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Re: My JRs seem very territorial

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 16, 2002 at 12:47:26

In Reply to: My JRs seem very territorial
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  Andrew Simmonds
Posted on:  November 13, 2002 at 15:34:46

Question:

: Recently my neighbour let a stray JR into our house thinking it was our JR. We let it outside to play with our male and female. All was going well for the 1st bit. Then my dogs went in for the kill. My male had it pinned down on its back with his teeth firmly planted around its neck. The stray seemed paralyzed and unable to move. My female was standing by barking at it. My male did draw blood from his bite before we intervened. Is this just a normal "get off my lawn" fight or can JRs become so terratorial that they will kill for it?

: Both our dogs have been socialized with other JRs and many other breeds with no problems. This is the 1st time we've seen extreme aggression.


Response:

Hi Andrew,

Terriers in general are highly territorial and if your JRTs are intact that will only increase the level of their aggression. This is one of the reasons we always recommend introducing new dogs to an established dog or pack in a neutral territory where none of them have a "claim."

Regards,
Marie