DBF Russell Terriers

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Candace Lundin, DVM, MS


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Shorty Jacks


"Come here little fishy fishy..."

Dogwood Branch Farm (DBF Russell Terriers) in Middletown, Virginia is home to our (Jack) Russell Terriers These are short terriers as opposed to the long-legged variety referred to as Parson Russell Terriers. We do not breed the Parsons, which are 12" to 15" tall and frequently have a stronger personality.


Most of our little terriers are registered with the American Kennel Club, which accepted the short JRT in 2012 as a "new" breed called the Russell Terrier. In Europe, Australia, and Asia, this same breed is called a Jack Russell Terrier. They are the same. It can be confusing, but in the USA and Canada only, the kennel club registered JRT is called a Russell Terrier; the term JRT is used more broadly to encompass several "types" of small, predominantly white terriers of various heights and proportions (9" to 15" tall). The Russell Terrier specifically refers to the 10" to 12" well balanced terrier. DBF Russell Terriers also has a few shorties, sometimes referred to as "puddins", which are registered with the English Jack Russell Terrier Club Alliance (EJRTCA).


The Parson Russell Terrier(DBF does not breed the long-legged variety)

Our little dogs have the intelligence, loyalty, love, and humor of the JRT but frequently without the extremely strong prey drive of working terriers.  We have focused more on breeding them to be companions or fun performance terriers as opposed to tough working terriers. We focus on temperament as the primary consideration.


Josie and Lola


Dr. Candace Lundin, veterinarian, and her husband, Frank Zureick, owners of Dog Branch Farm, always swore to themselves that they would never own a Jack Russell Terrier because the terriers that they had come across in Virginia 15 to 20 years ago had strong alpha personalities and a reputation for stubbornness and aggressiveness toward other dogs, cats, and some people. Some demonstrated the irritating habits of incessant barking and jumping---the canine version of “hyperactivity disorder”!  BUT, Candace and Frank changed their minds when they learned that some small breeders had been successfully directing their efforts at producing JRTs with calmer, sensible temperaments---small dogs that would serve as companions and nice family pets. Thus, DBF Russell Terriers was born in 2002. It was not until 10 years later that the American Kennel Club recognized the breed. Because Frank had previously bred and shown with good success, the English Springer Spaniel, he and Candace decided to venture back into the show ring with the Russell Terrier when it became eligible in AKC. At that time, they imported several JRTs from Australia and Europe to help further develop the RUSSELL TERRIER.


Russell Terriers can make great family dogs

For nearly 30 years, Frank had bred, trained, and raced Thoroughbred horses as well as retrained them for show/hunt. Candace was an equine veterinarian so also focused on horses. Together, they continued to breed and train horses and eventually American Shetland ponies as well (see www.dogbranchfarm.com).  They have recently retired from horses, sold the horse farm near the Middleburg Training Center, and moved south of Winchester to a smaller farm with the plan to focus on the terriers.


Our Breeding Philosophy

In order to have a large gene pool for our breeding program, while avoiding having so many dogs living here that they would need to be constant kennel dogs, we co-own dogs with friends and other breeders. Co-owned dogs live with friends & family as their own family pets, but DBF Russell Terriers manages their breeding, whelping, and health. Co-owned females are retired from breeding at a young age and have built-in "forever" homes with their own families. This is the way that we are able to have enough dogs for broad genetic diversity in our program, without any dog living as a "kennel dog".  Every one of them is a cherished member of a family.




Our goal is to improve the reputation of the Jack Russell Terrier by producing healthy, jolly little dogs that are easily socialized and that will respect and love their owners AND their owners’ friends and family! We are not the breeder for you if you are looking for the “tough” little dog that stands its ground against anything and everything, or if you are looking for a working terrier. Terriers can be known for their tenaciousness, but we are breeding for show, fun performance activities and mostly as family pets. All terriers, not just Jack Russells, can be a bit feisty and competitive at times---that is part of what makes them terriers, but we do not want to strongly emphasize those traits in our breeding program.


