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The Jack Russell

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


New DNA Testing Schemes For Jack Russell Terriers

The Kennel Club has approved three new official DNA testing schemes in Jack Russell Terriers for late onset ataxia (LOA), spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and primary lens luxation (PLL). Read more.


Jack Russell DNA Screening

Jack Russell DNA Screening results


Jack Russell Terrier Proposed Interim Breed Standard

The Jack Russell Terrier will be a Kennel Club recognised breed with effect from 1 January 2016. 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.


Video Of Jack Russell Going Rogue At Crufts Goes Viral

A Facebook video showing a cute Jack Russell going ‘off course’ during an agility competition at the world’s largest dog show, Crufts, has racked up more than a million views in under 24 hours. Read more and watch the video.


Jack Russell & Parson Russell Terrier

The Kennel Club recognises the Parson Russell Terrier which is similar in appearance but slightly larger than the Jack Russell.


Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier was given official recognition by the Kennel Club in 2016. Although the country of development is seen as Australia, the breed has its roots in the working Terriers of the British Isles, many of which were early exports with ex-pats who emigrated to Australia and which proved their worth keeping down vermin in the new homesteads. Many small working Terriers, some of them genuine Jack Russell Terriers and others loosely carrying the title, were exported to Australia in the 1960s and 1970s and in 1972 the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Australia was founded. It was in Australia that the breed was first seen as a dog for the show ring. Developed there, with some differences from the foundation stock, the ‘Australian’ Jack Russell has become popular world-wide at dog shows and was recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1991. It must be said that the type developed in Australia has some differences from the type maintained by the Jack Russell breeders in the UK, who have retained the original type: a dog similar to the Parson Russell in proportion, but in a smaller frame. However, the British standard has been drawn up as a compilation based on the British breed club standard with the Australian and FCI standards. Owners of Jack Russell terriers registered with non-Kennel Club breed clubs have been invited to register their dogs with the Kennel Club, in the hope that they will add to the gene pool and compete at Kennel Club shows. Despite its development in Australia, the nomenclature pays respect to the origins of the breed as a working Terrier in England, and it is hoped that the Jack Russell of the show ring will remain essentially a working Terrier both in type and temperament. (see also Parson Russell Terrier).

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Jack Russell Terrier – Proposed Interim Breed Standard

The Jack Russell Terrier will be a Kennel Club recognised breed with effect from 1 January 2016 and 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.


Meet Britain’s Surprising New Pedigree Dog Breed – The Jack Russell Terrier

The number of pedigree dog breeds officially recognised in the UK is set to go up to 216, as the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs, recognises the Jack Russell Terrier as a pedigree breed.


Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier takes its name from the Reverend John Russell, a hunting clergyman, who inherited his interest in hunting and terriers from his father. In 1819, John Russell bought Trump, a white bodied terrier with head and tail markings who sired a legacy of sporting terriers, and is regarded as the founder of the breed. The Parson Russell Terrier was bred to go to ground and was often used as the earth dog for badger or fox. It is said that he had to be a handy size to go to ground, but also had to possess stamina and be sufficiently racy to keep up with hounds. Devotees of the breed formed clubs, kept their own registry with recorded pedigrees and ran their shows outside the Kennel Club jurisdiction. However, some fanciers of the breed who wanted to join with the Kennel Club split away, and in 1983 drew up a breed standard based on that of Arthur Heinemann, who had been a disciple of the Reverend John Russell. The new club stated as its aim the promotion of the “genuine Jack Russell”. The Breed was formally recognised by the Kennel Club in 1990 as the Parson Jack Russell Terrier. However, in 1999, the breed name was changed to the Parson Russell Terrier to differentiate the two breeds. The Parson Russell is now well established in the show ring and retains its working abilities as a ‘fox’ terrier (see also Jack Russell Terrier).

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Britain's top dogs revealed: Labradors lead, Corgis come back and Jack Russells jump

Crufts organisers, the Kennel Club, has announced that old favourites appear to be taking the lead as the UK’s top dogs, with the likes of the Jack Russell and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi soaring in popularity.


Kennel Club Approves New DNA Testing Scheme For Parson Russell Terriers

The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCD) in Parson Russell Terriers following consultation with the breed’s Breed Health Coordinator, on behalf of the breed clubs.


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