The EJRTCA Breed Standard shall serve three purposes:

    1. To set ideal, attainable goals for the breeder.
    2. To guide the judge.
    3.To guide buyers in finding correct or acceptable specimens of the breed.

    In the registration process, the terrier, if accepted by the EJRTCA Registration Committee,  
    will be assigned to one of these categories.

    Advanced - The dog meets or exceeds all EJRTCA Breed Standards and processes a
    three-level pedigree -OR- has progressed from the "Tentative" category based on show
    and/or trial performance.
    Tentative - The dog conforms to EJRTCA Breed Standards but does not process a three
    -level pedigree. Can progress to "Advanced" based on written application to the EJRTCA
    Registration Committee detailing accomplishments in show and/or trial performance.
    Pet Quality - Reserved for dogs which generally meet EJRTCA Breed Standards but are
    deemed not to be of breeding quality or which have been spayed or neutered. (Typically,
    might include dogs with severe over/un-derbite, dwarfism, exaggerated shyness/
    aggressiveness, etc.)

EJRTCA Conformation Standards
Form ej~std.htmI Issued 3/21/97 - amended 5/29/01
The picture is only provided as to show where a dog should be measured, not how a dog should look.
General Appearance
A strong, active, little working Terrier of great
character with flexible body of medium
length.  His smart movement matches his
keen expression. Tail docking is optional and
the coat may be smooth, rough or broken.
A lively, alert and active Terrier with a keen,
intelligent expression.
Bold and fearless, friendly but quietly
The height of the terrier shall be between 8
and 12 inches as measured at the withers
with the dog standing fully erect.
Sturdy, balanced terrier. Body length slightly
longer than length of leg. Length should not
exceed function. Straight back, level, with
high tail set carried erect. Chest should be
spanned by two hands behind the shoulder
blades. Chest deep rather than wide, with
good clearance and the brisket located at the
height mid-way between the ground and the
withers. The rear should be well put together
with strong muscle and good angulations.
Well laid back shoulder.
Well laid into shoulder. Strong and clean
allowing head to be carried with poise.
Strong boned with powerful jaws and strong
cheek muscles. Dark almond-shaped eyes,
pigmented eye rims, dark black pigment on
nose. Small, v-shaped ears carried close to
the head. Prick, semi-prick and rose ears are
acceptable but not preferred.
Small dark and with keen expression.  MUST
not be prominent and eyelids should fit
closely.  The eyelid rims should be pigmented
black.  Almond shape.
Button or dropped of good texture and great
Mouth and Teeth
The points of the upper incisors slightly
overlapping the lower. May be missing up to
four teeth. Deep wide and powerful jaws with
tight-fitting pigmented lips and strong teeth
closing to a scissor bite.
Straight as is consistent with the short legs
for which we aim.
"Hound-Like, "Fox-Like" and "Hare-Like" are
all acceptable. All three are considered sound
working feet for a Jack Russell. Round, hard,
padded, not large, toes moderately arched,
turned neither in nor out
May droop at rest.  When moving should be
erect and if docked the tip should be on the
same level as ears.
True, free, lively, springy, well-coordinated.
Smooth, rough or broken coats, without coat
being wooly. Smooth should not be sparse.
Belly and underside coated. Must be
weatherproof, preferably unaltered.
Predominantly white with tan, black or
brown  markings. The tan markings can be
from the lightest tan to the richest tan
(chestnut). Ticked or mottled acceptable.
Brindle not acceptable.
Any departure from the foregoing points
should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its
degree.  However, the following weaknesses
should be particularly penalized:
(a)  Lack of true Terrier characteristics -
Nervousness, cowardice              
(b)  Lack of balance, i.e. over exaggeration of
any points
(c)  Sluggish or unsound movement
(d)  Faulty mouth, week bite, minor physical
located in Magnolia, AR