Established 1974


The Jack Russell Terrier is a fox hunting dog, developed in England in the 19th century. There were terriers of all descriptions hunting earth dwelling creatures for hundreds of years before the Reverend John (Jack) Russell developed his particular "strain" of hunting terriers.

The Reverend lived in the mid-1800's in Devonshire. He maintained his dogs with a certain body style and temperament best suited to do the job of fox hunting. Our present day Jack Russell Terriers came to be, solely by the efforts of this fox hunting parson.

The conformation of the Jack Russell Terrier follows it's original function. Early British fox hunters used a black and tan type terrier, rather than the Fell or Welsh Terrier, whose colouring was too similar to the quarry it was hunting, namely, the fox.


Difficulty in telling the terrier from the creature it was bolting out of it's den brought about the desire for a more white-bodied dog. In all probability the English Black and Tan Terrier was crossed with the Old English White Terrier (both now extinct) to achieve the type of coat and colouring we have today in our Jack Russell Terriers.


The Jack Russell Terrier of today is still able to perform the functions it was originally bred to do. It has longer legs which enable it to run with the hounds. It also has a flexible body that allows it to squeeze into underground dens. This along with its engaging terrier temperament allows it to be a wonderful companion and an excellent hunter.


Established in 1974, the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Great Britain (J.R.T.C.G.B.) was formed by a group of working terrier enthusiasts in order to:

  • Promote and preserve the working terrier known as the Jack Russell Terrier.
  • To write and apply a breed standard (click here).
  • To oppose influence by any organization or persons whose actions may result in practices considered to be detrimental to the Jack Russell Terrier and its future
  • To protect the Jack Russell Terrier as a true working terrier and to preserve the rights of the working terrier enthusiast to work the terrier in the traditional manner.
  • To support lawful and humane terrier work and to educate newcomers to the world of the working Jack Russell.

The day to day running of the JRTCGB is the reponsibility of the National Committee (click here), which is elected annually at the Club's Annual General Meeting. This meeting takes place in November each year, it is held at a central location, is open to all members and is where any changes to the Club's Rules and Constitution (click here) are discussed and voted on with a view to their being implemented on 1st January of the following year.

It is the aim of the JRTCGB to unite those people with a love and admiration of the Jack Russell Terrier, howsoever they may enjoy its unique and wonderful character. And to encourage and educate its members, both current and new, as to the importance of retaining the Jack Russell Terrier's working aspects and attributes, in order to continue the protection and preservation of this remarkable breed.


The JRTCGB is the hub of an international network of Jack Russell Terrier Clubs, each of which shares a common goal to preserve and protect the true working Jack Russell Terrier for future generations to enjoy. These include...

America ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (website).

Australia ~ Jack Russell Breeders & Workers Inc. Australia

Canada ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada (website).

Denmark ~ Danish Jack Russell Terrier Club (website).

Finland ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Great Britain Suomi (website).

Germany ~ Jack Russell Terrier Verein e V (website).

                  ~  Deutscher Jack Russell Terrier Verband e. V. (website).

Japan ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Japan.

Mexico ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Mexico

New Zealand ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of New Zealand

South Africa ~Jack Russell Terrier Club of South Africa (website).

Sweden ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Sweden (website).

Sweden ~ Jack Russell Terrier Club of Great Britain (Swedish Region) (website).



For any further information, please contact the National Secretary at [email protected]

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