Where Are Jack Russell Terriers From?
The Jack Russell Terrier originated in the mid-1800s in England. Reverend John Russell was a fox hunter at that time and began a breeding program. He is referred to as the “father of the Wirehaired Fox Terrier” and as the “Sporting Parson,” since he bred his own strain of White Fox Terriers. The Jack Russell Terriers of today share physical similarities to Russell’s dogs.
Since then, cross breeding has resulted in variations within the breed, such as short legs, long legs, and big chests. There may have also been an addition of fighting bulls and terriers to increase aggressiveness for hunting. The Jack Russell was imported to the United States in the 1930s and The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America was established in 1976. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1998.