|Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier was bred in the south of England in the 1800's as a white terrier to work European red
fox both above and below ground. The terrier was named for the Reverend John Russell, whose terriers trailed
hounds and bolted foxes from dens so the hunt could ride on. To function as a working terrier, they must possess
certain characteristics: a ready attitude, alert and confident; balance in height and length; medium in size and
bone, suggesting strength and endurance. Important to breed type is a natural appearance: harsh, weatherproof
coat with a compact construction and clean silhouette. The coat is broken or smooth. They have a small, flexible
chest to enable them to pursue their quarry underground and sufficient length of leg to follow the hounds. Old
scars and injuries, the result of honorable work or accident, should not be allowed to prejudice a terrier's chance
in the show ring, unless they interfere with movement or utility for work or breeding.
Bold and friendly. Athletic and clever. At work they are a game hunter, tenacious and courageous. At home they
are playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. They are an independent and energetic terrier and
requires their due portion of attention. They should not be quarrelsome. Shyness should not be confused with
submissiveness. Submissiveness is not a fault.