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My canine family consists of a pack of Jack Russell Terriers of different age and sex. The dogs live in the house with me and share my daily life but I have a small kennel building with two boxes with steady outdoor yards. It is good to have when the girls are in season, as I have had both males and females the last years. I also have a well fenced garden, small Russells are phenomenal to escape and explore the world!

I do not rehouse my dogs after they have finished their show or breeding life, they live with me for life. It is good for the puppies and young dogs to respect and learn from the old dogs. Only in case a dog is not happy with the pack life, I try to find a new home. Welcome to visit the present dogs' own sides here under.

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About Limelights Pixie

I had been longing for a Jack Russell Terrier for very long, but hesitated because they were not an official breed in the Swedish Kennel Club. For a short period of time in the year 2001, I met three extremely nice Jack Russells and I was sold!
Limelights Pixie confirmed what I alredy had discovered, the Jack Russell Terrier is a great little dog and one is not enough!
Limelights Pixie was assessed and I soon became interested in the FCI JRTs history. It did not take long before I understood that Australia had developed the breed and that the Aussie dogs had a very nice temperament, were well built and very handsome.
Through different JRT Forums on the Internet, I made contact with a few Australian breeders and I have till now imported four dogs from "Oz".
It is a challenge to develope the breed and I will do my best to let my dogs contribute to the future of the FCI Jack Russell Terrrier.

The Reverend John RussellActive, alert and ambitious...

The Jack Russell Terrier is a good working Terrier with ability to go to ground, but also an excellent companion dog. It is a lively, alert and active Terrier with a keen, intelligent expression, bold and fearless, friendly but quietly confident.

Spannability is the "Hallmark"
One of the most important attributes of a Jack Russell Terrier is his spannable, flexible chest. He MUST be able to be spanned behind the shoulders by an average man’s hands. Equally important is the shape of his chest. The small, compressible, properly shaped chest allows him to enter and move in the ground.

Spanning guide by Liz McKinney Falling Branch Russell Terriers, USA

The Story about the Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers were first developed as a working strain of the terrier in England during the 1800's, their country of origin, by the Parson John (Jack) Russell.
Mr Russell was educated at Blundell's School and Oxford University and it was there, tradition has it, that he spotted a little white terrier bitch with dark tan spots over her eyes, ears and at the tip of her tail, who was owned by a milkman. Mr Russell bought the bitch on the spot and this girl, called 'Trump', became the foundation bitch of a line of fox hunting terriers that would eventually come to be known as Jack Russells.
The 'Parson' was a keen hunting man and throughout most of his adult life he maintained a pack of hounds, and hunt terriers for the sole purpose of pursuing the fox.
Russell's terriers were mostly what we today would call broken coated, although they would occasionally throw a smooth coat. They were longer on the leg too, as they were expected to run with the hounds.

In the saddlebagThe terriers were not used to kill the fox, merely to bolt, with their strong jaws often ripping out the undergrowth, roots and earth. They were also used for hunting rats and other rodents at the farm.
The temperament had to be steady, as working and living in a pack (and amongst Foxhounds) there was no room for fighters or cringers.
The terrain differed from Hunt Club to Hunt Club and dog packs within each terrain (i.e. within each Hunt Club) became similar in type. Especially widely separated Hunt Clubs, were also too far apart to easily exchange genetic material. The conformation and type of the dogs therefore differed markedly.
The smaller terriers did not run with the hounds, but were carried in terrier pouches. It was impossible for them to keep up with hounds running a scent at full speed through the English countryside.
The English Foxhound is a tall, leggy dog that can run at speeds, so that the horses are at a full gallop to keep up. Imagine the futility of any earthworking terrier trying to run with the hounds and horses.

It is not really clear when the first Jack Russell Terriers came to Australia, but the first imports came in 1964. Thus the early JRT imports was gifts and may have come out as "breeding unknown", you can take it for certain, that they were "bred in the purple".
For instance, in 1964, "Hardy" (JRI-5) was a gift from the Duke of Beaufort (Beaufort Hunt Club in the UK) to Australians Gold Medal winner of Olympic equestrian fame Bill Roycroft and wife Mavis, as was "Kiss Me Kate" (JRI-6) from the Duchess of Bedford (Bedford Hunt Club in the UK).

Thank you Sarah Gaffikin of Brighthelm Jack Russells for sharing this
information about the beginning of the Jack Russell Terrier i Australia.

