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Jack Russell Terrier
|Alternate Names||Jack Russell|
|Section||Small Size Terrier|
Jack Russell Terrier Profile
The Jack Russell Terrier is a robust, active, agile working terrier with a strong personality. Its medium-length body is flexible and longer than high. Its eyes are small, slanted, and dark with a vivacious look. They should not be prominent and the eyelids should be adherent to the eyeballs. Its ears are either rosebud-shaped or drooping, but always very mobile with a fine texture. The tail can be drooping when resting, but must be straightened when in action. Shortening the tail isn’t compulsory, but when shortened, it should equal the height of the ears when straightened.
Fur: it can be smooth, rough or “wired”. It must be weather resistant.
Color: the white must be predominant, with black or tawny spots. The tawny spots can range from light to dark (chestnut color).
Size: 25 to 30 cm.
Weight: 5 to 6 kg.
Origins and History
The Jack Russell Terrier finds its origins in 19th century England, where the reverend John (Jack) Russell selected a breed that could run as fast as the Foxhound, but could also go underground to catch foxes and other game. He developed two breeds: one long-legged (the Parson Jack Russell) and the other short-legged (the Jack Russell), which was only recognized in 2001.