The difference between a Parson Russell Terrier and a Jack Russell Terrier is in height. The Jack Russell Terrier is typically between 10-12 inches tall - see the JRTCA website for their breed standards. The Parson Russell Terrier standard is 12-15 inches tall. Standards can be found at the PRTAA website. The breed was originally one but split in April 2002. The JRTCA claimed the Jack Russell and the AKC claimed the now called Parson Russell Terrier. They both have three colors - Black White, Tan White, or Tri. They both have three coat types - smooth, broken, or rough. They JRTCA felt that the sporting and/or hunting characteristics may be compromised as the AKC was more pointed toward conformation, show, and domesticated type. Either way, they are unbelievable dogs. Once you have one it is hard to have any other!
Answered by xsallyx - 7/19/2011 4:37:01 PM