Pacific Coast Parson Russell and Russell Terrier Club
Medical Information
Genetic Disorders of Parson and Jack Russell Terriers
"We need to quit whispering about defects, and gossiping about defects, and instead set up a sound program that allows the standard selection procedures to go on so that we breed good dogs and avoid major defects."
-- Dr. George A. Padgett, DVM* 

According to the Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs, the following genetic defects occur in Parson Russell and Jack Russell Terriers:

The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America lists 45 disorders that can occur in this breed:
EYE DISEASES 
NEUROLOGIC DISEASES 
HARD TISSUE DISEASES 
RESPIRATORY DISEASES 
ALIMENTARY DISEASES 
BEHAVIORAL DISEASES 
BLOOD DISEASES 
HEART DISEASES 
DERMATOLOGIC DISEASES 
ENDOCRINE DISEASES 
REPRODUCTIVE DISEASES
MISCELLANEOUS 



* Dr. George A. Padgett, DVM is a veterinary pathologist at Michigan State University with a special interest in canine genetics.  He recommends open record keeping and that breeders should report ALL evaluations to databases, including abnormal and normal.  Without such open and honest reporting, we cannot expect to improve the genetic health of our breed as a whole.   





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