Rough Coat Jack Russell?

Rough and broken coated Jack Russell Terriers are groomed for three basic reasons: appearance, comfort, and most importantly, to help the dog continue to develop a good hard coat that will repel water.

An initial grooming in February will have your dog’s coat in good condition by late March or April and will keep him more comfortable in summer. Nature will push them out eventually, but in the meantime, new growth will be uneven and the dog will always look unkempt.

Then, begin grooming at the head and work your way down his body, leaving the sensitive areas until last; when the dog has learned to trust you, he will be less nervous. Pull the skin back in small areas and pluck a few hairs at a time, working around the cowlick. When the head and neck are plucked, you may want to take the sharper knife and gently — barely touching the fur — comb in the directions of hair growth.

Gentle use of the dull knife will preserve the cowlicks, but get rid of excess hair. You can make the skin the area taut by pulling upwards on the dog’s tail. It is not uncommon to see rough-coated bitches groom themselves prior to whelping, by pulling the hair with their teeth; you can be a real help to her by doing it for her.

If you see evidence of mites, or the ears smell foul, consult your veterinarian for both cause and treatment. If bathing is absolutely necessary, do so at least two weeks before you show the dog to give his coat a chance to recover. Cornstarch mixed with baby powder in equal parts makes a good dry shampoo.

Do rough coat Jack Russells shed?

A Jack Russell actually sheds more than a number of other breeds. Unlike most breeds it seems that the shorter the hair, the more it will shed, however there are exceptions and you may find your long haired rough coat shedding just as much a s the smooth coated version. The shedding may get worse as the seasons change.

Are Jack Russell rough coats hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, Jack Russell Terriers aren’t listed as a hypoallergenic breed by the American Kennel Club. … Most Jack Russell Terriers also shed seasonally. So if you don’t like vacuuming dog hair, you might want to consider finding a different dog breed.

What kind of coats do Jack Russells have?

The Jack Russell terrier comes in three different coat types: smooth, broken and rough (coarse, longer straight hair). All the coats tend to shed. Jack Russells are white with black or tan markings. The breed has a compact, muscular body.

The Jack Russell is a commonly known household pet, renowned for being the small, loyal companion every family hopes to have as their dog. Aside from their affectionate, loving ways, another great positive for having a Jack Russell breed in your family is their rather low maintenance needs when it comes to grooming.

Rough or broken-coated JRTs require a bit more work. Left to grow naturally, the coat may not look neat and tidy. Although grooming the roughs or brokens is more involved, you may derive more satisfaction from the finished product.

Longer hairs are removed in small amounts with a straight pull, without bending your wrist. Some terrier groomers only hand strip, gently pulling the dead and loose hairs in the direction of their growth.

Some people prefer to use a piece of volcanic rock, found in equine supply shops and called a bot block, to maintain the coarse outer coat of the JRT.

Jack Russell Terriers are most often recognized by their spunky attitude, small stature, and coat markings. While these adorable dogs often look similar to one another, there can be variances in markings, color, and even coat textures. In fact, there are three different coat textures that are common in the breed including smooth, rough, and broken. Which coat texture does your Jack Russell Terrier have?

Grooming Rough Coated Jack Russell Terriers

Rough and broken coated Jack Russell Terriers are groomed for three basic reasons: appearance, comfort, and most importantly, to help the dog continue to develop a good hard coat that will repel water.

Why Groom your Dog?

Rough and broken coated Jack Russells are groomed for three basic reasons: appearance, comfort, and most importantly, to help the dog continue to develop a good hard coat that will repel water. Ideally, grooming is done twice yearly. An initial grooming in February will have your dog’s coat in good condition by late March or April and will keep him more comfortable in summer. If shown, his coat will be back to normal before the trial season begins. Groomed again in late August, the coat will be in a good, natural condition by the Nationals in October, and the dog will have a full coat for winter. No dog should be groomed immediately prior to (or at) a trial, and no foreign substance such as chalk should ever be used prior to judging.

