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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
The Parson Russell Terrier is an adventurous dog breed, perfect for an active person who can appreciate this dog with a sense of humor. He’s a hunter by nature and loves to spend his time exploring, chasing and digging if given the opportunity. The Parson Russell Terrier is good with children but you may have issues with other pets in the home. He’s affectionate but cannot handle rough play, especially with young children.
He has long legs, which were much appreciated in the field while hunting alongside horses, but he has a slender build which enabled him to fit through small spaces. The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed that’s full of life and will do best in a family with similar tenancies.
The Parson Russell Terrier has a lot of energy and requires lots of exercise and mental stimulation to keep him from becoming bored and frustrated. He’s not suited for an apartment as he prefers to have access to the indoors and out.
You’ll need to brush his double coat once a week, and for the broken coat type he’ll need to be hand stripped occasionally as well.
This energetic dog breed was originally created to hunt fox, and was named after Parson John Russell in the mid-19th century. The Parson Russell Terrier was not shown in shows and was kept as a field dog for many years. After the Parson’s death his dogs were bred with other terriers, which resulted in the Jack Russell terrier.
Although breeders did not want their dogs recognized, the AKC admitted them in 1998 nonetheless as Jack Russell terriers. The distinction was made between the long-legged Parson Russell terriers and the short-legged Jack Russell terriers in 2003. Media attention to the Parson Russell Terrier has now created a demand for them as pets and today their numbers are multiplying rapidly.