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COAT

May be smooth, or broken or rough. Must be weatherproof, preferably unaltered.

The standard allows for 3 coats, smooth, broken and rough that must be weather proof. This causes some judges great anxiety.

When dogs broken become rough etc. Despite the fact that the standard calls for coats preferably unaltered, it world be rare to find a dog in the show ring "au naturale" Therefore, I suggest you think in terms of smooth and coated. Some dogs will present to you virtually in undercoat only, or what I call "ducks down". There are two reasons for this - firstly the trimmer is a rank amateur whose only ambition is to get the bulk off to establish an outline. You may find that the dog has not been hand striped but cut with thinning scissors the night before! The second is that the coat is very incorrect in so much that it is soft, linty and abundant, no matter how you strip this coat, it will always remain soft. To keep it in any condition at all, it should be raked and hand stripped every week. Even so, it will never be harsh or weather proof.


The correct coat is close or tight jacket, harsh to the touch but not overly so, and when the top coat is parted, undercoat is present at the base of the hair shaft. Top lines are often raked and stripped more than other parts of the body and may not give a true picture of the coat condition. A better site is the neck, shoulders or sides. Where a colour patch appears, it is easier to find the requred undercoat, as it will be a variant of the colour. White on white is hard to find. Jack Russells are not a breed that is known as double coated, but some undercoat should be present.



Soft, linty coats are objectionable and should be considered a serious fault as they sre very hard to breed out. Breeding with a smooth coated dog strengthens this type of coat. This is the reason why the three coat types have never been separated and are always judged togethwe.
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DOG ON LEFT IS BROKEN COAT.
DOG ON RIGHT IS SOFT, LINTY,

VERY INCORRECT AND OBJECTIONABLE COAT
GOOD DENSE SMOOTH COAT
ROUGH COATED DOG IN SHOW TRIM
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