Parson Russell Terrier

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Parson Russell Terrier


The Parson Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Jack Russell Terrier . The small white-fox working terriers we know today were first bred by the Reverend John Russell, a parson and hunting enthusiast born in 1795.


Parson Russell Terrier is first and foremost a working terrier. Parson Russell Terriers tend to be extremely intelligent, athletic, fearless, and vocal dogs. Their high energy and drive make these dogs ideally suited to a number of different dog sports such as flyball or agility. Obedience classes are also recommended to potential owners, as they can be stubborn at times and aggressive towards other animals and humans if not properly socialized. Despite their small size, these dogs are not recommended for the condominium or apartment dweller unless the owner is ready to take on the daunting task of providing the dog with the necessary amount of exercise and stimulation.


Average to considerable. They have a tremendous amount of energy for their size, a fact which can sometimes lead to trouble involving larger animals. They may seem never to tire and will still be energetic after their owner has called it a day.


From 25 to 38 cm and 5 to 8 kg. (Parson: 30 to 36 cm).


Smooth and rough.


Day white with tan, lemon or black markings.



(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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