jack russell/parson russell


Jack Russell Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed

The origins of the Jack Russell Terrier, also known as Parson Russell and Russell Terrier are believed to trace back to Reverend John “Jack” Russell (1795-1883), who was a parson and hunting enthusiast in England. The breed descended from the hunting terriers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was developed by the reverend to flush foxes from their underground holes. They were then further developed in Australia as a companion dog.

Jack Russells are usually highly energetic, vocal, fearless, lively, inquisitive and intelligent. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation to keep destructive behaviours at bay. They are generally highly trainable and excel at tricks, agility, and other activities that exercise both the mind and body.

Although commonly associated with short smooth coats, it is not uncommon for the breed to sport rough or broken coats as well. They are predominantly white with brown/tan and black markings.

Although popular as a city dog, Jack Russell Terriers have need exercise and play, and are unsuited to families that do not have an understanding of their athleticism. They love to run, dig, jump, fetch and chew. Lots of training, attention, supervision and structure required.


Sizes: small
Personality: athletic, energetic, fearless, intelligent, vocal
Kid Friendly (1-5): 3
Activity Level (1-5): 5
Trainability (1-5): 5

Hair lengths: short
Shedding (1-5): 3
Jobs: dog sports, hunting, sporting, tricks

More about Jack Russell Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed:

“The Jack Russell Terrier is a breed who is fearless, devoted, and loyal towards their owners. They are always on the go, and wanting to learn new things. I love this breed because someone had told me they were a very hyper breed and if I was looking for a dog that was a big dog, but in a small dog body then the JRT was for me and would fit the bill on doing tricks and smart all rolled into one. My oldest JRT helps me get through tough times like when having a panic attack she will come over to me and help me calm down which helps with my attacks. My other JRT she just loves to be the loner as one would say; as she don’t like to be crowed which is fine by me as I love her just as the same, and would not change a thing about her. Now my next JRT she is my trick dog as she loves to learn new things and as we grow together in learning tricks it helps us with our bonding. My JRT’s are very calm and not hyper like one had told me; which is okay by me as I love them all and how each one is different and I would not change anything about them. This is why I love love the Jack Russell Terrier.” – Marcy

“Jack Russells are loving, energetic, bundles of joy. They are always by your side through the good times and the bad times, and is always willing to make you smile with their funny personalities and antics. Jack Russells are very intelligent and can catch on to tricks very quickly. They are always willing to try new things and enjoy doing them as long as there with there best friend. Although Jack Russell’s are not for everyone because of their “hyper energy.” They sure are loyal little pals that will stick with you forever!” – Evan


Jack Russell Terrier Rescue, Ontario (JRTRO)




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  • Thanks Talent Hounds for getting the info out there about this crazy, but yet loving breed. People need to know how they came to and understand them before ever thinking on getting one…..Not many have passed the CGN test which mine have and it feels great knowing that I had done good by this breed. Thanks for sharing the info….

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      Thanks so much Marcy for sharing your beautiful talented girls with us as well as your insights and training tips