Parson Russell Terrier Puppies & Breed Information

Parson Russell Terrier

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Parson Russell Terrier Breed Information

Breed Group: Terrier

Weight: 13-17 lbs

Height: Male: 14; Female: 13 inches

Color(s): White; White with black or tan markings; may be tri-color.


The Parson Russell Terrier was formally known as the Jack Russell Terrier. Originating in 19th century England, the Parson Russell Terrier was used to hunt small game, particularly fox.


The Parson Russell Terrier is squarely built, agile, active, and independent. This breed is small, muscular, and well-suited for going to ground.


The Parson Russell Terrier breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The Parson Russell Terrier is intensely energetic, spirited, and demanding. They are loving, devoted, and fearless. They will become destructive if bored or restless. They do best in a home with older considerate children. This breed is typically dog aggressive and does not do well with other household pets.


Regular brushing and combing is recommended. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Professional stripping of the coat is required twice a year. Parson Russell Terrier's are prone to such health issues as Legg-Perthes, eye disease, and deafness.


The Parson Russell Terrier has two varieties of coat: Broken and Smooth. Either coat is a double coat that is harsh, close, dense, glossy, and straight. This breed sheds little to no hair.


The Parson Russell Terrier is intelligent and obedient. However, they are determined and willful. Early intense socialization and obedience training are crucial. This breed requires a dominant handler. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.


A highly active breed, the Parson Russell Terrier requires an inordinate amount of exercise and activity. This breed does not do well in an apartment if left alone for extended periods of time. They do best with a securely fenced yard, provided the fencing is buried into the ground and of sufficient height to contain these diggers and jumpers. They thrive on and enjoy family activity, tracking, hunting, agility, and performing tricks.


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Updated: 10/25/2014
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