We were introduced to the breed in the summer of 1989 when we watched our friend's Jack Russell for 3 months. My 2 year old son's comment pretty much summed up the breed. He said "Why is Judy always everywhere?" We missed her terribly when we had to give her back, so we waited for a puppy from her. We finally got her in 1991 and we were hooked. We began breeding in 1995. We were delighted to go to our first EJRTC (now ARTC) Terrier Trial in 1996. We have gone strong ever since.
On December 8, 2004 the American Russell Terrier Club's application was accepted for the Russell Terrier to enter into the AKC FSS program as "Jack Russell Terriers". The AKC for various reasons, later changed their name to "Russell Terrier". Only in the AKC is this breed known by a different name, worldwide where they are kennel club recognized, they are Jack Russell Terriers. On January 1, 2010 the Russell Terrier entered the Misc. Class with AKC. We were very excited to be one of the first to enter the AKC show ring on January 8, 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. And on our first show our sweet little bred by exhibitor Belle took BOB. What a feeling that was. Belle also won Best Bred by Exhibitor at the prestigious AKC Eukanuba National Championship show in Long Beach, CA on Dec 5, 2010. This year was a good year for her. In June of 2011 Belle won BOB on Sunday at the Great Western Terrier Show, another very prestigious win for my little girl. In March of 2011, the ARTC requested the breed go forward into the Terrier Group for full recognition. The club's request was approved and we are headed for the Terrier Group starting June 27, 2012!! It's been 17 long years of working for this and now it's finally happening full recognition in the American Kennel!
We mostly enter conformation shows, but we also attend Terrier fun days and AKC Earthdog when we can make it. We are looking forward to the new AKC lure coursing that is now available to all breeds.
We breed for health, temperament & conformation suitable for a working terrier. We feel the breed will be lost without the attitude and the conformation to be able to do what it was originally created to do. Our dogs have the intelligence and temperament to make excellent pets in the right active family. They love to be around people. We breed according to the AKC standard for the Russell Terrier. We have puppies available to approved homes, occasionally. We never sell them to brokers or pet stores. To read more about our breeding philosophy, click here.
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