Jack Russell Terriers are a type, or strain, of working terrier; they are not pure bred in the sense that they have a broad genetic make-up, a broad standard, and do not breed true to type. This is a result of having been bred strictly for hunting since their beginning in the early 1800's, and their preservation as a working breed since. The broad standard, varied genetic background based on years of restricted inbreeding and wide outcrossing, and great variety of size and type, are the major characteristics that make this strain of terrier known as a Jack Russell such a unique, versatile working terrier.
The Jack Russell Terrier takes it name from the Reverend John Russell who bred one of the finest strains of terriers for working fox in Devonshire, England in the mid-to-late 1800's. Rev. Russell (1795-1883), apart from his church activities, had a passion for fox hunting and the breeding of fox hunting dogs; he is also said to be a rather flamboyant character, probably accounting for his strain of terrier's notability and the name of our terrier today. His first terrier, the immortal TRUMP, is said to be the foundation of John Russell's strain of working terriers.
Everything about the Jack Russell has fox hunting in mind... coloring, conformation, character, and intelligence. The body is compact, of totally balanced proportions, the shoulders clean, the legs straight, and most importantly, a small chest (easily spannable by average size hands at the widest part behind the shoulders). The Jack Russell must also be totally flexible, allowing him to maneuver underground. This conformation allows the terrier to follow his quarry down narrow earths. The fox is a good model for the Jack Russell-where the fox can go, so must the terrier. Although originally bred for fox hunting, the Jack Russell is a versatile working terrier to a variety of quarry including red and grey fox, raccoon and woodchuck.
John Russell maintained his strain of fox terriers bred strictly for working, and the terrier we know of today as the Jack Russell is much the same as the pre-1900 fox terrier. The Jack Russell has survived the changes that have occurred in the modern-day Fox Terrier because it has been preserved by working terrier enthusiasts in England for more than 100 years; it has survived on its merits as a worker. It is the foremost goal of theJRTCA that the Jack Russell continues in that tradition.
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At the Aug. 2001 Bentceder Trial, Seagull Pups won Champion and Reserve Champion 6-9 Month Pup; Best Litter; First in Smooth 6-9 month Bitch; First in broken/rough 6-9 month bitch; First in broken-rough 6-9 month dog!
September 2001 - Gulf Coast JRTCA Trial - Seagull pups won: First in class, Champion 6-9 Month Male, Champion 6-9 Month Pup and Reserve Champion Overall Pup!
October 2001 - JRTCA NATIONALS Seagull grandpup is National Working Champion!!!!
2002 Brenham Gulf Coast JRTCA Trial: First Bred by exhibitor Bitch, First Bred by Exhibitor Dog, Best Bitch and Pups, Reserve Champion Family!
2003 Brenham Gulf Coast JRTCA Trial: First Bitch Puppy; Reserve Champion Working Terrier; First Spay Bitch; First & Champion Vetern's Go-to-ground (Copper's Mother) First & Champion Working Terrier (Bouye's Mother)!
2004 Three Natural Hunting Certificates and Seagull Bailey is close to her Bronze Medallion!
and the Seagull dogs winning continues......
Cindi Anderson sharing her results from the JRTCA Magnolia Classic Dog Trial in Germantown TN, November 2004 "Orion Rowdy (a Seagull bred dog) was first in Agility I on Saturday and Sunday. He placed 3rd on Saturday in Ag. II and 2nd in Ag II on Sunday. On Saturday he was Reserve High Point and on Sunday he was High Point! I'm so proud of the boy! He also won Jumpers on Sunday! On Saturday he was 2nd in Jumpers."
"All the dogs did an exceptional job at the dog show. Seagull Nick, bless his heart, got Reserve Vetern dog in lure coursing both days, Seagull Bailey got 2nd in her conformation on Saturday and won her class on Sunday, Orion Nakita got 3rd in go-to-ground on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday, Orion Snap got 3rd in agility (against Rowdy) on Saturday and 3rd in jumpers on Sunday (against Rowdy) and well, Rowdy.....well, he just kicked butt....hehe"