Jack Russell Terriers


Jack Russell Terriers

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Reverend Jack Russell of Devon, England created the Jack Russell Terrier in 1870. A passionate fox hunter, Reverend Russell's goal was a small, agile, brave terrier that could force small animals such as foxes and raccoon out of their dens to then be chased by the hounds and hunt. Various existing terriers were crossed to produce the breed as it is today. In 1990, the British Kennel Club set the standards for the breed. It was approved as a member of the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1998.
The Jack Russell Terrier is bold and friendly. He is tenacious and courageous in the field and playful, exuberant and affectionate at home. He is an excellent housedog and children's pet.
The skull of the Jack Russell Terrier is flat and fairly broad, narrowing slightly to the eyes. The drop off (stop) from skull to muzzle is well defined but not prominent. The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull. The nose is black. The bite is scissors. The ears are button ears that are small and v-shaped, set high on the head and folded over to be carried close to the head. The eyes are almond shaped and dark in color with dark rims. The neck is muscular, moderately arched and of fair length. The topline is level with a slightly arched loin. The chest is narrow and of moderate depth. The legs are strong and straight. Movement must be free and lively. The feet are catlike. The tail is set high and carried gaily. It is docked so the tip is approximately level to the skull. Coat types include the smooth that is short and lies close to the body, rough that is longer and harsher, and broken that is a very short wire coat. Coat colors include all white, white with black or tan markings, or tri-color which includes white with both black and tan markings. Markings should be less than 49 percent of the body and confined to the head and tail areas. Accepted height is between twelve and fifteen inches. Average weight is between eleven and thirteen pounds.



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