Hypoallergenic: No
Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Temperament: Bold, Energetic, Obedient, Intelligent, Eager, Happy
Weight: Male: 13–17 lbs (5.9–7.7 kg), Female: 13–17 lbs (5.9–7.7 kg)
Height: Male: 13–15 inches (34–38 cm), Female: 12–14 inches (31–35 cm)
Origin: United Kingdom, United States of America, England

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier creature & character

The Parson Russell Terrier is, like the Jack Russell Terrier, an independent and courageous dog who is extremely active and eager to work and also has a friendly nature. These qualities predestine him for his use as a hunting dog. In order for him to be suitable for hunting, he must also be friendly to people, other dogs and horses, so as not to disturb the course of the hunt. This feature makes the Parson Russell Terrier even today a popular companion for riders. 

The intelligent and agile Parson Russell Terrier needs a lot of movement and also wants to be mentally challenged. His intelligence and stamina predestine him to hunt especially for all kinds of dog sports. In addition, he is characterized by an outstanding intelligence, so he should always be mentally challenged in addition to adequate physical capacity, so is ideal for active people who claim it in its entirety.

Origin & History

The English pastor John "Jack" Russell is considered the founder of the breed. Already during his studies in Oxford, the hunting-enthusiastic theologian began to breed terriers. Primarily for him the work of his animals was in the foreground, so that he crossed the most different English Terrierrassen. Finally, the Parson Russell Terrier received its present appearance, but was initially known only under the name "Working Terrier". It was only later, in honor of its founder, that he received the name Russell Terrier. 

Even after the death of John Russell, other breeders dealt with this dog and crossed again and again new breeds, but without deviating the appearance of the original type. So gradually created today's lines of the Parson and the Jack Russell Terriers. In 2001, the Parson Russell Terrier was finally recognized internationally.

Racial characteristics of the Parson Russell Terrier

The coat of the Parson Russell Terrier should be wholly or predominantly white and preferably have in the head area and / or the approach of the tail yellow, red brown or black badges. Depending on the variation, the coat is rough or smooth, dense and snug, with equally dense undercoat, which makes it weatherproof and robust. 

The Parson Russell Terrier has a straight, strong and maneuverable physique, which makes it appear harmonious. He is also very athletic and well muscled, which gives him an excellent condition. Its long-legged stature testifies to use in the hunt, whereas Jack Russell Terriers are mainly used in construction. 

In the past, the tail of the Parson Russell Terrier, which is carried upright, was usually cropped. Since 1998 there is an amputation ban in Germany, so that today it exists in its natural length. The tail is thick at the base and tapers towards the end. In the movement she should be carried upright. The fore-hand must be well under the body and have a moderate distance between the runs. 

His hindquarters are strong and have well-developed muscles. The paws are compact with firm bales and moderately curved toes, which must not be turned in or out. The skull of the Parson Russell Terrier is wedge-shaped and flat. It has a moderate width and gradually narrows towards the eyes. The eyes are deep-set and have a passionate, intelligent expression.

Use of the Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a very active and active dog that finds its wide application. While he is mainly hunted in his home country England, he can prove his qualities in Germany in many other areas as well. Especially for riders and dog athletes, the intelligent and friendly Terrier is popular. Among other things, sports such as agility, dogdance or obedience, are an excellent alternative to hunting, in which his strengths are promoted. Considering his pronounced urge to move and not underestimating his hunting instincts, he will also be a loving and dedicated family companion, who fervently protects his masters and their belongings.

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