Thinking about purchasing an Parson Russell Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Parson Russell Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Parson Russell Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Parson Russell Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Parson Russell Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Parson Russell Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Parson Russell Terrier Profile
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 fro 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.
Parson Russell Terrier 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 dog.
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.
Parson Russell Terrier 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
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