Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier inherits its name from the person who created the breed, Reverend John Jack Russell. They are one of the original Fox Terriers of the 18th century, from which came many of the modern white terrier breeds. Many people confuse the Parson Russell Terrier with its close relation, the Jack Russell Terrier, but there are discernible differences between the two breeds, both in terms of physical appearance and personality.

Physique and Appearance

Parson Russell Terriers traditionally have a leg span roughly equivalent to the length of their body. The coat is generally predominantly white, with trademark black or tan markings, particularly on the head. Although the coat is easy to groom, it is not unusual to see a "broken coat", whereby there is a combination of smooth and longer hair. The breed also sports ears that drop down into a "V"-shaped point (pointing down slightly and toward the eyes), with a black nose. The Parson Russell Terrier's body length is roughly equivalent to the height of the dog.


The Parson is well-known for its hyperactive and energetic personality, requiring a great deal...

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