Breed Comparison

This information will help you understand the differences between the Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, English Jack Russell Terrier and Russell Terrier.

Breed Comparison
Breed Jack Russell Terrier Parson Russell Terrier English Jack Russell Terrier Russell Terrier
Parent Club JRTCA PRTAA EJRTCA ARTC
Club Name Jack Russell Terrier Club of America Parson Russell Terrier Association of America English Jack Russell Terrier Club Alliance American Russell Terrier Club
Established 1976 1985 (JRTBA) 1995 1995
AKC Acceptance No Yes, accepted 1997 No Yes, accepted 2004
Height - Standard 10-15 inches 12-14 inches 8-12 inches
10-12 ideal
10-12 ideal
Body Proportion Square and balanced Square and balanced Overall dog is longer than tall Overall dog is longer than tall

The Real Jack Russell Terrier

The Real Jack Russell Terrier may be any height between 10" and 15" (at the shoulder), it may vary in coats, markings, type, and for sure personality... they are ALL real Jack Russell Terriers. There is no "ideal"... the "ideal" is what suits their owner for what they want/need to do with their terrier. That is the uniqueness of this diverse terrier. The diversity within the JRTCA breed standard is what makes the Jack Russell Terrier suitable for a variety of working and performance abilities - in contrast with the narrow, cosmetic breed standards of many show breeds.