Breed History

Snow Valley Parson Russell Terrier


The Parson Russell Terrier is a terrier breed created and developed in the XIXe century for Fox Hunting by the Reverend John (Jack) Russel.  This white terrier, descendant of the Fox Terrier, was recognized as a distinct breed in 1850.  The first Jack Russell Terrier standard to be written dates back to 1894.  Since the end of the last world War, the Parson Russell has known a steady increase in popularity mostly from hunters and horseback riders but also from active families that enjoy canine performance sports.

The Parson and the Jack have the same heritage, that is, up to the 1980s.  The two varieties have evolved from fundamentally similar standards except for differences mostly in their height and proportions. The tallest with a squarer built is known and recognized today as the Parson Russell Terrier and the shorter legged and slightly longer in body is known as the Jack Russell Terrier.  The name Parson Russell Terrier was given in 1999 by the British Kennel Club.  The breed was definitely recognized by the International Kennel Club (FCI) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) in June.