg
Posted on:  February 12, 2001 at 16:54:13

Question:

: Hi i just recently bought a rough coat jack russell. His name is Harley charlie and is 10 weeks old. He is all white with a couple black spots and has white eyelashes. Is he a albino if he has white eyelashes? Either way it doesn't matter to me we love him. Just wondering if you could answer my question?

: Thank-you
: Kim Pigg

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Hi Kim,
I suppose any breed of dog could have albino specimens if the genes were there, but I've never seen it in a JRT. Your dog is not albino. If he was, he wouldn't have any spots, his iris would be very pale blue or pink and your breeder or vet would have said something.
If you'll peek at the breed standard, you'll see that the breed should be 51% or more white. This includes 100% white, which your dog is not, so there are many, many Jacks out there with less color than yours. (He also may develop more tiny spots, called ticking, as he gets older.) White eyelashes are pretty common too. My female's face is half black and half white, and the eyelashes on each side match that side's color.
Have fun with your new baby!
Heather