Health Registry Links

Jack Russell Terrier Research Foundation (JRTRF)

The Jack Russell Research Foundation encourages, promotes and supports 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. Through public education their goal is to minimize hereditary disorders to the Jack Russell Terrier resulting from misbreeding.

Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA)

The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA) is the National Breed Club and Registry for the Jack Russell Terrier in the US. We are the largest Jack Russell Terrier club and registry in the world. The JRTCA and its registry were founded in 1976 for the purpose of protecting and preserving the unique characteristics and working heritage of this great little terrier.

Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) Testing

The hearing test known as the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) detects electrical activity in the cochlea and auditory pathways in the brain in much the same way that an antenna detects radio or TV signals or an EKG detects electrical activity of the heart. BAER Testing Sites

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

The mission of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.

University of Missouri - Genetic Testing

Research at the University of Missouri, and in collaboration with scientists around the country and the world, has begun to reveal mutations responsible for inherited disease in several breeds of dogs. When mutations are identified, DNA-based tests are available for responsible dog breeders to use to avoid specific diseases in future generations of dogs. Veterinarians can use these DNA tests to identify disease in client dogs, and assist clients who are considering breeding their dogs with wise choice of potential mates.