Definition of Jack Russell in English:

Jack Russell


(also Jack Russell terrier)
  • A terrier of a small working breed with short legs.

    ‘He was walking to the shops when he was set upon by around six dogs, including a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Jack Russell and a German Shepherd Labrador cross.’
    • ‘Scrappers like the foot-tall Jack Russell terrier can hold their own, too, but dogs smaller than that don't have the legs or the hearts to keep up.’
    • ‘I looked down to see a small Jack Russell terrier ecstatically running in circles around my legs, tail wagging wildly.’
    • ‘The Jack Russell is a happy, bold, energetic dog; they are extremely loyal, intelligent and assertive. Their greatest attribute is their working ability, closely followed by their excellent qualities as a companion.’
    • ‘The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier with origins in fox hunting.’


Jack Russell

/ˌjak ˈrəsl/ /ˌdʒæk ˈrəsl/


Late 19th century named after the Revd John (Jack) Russell (1795–1883), an English clergyman famed in fox-hunting circles as a breeder of such terriers.