Parson Russell Terrier


The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed of small white terrier that was the original Fox Terrier of the 18th century. The breed is named after the person credited with the creation of this type of dog, the Reverend John "Jack" Russell. (1)


A mostly white breed with either a smooth, rough or broken coat, it conforms to a narrower range of sizes than the Jack Russell. (1)

Workmanlike, active and agile; built for speed and endurance. Overall picture of balance and flexibility. (2)


The Parson is a feisty and energetic type of Terrier. They can excel in dog sports such as flyball or agility and require vigorous exercise in order to prevent them from becoming bored and potentially destructive in the home. They can be suited to live with children but as they have a typical Terrier temperament, they will not tolerate rough handling. (1 & 3)


Ideal height at withers: dogs 36cms (14ins), bitches 33cms (13ins). (2)

In Conclusion

Now you know a little about the Parson Russell Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you, or you would like more information, please make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the Parson Russell Terrier and its needs and whether this breed would suit your lifestyle.


  3. Palika, Liz (2007). The Howell Book of Dogs: The Definitive Reference to 300 Breeds and Varieties




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