All memberships run yearly from January 1 to December 31 with membership fees due each year.
Adult members must be 18 years of age; youth members must be 10 years up to 18 years. Individual youth memberships offer limited club privileges, including True Grit subscription, eligibility for terrier registration and certificates; no voting privileges. A Family Youth membership does not include True Grit. Minor children (under 18) are covered under Family Membership for participation in trials only and are not eligible for terrier registration.
All memberships run yearly from January 1 to December 31 with membership fees due each year. Applications for new memberships received during the last two months of the year (November through December) will automatically be carried over to the following calendar year.
First time JRTCA members will receive a JRTCA club pin and JRTCA sticker (contingent upon verification by the club office).
Persons applying for membership in the JRTCA, or renewing a current membership, must not be a member of a conflicting JRT organization as defined by the JRTCA, and must not register their JRTs with any conflicting organization or any all-breed kennel club. Conflicting organizations include any organization promoting kennel club recognition/registration of the JRT. In accordance with the Bylaws and regulations of the JRTCA, membership may be terminated, suspended or refused by the JRTCA Board of Directors for any conduct which may be considered likely to prejudice or damage the image of or interfere with the efficient running of the Club, or compromise the breed in any way.
I hereby apply for membership in the JRTCA as indicated above. I agree to abide by the objectives and purposes stated in the JRTCA Constitution and Bylaws, JRTCA rules and operational policies, and the JRTCA Breeders Code of Ethics. I certify that I do not belong to a conflicting JRT organization, nor do I register my Jack Russell Terriers (or any variant thereof) with any all-breed kennel club or conflicting registry. Furthermore, by my signature on this application, I hereby agree that all terms of the Membership Application and any disputes which may arise by and between the JRTCA and me shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and the rights of the parties shall be governed by, the laws of the State of Maryland, as if all parties have signed in the state of Maryland. Furthermore, I consent to the jurisdiction of, and agree that the sole venue which is proper for the resolutions of any and all disputes between the JRTCA and me is the Circuit Court for Baltimore County in the State of Maryland.
* If applying for joint or family membership both adults and all family members living at the same address agree to the terms and conditions above by checking the "Agreement with" box.
*** Note: Membership Fees are Non-Refundable ***
The JRTCA is adamantly opposed to recognition / registration of the Jack Russell Terrier by ANY all-breed kennel club, as it is believed to be detrimental to the preservation of the working Jack Russell Terrier. In keeping with this policy, JRTCA membership is limited to individuals who support the JRTCA's principles. Registration of Jack Russell Terriers (or any variant thereof) with any all-breed kennel club, or membership in any organization that supports all-breed kennel club recognition/registration, is not acceptable for application to 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. It is an unspoiled type or strain of working terrier with unique character, working ability, great intelligence, sound physical structure, and broad structural differences within the standard. These characteristics must be maintained to preserve this terrier as it remains today. The JRTCA's unique registry, with its strict inbreeding limitations and health requirements, breed standard, Breeders' Code of Ethics, and working certificate, sanctioned judge and field trial programs are all designed to do just that. All those who support the JRTCA's principles are welcome and encouraged to join the JRTCA and help us preserve this great little terrier.
If you own or register, and/or hold membership in all-breed kennel club for your non- Jack Russells (Example- Labrador Retrievers, poodles, or other non-Jack Russell Terriers breed) that registration and/or membership does not prevent you from joining the JRTCA. This rule applies only to Jack Russells and the several variants of the terrier.