Just over a year ago we adopted a lovely houndX from the SPCA. She is goofy, sweet, and very good with our kids, aged 6 and 2.
A month ago we adopted a JRT pup from the same SPCA. I had terriers (though not Jack Russells) growing up and had been on the lookout for a terrier or terrierX for awhile. I was so careful about not rushing into getting one, and when I came across this litter at the SPCA, I chose the most submissive/tolerant pup. I also had a meet-n-greet with our current dog.
The puppy came home and is a total hoot. We adore her! She is sweet and sassy and a complete snuggle bug and lap dog. She has tons of personality and hubby and I are smitten.
She is incredibly smart, has housebroken easily, crates great, and is generally wonderful. The problem, is she is not terribly tolerant of the kids even existing! She will often take offense if they just walk into a room or try to get on a couch upon which she is sitting. The kids, to be honest, don't bother with her much. My kids are animal savvy and not the type to harass the pets, so it isn't like they are in her face at all.
Up to this point it has just been a lot of barking/growling (I remove her from the situation when she does it) but this morning she launched herself at my son. If I had not been there to grab her, she would have connected with his face. He was just trying to get on the couch, on the opposite end from where she was.
I'm definitely concerned that longterm, she may not be a dog that can coexist with kids. She is also particularly possessive of me, which is not the best thing with small children who want to sit on my lap, hug me, etc.
If anyone has any advice or insight, I'd appreciate it. I know there are a lot of JRT lovers around here so hoping to get some input. At this point I'm wondering if it is kinder to the dog, and safer for the kids, to re-home her to a situation where she will not be around small children.