Jack Russells/Jack Russell


Hello- we have a 8-9yr old Jack Russell (female, short hair).  Since having her (6-7yrs now), she has eaten IAMS Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed & Toy Adult (pink label).  Should we consider changing to something else as she gets older, or is it better to keep the same staple for the dog to eat over the years?  With all the different brands of dog food available, it is really hard to determine the best one for her.  Thanks.

Hello Steve,

I am a strong advocate of nutritional dog foods and have enclosed a link here for you to see the different brands and their "rating" -  IAMS has a lot of "filler" ingredients that make your dog feel full but don't provide much nutritional value.  Any food you can buy in a supermarket is not really a high quality dog food. Of course the price is higher for better foods but it's worth it in the long run.  You should always check the FIRST ingredient on the label on any dog food and if MEAT (beef, chicken, duck, etc) is not the first ingredient, then you are buying a pretty low grade food.  Of course it's a personal decision and people have to do what they can but if you're able.... I recommend switching your food immediately.
I have fed my dogs WELLNESS brand for many many years and highly recommend the brand. That's just my personal choice, you may find a 5 or 6 star food that you like better.  Here is the link, I hope you find it useful.  All the best to you and your little girl!!  

http://dogfoodanalysis.com/     CLICK ON "REVIEWS" TO COMPARE FOODS

Good luck!

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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.


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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