Parson Russell Terrier
- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 2
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Parson Russell Terrier
- COLOR(S):White, white with black or white with tan markings.
Formally known as the Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell name is now recognized by the American Kennel Club. The strong head is in good portion to the rest of the body. The muzzle is strong and rectangular. The breed was named after a clergyman named Rev. John Russell. They were used as a small game hunting dog particularly for red fox, digging the quarry out of its den in the mid-1800s. On English hunts, the dogs needed to be long-legged enough to keep up with the hounds.
The Parson Russell Terrier is a cheerful, merry, devoted, and loving dog. Spirited and obedient, yet absolutely fearless. Careful and amusing, he enjoys games and playing with toys. Stable Parson\'s are friendly and generally kind to children. Children should be taught not to tease or hit the dog.
All coat types are easy to groom. Comb and brush regularly with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. To show, owners must strip the coat. Like the rough coat, the broken coated Parson needs to be stripped out also.
Some are prone to dislocation of the kneecaps, inherited eye diseases, deafness, Legg Perthes-a disease of the hip joints of small breeds of dogs.
The Parson Russell Terrier is a pleasant companion when it is sufficiently exercised; however if they do not get enough, they may become a nuisance. They need to be taken on a long, daily, brisk walk. In addition, he will be in his glory with space to run, hunt and play.
They need a firm, experienced trainer. Parsons who have been allowed to take over can be aggressive with other dogs. Nervousness, cowardice or over-aggressiveness should be discouraged and it should always appear confident.