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PARSON JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
These two dogs are sisters. Notice the difference in height, body style and coat; yet they are both from the same litter!
The ParsonRussell Terrier and the JackRussell Terrier of today are the descendants of dogs bred by Parson John (Jack) Russell in the United Kingdom in the 19th century. While the individual dog’s sizes, proportions and coats varied even between littermates (and still may), they were bred by ParsonJack for their ability to hunt and for a specific color (predominately white). Dogs of varied leg length were used in the hunt, depending on the size of the dens and terrain of the land in which the terrier hunted.
Our Cher Car Kennels bred Terriers also vary in size, coat and drive.While we strive for good looking dogs, temperament is most important, and I will compromise on certain aspects of conformation in this breed more than in others.Our breeding program produces a wide variety of heights and shapes.This is paramount to the breed, and should not be viewed as a problem as centuries of tradition have embraced this.
Be wary of breeders who have all the same “look”, as they are valuing conformation over other things first.The AKC has chosen a certain look for its “Parson Russell” Terrier, and now the UKC has split the Jack Russell Terrier into two separate breeds:the longer short-legged squatty “Jack Russell” standing 10-12” and the square, leggier version called “Parson Russell” which must be between 12-15” tall.
Both Parson Russell Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers are versatile small dogs, who think they are BIG dogs somehow squeezed into a little body!You might wonder why a long time “big dog” breeder like us would even have such a thing on our site, or in our kennel.Spend one day with a good Parson or Jack Russell Terrier, and you will understand.These are tough, highly intelligent, trainable dogs; tenacious, strong, and self willed.They are NOT for everyone, especially for folks that have had better luck with other companion type dogs.If you have previously owned a Poodle, Shih-Tzu or something similar, do NOT think that a Parson or Jack Russell Terrier would be a good choice!
No matter what its registered breed name, this terrier is a true working dog; adept as a ratter, a fox hunter, a groom’s companion, a couch potato, agility dog, racing dog, bird chaser, and watch dog… or under the covers snuggler.It really doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as you are pleased with what YOU see!