Jack Russell Terrier Research Foundation
The Jack Russell Terrier Research Foundation (JRTRF) will encourage, promote and support the development and/or maintenance of research related to genetic defects found in the Jack Russell Terrier by, among other means, making gifts or grants to other Section 501(c)(3) organizations engaged in such research.
All breeds of dogs seem to have their own particular set of faults and inherited defects and the Jack Russell Terrier is no exception. Although the Jack Russell has not been overrun with problems, as the popularity of the breed grows, so will the defects.
JRT Health Registry
If you are a breeder, prospective dog owner or someone looking for a highly trained Jack Russell Terrier for specific service work, hunting or the show ring, understanding your dog's genetic health will help you make better decisions concerning your dog. All terriers are encouraged to be submitted - you don't have to be a breeder to help us ensure the genetic health of our breed for many years to come. Please visit the JRT Health Registry
How To Test
We added a simplified summary to help answer questions about testing and submitting blood to the JRT DNA Bank, housed at the University of Missouri. Genetic testing forms can be found in the Forms Library. To update health information on a terrier with blood in the JRT DNA Bank, please use the DNA Bank Update form.
Normal By Descent (NBD)
When a dog tests Normal it means he is carrying two normal copies of the gene in question, therefore he can only pass on a normal copy. When two normal tested dogs are bred their off-spring will also carry two normal copies, hence the term NBD.
However there’s one important aspect being forgotten. This rule only holds true if you are using gene based testing. If you use marker tests or linkage tests you must test every generation. This is why AKC and OFA will only certify first generation NBD’s from gene based testing and WILL NOT certify NBD’s from marker and linkage testing. Read More About NBD
- What is Ataxia?
- Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy/Degeneration
- Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
- What is Glaucoma and How Does it Develop?
- Neonatal Ataxia mutation in Jack Russell Terriers found
- Development of a DNA Test
- Ataxia in the Jack Russell Terrier
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Two Types of Ataxia
- Nutritional Cataracts
- Canine Cataracts
- Ataxia from a Breeders Standpoint
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia with Myokymia: Facts
Did You Know?
Did you know that submitting DNA to the bank and submitting tests to the Jack Russell Terrier Health Registry are two very different things? The DNA Bank is where the actual blood is kept and used both to help researchers isolate the genetic mutations as well as to actually perform the tests you order. The... Continue reading
Did you know that banking blood in the DNA bank and testing DNA are not the same thing? And that blood in the DNA bank is not tested unless you, the owner, order and pay for that test? You can order tests on blood in the DNA bank at any time, but they do have... Continue reading
Did you know that you can submit blood to the DNA bank at any time? You don’t have to do it at a trial. It can be super convenient to have blood drawn at a trial where it is being offered, but not all of us can get to those trials and some of us... Continue reading