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Parson Russell Terrier Breed Summary

Joyful, Loving, Intelligent, Stubborn and Energetic

These dogs are a native breed to the UK, and were initially bred to work with Foxhounds. Nowadays though, they are better known for making lovely family pets as they have kind and devoted personalities.

They are well known for their extremely high energy, so do best in a larger home where they have plenty of space to run around! Additionally, they do better with a family who already lead active lives.

Fun Fact: They make fantastic therapy dogs due to their affectionate natures!

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 9 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 33cm - 36cm
Weight Males and Females 5kg - 8kg
Coat Rough or Smooth Coat. Both are Coarse to the Touch and Lie Close to a Dog's Body.
Colour Black & white, Lemon & white, Lemon tan & white, Tan & white, Tricolour, White, White & tan, White black & tan
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Hereditary deafness, Primary lens luxation, Late onset ataxia (LOA), Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), Urate stones
Other Names Parson Jack Russell Terrier

These dogs are known for their fantastic temperament. They are full of joy and love to be around their humans as much as possible. They make fantastic pets for families with children as they love to be involved with games. They are also a very intelligent breed, meaning they are easier to train than other dogs, however, their brainy capabilities may not always work in your favour. If you let them take an inch, they can become very stubborn and take a mile! It's therefore vital you let these little guys know who's in charge and they need to be given rules and limitations to stop them taking over! Without this it will lead to them developing 'little dog syndrome' – behaviours you definitely don't want your dog to develop! For an owner with an experienced understanding of this breed, they make fantastic pets! Just make sure they got lots of exercise and walkies to keep them fit and healthy.

This particular breed started off as the Badger Cub in 1894 with the aim of creating a dog that was worthy of badger digging as opposed to fox hunting. However, by the 20th century the breed was renamed the Parson Jack Russell Terrier but wasn't officially recognised by the Kennel Club until 1990. Queue another name change! It was actually petitioned by the UK Kennel club to change the name to what is the now known as, the Parson Russell Terrier. So, as you can see, although the type of dog itself has been around for over 100 years, the name of the breed is relatively new!