Diet & Nutrition
We feed our Connemara Irish Jack Russell Terriers a diet raw meat and bones mixed with a high quality kibble.  Contrary to popular belief, raw bones are very healthy for dogs but this is not the case with cooked bones.  Cooked bones tend to be more brittle and will splinter which can cause internal damage.  

The meat we feed our dogs is human grade!  We go to our local grocery store and purchase meat in bulk then separate it in our freezer.  When it's meal time, we just take out what we want for ourselves, and some for our Jack Russells.

I try not to let things get too complicated by over analyzing the nutritional values.  I believe we can feed our dogs the same manner as we feed ourselves  without worrying about every little detail.  Some Veterinarians and dog food companies will have you believe that it is WAY too complicated for a silly pet owner to figure out.  This is shameful! 

It is important to check the ingredient list in the dog food you choose.  Some of the ingredients in MOST dog foods can be harmful.  We are seeing more and more  issues regarding chemicals and poisons in dog food recalls so be sure to check out the product thoroughly. Just go on the Internet and google it. Among many bad ingredients like wheat gluten, some dog food companies go as far as using rendered animals like dogs, cats, cows and other road kill.

Check out the information on this website and decide for yourself.  Keep in mind that there are pre-made raw options available although at a higher cost but they are very convenient! 
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ALLERGIES!
Lets talk about allergies for a moment.  Many, dogs suffer from allergies and while there are some medications and "special diet" dog foods, they don't ever solve the problem just mask the symptoms.  What you will find if you look at the ingredients is that while the label says "all beef" it also has chicken fat!  So if your Irish Jack Russell Terrier Puppy has/develops an allergy to chicken, this food will not work at all.  Read the labels!

Meat:
I've found over the years from friends and family they have dogs with allergies to beef or chicken and grains.  So these I feel are the most common problem ingredients in dog foods albeit raw or commercial dry.  If you decide to feed your Jack Russell a healthy raw diet you have several options from rabbit, yak, ostrich and buffalo to name just a few.  Most of my friends dealing with this issue find the buffalo and fish to be the best.  Buffalo can be pricey but you could try one of the others I've mentioned or try buying in bulk maybe with a friend or two to help defray the cost. 

What is it worth to you to make your pet not only look good...but actually feel good and free from itchy dry skin and stomach upset?  It's worth a lot me!

Grains:
These can cause issues as well and I feel Jack Russells or dogs in general are really not meant to eat a lot of grain.  Most commercial dog foods consist of different grains and usually in a large quantity.  You can tell this by where the grains are listed....at the beginning of the ingredient list or at the bottom.  Usually the first ingredients have the most content in the bag.  On the raw diet, you can omit grains all together, or just give them once in a while.  You could try other alternative like barley etc. instead of rice or wheat.  I'm not a fan of wheat at all for my dogs! 

Yeast:
Now here's a key ingredient that can go overlooked.  We don't think much about however, again dogs can be allergic to yeast.  There are different types and one may work okay while another does not.  It comes down to trial and error.

Garlic: 
We have also seen a decrease in allergy symptoms in dogs when garlic
was removed from the diet.  This is why we have switched from Nupro
to K9 Immune dog as a supplement.  Worth it's weight in gold.

Tom Lonsdale Veterinary Surgeon
PO Box 6096 Phone: +61 2 4578-1389
Windsor Delivery Centre Fax: +61 2 4578-1384
NSW 2756 E-mail: tom@rawmeatybones.com
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Kibble, Commercial Dog Foods

If you really feel like you cannot feed your Irish Jack Russell Terrier raw....you still have one more option before going to commercial dry dog foods. For the record, I do not recommend canned dog foods.  I try not to feed my human family canned foods therefore I do not give canned foods to my Jack Russells if I can help it.  Well, with the exception of the canned mackerel. 

1) You still have the option to provide fresh food to your Jack, safe from harmful chemicals, preservatives and allergens.  You can COOK your own dog food in large batches and separate and freeze your meals for the week.  Below I've provided a link to what I feel is a great book on Natural Pet Health.  Inside among a ton of useful information there are several recipes for home cooked pet food.  With cooked meat, you cannot have cooked bone so you do need to mix up some bone meal which is in the book.

Link:  Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health

2) Okay, if that doesn't do it for you either then below I have listed several brands of high end kibble that I would feed my Jack Russells if in the event I needed to.  You could feed your Jack kibble for the most part but add in some fresh raw meat or even cooked meats. 

Acana - Pacifica or Wild Prairie
Orijen  - puppy  or 6 Fish                             * 2008 Whole Dog Journal's  Approved Kibble List *
Fromm  - Four star nutritionals grain free
Holistic Blend grain free

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We are English Jack Russell Terrier Breeders and from time to time have English Jack Russell Terrier Puppies for Sale.  Other names for Jack Russells include Irish Jack Russell Terriers and English Jack Russell Terriers.  What's important is the DNA and genetics behind the dogs as all these names simply refer to the Jack Russell Terrier.

Did you know:

English Jack Russell Terriers, Irish Jack Russell Terriers, Shorty Jack Russell Terriers, Puddin Jack Russell are all names for Jack Russell Terriers.  These names all refer to a dog longer than tall however the Connemara  hail from very different bloodlines.  Ours have the DNA test results to prove it!  The Connemara Terrier is a mild tempered, gentle companion dog that makes a great family pet.

Did you know:

English Jack Russell Terriers, Irish Jack Russell Terriers, Shorty Jack Russell Terriers, Puddin Jack Russell are all names for Jack Russell Terriers.  These names all refer to a dog longer than tall however the Connemara  hail from very different bloodlines.  Ours have the DNA test results to prove it!  The Connemara Terrier is a mild tempered, gentle companion dog that makes a great family pet.

A typical meal for my Irish Jack Russell Terriers

Meat: chicken wing
little sprinkle of Salmon oil
1/4 cup of mackerel

now, I could change this up by giving a chicken thigh or cut up some stewing beef.  Maybe add some Nupro instead of the salmon oil.  throw a tablespoon of plain yogurt on top.  I could also add a carrot (partially cooked) or some other type of veggie.  Mine don't like veggies so it's hard to add them in.  That's one of the main reasons I use the NUPRO supplement.