Before 1996 there was no formal pedigree register for the Jack Russell Terrier in South Africa. Various breeders realized the need for such a service and the South African Jack Russell Registry (SAJRR) was found in 1996. The aim of the SAJRR was to start keeping a register of the Jack Russell Terrier and for the development of a Breed standard for the South African Jack Russell Terriers.
The focus of the SAJRR is the shorter legged Jack Russell and not the traditional long-leg Parson Jack Russell. The breed standards adopted is based on the standards followed in Australia and New Zealand. The SAJRR has grown rapidly and currently have registered breeders throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.