Parson Russell Terrier Overview
Originally named the Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier is named after Parson “Jack” Russell, a hunter who used the terriers to pursue and then flush foxes out of their holes. The breed became popular in the 1800s, and was designed to both hunt and keep up with the foxhounds hunting alongside him. The terriers increased in popularity quickly.
Parson Russell Terrier Characteristics
The Parson Russell Terrier has a narrow chest for sneaking into foxholes easily, and longer legs than other dogs his size in order to keep up with Fox Hounds. The breed is active and energetic and maintains the wiry coat of other terrier breeds. The Parson Russell Terrier is happiest when active. More popularly known as the Jack Russell Terrier, this dog breed reaches speeds of up to 38 mph!
Parson Russell Terrier Temperament
Bold and athletic, the Parson Russell can appear to have a mind of his own at times. He can be stubborn but is enthusiastic and eager to participate in any activity the family is doing. The Parson loves to be the center of attention but should get along well with others. He does best in a family that enjoys outdoor activity as much as him.
Parson Russell Terrier Care
The average lifespan of the Parson is 13 to16 years, typical for smaller size dogs. Breed concerns include cerebellar ataxia, Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease, and deafness related to white coat traits. Careful breeding and good veterinary care can help the Parson to be happy and healthy.
Parson Russell Terrier Coat
The coat sheds a lot but can be kept smooth and shiny with regular brushing. The coat of the Parson has a bit of a rough texture to it, or can also be smooth. Hand stripping or clipping will help keep the coat smooth and shiny.
Parson Russell Terrier Training
The Parson is very intelligent but also very independent. Short, frequent sessions will help keep him engaged. Positive rewards and the idea that the Parson is the one in control of his own training will make him eager to perform any task asked of him.
Parson Russell Terrier Activity
Exercise is important to the Parson Terrier, and should be more than just short walks. This is a breed that needs intense physical and mental stimulation, or else he will become bored and destructive if kept alone or indoors for too long.