"Come down and play with us"

We are striving to breed terriers without the uncontrollable urge to chase cats. We don’t want terriers that will take off across our farm to blindly chase anything that moves, such as a squirrel or fox. We don’t want terriers that “lose their minds” when the local hunt (Piedmont Hunt) comes through our property with their hounds chasing a fox. Instead, our little Jacks hunt crickets and field mice—WITH the cats! It's quite amazing to see 2 cats and 2 dogs all stalking one poor little field mouse together.








"What's down there?"

We want good-natured, playful, charming, and intelligent little dogs that become part of our family and yours. Though a lot of this “good” behavior comes from proper socialization as puppies and as young dogs, it is also in the breeding. Bloodlines can play a role in the tendency of a dog to be aggressive toward other animals (and children!). This is why a docile temperament will be our NUMBER ONE priority in considering whether to breed a dog or not.  

Josie loves to run and roll down the hill with her toys


Some “traditional” Jack lovers will disagree with this attempt to discourage the hunting/chasing/fighting instincts of the Jack Russell Terrier. Let me say that we have no issue with those who want to breed hunt/performance terriers or those who want to compete in field events that demonstrate the original natural instincts of the hunting terriers. We admire and appreciate the abilities of those dogs. But, there is a place both for working terriers and for “family pet” terriers. Dog Branch Farm is focusing on the latter.


We take the placement of our puppies seriously. We want you and the puppy to be happy---for a long time. We want to match the right puppy to the “right family”. Many people do not realize that the personalities of puppies begin to show at just a few weeks of age. Thus, we get to know which ones are more shy, which ones are the first to try new things, which ones have the most patience, which ones tend to dominate their littermates, and which ones are the most active. So, even though you may have your heart set on a puppy with a particular color or markings, the specific pup that you inquire about may not be the one most suitable for your particular home/family.


Chondrodysplastic forelimbs—a sign of dwarfism

Conformation IS taken into consideration in our breeding program, especially in terms of a desire to avoid dwarfism characteristics, such as chondrodysplasia, resulting in excessively curved limbs. We also want skull size and chest width to be in proportion with the dog’s size---in other words, we don’t want our “shorty Jacks” to simply be “big-bodied dogs with cut-off limbs”.  However, we are not breeding for show. Our dogs are smaller than the FCI show standard. I just happen to prefer small terriers. You may want something different.




Jack Russells, Parson Russells, Russell Terriers, Shorty Jacks, Puddins...


Confused by these various "breeds" and clubs? You can read numerous books and search the web until your heart is content and you will still be confused! The history of the "Jack Russell Terrier" is marred in confusion, misinformation, politics, gossip, and the unknown. The bottom line is that these dogs never were a "breed" per se, but rather a terrier type. That is why they can vary so much in size and look. Note the variety of "jacks" in this old print: smooth coats, a rough coat, a black and tan, and a red (Hunt terriers), a prick-eared terrier...


As clubs try to claim their stake in this arena, things are written and said in a dogmatic (no pun intended) fashion, with no true legitimacy. Some write that the "Shorty Jack" is an American invention---if so, then congratulations to the good old USA!  However, I highly suspect this is untrue since Prince Charles (see Celebrity Jacks below) would be kicked out of the United Kingdom if he favored (and imported) "American" terriers! As a veterinarian and scientific medical editor, I read everything on the web with a big grain of salt---I hope you will too!  Some breeders attempt to disparage other breeders on their web sites; I won't do that.


Most people who find this web site are looking for a pet and life-long companion. Even those people who enjoy the hobby of showing their Russell Terrier also want a best friend.


American Kennel Club
English Jack Russell Terrier Club Alliance (EJRTCA)

  Celebrities and their Jack Russell Terriers

      Paul McCartney                                                       Prince Charles                                                Camilla (Dutchess of Cornwall)
Caroline Kennedy

Prince Charles

Mariah Carey


 Pres. Ronald Reagon


Jacks in Art



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