Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Jack Russell Terrier
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Walks and runs everyday
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, BAER
  • Weight:13-17 lbs
  • Height:Male: 14; Female: 13 inches
  • Coat Colour:White; White with black or tan markings; may be tri-colour

Parson Russell Terrier Coat

The Parson Russell Terrier has two varieties of coat: Broken and Smooth. Either coat is a double coat that is harsh, close, dense, glossy, and straight. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Parson Russell Terrier Character

The Parson Russell Terrier is squarely built, agile, active, and independent. This breed is small, muscular, and well-suited for going to ground.

Parson Russell Terrier Temperament

The Parson Russell Terrier breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The Parson Russell Terrier is intensely energetic, spirited, and demanding. They are loving, devoted, and fearless. They will become destructive if bored or restless. They do best in a home with older considerate children. This breed is typically dog aggressive and does not do well with other household pets.

Parson Russell Terrier Care

Regular brushing and combing is recommended. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Professional stripping of the coat is required twice a year. Parson Russell Terrier's are prone to such health issues as Legg-Perthes, eye disease, and deafness.

Parson Russell Terrier Activity

A highly active breed, the Parson Russell Terrier requires an inordinate amount of exercise and activity. This breed does not do well in an apartment if left alone for extended periods of time. They do best with a securely fenced yard, provided the fencing is buried into the ground and of sufficient height to contain these diggers and jumpers. They thrive on and enjoy family activity, tracking, hunting, agility, and performing tricks.

Parson Russell Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Parson Russell Terrier is around 13-16 years, and although generally a hardy and health breed there are a few health problems to look out for. This includes luxating patella, Legg-Perthes, deafness, eye problems, ataxia, thyroid problems, and vWD. The parents of the Parson Russell Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and the puppy should have a BAER certificate to ensure normal hearing.