The Parson Russell Terrier is a true working foxhunter, possessing a ready attitude, alertness, confidence, great strength, and endurance. Today many Parsons are also found working in stables and exhibiting at agility and obedience trials. The breed's weatherproof coat can be broken (wire-haired) or smooth and is white, white with black or tan markings, or tricolor.
A Look Back
Named for the respected huntsman Rev. John Russell, the Parson Russell Terrier was first bred in the south of England in the mid-1800s to hunt red fox. Traditionally, the Parson followed the fox underground to flush him out for the hunter. Authorities claim that after Rev. Russell's death some of his bloodlines were crossed with the Welsh Corgi and other terrier breeds, creating a different type of dog, the "Jack Russell Terrier." The parent club for the breed requested a name change from Jack Russell to Parson Russell Terrier.
Right Breed for You?
Outgoing and friendly, the Parson is tenacious in the field and affectionate in the home. No matter the venue, the breed is filled with energy, so he requires regular exercise and attention. Although good with children, he does not tolerate rough handling from toddlers. The Parson is a clean breed and does not need frequent bathing, but the broken coat may need to be hand stripped.
- Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1997.
- Ideal size 13 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and 13-17 pounds.
- Fox hunter.
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