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hello what a great find :) my parsons jack is about 5 weeks pregnant (or so we believe). she tied 4 (ish) times with a male over a week so cant see how she isnt. she has a very slight bulge to her abdomen and her ribs have widened. she is usually a very tall slender dog built for speed. she is definately chunkier but we cant seem to feel much or see an obvious pregnant build to her. her behaviour is showing all the signs of pregnancy as she has calmed alot, is ravonous and very baby like. my question i suppose is is it normal not to show outward signs? i keep hearing about pups in ribcage is this right ? even experienced breeders are baffled by her and the vet couldnt tell me either way. thankyou in advance
alison x

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Hello Alison,

You're a little bit too early to be feeling any puppies yet, especially if she is a taller dog.  Puppies grow the fastest during the very last week of gestation -  and if you haven't yet, it is now time to start feeding her top brand puppy food; she needs the calories plus it helps in the production of milk, and makes those babies good and strong boned!
If she's pregnant, the first thing you'll probably notice is her nipples becoming pinker and pinker. You can actually squeeze one gently every so often to check for milk. A little drop will come out. Try to relax for the next couple of weeks and don't expect to actually "see" anything until about 7 weeks.  I'm sure you're anxious for the big day, but she's only a little over half way there. Right now those puppies are about the size of walnuts and will continue to grow FAST as the last week approaches.  Very exciting!! Best of luck with her and the puppies!!  

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Questions on "Jack" Russell Terriers pertaining to their health, well being, general questions on breed, types, size, shape, health, personalities, behavior problems, genetics, so called standard, what to look for when purchasing, and if you would be a good match with this wonderful and unique dog. Too many times, people buy jack puppies because they are absolutely adorable, and then a few months down the road they own this dog that they know nothing about and haven't prepared or trained for. I love the breed and everything about them and hope to provide some help, education and advice to current and prospective owners. I am a veterinary technician, dog trainer and breeder of Jack Russells.

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I own four Jack Russells and I have been working with dogs for 30 years. My personal interest is in helping educate people about the very special qualities of this breed. I advocate education and research of the breed before you buy one, they are wonderful pets if suited with the right person/family. Do your homework first! I can help you determine if you are a good match with this breed. I want people to know also that there are two types of Jack Russells, the Parson hunter with long legs and the Shortie or Russell Terrier and their very distinct differences. I also hope to allay fears about their CRAZY reputations - which is not always the case. ~*~*~*IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ*~*~*~ PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ENDORSE THE SALE OF ANY JACK RUSSELLS OR JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES THAT MAY BE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS OR OTHER PLACES THAT SELL MANY DIFFERENT DOGS OVER THE INTERNET. ALSO I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY VIDEOS OR TRAINING TAPES THAT ARE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU PICK OUT A REPUTABLE TRAINER/VIDEO SERIES OR EVEN PUPPIES IF PRIVATELY ASKED. I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY SALES ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS PAGE.

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Veterinary Technician - Newbury College 1982 - 1985

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