Demand for Jack Russell Terriers soars following The Artist

Friday, 24th February 2012

The award-winning silent film The Artist has led to a surge in demand for Jack Russell Terriers, with people becoming smitten with Uggie, the dog in the film.

According to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 630 people searched the charity’s website for the breed following the Baftas, which took place on February 12th. This is more than double the people looking for this breed the Sunday before.

Carly Perry, Battersea’s rehoming coordinator, said: "It's been wonderful to see more Jack Russells finding homes recently which we think is due to how the nation has fallen in love with Uggie.

"Jack Russells are always a popular breed here at Battersea but this current increase in demand is giving them the opportunity to really enjoy their fame."

However, she added that the charity wants to make sure that people who rehome Jack Russells are aware of the level of commitment needed to look after a dog.

The Artist tells the tale of a silent film actor who is pushed out of the limelight when speaking films become popular.