The JRTCA is the National Breed Club and Registry for the
Jack Russell Terrier in the United States.

The purpose of the JRTCA is to protect and preserve the unique characteristics
and working heritage of this great little terrier. Join our club.

Jack Russell Terrier Club of America - JRTCA

Jack Russell Terrier Museum and Crawford Library

The purpose of the Jack Russell Terrier Museum and Crawford Library is to permanently document and illustrate the history of the true Jack Russell Terrier, particularly as it developed in the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, but also from its beginnings in Great Britain, and make it available in this Museum and Library to educate anyone interested in the true Jack Russell Terrier.

Visit the Jack Russell Terrier Museum Web Site

Go to the Jack Russell Terrier Museum

News and Updates

  • Volume 9 of the JRTCA Stud Book Directory is now open for applications. This Directory will be online at It is open to any JRTCA registered stud dog owned by a current JRTCA member.
  • Eagle Snatches Dog - we've posted story about an eagle who snatched a dog from its yard.
  • Coyote Attacks Terrier - we've posted a warning video to all dog owners regarding the dangers of coyote attacks.
  • The JRTCA 2018 Trial Schedule has been posted. More trials to come!

The JRTCA Gift Store contains great gifts for the entire family - Calendar, Trial Pins, Books, Clothing, Holiday, Home & Garden, Jewelry and Note Cards.

JRTCA Gift Store

The JRTCA 2018 Calendar is now available. Fantastic photos, heavy high-quality photo paper - a great gift for all your friends.

Jack Russell Terrier Photo Galleries

Choice Gallery

Natural Setting Gallery

Dirty Dog Gallery

Holiday Gallery

What is the JRTCA?

The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA) is the National Breed Club and Registry for the Jack Russell Terrier in the US. Our purpose is to protect and preserve the unique characteristics and working heritage of this great little terrier. We are the largest Jack Russell club and registry in the world.

The Right Dog for You?

Many experienced, as well as inexperienced, dog owners are overwhelmed by the demands of a Jack Russell Terrier, leading to the dogs being abandoned. Our Profiler provides recommendations about how compatible a Jack Russell Terrier might be for your household.

Looking for a Puppy?

The JRTCA Breeders Directory is an advertising tool that JRTCA breeders use to promote their kennel and terriers. Also check out the Terrier Boutique for available adults/puppies. All puppies listed are from registered JRTCA registered parents, and any adult listed are JRTCA registered or recorded.

Who is the Real Jack Russell Terrier?

Are you confused about the differences between the Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier and the Russell Terrier variants? An explanation about the REAL Jack Russell Terrier should help clear up the confusion.

Want to Attend a Terrier Trial?

There may be some of you that might like to go to a Jack Russell Terrier trial but aren't sure what to expect, or may believe that there are some special requirements or training needed to attend. The only real requirements are that you are a JRTCA member and have a Jack Russell Terrier.

Trouble with Training?

Jack Russell Terriers require a long-term commitment to obedience, activity, exercise and entertainment. They are first and foremost hunting dogs. Browse our helpful training articles about aggression, separation anxiety, house breaking, shyness, crate training and much more.

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Car Jacking

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Just be calm, act like we know what we're doing.

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In 400 feet, turn right for squirrel.
JRTCA Trial Schedule

JRTCA Trial Schedule

DateTrial NameLocation
Texas Two Step XXIV & XXVTexas
Heart of Virginia I & IIVirginia
Spring Fever I & IIVirginia
Spring Fox Frolic XVII & XVIIICalifornia
Sunshine Showdown I & IIFlorida
Mason Dixon V & VIMaryland
Spring Classic I & IINorth Carolina
Yankee I & IIConnecticut
JRT Museum Benefit Trial I & IIVirginia
Mid-America Working Terrier Trial I & IINebraska
Rainer Hunt Classic XXXII & XXXIIIWashington
Jack Russell Terrier Rescue

Jack Russell Terrier Rescue

These non-profit rescue organizations may be able to assist you in the placement or adoption of a Jack Russell Terrier: Russell Rescue, Russell Refuge and Jacks Galore Rescue. These organizations are dedicated to placing unwanted, displaced or abandoned Jack Russell Terriers into permanent homes.

Become a JRTCA Member

Support the Preservation and Protection of the Jack Russell Terrier.