Parson Russell Terrier Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
AKC Group: Terrier Group
The Parson Russell Terrier dog used to be called the Jack Russell Terrier. It is a true functioning foxhunter. It has alertness, attitude, confidence, and great endurance for hunting.
Named for the highly regarded huntsman Rev. John Russell, the Parson Russell Terrier dog was initially bred in England in the middle of the-1800's. Typically, the Parson would enter to fox's den to flush him out to the hunter.
Experts state that after Rev. Russell's passing several of his bloodlines were intersected with the Welsh corgi along with other terrier breeds. Thus developing a different breed, the "Jack Russell Terrier." Parent clubs for the breed asked the AKC for a name change from Jack Russell Terrier to Parson Russell Terrier.
The perfect height of an older dog is fourteen inches at the maximum point on the shoulder, and bitches thirteen inches.
The body weight of a Parson Russell Terrier in working shape is generally between thirteen-seventeen pounds.
The coat can be broken or smooth. Normally in tri-color, other acceptable colors include white with black or tan markings and white.
The Parson Russell Terrier is a very friendly outgoing dog that loves to play. It makes a great house pet, but needs to be properly trained.
Common Health Problems
Some are susceptible to displacement of the knee-caps, deafness, inherited eye diseases, Legg Perthes-a illness of the hip joints of little dog breeds.
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