Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 4, page 2 of 12)


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Chapter 4

Barry Jones, the founding Chairman of the National Working Terriers Federation was once asked to contribute opinions for Kennel Club Members who wanted to bring the Jack Russell's (as Parson Russell's) into dog showing events. Although most working terrier breeders and organizations are against this, he did offer some guidelines as was quoted as saying:

"The chest is, without doubt, the determining factor as to whether a terrier may follow its intended quarry underground. Too large and he/she is of little use for underground work, for no matter how determined the terrier may be, this physical setback will not be overcome in the nearly-tight situations it will encounter in working foxes. It may be thought the fox is a large animal - to the casual observer it would appear so. However, the bone structure of the fox is finer than that of a terrier, plus it has a loose-fitting, profuse pelt which lends itself to flexibility. I have not encountered a fox which could not be spanned at 14 inches circumference - this within a weight range of 10 lbs to 24 lbs, on average 300 foxes spanned a year. You may not wish to work your terrier. However, there is a Standard to be attained, and spannability is a must in the Parson Russell Terrier."

Modern day Jack Russell's should exhibit a coat that is more than 51 % white and have black, tan, or tricolor patterns on their face and base of tail or lower back. The skin and first layer of undercoat fur should exhibit a pattern of black or brown freckles that do not show through to the surface of the fur. The rest of the skin that is not freckle should appear pink. The Jack Russell Terrier should have small "V" shaped ears. The ear should bend in the middle and flop forward toward the front of the head. The teeth of the Jack Russell should feature predominant upper and lower fangs, and all other teeth should be relatively sharp and pointed. The top teeth should cross over the bottom teeth like a pair of scissors. Jack Russell Terriers can feature one of several coats of fur.

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