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Parson Russell Terrier

General Description

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 Reverend John "Jack" Russell, credited with the creation of this type of dog

Hereditary Illnesses

Genetic diseases which can be currently tested for in the Parson Russell Terrier are Primary Lens Luxation (PLL), Late Onset Ataxia (LOA), Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) and most recently Urate Stones (Canine Hyperuricosuria / HUU).

Character and Temperament

Intelligent, bold, happy, energetic, obedient and eager


Parson Russell Terriers are full of energy and require plenty of exercise ideally 1-2 hours per day. They have a strong instinct to hunt and explore so bear this in mind when training, as even basic training and especially recall will not always be easy.


The Parsons Terrier hair coat comes in both a wire variety as well as a smooth coat variety. The smooth coated Parson's should have short straight glossy hair without even a hint of wire coat. The Parsons should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to keep up ears cleaned, and nails trimmed.


The Parson Russell Terrier was developed in the south of England in the 1800s


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