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    Hello dog lovers!

    I have a query about the breed of my dog. He is 14 years old and is supposed to be a Jack Russell Terrier. When I was a child we bought him from a farm (I am from country Victoria) and I don't remember much about his parents. He has started to grey from old age, as seen in some of the pictures, but he is still very healthy and shows no signs of slowing down. He has a light brown face, with darker, diamond shaped patches around his eyes. He has a few dark brown/black large spots on his back, and tiny flea-bitten-like light-brown spots over his legs and underside. His tailed was docked by the farmers that bred him.
    Since growing up with him, I have noticed he looks strikingly different to other jack russell breeds, and I am thinking he could be a mix of others. If anyone could give me a heaps up on his breed, as this seems to be a website full of professionals, then any help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    Hi 'Maddy92' and welcome to the forum !

    The only way to work out the breed of your pup you have is by parentage. If the parents weren't purebred JRTs – then your pup also won’t be a purebred JRT.

    I have to wonder why you are asking this question now - when he is 14 years old ?

    Some links for you:

    Australian National Kennel Council

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=j...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

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    He looks like mostly JRT to me.

    They are a popular house breed on many farms. He doesn't look tall enough to be crossed with your average other kind of farm dog (eg a herding breed).

    Some pedigree JRT do have the spots.

    This is the breed standard for JRT. (also linked by Riley)
    Jack Russell Terrier Breed Standard - Australian National Kennel Council

    White with black and tan is allowed.

    I don't know why they still have "docked tail" (as well as undocked) in the breed standard. Maybe some imported dogs might have docked tails - but that should be reason to exclude them from showing these days.

    But if you don't have the pedigree papers for him - you can't really make a certain argument one way or another. Ie anyone who says they have a pedigree poodle cross - doesn't know what pedigree means.

    The only thing in some of the photos that looks not how a JRT should - is he's a bit fat and keg like around the middle. You might want to cut back on how much he gets to eat. That will be much easier on his joints and heart as he gets older. A JRT can live to 18+ so he's potentially got a few good years left.

    What is it that makes you think he's not a JRT? Ie how is he different to others you have seen and are they ANKC pedigree or just "farm bred" too?
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 03-23-2015 at 08:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I don't know why they still have "docked tail" (as well as undocked) in the breed standard. Maybe some imported dogs might have docked tails - but that should be reason to exclude them from showing these days.
    You are correct about imported dogs and docked tails. That is why docked tailed dogs are still able to be shown in Australia.

    Even though the docking of tails was outlawed in Australia in 2004 - there are still breeders out there that still do it !

    I saw a photo of a litter of GSP pups last week and they all had docked tails. Not to how short it used to be - but still docked !

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    yes - given how long it's been banned - I would have thought that banning the showing of them would be fair by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    yes - given how long it's been banned - I would have thought that banning the showing of them would be fair by now.
    LOL - How do you ban people from bringing dogs into Australia ? If the dogs are pedigreed and registered in the country of origin and transferred as is into the Australian system ?

    What is the problem ?

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    No problem with them bringing them into Australia - they just should not show them.

    They already ban the showing of "debarked" dogs no matter how good the reason (throat cancer?).

    And if they can't show them - there would be an incentive for them to ask the breeder they're importing from - not to dock the tail.

    Where as - at the moment some show breeders who just like the look of docked tails better - get around the no docked tails rule by either sending their bitch OS and bringing the puppies back all docked, or importing docked dogs. I think there should be no value in that for them. And then we could properly claim a level playing field in the show ring - that only natural tail dogs compete - so there's no hint of advantage (or incentive) for a docked tail dog.

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