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Parson Russell Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Parson Russell Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginEngland
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Parson Russell Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Jack Russell Terrier, Parson, Parson Jack Russell Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Parson Russell Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1997 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Parson Russell Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section.
Price
How much does the Parson Russell Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Parson Russell Terrier price:
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Parson Russell Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Parson Russell Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Parson Russell Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Parson Russell Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Parson Russell Terrier weigh? Parson Russell Terrier weight:
14-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Parson Russell Terrier? Parson Russell Terrier average weight:
16 pounds (7 kg)
Height
How tall is the Parson Russell Terrier? Parson Russell Terrier height:
12-14 inches (31-36 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Parson Russell Terrier average height:
13 inches (33.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Parson Russell Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Parson Russell Terrier's coat?
TanWhiteBrownBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Parson Russell Terrier and how often?
Easy to groom: The Parson Russell Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Parson Russell Terrier is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Parson Russell Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Jack Russell Terrier? Parson Russell Terrier shedding level:
Parson Russell Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Parson Russell Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
EnergeticEagerIntelligentBoldHappyObedient
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Parson Russell Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Parson Russell Terrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Parson Russell Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Parson Russell Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Parson Russell Terrier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Parson Russell Terrier sensitivity:
Parson Russell Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Parson Russell Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Jack Russell Terrier need? Parson Russell Terrier social needs:
Parson Russell Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Parson Russell Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Parson bark?
High: The Parson Russell Terrier is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Parson Russell Terrier good as a watchdog?
Parson Russell Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Parson Russell Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Parson Russell Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Parson Russell Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Parson Russell Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Parson Russell Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Jack Russell Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Parson Russell Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Parson Russell Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Parson Russell Terrier do?
Parson Russell Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Parson Russell Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Parson Russell Terrier to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Parson Russell Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Parson Russell Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Parson Russell Terrier have high prey drive?
Parson Russell Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Parson Russell Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Parson Russell Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Parson Russell Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Parson Russell Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Parson Russell Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Parson Russell Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Parson Russell Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Parson Russell Terrier and children:
Parson Russell Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Parson Russell Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Parson Russell Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Parson Russell Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Parson Russell Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Parson Russell Terriers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Parson Russell Terrier is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Parson Russell Terriers good office dogs? Do Parson Russell Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Parson Russell Terriers be ofiice dogs?
No
Parson Russell Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Parson Russell Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Jack Russell Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Parson Russell Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Parson Russell Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Parson Russell Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Parson Russell Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Parson Russell Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Parson Russell Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Parson Russell Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Parson Russell Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Parson Russell Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Parson Russell Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Parson Russell Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Parson Russell Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Parson Russell Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Parson Russell Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Parson Russell Terrier dogs have health problems?
Parson Russell Terriers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Parson Russell Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Parson Russell Terrier be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Parson Russell Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Parson Russell Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Parson Russell Terrier have?
Parson Russell Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Parson Russell Terrier dogs require per day?
Parson Russell Terriers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Parson Russell Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Parson Russell Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Parson Russell Terrier risk for obesity:
Low. The Parson Russell Terrier has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Parson Russell Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Parson Russell Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Parson Russell Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Parson Russell Terrier drool?
The Parson Russell Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Parson Russell Terrier could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Parson Russell Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Parson Russell Terrier puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Parson Russell Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Parson Russell Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Parson Russell Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Parson Russell Terrier

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Parson Russell Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Parson Russell Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Adaptability: Parson Russell Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Parson Russell Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Parson Russell Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Parson Russell Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Parson Russell Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Parson Russell Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Parson Russell Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Parson Russell Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Parson Russell Terriers are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Parson Russell Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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