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Parson Russell Terrier Puppies
Description: The Parson Russell Terrier is a small, agile, brave, principally white-bodied terrier that is known for fox hunting and other small animals. The Parson Russell Terrier's chest is the determining factor as to whether a terrier may follow its intended working attributes. If the Parson Russell Terrier's chest is too large, there is little use for quarry underground. At work, Parson Russell Terriers are a game hunter, tenacious and courageous. At home they are playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. The Parson Russell Terrier is an independent and energetic terrier and requires their due portion of attention and training. The Parson/Jack Russell Terriers come in two distinct variations: the long-legged version and the short-legged version. Short-legged Russells are often called "shorties" and are recognized with the AKC-FSS as the Russell Terrier, or Jack Russell Terrier. The long-legged variation is called the Parson Jack Russell Terrier. They are both small dogs and can be a variety of wiry, smooth, and multicolored coats. They are predominantly white, with patches of brown and black, often covering part of the face. These Terriers have short drop ears and a tail that is usually cropped just long enough to grab it out of a fox hole. They are sturdy and muscular, well adapted to work hard. Parson/Jack Russell Terriers often work so hard and are unafraid of anything that a farmer once gauged his terriers on his farm to live only about an average of 6 years. Otherwise, living in a normal household, the Parson/Jack Russell Terrier can live as long as 16 years. They are highly energetic, interactive and love to play with children. The Jack Russell Terrier is the ideal breed for a fun-loving family seeking a hard working little dog. Other than their legs, they are the same breed - fun loving, affectionate and full of energy.
Other Names: Parson Jack Russell Terrier
Height: Two variations: 9 - 12 inches;
12 - 15 inches.
Colors: Predominantly white with tan,
black or brown markings. Patches of color often appear on the main body, tail,
and head. Ears are often colored, with a blaze up the front of the face. At
least 51% of the body should be white.
Temperament: Parson Russell Terriers
are vocal, alert, lively and bold. They are very affectionate and playful with
family, and love attention. They require training or a job, as they need adequate
exercise. They are very energetic and can be very excitable. Parson Russell
Terriers can be scrappy with other dogs, but can be socialized and trained to
be okay with other pets. They are friendly, courageous and do not like backing
down from a fight. They are intelligent and stubborn. If trained well, this breed
can harness all of its energy into training and become very obedient and worthwhile,
but otherwise they are difficult to train, with the typical terrier stubbornness.
Watch-dog: High. Parson Russell Terriers
are very alert and active.
Care and Training: Parson Russell Terriers
need minimal brushing of their coat. Bathe only when necessary. Parson Russell
Terriers should receive daily exercise or outdoor activity. If not given consistent
exercise, training, or a job to do, the Parson Russell can become destructive
and edgy if confined. Early firm training is necessary to prevent a hyperactive
Activity: High. Parson Russell Terriers
have quite a lot of energy; any potential owner should be aware of the Russell's
exercise and activity needs.
Health Issues: Jack Russell Terrier can suffer from dislocated kneecaps (luxating patellas), eye problems, deafness, and Legg-Perthes disease, a disease of the hip joints.
Life Span: 13 - 15 years.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
First Registered by the AKC: 2001
Parson Russell Terrier
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