Cody Jack Is Our Jack Rusell Shorty ( Laid Back Jack ) He is something else, he thinks he is human! and a n...
Cody Jack Is Our Jack Rusell Shorty ( Laid Back Jack ) He is something else, he thinks he is human! and a navigator in the car, In 1897-1898 Ireland, a small handful of Jack Russell Terrier enthusiasts began working on a line of Jack Russell Terriers for themselves, family and friends. They often traded dogs amongst each other, to use in the Fox Hunts. The breeders involved at the time believed if they developed a line, using no Fox or Fell Terrier infusion, they would be breeding a dog better suited for their lifestyle. Ireland was then and remains an agricultural country with a large percentage of its income generated from farming and livestock sales. So it only made sense to them to breed a Jack Russell Terrier that would be intelligent and tenacious in the field, yet be able to settle once back at home, on the farm. A terrier who would be able to tolerate and respect livestock as well as get on well with children.
This type of Jack Russell Terrier eventually become a mainstay on several farms across Ireland. This type of "Jack Russell" developed a following of it's own as the children and grandchildren of these enthusiasts made it a lifetime commitment to protect the desired attributes, keeping out undesired traits and eventually producing their own type. The results from their efforts yielded a manageable terrier that came in three coat lengths, was on average 10" tall and when measured was clearly longer than tall.
Today, at the turn of this century, there remains only a small handful of terriers from these particular lines. Many of the original creators have since passed on - However there remains a few descendants within these dedicated families that continue to breed the line today. They don't peddle their puppies to strangers, still keeping most of these pups for their family and friends.
The Connemara Jack Russell Terrier has the expected confidence and pride of a terrier without hyperactivity or aggression issues. This little terriers motto is “live and let live” however if pushed and bullied by another dog, he can and will hold his own. He believes his humans need and require his affection ...and he is determined to provide more than enough to justify his appointment as sole purvey!
At Connemara, we believe in what we are doing and the decisions we have made along the way. We are breeding a distinctly different type of Jack Russell Terrier. Our terriers do not typically have the excitability or aggression issues we have seen in some Jack Russells. Overall, they are very healthy and hearty. And their temperaments stable and proven.
How we, at Connemara became involved in continuing this special line:
I could write a book on this alone. However, in the interest of time and cutting to the chase, this is how it happened: We met an Irishman from one of these families who sold us two pets for our own family. After some time, he became our mentor and a trusted friend. We vowed to continue the line, keeping with the tradition his family set forth. It hasn't been easy as in our learning we have made some costly mistakes along the way.
Since 1999, we have continued steady and true to the preservation of the line the Irishman taught us to watch over, embrace and love. I will be forever grateful to him as these little creatures have given us so much more than we could ever give back.