Have I got this right? Any hound-marked, non-KC regd. rough or smooth terrier, with long or short or medium legs can be termed Jack Russel - as this describes a 'type' rather than a breed....and these adorable little critters can be working terriers bred for earth work, or ratting, or predominantly as pets......and can have bits of other working type terriers in their ancestory... Although.....the IKC does recognise the Jack Russel and in some countries there are Jack Russels that breed true to type and bred as a pedigree breed..... And.....many moons ago, there was a country parson who was also a dab hand at breeding terriers to work with fox hunts (i.e. fox terriers) and possibly also a whiz at marketing, because the hound-marked working terriers became known way beyond his home county as Jack Russels.... But.....the KC recognised Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers are dogs that have been standardised (recognised and bred to a breed standard) and as such, the first attempt to recognise and standardize the 'Fox Terrier' Then.........back in - was it the 80's.....a group of enthusiasts established a strain of terrier that resembled Parson R's line and was based on a blueprint of the ideal fox terrier....got KC recognition and called them Parson Jack Russells.... But..........this resulted in any Tom, Dick or Harry calling their little leggy hond marked terriers 'Parson Jack Russels' and charging more....so to disassociate themselves from these guys, the Parson Jack Russell Terrier guys changed their breed's name to Parson Russell.... Notwithstanding...the fact that all over the countryside - exactly as in Parson Jack R's time all those years ago- lots of working terrier breeders (and pet breeders and hobby breeders and accidental matings) were producing similar looking dogs.... So..... Why have so many rescues suddenly started calling any vaguely leggy, predominantly white-bodied terrier a 'Parsons Terrier' - sometimes with an apostrophe and sometimes without?!!! Why can't we all just chill and accept that unregistered, hound-marked terriers have been and probably always will be lovely, entertaining companions and workers and they don't need dressing up with ever-evolving names or having their ancestory disected? I'm afraid I flipped ever so slightly, when a very sensible friend informed me that she and her husband had rescued a little terrier from a local shelter - a sweet little thing - but with a really reactive and energetic character (as he should have) and she informed me, "He's a Parson's" Working type terriers of any mix are cool Kennel Club recognised breeds of terrier are cool too...heck, even Plummer Terriers, Lucas Terriers and Sporting Lucas Terriers are cool! ALL terriers rock Why then, the sudden urge to re-gurgitate / re-form / re-hash and re-befuddle with the whole Parsonny-thing?!