The Jack Russell


The Kennel Club recognised the Jack Russell Terrier as of 1st January 2016.

The Jack Russell had previously not been recognised as a breed, but rather identified as a 'type' due to the wide diversity of dogs that can be described as Jack Russell Terriers. 

To protect the heritage of this popular dog, and to help prospective dog owners who are choosing which dog is most suited to their lifestyle, the Kennel Club began recording Jack Russell births through its voluntary registration system. An Interim Breed Standard for the breed, which describes the various characteristics of a breed and how they are likely to be in terms of their size, exercise, temperament and grooming needs, will be published in April 2016. 

This will help promote the responsible breeding of Jack Russells and ensure that the level of predictability seen in other recognised dog breeds is duplicated in registered Jack Russell Terriers.

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