Jack Russell Terrier Club of America - JRTCA Preserve, Protect and Work the Jack Russell Terrier

JRTCA Constitution and Bylaws

Article 1

Name, Objects and Purposes

Section 1. The name of the Association shall be The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.

Section 2. The objects and purposes of the Association shall be:

  • To promote and maintain the Jack Russell as a breed of terrier continuing to possess the working ability, courage, stamina, and intelligence for which it is renowned;

  • To oppose affiliation with or influence by any organizations or persons whose beliefs or actions might result in practices considered detrimental to the breed;

  • To provide and maintain the central registry for Jack Russell Terriers in the United States of America, where records and information on pedigrees, stud dogs, bitches, breeders, and owners' comments on the working ability of their dogs, can be kept so as to prevent inbreeding, avoid the introduction of factors which might be detrimental to the breed, and facilitate the dissemination of information helpful to the breed and owners of Jack Russell Terriers;

  • To maintain a current list of the names and addresses of all of the members of the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America;

  • To gather and disseminate information which can be used to educate interested people and improve the conditions, practices, or methods employed in the breeding, raising, exhibiting, and working of Jack Russell Terriers;

  • To establish and maintain a breed standard for the Jack Russell Terrier in the United States of America.

  • To support and encourage the working ability of the Jack Russell Terrier;

  • To support, encourage and sanction Jack Russell Terrier trials and shows;

  • To establish qualifications for certain classes of working certificates and to issue same to qualified Jack Russell Terriers;

  • To establish qualifications for certain classes of judges and to sanction same according to their qualifications, and to maintain a list of these judges;

  • To provide Jack Russell Terrier Club of America members with information on items for sale related to terriers;

  • To assist and encourage cooperative effort among the Jack Russell Terrier Clubs of other nations, their members, owners, and breeders to achieve the foregoing objects and purposes.

Section 3. The Association shall not be conducted or operated for a profit, and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Association shall inure to the benefit of any member.

Section 4. The Board of Directors of the Association shall adopt and may from time to time revise the Bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects.

[End of JRTCA Constitution]


The JRTCA is adamantly opposed to recognition of the Jack Russell Terrier by ANY kennel club. The JRTCA believes that inclusion in any all-breed registry is detrimental to the protection and preservation of the Jack Russell. The JRTCA's unique registry, with its strict inbreeding limitations and health requirements, working certificate, sanctioned judge and field trial programs, and breeder's code of ethics are all designed to preserve the Jack Russell's unique working ability, great intelligence, sound physical structure, and broad standard so necessary to preserve this unspoiled type, or strain, of working terrier known as the Jack Russell.

The JRTCA feels so strongly about the impact of kennel club recognition on the future of the JR that persons participating in any organization or registry in conflict with JRTCA goals and objectives are not accepted for membership in the JRTCA.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a unique working terrier that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 100 years because it has been preserved for work. Please help us, and the JRT clubs of the world, continue to preserve this great little terrier, and keep it protected from exploitation by those interested only in show, profit, and personal gain.

JRTCA Bylaws

The following is the current version of the JRTCA Bylaws. Please click on the document title to open or download the bylaws.

Document: JRTCA Bylaws
Last Revised: June 2015
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