Dog Training

Parson Russell Terrier


Fearless, Energetic, Happy
Size: Small
Height: 31-38 cm
Weight: 5,9-7,7 kg
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Black and white, Lemon yellow and white, Brown, White
FCI Group: Terriers

The Parson Russell Terrier is considered a recognized dog breed of FCI Group 3. The lively terrier from Great Britain combines many good qualities. This dog breed has a temperamental, friendly and gentle nature. The terrier is excellent as a companion dog and hunting dog. As a playmate he enriches the life of the whole family. He loves children and loves to romp with them outdoors.

Parson Russell Terrier
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A purebred Parson Russell Terrier has a shoulder height of 31 to 38 centimeters. The white pedigree dog has a spot over both eyes to the ears. Also on the root of the tail should be visible spot, not larger than a penny piece.

The hard, greasy fur of the terrier lies firmly and feels a little rough. The inner thighs, chest and belly are also heavily coated. A dense undercoat protects the Parson Russell Terrier from the wet weather, cold and injuries during hunting.

With the fur one distinguishes the rough-haired and the smooth-haired Parson Russell Terrier. Its weight is about that of a full-grown vixen, and its legs are straight as a die.

The active Parson Russell Terrier is considered a very intelligent and brave. The dog has great self-confidence. As an indispensable companion of riders, he feels really well. Who decides for a Parson Russel Terrier should have a big family. The pedigree dog needs companions who have a lot of time for him and whom he loves. He needs long walks and a lot of exercise.

The friendly nature of the Parson Russell Terrier makes him a dear playmate. This dog can play with Children be really affectionate. When children learn how to treat the terrier respectfully, he is the ideal playmate.

At work he follows commands persistently, highly concentrated and eagerly. The Parson Russell Terrier is an extremely agile and independent dog. His characteristic of being friendly with all animals and with people predestines him for the job of a hunting dog. He must not disturb the course of a riding hunt.

The Parson Russell Terrier needs an active holder, who promotes him mentally. Physical exercise is immensely important for him. This makes him suitable for all kinds of dog sports.

In its robust nature, it adapts well and does not resent its owner at all. The Parson Russell Terrier is a true English gentleman. Nevertheless, he needs a consistent education. Therefore, the dog is less suitable for impatient dog owners.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

If the robust Parson Russell Terrier is sufficiently occupied and moved, he needs Food for small, active dogs. For How to Stop Puppies is suitable exclusively puppy food in the first 12 months. Parson Russell Terrier eats almost any food and does not make any demands. The choice of food depends on how old, heavy and how big he is.

The higher his physical activity, the more the right food plays a role. This especially if he should have allergies. The exact amount of food that the terrier needs can be found on the packages. In the case of wet food should be fed ratio to dry food of 4 : 1.

The Parson Russell Terrier is considered relatively easy to care for and robust. He should still be fed a balanced diet, taking into account his growth. From birth to adult dog nutrients change accordingly.

Like other small dog breeds, the Parson Russell Terrier is prone to Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. The disease begins with a progressively weakening femoral head. The subsequent damage to cartilage and bone tissue leads to Arthroses.

Due to a wrong movement or a wrong nutrition, severe pain occurs, he becomes lame and the muscles regress. Advice on the proper diet of a Parson Russell Terrier can be obtained from any veterinarian.

Parson Russell Terrier Care

Prevention and care for the Parson Jack Russell should become routine. Daily control in the terrier includes the eyes. If the eyes are red, watering or discharge purulent fluid, please visit the vet. During the daily walk pay attention to the Consistency from feces or worm infestation.

At the weekly checkup, the ears are checked on inflammation caused by mites or other parasites. The veterinarian offers special means for ear cleaning, which are dripped into the ear. In the same cycle, look at the dentition for mucus and food debris, because bacteria promote tartar infestation.

For puppies is a Training for brushing teeth announced, so that he gets used to it. Chew sticks for dental care loves every dog. But if the tartar increases, the vet removes the plaque professionally. Tartar is very rare with proper nutrition and care.

The Paws with the claws, that grow like human fingernails must also be controlled weekly be. Please cut the claws from time to time, if the dog does not wear them out enough by himself.

It is also due to the nature of the ground. A dog wears out its claws faster when walking on asphalt than on a soft meadow. In addition, the wear also depends on the duration of daily exercise.

The risk of the Parson Russell Terrier breaking or tearing off its claws is reduced. The dog feels more comfortable walking and a misalignment of the feet is prevented. There is no pain when walking.

A look under the tail also does not hurt. The terrier should not smell and it should always be really clean under the tail.

The coat of the dog needs care once a week. Brushing and trimming it thoroughly is one of the tasks that should never be neglected. The Parson Russell Terrier is a little bon vivant. Once he realizes how pleasant a brush can be, he can't get enough of it.

Once a month, the old hair should be removed from the entire coat. The quickest way to see where the dead hair starts is to brush the Parson Russell Terrier's back against the grain. You can find trimming knives or other practical trimming sets in pet stores or drugstores.

Please do not bathe a puppy and the adult terrier only exceptionally, if the coat can not be cleaned otherwise. The natural skin fat serves as protection in the dog and must be preserved at all costs. If the dog is really dirty, you should first dry and brush out the fur. Most of the time, this alone is enough care.

Strong mud only rinse with lukewarm water without shampoo. If the dog comes home with feces in the fur, it is advisable to use a dog shampoo. If necessary, a mild baby shampoo will also do. This avoids irritation of the skin. All other shampoos or soaps are taboo.

Suitable accessories

A normal collar will cause the lively Parson Russell Terrier too much tension on the neck and thus breathing difficulties. That is why for him a Tableware more suitable. One Telescopic line gives him the freedom he needs during walks.

The terrier always needs something to do and when he is not working, he loves to play for his life. Playing ball with the Ball slingshot and Sticks fetch - as a working dog bred for hunting. retrieves he with passion.

Parson Russell Terrier History

Origin & History

The British pastor John (Jack) Russell, was born in 1795 in Darthmouth, county of Devon. A hunter and horseman, he loved terrier breeding. In 1873, he and other members founded the Kennel Club. Later a judge at dog shows, he was held in high esteem and died at the ripe old age of nearly ninety. Even the family of the British royal family condoled after his death.

His first terrier bitch, which he had with him while studying at Oxford, is now considered the progenitor of the white terrier breed. She wore the coat markings on her head that make up the Parson Russell Terrier today. A picture of the bitch can still be found in the tack room at Sandringham Castle, the property of the Queen of England.

Reverend Jack Russel got dogs for breeding his terriers from Devon and New Forest. Completely unusual for that time, he crossed a wide variety of coat colors. He also traveled widely and found native animals for breeding in different regions. The first goal in breeding was always the working ability of the terrier. The appearance with the typical features was in second place.

All breeds of Parson Jack Russel were called Jack Russel Terriers in the thirties. This type of terrier preferred Jack Russel for life and many breeders hold on to this breed until today. The Parson Russell Terrier was called the Parson Jack Russell Terrier until 1999.