Jack Russell Terrier

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The Full Jack Russell Terrier Description

The Jack Russell Terrier is bold and friendly, athletic and clever. At home he is playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. He is
an independent and energetic terrier and requires his due portion of attention.

Indicative Breed Standard

 

General Appearance

Workmanlike, active and agile; built for speed and endurance. Overall picture of balance and flexibility. Honourable scars permissible.

Characteristics

Essentially a working terrier with ability and conformation to go to ground and run with hounds.

Temperament

Bold and friendly.

Head and Skull

Flat, moderately broad, gradually narrowing to the eyes. Shallow stop. Length from nose to stop slightly shorter than from stop to occiput. Nose black.

Eyes

Almond-shaped, fairly deep-set, dark, keen expression.

Ears

Small, V-shaped, dropping forward, carried close to head, tip of ear to reach corner of eye, fold not to appear above top of skull. Leather of moderate
thickness.

Mouth

Jaws strong, muscular. Teeth with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Clean, muscular, of good length, gradually widening to shoulders.

Forequarters

Shoulders long and sloping, well laid back, cleanly cut at withers. Legs strong, must be straight with joints turning neither in nor out. Elbows close to body, working free of the sides.

Body

Ribs not over-sprung. Chest of moderate depth, not to come below point of elbow, capable of being spanned behind the shoulders by average size hands. Back strong and straight. Loin slightly arched. Well balanced. Overall length slightly longer than height from withers to ground.

Hindquarters

Strong, muscular with good angulation and bend of stifle. Hocks set low and rear pasterns parallel giving plenty of drive.

Feet

Compact with firm pads, turning neither in nor out.

Tail

Customarily docked. Docked: Length complimenting the body while providing a good handhold. Strong, straight, moderately high set, carried well up on the move. Undocked: Of moderate length and as straight as possible, giving a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the
end. Moderately high set, carried well up on the move.

Gait/Movement

Free-striding, well co-ordinated; straight action front and behind.

Coat

Naturally harsh, close and dense, whether rough or smooth. Belly and undersides coated. Skin must be thick and loose.

Colour

Entirely white or predominantly white with tan, lemon or black markings, or any combination of these colours, preferably confined to the head and/or
root of tail.

Size

Ideal height: at withers: Dogs: 36 cms (14 ins); Bitches: 33 cms (13 ins). 2.5 cms (1 in) above or below is acceptable.

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