The Wettenhall Dogs
Koonda Kennels in Victoria was the best known and largest of the early kennels for
the breed in parallel with
The Roycrofts and
occasionally interchanging stock with them.
In contrast to the Roycrofts, Noel Wettenhall would not hesitate to
linebreed and inbreed as the occasion arose and rapidly
established a recognisable kennel strain. By putting the
one sire over a number of near identically bred bitches,
then those offspring back to another one sire the basis
for a breed was rapidly established.
Noel Wettenhall had a successful den dog background since 1930, but
so impressed was he with the working ability of his newly
acquired Jack Russells that he lost no time in crossing
them into his old line and his old den dog line has been
totallt obsorbed into his Jack Russell kennel.
His kennels bloodlines was strongly represented in
all states of Australia both on the show front and also
prominently in the many fine working dogs for which Koonda
was famous for.
In September 1989 Noel Wettenhall was made a life member of The Jack
Russell Terrier Club of Australia of which he was a
founding member and past vice-president.
Johnnie 500 pictured on the Wettenhall gravestone.
Johnnie JR500 (1963 - 1977)
Squeak (JRI-1) out of Bubbles
Johnnie 500 was the
foundation sire of Mr Noel Wettenhall's Koonda Kennels.
He was the most notable of
the early sires and considered to be "the greatest
Australian Jack Russell of all time" and was the first
Australian bred male on the JRTCA's studbook.
He was owned
by Noel Wettenhall and bred by Mr George Adams of Ocean
Grove. The Adams had
imported Jack Russells from two separate villages in
Sussex in the early 1960s. Squeak (sire) was a tan and
white smooth and Bubbles (dam) was a tan and white rough.
Interestingly, the first litter was
dispersed through a lost dogs home as no one had heard of
the breed and so the pups were unsaleable which is very
different from today’s prices and demand.
Johnnie became to Australia what Trump was to the
Johnnie was 11" high and weight
16 lbs. He lived to 14 years of age. Johnnie was a dark tan
and white rough coat with a solid coloured head and
tail/rump patch. Johnnie was not shown but was a prolific
proved to be a true working and hunting type and he passed
this on to many of his pups. One could say that he was he foundation sire of the
The Becketts and Jill
Soon after acquiring Johnnie, Noel Wettenhall obtained a
dog pup and a bitch pup from the Becketts, an Immigrant British family
newly settled in Walla Walla, NSW.
Unfortunately, nothing is known of the Becketts pair of
JRs, not even their names, for the Becketts apparently
were not impressed with there new country and soon
returned with their dogs to the UK, leaving only one
Noel could vouch for the authenticity of their dogs, as he
saw them in quarantine while he had a Deerhound there.
The male pup, Beckett's Beau JR631 enters our pedigree through
it's mating with Doucey, a first cross JR by Johnnie 500.
The bitch pup Jill JR501, although too solid for den work,
was a matriarch of the breed. She had five litters to Johnnie
500, producing among others Jill II JR506, Josephine JR531 (went to
as a pup), Grasyan Jack JR527 (IBM pedigrees), Midge JR503
and Bradfords's Henry JR608 and his son Brad JR725.
The Johnnie 500 - Jill cross is the foundation of the breed in
Johno of Koonda
Hardy (Imp UK)
Judy (Imp UK)
Caesar Di Roma (Imp UK)
Bred by the Hillside Kennels of Brighton.
Bred by the Cefn Hunt of North Wales.
Squeak (Imp UK)
Bubbles (Imp UK)