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Jack Russell terrier

1.
any of a breed of small, short-legged terriers having large, erect ears and a short, white coat with brown or black markings.
Also called Jack Russell.
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British Dictionary definitions for jack russell

Jack Russell

noun
1.
a small short-legged terrier having a white coat with tan, black, or lemon markings: there are rough- and smooth-haired varieties Also called Jack Russell terrier
Word Origin
named after John Russell (1795–1883), English clergyman who developed the breed
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Word Origin and History for jack russell

Jack Russell

type of terrier (not recognized as a distinct breed), 1907, named for the Rev. John Russell (1795-1883) of Devonshire, "the sporting parson."

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Jack Russell terrier

breed of terrier developed in England in the 19th century for hunting foxes both above and below ground. It was named for the Rev. John Russell, an avid hunter who created a strain of terriers from which are also descended the wire-haired fox terrier and the smooth fox terrier. Though it is not known which dogs he crossbred, it is believed that bull terriers and beagles were among the breeds used.

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