Ever since I began breeding
Jack Russell Terriers, I have had frequent inquiries about a particular type of
Jack: the Irish Jack Russell.
Because there is a
lot of misinformation out there about Irish Jack Russells, I wanted to help
clear up some of the blarney.
History of the Jack Russell Terrier
Irish Jack Russells
do not come from Ireland. In fact, there is no official breed called an Irish
Jack Russell. However, the physical attributes often sought by people who want
an “Irish”—shorter height overall, with somewhat shorter legs relative to the
body length—generally match those of the Russell terrier which originated in
England but developed in Australia. Although it derived from the working
terrier strains developed by Reverend John Parsons, the two breeds are
distinctly different in body structure and height.
Jack Russell and Parson Russel terriers range from 10″ to 15″ in height, and
their body height is in proportion to their length.
Russell terriers (“Irish,” “English,” “Short,” “Australian”) are no more than 10” to 12” high and longer than tall at the withers.
No matter what you
call them—Jack Russell, Parson Russell, or Russell—the dogs from both families
make absolutely terrific pets and I am pleased to be able to offer both
(although the “Irish” is available only on a selective and limited basis). I am
extremely focused on breeding for temperament and good health and I stand
behind my pups 100%.
Ready to Welcome a Jack Russell Terrier into Your Family?
When I do not have
pups of my own available, I can tap into my extensive network of reputable Jack
Russell breeders to help you find the ideal addition to your household,
including both pups and older dogs.
So, whether you’re drawn to the leprechaun-like proportions of the “Irish” Russell terrier, or the slightly taller stature of the official Jack Russell terrier, please feel free to contact us when looking to add one of these charmers into your home.