"Raising Jack Russell Terrier puppies is our greatest pleasure ~ Breeding the Irish Connemara remains our greatest responsibility”

What YOU need to know:

Every time someone buys a Jack Russell Terrier from a pet store another spot opens up for another puppy to take its place.  Most dogs in rescues and shelters originally came from Pet Stores (obtained from Puppy Mills) ...and dogs bred by Backyard Breeders. It is very rare that a dog from a legitimate kennel will find its way to a rescue or shelter - because legitimate breeders ALWAYS take their dogs back - ALWAYS.

ONLY BUY FROM A LEGITIMATE BREEDER and the rescue population will decrease drastically. If you have an issue, you can return the dog to be placed in another home, and not dump it in a shelter or burden a rescue.

If you’re not part of the solution then you’re a part of the problem.  Please do your part to find a responsible breeder and stop creating a reason for rescues and shelters.

This page will bring you up-to-date on Jack Russell Terrier websites you are likely to find on the internet. Here we give the unsuspecting puppy family a little help in determining what type of place you are looking at:

Commercial Kennels:

Breeding for profit only with no regard to the best interest of the breed.  Motivated by current fads and sales only... regardless of how warm and fuzzy the website.  Some may have 100 dogs or more, yet you won't see this mentioned on their websites. Typically, they breed several litters at a time and then hold their breath, hoping to find homes for the pups before they become a handful.  Others sell directly to pet shops or dealers/brokers.

The happiness of the dogs is pretty low as they live on an "assembly line".  The cleanliness can vary - I have seen one state-of-the-art, sanitary kennel pumping puppies out by the hundreds.  Most are bred in dark barns and live in wire cages stacked from the ground.  Many are USDA registered and their puppies are proudly advertised as "AKC registered". 

As for their guarantee, they will typically give you 24-72 hours to get your pup to the vet once it comes home, or you will void the second part of your guarantee: the standard one year guarantee and then consider their part to be over with. Something many won't admit to you is that
most genetic issues will not surface until year two or three. A one year guarantee does you little good.  By the way: the 24-72 hour rule may not even be legal in their state. 

How to spot them: Large facility - USDA licensed - several employees - prices may be average - breed dogs w/ serious faults - 1 year guarantee - may sell to pet stores and/or brokers - may dual-register pups with AKC and APRI or other - set-up like a business with hours posted - Will sell to anyone - No pre-qualifying “interview” - Don't care if you want to breed your pet - inbreeding practiced and justified

Backyard Breeders:

For profit, fun or simply by accident? There are a few reasons it can and does happen. Newspaper ads, free internet postings, boasts of "champion lines" or “Purple Ribbon bred” (all this means is they have 7 generations registered... It is not advantageous) perhaps lower prices, no guarantees... These are some of the warning signs you are dealing with a backyard breeder.  They have misguided thoughts on their responsibilities as a breeder and tend to view the problems they cause from a very different point of view.  Typically offering no guarantee or possibly a limited one year guarantee they are unable to make good on anyway, if/when the time comes.  Some believe that just because their dog came from "champion lines" or a particular well known line that their pet quality puppy immediately qualifies as a breeding quality dog. The truth is, that most purebred dogs are not of breeding quality.  They do not do any health testing either. While most backyard breeders may not be guilty of the sins of puppy mills, neither are they by definition, cognizant of the procedures and efforts a responsible breeder practices each and every day.  Backyard breeders are one of the biggest reasons why so many pets are euthanized each year. 

Many commercial kennels set-up (sell “breeding rights” to) backyard breeders without a second thought. As their motivation is nothing more than puppy sales. 

How to spot them: 1-3 dogs - not aware of their own state rules or guidelines - breed dogs with serious faults - no guarantees - low to average prices - will sell to anyone w/ cash or Paypal account - place free ads online or newspaper ads - may brag their pups are "Purple Ribbon" bred or use words like "Champion lines" or "Champion stock" - charges more for “papers” or for females so you can breed them - don't even know what constitutes inbreeding

Puppy Brokers:

Brokers are importing lower quality pups from other countries by the dozens. Many countries have little to no restrictions when it comes to dogs.  Most are buying pups at wholesale prices ($75-150) and then selling them to you for much more ($750-1500).  Many are selling questionable breed pups and calling them purebred.  They are eve brazen enough to make claims of certain eye or coat colors as being "rare". 

Most will usually have a large choice of
Jack Russell Terrier puppies on display yet there is little to no information available on the parents.  If you watch their websites, they don't show pictures of the pups at birth or at any other time before the pup is 8-12 weeks of age.  If you are knowingly using a broker/wholesaler, you have no clue what kind of breeding the puppy is from. They know little to nothing about the parents of the pups and in most cases have never even seen the parents to the pups they are peddling. In Ireland for example, it is easy to buy litters of mixed breed terriers for $50-100 per pup.  It is even easier to bring them over to the states and sell these same pups for $1500-2500. If you are on the hunt for an "Irish" Jack Russell Terrier - I am confident you have already come across one or two of them in your search.

Read "THE WRONG PUPPY" for more information. The website also has information where you can contact an attorney.

How to spot them: little to no information on their website about puppy parents - little to no history behind lines they are selling - may or may not register puppies - puppies may be much older - nothing on website about parents - no pictures of puppies when newborn or very young (under 2-4 weeks) - Play up “rare” to boost sales - don't know if the dogs brokered are inbred or not.

Puppy Mills / Farms:

We all have heard of puppy mills.  Most already know what this means. What many don't realize, is that the web affords a degree of anonymity.  They can set up a website, stage photos of happy, frolicking little puppies and say their pups live in a "Bed & Breakfast".  The pups still live in crates or crate like structures, one on top of the other.  And they can still have squalid conditions. As of this writing, I have visited three Jack Russell Terrier breeders with fairly nice websites. What I read on the web and how they presented themselves on the phone was 180 degrees different from what I actually witnessed once I visited. Since then - I have had countless families stop in to see us and our dogs and comment about these same places. Their accounts were very similar to mine…they were disturbed as well and did not end up purchasing a puppy from any of them.

How to spot them: little to no information on their website about puppy parents - won’t let you see the parents - may not even let you visit but instead will usually make excuses and offer to meet you somewhere else to show off the pups - may ask for you to pay in full for pup when pup is born, not closer to pick-up date - may even have history with their town, city or local animal control.

Do you need help finding a Jack Russell Terrier Breeder?
We can give you names of a few other excellent breeders in other states. If you need help or direction, please feel free to contact us.

"If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem."  Please do your part to find a responsible breeder and stop creating a reason for dishonest, greed driven breeders to continue.

Want more information? We would be happy to chat with you anytime.
E-mail Connemara - or give one of us a ring:
Sheila can be reached at; (207) 221-0267

Stephanie can be reached at; (207) 939-9404