Louie of Brighthelm JRI-28

The early Jack Russells in Australia came from the UK, some in the 60s, some in the 70s and 80s, there were dogs from Sussex and even from the Heythrop Hunt! A Club was formed and a register started - so commenced a pure bred Jack Russell. A breed standard (standard of perfection) was drawn up and the natural progression was to hold shows. The breed standard incidentally had a height range of 25cm- 34cms, reflecting that of the JRTCGB. You have to realise that there was really no separate breed as a Parson in the 1970s, all "Jacks" were registered together and bred together. What now occurred was a slow but steady improvement in what we had, with breeders breeding to the standard. Originally one annual show was held in Victoria and soon other states followed.

The Jack Russell was still considered to be not pure bred, but of course we know otherwise! In Australia the National Kennel Council is made up of all states and territories Kennel Councils - the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Australia - the original and at that time the only Club for the breed, had been holding discussions with the Victorian Canine Council for some time regarding recognition, with no input from other states. I joined the NSW Canine Council, asked the question, what did they think- was invited to a meeting, and following that was invited to and spoke at the ANKC meeting that actually voted to recognise the Jack Russell Terrier!
What people have to think about is - the Australian standard has always called for a spannable dog, with a chest girth measurement, it has always asked for brisket located at the height mid way between the ground and the withers (ie equal body/equal leg) and there is also a weight requirement - maximum 6kgs. These three points are considered to be hallmarks of the breed.
There are still organisations operating outside the ANKC bodies, the original JRTCA, a Working Club or two.
Reputable ANKC breeders health test and have a strict code of ethics to adhere to.

I brought three Jacks with me from England to Australia in 1981 - one from Devon, one from Sussex and one we bred. I still have their direct lines today and believe I am the breeder who has been breeding Jacks with the same bloodlines for the longest time in Australia - closely involved with recognition and I also co-wrote the application for the FCI to recognise the Jack Russell.
In a nutshell - the breed developed due to a breed standard, a really good registration system, and some really good breeders.

In 1972, the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Australia was formed. This national organisation set up a particularly comprehensive registration system, along with a formal breed standard. This club also initiated discussions with the KCC regarding the possibility of the breed being accepted for registration as a pure breed.
In 2000 the FCI (European div) recognised the Jack Russell as a breed, with help from the Irish Kennel Club and with a standard originating from Australia. So the country of origin is England and country of developement is Australia. The Jack Russell is classified as a small-sized Terrier.

What does the "/JR" ending on some breeders prefix mean?

For a breed to be recognised in Australia it has to have recorded at least generations of similar type, a documented pedigree of at least three generations.
The enormous job that the Jack Russell Club of Australia did made it possible for the Jack Russell Terrier to become a recognised and registered breed with the Australian National Canine Council (ANKC).
When registering the prefixes "/JR" was added to the end of the prefix. The breeders could then keep their prefix the same as they had with the Jack Russell Club of Australia, without having any confusion with similar prefixes
already registered with the ANKC. You could only breed Jack Russells under the "/JR" prefix, unless it had been re-registered with the ANKC when the prefix was available.
The "/JR" is a good indication that the breeder has been breeding for a fair long time, but also some new breeders like the sound of the "/JR" on the end and are adding it to their prefix. In that case they are not allowed to add the slash, but only the JR.


A big thank you to my dear friend Marnie Thornton at Jarnee Jack Russells, who indefatigably has answered my many questions and helped me with pedigrees. Some information is also retrieved from the magazine 21st Anniversary Issue Down to Earth June, 1993 published by The Jack Russell Terrier Club Of Australia (INC.)
Johnnie 500
The Becketts and Jill
Bim JRI-19
Koonda Kennels
The Roycrofts
Malung Kennels
The Malung Famous Four
A Jack Russell's Eye View of History by Mrs Erica Wilkens
Jarnee Jack Russells
Haven Park Kennels
Baylock Kennels
Carisbrooke Kennels
AUCH Gayregal Fire Water
AUGRCH Coleann Brown Lagar
AUCH Pineview Drum Na Drochit


Sweden began to assess Jack Russell Terriers for registration in the Swedish Kennel Club in 2002. The last assessment was at the SKC Show HUND2004. Further assessments of the breed was not to happen. It was possible to get an exemption for an assessment when the dog was one year old.
In 2008 this opportunity ceased and it will now only be possible to get a special permission for registration in the SKC.
In 2006 the Swedish breeding stock consisted of assessed dogs together with imports mainly from Australia and New Zealand, but also a few European dogs.

The FCI Jack Russell Terrier
With kind permission from Liz McKinney, Falling Branch Russell Terrriers, USA.
Updated 2020-09-25
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