on the different Jack Russells
First of all they are all often advertised as Jack
Russells in newspaper and magazine ads. I advertise mine as Jack Russells
as Russell Terriers is a very new name. Parsons do get advertised as
Parsons but sometimes they are advertised as Jacks.
The Parson Russell Terriers
are built square and 12 to 15 inches as recognized
In UKC conformation shows,
there are Jack Russell Terriers, and they are
divided into two size classes: 10 inches to 12½
inches, and over 12½ inches to 15 inches.
Then there are the Jack
Russell Terrier Club of America dogs (JRTCA).
They are 10 to 15 inches and they are not interested
in AKC or UKC recognition. They do all their
own shows and events. They are very active and
involved in their dogs.
Then there are the Russell
Terriers, They are the short ones. Because of
JRTCA using the Jack Russell name, the AKC and UKC
decided to call them Russell Terriers. They
are 10 to 12 inches and are slightly longer than
tall. We just recently were added In the AKC
FSS program, but we are not yet allowed to show
conformation at AKC shows. So any you see at
the AKC conformation rings are Parsons.
However beginning January 1st, 2007, we are allowed
to perform and title in AKC performance events such
as agility, obedience, and rally. I have
already titled Meatball and Gunny in
As you can see it is very
confusing to try and explain. I have only had
this breed for three years and I may not have it all
right, but I think that you can have a JRTCA dog and
register it as a Russell or Jack Russell in the UKC,
not sure about open registration for Parsons in the
AKC but Russells are still open for registration.
I think that JRTCA may not register your dog if you
have AKC or UKC papers. Mostly to register you
need a three generation pedigree and for your dog to
conform to the standard.
My Russells are all
registered as Russell Terriers with UKC, all but IC
are registered with AKC and all but IC are
registered with EJRTCA as EJRTCA was where we got
our first registrations. I need to work on
getting IC registered.
For anyone wanting lots of
good information on Russell Terriers, we have the
AJRTA forum. Lots of info on Russells,
breeding and other topics. www.russellterrier.net
Also, see our links for Russell Terrier Clubs and