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Parson Russell Terrier Profile

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The Parson Russell Terrier has its origin in the South of England back in the 1800's. It was used to bolt foxes from dens so the hunt could continue. It worked both above and below ground, going after the European red fox. The Parson Russell Terrier got its name from the Reverend John Russell.


The Parson Russell Terrier would ideally reach a height of approximately 13-14 inches a the withers. They should weigh between 13-17 lbs. The Parson Russell Terrier needs to be proportionately balanced. They have a strong head, flat skull with small V-shapped drop ears.


The Parson Russell Terrier has either a Smooth double coat or a broken double coat. Regardless of it being smooth or broken, the coat is dense and straight, close and harsh. The Parson Russsell Terrier is predominantly white but can also have black and/or tan markings as long as white is the predominant color.


The Parson Russell Terrier is alert and bold. They have a ready attitude and are a fearless breed. They are an independent, athletic and highly energetic dog. They require an active owner and are not for everyone.


The Parson Russell Terrier is friendly and playful and can be extremely affectionate. They are a working dog and can get focused on the hunt. They do need to be properly socialized. They do not tolerate rough handling and so should be monitored around young children.


The Parson Russell Terrier require relatively low maintenance. Parson Russell Terriers should be brushed with a rubber brush when shedding to remove dead hairs. Occasionally, the coat of the rough-haired variety will need to be plucked. Parson Russell Terriers are known for their good health and long life span of 15 or even 20 years. Puppies should be tested for deafness.


The Parson Russell Terrier learns quickly. They are intelligent breed but require consistency in training. Parson Russell Terriers are able to learn a variety of games and excel in events such as dog agility and Earthdog competitions.


The Parson Russell Terrier is highly energetic. It must be given many opportunities to burn off excess energy. The Parson Russell Terriers need to run and play. They need an owner who will give them a lot of attention. They enjoy agility skills and playing catch. Digging, barking, and staging escapes are their way of telling you they need more exercise. Parson Russell Terriers are happiest on a farm or a home with a large backyard where they can frolic. They will not do well in an apartment.