How to Groom

Many owners do not believe in cutting the hair but, rather, pluck or pull it. If you simply cut the hair off, dead hair shafts remain in the skin. Nature will push them out eventually, but in the meantime, new growth will be uneven and the dog will always look unkempt.If you are careful to separate the long hairs by combing or brushing in small sections (after the initial brush-out) and then pluck or pull only a few hairs at a time, you’ll remove the dead hair and new growth will be even. Moreover, the new hairs will be coarser. The dog doesn’t mind the grooming process.Be sure to talk to your dog while you are grooming him. If you don’t say anything, but just pull hair, he will get bored and start moving around. If the dog resists grooming in one area, move to another; you can always go back. Nonetheless, try to develop a system to follow.The following sections are provided to describe the stripping process.

Equipment

There are no hard and fast rules about the tools to use when you groom your dog. If a comb works for you, for example, use it. You might want to keep on hand a wide-toothed comb, wire brush, a short serrated knife with a dull blade, a short serrated knife with a sharp blade and a pair of thinning shears. A grooming table is helpful, but not a must. A good mat to stand the dog on is important; it will provide your dog with stable footing and make the job easier for both of you.

Assessing your Dog

Before you begin grooming your dog, evaluate him. Try to get a sense of the dog’s conformation.

Where to Begin

Try to be methodical. First, brush or comb the entire dog. Then, begin grooming at the head and work your way down his body, leaving the sensitive areas until last; when the dog has learned to trust you, he will be less nervous. If the dog gets fidgety, move to another area. To groom his face, pull the skin taut, firmly grasp a few adjoining hairs between your thumb and forefinger (or thumb and dull knife) and pull in the direction of growth.

The Sides

You may want to leave a few eyebrow hairs and whiskers around the lips. Remove only as much hair from the face as will make the dog look neat, and to give his face definition. Be sure that both sides of his face are even. You’ll know you are finished with an area when you see the neat white undercoat. If you touch the coat, you’ll feel both the undercoat and, if you arc a little late with your grooming, some newly emerging rough coat.

The Neck

Keep the neck skin taut in the area where you are grooming. Begin at the back of the neck and work around to the front. The hair is likely to go wild around the cowlicks. Pull the skin back in small areas and pluck a few hairs at a time, working around the cowlick. When the head and neck are plucked, you may want to take the sharper knife and gently — barely touching the fur — comb in the directions of hair growth. You want to remove only the long hair.

The Chest

Remember to brush the hair away from its direction of growth so you can see where it is, then pull toward the direction of growth, keeping the skin underneath taut.

Legs

The bumps on the knees of rough and broken-coated Jack Russells are usually just hair. As you groom the legs, you’ll notice that the bumps suddenly disappears. Groom the back legs also; you want to see the lines of the stifle. Don’t forget to show the feet. The dog won’t like it, so you may have to go back and forth to them between grooming other parts. It is acceptable to use scissors to trim the hair between the toes.

Legs and Back

You could just take scissors and trim your dog, but you would be doing him no favor and not helping his coat to improve. Take the time to pluck the hair. Dogs mind having the shoulders and back done less than almost any other part of their body. Take your time; comb or brush the hair away from the direction of growth, grasp a few long hairs, tighten the skin, and pull in the direction of growth.Long hairs tend to get dirty and make the dog uncomfortable. Gentle use of the dull knife will preserve the cowlicks, but get rid of excess hair. You can make the skin the area taut by pulling upwards on the dog’s tail.Use scissors to trim and remove the urine-soaked hair. If you are not experienced, you may want to ask someone to hold your dog for you at this time. The same applies for the area around the nipples, before she whelps. It is not uncommon to see rough-coated bitches groom themselves prior to whelping, by pulling the hair with their teeth; you can be a real help to her by doing it for her.

The Tail

While you will pull long hairs the length of the tail, you may find thinning scissors useful (and acceptable) at the tip of the tail. After you’ve groomed the long hairs from the rest of the tail, hold the tip and clip the few extra long hairs to make the end of the tail next.

The Final Steps

When you have completed the job, take a good look at your dog from all angles. You’ll likely find that you’ve missed a hair here or there that you’ll want to remove. This is also the time to go over your dog with the dull stripping knife, if you wish. Be especially careful as you work down his backbone. The vertebral bumps are easily skinned and nicked.

The End Result

If you are new at grooming your dog (and your dog is new to grooming) you may want to split the grooming into two sessions. That’s fine the first time, but work toward doing it all at once. It’s good discipline for your dog, and you’ll only have to clean up once.