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PARSON RUSSELL (JACK RUSSELL) TIME FRAME

1795:
Parson John Russell is born.
1815-1819:
Russell acquires "Trump," his first fox terrier.
Mid-1800's:
Russell becomes known for breeding terriers for fox hunting.  Fox terriers ...
1873:
The Kennel Club is formed. Russell is a founding member.
1883:
Parson John Russell dies.
1904:
Breeder Arthur Heinemann writes the first breed standard (14 inches) for the Jack Russell Terriers, which is still in use by the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America (JRTAA) and the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Great Britain (JRTCGB).  Heinemann forms the Parson Jack Russell Terrier Club (PJRTC) in England.
Mid-1900's:
Jack Russell Terriers are not seen in the show ring, but still exist in the British countryside where they go to ground for farmers in pursuit of fox and vermin.
1960:
The JRTGB is founded by Romayne Moore.
1976: The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA) is formed in the United States and adopts the 10 to 15 inch standard for the breed.
1985: The Jack Russell Terrier Breeders Association (JRTBA) is founded as a group within the JRTCA.
1987: The JRTBA separates from the JRTCA and adopts the 12 to 15 inch standard.
1989:
The Parson Jack Russell Terrier is recognized by the The Kennel Club (KC), in England.
1991:
The Jack Russell Terrier is recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC), in the United States.
1996:
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the Jack Russell Terrier on the 12 to 15 inch height standard.  The JRTBA is named the parent club by the AKC.
1997:
The JRTBA changes its name to the JRTAA.
2000:
The AKC accepts the Jack Russell Terrier in the AKC Terrier Group.
2003:
The AKC changes the name Jack Russell Terrier to Parson Russell Terrier. The JRTAA changes its name to PRTAA.
2004: AKC adopts the PRTAA recommended Breed Standard Revisions.
2010: 10 year Anniversary of Breed's acceptance into AKC.
2013: PRTAA National will begin to be a "Roving National" in 2013 at Great Western Terrier Association of So. CA, then to Montgomery County Terrier Specialty in 2014, and at Purina Farms in Mo. in 2015.















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