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

Measure the Height of Your Jack Russell Terrier

Measure Height
  1. The terrier should be standing on a rigid, flat and even surface.

  2. The terrier should be standing squarely in a natural upright position. The terrier's head and neck should neither be pulled up or pushed down, nor should the terrier's front or back legs be pulled or pushed inward.

  3. The wicket should be placed at the top of the scapula (the highest point of the shoulder blade). Slight pressure should be applied to the top of the wicket, but only to hold it in place.

  4. The terrier's front legs must be perpendicular to the ground, and the legs of the wicket must be parallel to the terrier's front legs.

  5. All four pads must be touching the measuring surface.

Why Should I Have my Terrier's Height Measured?


You will need to measure your terrier's height for registration purposes and also for determining which height division to enter a terrier in at Trials. If you are unable to get an accurate measurement of your terrier or are close to a height of 10 inches, 12 1/2 inches or 15 inches (lowest, middle and highest heights allowed by JRTCA Breed Standard), you should have your terrier measured at a sanctioned JRTCA trial where American Conformation Judges are either judging or attending.

In order to obtain a JRTCA Height Card, your terrier must be measured by two Conformation Judges. Each judge will then enter your terrier's height on a JRTCA Height Card Measurement Form. After you have two measurements, these forms should be sent to the JRTCA Judges Committee with a nominal processing fee. You will be issued a JRTCA Height Card. Once a terrier has been measured by a JRTCA Judge, that measurement becomes the official measurement of that dog until and if a JRTCA Height Card is issued, and the terrier must be shown in the proper height division accordingly. We highly recommend that you get a Height Card if you plan on racing your Jack Russell Terrier at a Trial. If a fellow competitor asks to have your terrier measured, you can present your Height Card to the Racing Judge who will honor the official measurement of your terrier.

Jack Russell Racing

Effective January 2004, JRTCA Height Cards issued prior to September 1999 will no longer be accepted. If any member has a pre-9/99 height card and will need it replaced, you must obtain two current measurements from a JRTCA Conformation Judge and apply for a new card. There will be no fee for the replacement card. If a pre-1999 measurement was done on a terrier 18 mos. or older, the terrier does not need to be re-measured; however, the measurement date does need to be verified in the club office and a current card issued. All height cards issued after 9/99 will continue to be accepted at sanctioned trials.