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Parson Russell Terrier
Inglaterra Estados Unidos FCI 339 . Large and medium sized Terriers

Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a fearless dog, very happy, energetic and friendly.



The Parson Russell Terrier it is a small to medium sized terrier. It's a hunting dog.

Although this breed of dog is very young in modern dog breeding, the Parson Russell Terrier is very close to the old and classic type of a terrier in character and appearance. Terriers form a large group within dogs. Its name is derived from the Latin “Terra” for the earth. So they were dogs for work on the land. The first evidence is given by the ancient Romans. Already in the Middle Ages terriers are described in detail. His homeland is in the British Isles. Terriers existed throughout the country. In the stables they kept small vermin at bay. Even the big rats were not a problem for them. The hens, pigeons and rabbits protected them from martens and foxes. To keep chasing foxes, the terriers were sent to the trench.

The Parson Russell Terrier of today are made exactly for this purpose. They should and could get the fox out of the hole. At the same time, they had to run with the fox hunts in the pack, that is to say, they had to be able to follow the gallop of the hunt. All of these tasks require enthusiastic commitment, special courage, independent thinking and the so-called sharpness of predators.

The Parson Russell Terrier turned into a versatile hunting dog, it's not only suitable for underground work. In the 19th century the English shepherd Jack Russell he was a successful hunter, rider and above all breeder of Fox Terriers. In his long life as a breeder he greatly increased the performance of the Fox Terrier. They were now fit for all individual hunting tasks, they could work in the pack and in the den at the same time.

In Australia, only with the help of their dogs could a plague of foxes be contained. To thank this, these dogs were finally named after their breeder, the Parson “Jack Russell” Terrier. They were and are physically and mentally raised for work, no show dogs. So breeders and lovers of this terrier for a long time refused to join the system of modern pedigree dog breeding., because they did not want to see dogs evaluated primarily on their appearance and feared the negative consequences of the show business on the fitness and health of dogs. This has done this breed of dog very well..

Seriously raised, these are dogs that were largely spared from hereditary diseases and extremes in breeding. The “Jack Russell Terrier” had from the beginning a wide range of sizes, rather short-legged and rather tall. Since performance was decisive, such refinements had no role. Now two dog breeds have been made from “Jack Russell Terrier” and the two lines have separated in breeding. The little one is still called Jack Russell Terrier, It has a height at the withers of up to 30 cm and is provided a little longer. The Parson it is a little taller and with more legs and in its rather square shape. Parish priest is in English another word for “Pastor”. So two breeds of dog are named after one person, el pastor Jack Russell. Both dogs are a credit to the Shepherd. In 2001 the new race Parson Russell Terrier was officially recognized.

Physical characteristics

The Parson Russell Terrier It is suitable for the working dog, Active, agile, built for speed and endurance. It gives the impression of balance and flexibility as a whole.

You can have hair smooth or hard if it is thick and dense to protect it from the inclement weather, like cold and damp. Its color It can be entirely white or predominantly white with brown spots, lemon or black or any combination of these colors, preferably stains should be limited to the head or the birth of the tail.

It measures to the cross between 33 and 36 cm., their weight approximate is of 8 to 10 kilos to be slightly larger in proportions that the version of the Jack Russell Terrier, though it should be specified higher copies exist as “Jack Russell” in some clubs working in United Kingdom and United States, due to what these clubs do not form part of the FCI and therefore, handle different to the recognized standard registers and accepted worldwide by the 84 member countries.

Character and skills

Parson Russell a fearless and friendly Terrier.

This breed was bred to hunt, Chase and corner foxes in its burrow, therefore, they carry in their genes, and if this activity does not form part of the life of your puppy, We recommend that, they should be exercised daily intensely since they are dogs with a huge dose of contained energy.

Perhaps its character lively and friendly has caused it to be one of the dog breeds preferred by many people as a pet.

But in reality it is a true working dog and we should not forget that if a specimen of... becomes part of our family..

Leave running, ride a bike, launch frisbee or ball - and teach him to bring them back-, It will help to strengthen the bond between the Parson and his owner while it educates, enjoys and is exercised.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terrier
  • Section 1: Large and medium sized Terriers. Optional proof of work..


  • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
  • AKC – Terriers
  • ANKC – Terriers (utility dogs)
  • CKC – Terriers
  • ​KC – Terriers
  • NZKC – Terriers
  • UKC – Terriers

FCI breed standard "Parson Russell Terrier"

FCIFCI - Parson Russell Terrier

Alternative names:

1. Parson, Parson Jack Russell Terrier (English).
2. Parson Russell terrier (French).
3. Parson (German).
4. Parson (Portuguese).
5. Parson, Parson Jack Russell (español).

2 thoughts on "Parson Russell Terrier”

  1. I would like to know where we could buy a Parson Russell Terrier, as the photo lovealoch.be.
    That price have or if there is someone who give away puppies.
    Thank you

  2. Since 1999 in England, Jack Russell and Parson Russell became 2 distinct races, mainly differentiated by the size. (31/35 cm at the withers for females Parson, 34/38 for Parson males, 26/30 for female Jack,29/33 for Jack males). The Jack usually has a more stocky appearance of the shoulders.


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