The Parson Russell Terrier's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: United Kingdom Original purpose: fox hunting, showdog Name: "Russell" from John "Jack" Russell, who preferred Jack Russell Terriers. The name "Parson Jack Russell Terrier" had been trademarked, so the American Kennel Club avoided using the name "Parson," relenting in 2003. Historical notes: The Parson Russell Terrier breed was the first variant of the Jack Russell Terrier to be recognized by the Kennel Club (UK), which happened in 1990. Like the other Russell Terriers, the Parson Russell Terriers are descended from fox terriers and are named for John "Jack" Russell, who preferred this kind of breed. This very new breed of dog is still evolving.