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.
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?
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.|
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:
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.
The Parson Russel Terrier was the first to be developed in the 1800s in South England for the sole purpose of hunting European red foxes over and underground, for the sport of kings. The breed got its name from the renowned Reverend John ‘The Sporting Parson” Russel, who had two passions in life; his work at the ministry and fox hunting, hounds and working terriers, for which, he was legendary. His terriers were bred to work together in cooperation with foxhounds in order to thwart the guileful foxes. This required not only agility and smarts, yet more importantly, significant diggings skills, which many Parson Russel Terriers possesses even today. He bred them to be independent problem solvers and to have their own ideas about how to manage things. After John Russel’s death, the name “Jack Russel” was misused to describe all mixes and manner of the hunt and working terriers, many of which bore little to no similarity to Russel’s own Parson Russel Terriers.
From the 19th century, the pedigree of the Parson Russel Terrier included the Jack Russel Terrier, but many people also believe that the modern breed has included ancestors like the Welsh Corgi. It is hard to describe precisely the line of ancestry for these dogs.
In 1914, Arthur Heinemann who founded the Parson Jack Russel Terrier Club, yet before doing that, he drafted the first Russel breed standard in 1904. The AKC (American Kennel Club) officially recognized the Parson Russel Terrier in 1997.
In spite of the name changed from Jack Russel to Parson Russel, the essential breed of terrier has remained the same, specifically considering the name change that was only instituted in 2003. The name change did not require any pedigree change, and modern Parson Russels can still be regarded as having the same essential pedigree as the Jack Russels that immediately preceded them. Therefore, as a consequence, from 2003, while there is still some confusion about the names and the breeds, it is time to officially recognize the Parson Russel Terrier as a unique dog breed, independent of his forebearer.
Until this day, the Parsons can still be used as working dogs on farms, stables and they can still be considered a good hunting partner. As with any breed, it all comes down to the owner’s determination and careful training from an early age.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Parson Russell Terrier size:
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)|
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)|
What type of coat does the Parson Russell Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Parson Russell Terrier's coat?
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.
What kind of personality does the Parson Russell Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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 explore or 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.
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.
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 office dogs?
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?
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 Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Parson Russell Terrier dogs have health problems?
The Parson Russell Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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?
Is the Parson Russell Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Parson Russell Terrier pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Parson Russell Terrier pregnancy time period:
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?
Pros & Cons of Parson Russell Terrier
- 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.
- 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.