The Jack Russell Terrier will be a Kennel Club recognised breed
with effect from 1 January 2016.
Jack Russell Terrier registration process
1. Dogs with a valid import pedigree will be treated as any
other imported dog - export pedigree sent in. This includes dogs
applying for an ATC number.
2. Dogs registered on any UK based Jack Russell Terrier
club registry - owners should apply for form 5b to complete
and return with 2 colour photos of the dog (one head study and one
profile view of the whole dog), and a three generation pedigree
issued by the club. Two KC representatives will examine the details
provided and, if acceptable, the application will be passed to the
registration team for processing.
[Dogs born and resident in the UK, from parents which are
registered overseas fall within this category.]
3. Dogs without pedigree information - owners should apply to
the Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services department for an
Unverified Dog form to complete and return. If accepted, the
registration will be annotated with three asterisks, their progeny
will have two, and so on, until there is a full, three generation
pedigree. [vide Kennel Club Regulation B2.c]
The Interim Breed Standard will be published on 1 April 2016 so
that dogs may be exhibited at Kennel Club licensed events from this
date. The following is the proposed wording for the standard.
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal
characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct
colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all
times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which
would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness
of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or
exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect
dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are
requested to refer to the Breed Watch section of the Kennel Club
website here /services/public/breed/watch for details of any such
current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only
be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a
feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or
highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be
rewarded in the show ring.
A strong, active, lithe, working terrier of great character with
flexible body of medium length. Smart movement. Keen expression.
The coat is predominately white, and may be smooth, broken or
Scars not to be penalised.
Lively, alert and active. A good hunting terrier, sturdily
built, that could go easily to ground
Bold, fearless, friendly and confident.
Head and Skull
The skull should be flat and of moderate width, gradually
decreasing in width to the eyes and tapering to a strong muzzle.
The stop is well defined, and the cheek muscles are well developed.
The length of muzzle from the stop to the nose should be slightly
shorter than from the stop to the occiput. Nose and lips black.
Almond shaped, fairly small and dark, with keen expression. Not
prominent. Closely fitting eye rims, with black pigment.
Button or dropped, carried close to the side of the skull, of
good texture and great mobility. The top of the ear is level with,
or very slightly above the skull. The tip of the ear is in line
with the eye.
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to
the jaws. Broken or missing teeth due to work are not to be
Strong and clean, of sufficient length to carry the head
proudly, and to protect the feet when working below ground.
Shoulders well laid back with visible forechest, and never
heavily loaded with muscle. Upper arm of sufficient length with
angulation to ensure elbows are set under the body. Well boned
forelegs as straight as compatible with a short legged dog when
viewed from front or side.
The length from the point of shoulder to the buttocks slightly
greater than the height from the withers to the ground. Level back,
with very slight arch to loin which is short, strong and well
muscled. Chest oval, fairly deep rather than wide, with good ground
clearance. The distance from the withers to the elbow is
equal to the distance from the elbow to the ground. Ribcage oval,
well sprung, flattening somewhat on the sides so that the girth
behind the elbows can be spanned by two hands - about 40 cm to 43
cm. Moderate tuck up.
Strong and muscular, angulation in balance with the shoulders.
Stifles well bent with low set hocks. When standing, pasterns
parallel when viewed from behind.
Round to oval, not large, with toes moderately arched. Pads
High set, thick at base, in overall balance with the rest of the
dog. When moving the tail should be carried completely erect but
may drop at rest.
If docked for work, the tip of the tail on a level with the
Unrestricted, free striding, ground covering gait without
exaggeration. Well co-ordinated; straight action front and rear,
may converge slightly at a faster pace. Strides should be of good
length, never stilted or high stepping. Hindquarters providing
plenty of drive.
May be smooth, broken or rough. Must be weatherproof. Not
White must predominate with black and/or tan markings. The tan
markings may range from light tan to rich chestnut tan.
25-30cms (10-12 ins). Substance and weight should be
proportionate to height. Neither too coarse nor too
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the
health and welfare of the dog and on the dog's ability to perform
its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.