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Latest News

DNA Blood Draws were held at the several terrier trials (Jul – Oct, 2017).  Read more about these events.

To update health information on a terrier with blood in the JRT DNA Bank, please use the DNA Bank Update form.

The JRT Health Registry went live in April 2015.  Read more about the Registry.

The Spinocerebellar Ataxia Mutation was found in December 2012.  Read more about SCA.

The gene for Primary Lens Luxation was isolated in the Jack Russell in September 2009. Read more about PLL.

The Degenerative Myelopathy mutation was found in the Jack Russell in December 2008. Read more about DM.

Health Registry Statistics

Dogs Tests
656 1941
CAER BAER PLL SCA DM HU LOA
Total 268 253 606 522 199 32 26
Normal 248 253 273 245 123 23 25
Carrier 0 0 56 21 34 6 0
Affected 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
NBD 276 256 42 1 1

As of October 29, 2018

What is the JRT Health Registry?

Submit your Jack Russell Terrier and test results to the JRT Health Registry.

Testing Forms

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