Although the Jack-Rat Terrier is a rather new hybrid breed without much backstory, thankfully his parent breeds have plenty of information about where they came from. For starters, the Jack Russell Terrier certainly defines the term “adorable”. His playful disposition and ever erect stub tail pairs well with the lively light in his large dark eyes. These dogs were first created in the 1800’s when a student from Oxford University, Jack Russell, fell in love with a Terrier. As an avid fox-hunter himself, Jack used his newly acquired Terrier to develop a Fox Terrier line that was known for its ever present skill and passion to follow foxes. From there, the rest is history. A club in America specific to the Jack Russell Terrier developed quickly and it wasn’t long after that the American Kennel Club decided to recognize the breed; this didn’t settle well with the American fans of the breed due to the fact that had trademarked the name “Jack Russell” and had some pretty strict standards as to what the breed should be like. The AKC decided to call the Jack Russell Terrier breed the Parson Russell Terrier so as not to step on any toes. To this day, the Jack Russell Terrier is used in all kind of events including shows, working class events, and of course, as companion dogs. The Rat Terrier is one of the rare few dog breeds to claim being created in the United States. Originally, this breed was created to work as a farm dog with jobs such as hunting vermin and small game around the property. His ancestors include dogs like the Fox Terrier, Beagles, Italian Greyhounds, and Whippets. All of these unique and athletic dogs combined into one made for a very impressive breed; the Rat Terrie was agile, intelligent, and had a great scenting ability that made him irreplaceable when it came to hunting down vermin. Slowly however, despite their once great popularity, the Rat Terrier began to fade out of the spotlight as more people moved to bigger towns and cities. Thankfully the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1999 and brought it back as a show, companion, and working animal once again. When these two unique parent breeds are combined we are presented with the Jack Rat Terrier, or Jersey Terrier. He is an excellent companion dog with an inner fire that also makes him passionate about guarding his family and hunting down the next pest that may come along. Because of these natural instincts, it is important to start socialization and training early, so that this hybrid knows which behaviors are okay and which are unacceptable.