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Re: BROWN COLORING

Posted by:  Jane McClay
Posted on:  November 17, 2001 at 14:25:49

In Reply to: BROWN COLORING
Posted by:  ALICIA STEIN
Posted on:  November 17, 2001 at 13:59:47

Question:

: IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A BROWN JACK RUSSELL?

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No. Jack Russells are not solid colored. There is another breed out there that resembles the JRT, called The Patterdale. There are also Hunt Terriers that can be colored.

The breed standard for the Jack Russell is very specific. Unfortunately, there are a lot of breeders out there who think that if they mix breeds and create an unusual looking JRT, they can make a fortune on breeding puppies. Furthermore, these types of people will repetitively breed a fault that crops up in their litters and call that a Jack Russell. They really should just put their OWN names on the dogs and be done with it. Not really fair to benefit off the Parson's name to sell puppies.

Once in a while, some odd things WILL crop up in a litter. A decent breeder will be able to account for it and will NOT try to make it sound like something rare or extra appealing or even "normal." A breeder worth their salt will sell such a terrier for very little, if any money and will just be glad the dog has a good home, a roof over his head and a full belly every day. Beware of anyone trying to pawn off irregular terriers as something excellent. Be armed with the JRTCA Breed Standard so you can avoid breeders like that.

Hope this helps,
Jane