The Parson Russell Terrier!

The Parson Russell Terrier, formerly known as the Jack Russell Terrier, has a flexible, slender build and long legs that make it an ideal hunting companion. Its coat can be either broken or smooth, though always coarse and adaptable to varying weather conditions. It has v-shaped ears that bend forward, dark eyes shaped like almonds, a black nose, and a tail that’s set high on its back.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
13-16 years

Energy Level:
Very high. Curiousity gets him in trouble..

Living Conditions:
Indoors/Outdoor. Not well-suited for apartments.


Exercise Needs:
Naturally gets does his own exercising, provided he has room to run and jump.

Breed Group:


12-14 inches

14-18 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Predominantly white, with markings usually found in the tail and the head, colored dark red, brown or tan.

National breed club:
Parson Russell Terrier Association of America

Parson Russell Terrier Skills

In the past, the Parson Russell Terrier was a popular breed for fox bolting, and noted for its ability to keep up with the horses and hounds in the hunting crew. These days, the breed is eligible to participate in Earth dog Trials, which test the breed’s ability to navigate underground tunnels while hunting for its target by following its scent. The Parson is also an enjoyable family dog, as it is naturally lively, and has the ability to learn and perform tricks.

Parson Russell Terrier Personality

This breed’s adventurous nature may be blamed for its tendency to get into trouble, as it tends to explore, dig holes, and chase after other animals whenever possible. However, it is also noted for its intelligence, and its ability to behave well around children, and even strangers. It may chase cats and behave poorly around other dogs, but it gets along easily with horses.

Exercise Needs

As long as it has space to run, play and hunt, the Parson Russell Terrier, having a high energy level, gets enough exercise on its own, though it will benefit from regular training sessions and some games.

Living Conditions

Apartment life is not for this dog, as it is not one that can stand staying indoors for extended periods. Because this breed likes to explore on its own, it needs to have access to safe running grounds, lest it has the tendency to dig holes that it can get trapped in, among other possibilities.

Grooming Requirements

The breed’s short coat is not difficult to maintain, needing only some regular brushing, occasional shampooing and hand stripping to clear out dead hair.

Health Issues

The Parson tends to be healthy in general, but some health concerns may include genetic eye diseases, deafness, and leg ailments, such as dislocation of the kneecaps, and hip joint disease.

If you liked this dog…

The Smooth Fox Terrier is also recommended to those who find the active and playful nature of the Parson Russell Terrier quite appealing. It also has the same watchdog ability and resistance to weather changes, though this relative may behave better towards other dogs and pets.

The Parson Russell Terrier


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