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Jack Russell Terrier
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Breed Registries:

Note: Effective 1 April 2003, the American Kennel Club (AKC) changed the name of the Jack Russell Terrier to the Parson Russell Terrier. This name change was based on a request by the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America which is now known as the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America.

In Canada, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognizes only the Parson Russell Terrier in the Miscellaneous Class.

In England, Ireland, and Australia, the longer-legged square dog is known as the Parson Russell Terrier while the lower, longer dog is called the Jack Russell Terrier.

The United Kennel Club recognized the short-legged dogs as Russell Terriers on January 1, 2001; and, effective on January 1, 2009, the breed name was revised to Jack Russell Terrier.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Unders: 10 to 12 inches (25-30 cm) - Overs: 12 to 14 inches (30-36 cm)


9 to 15 lbs

Breed Profile:

The Jack Russell Terrier breed is a type of working terrier. Since their beginning, in the early 1800's, the Jack Russell was bred strictly for hunting. The JRT is a unique, versatile working Terrier. He is an intelligent, loyal and affectionate dog, keen, alert and always ready to go. He is also a match for any cat in his ability to catch mice.

The JRT is adaptable, however, he was bred to be a hunting dog and, as such, does require plenty of outdoor activity and exercise. His unique personality makes him desirable to many, but city or apartment living or a sedate lifestyle does not meet the dog's needs.

It should also be noted that Jack Russells can be aggressive toward other dogs and small animals including cats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. The breed is fearless and known to take on an adversary twice or more his size.

His coat may be smooth or rough, white, white with black or tan markings, or white with a combination of these colours.

The Jack Russell is a happy, bold, energetic dog with a suprisingly gentle and kind nature.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Jack Russell Terrier, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

74 Min. DVD Edition Published by Canine Training Systems
Demonstrates in detail the grooming tips and techniques for keeping your terrier's coat healthy, functional, and attractive, whether your dog is a natural earth worker, a sparkling conformation show competitor, or a lively and companionable pet.
— Available from Dogwise.com

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
Choose from a wide variety of items from Dogwise.com

Additional Information

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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