Parson Russell Terrier

Terrier Group

Three Parson Russell Terriers lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

13-14 in

Weight

13-17 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-15 yrs

History

The Parson Russell Terrier originated in southern England in the 1800's. The existence of the Parson Russell Terrier and Russell Terrier is thanks to Reverend John "Jack" Russell, an avid foxhunter who bred the small tan and white hunting dogs. The Reverend started his breeding program with a female white and tan terrier that he purchased from his milkman. In the breeding process, he selected for independent thinking in his dogs so that they could problem solve quickly while in the field. The Parson Russell Terrier received the name Jack Russell Terrier in 1997 but by 2008, all international kennel clubs had changed the name to Parson Russell Terrier. There is another breed that shares the same lineage and looks very similar to the Parson Russell Terrier, the Russell Terrier, but has shorter legs than the Parson.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Parson Russell Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level


Prey Drive


Shedding

Common Traits

Friendly, playful, lively, and clever

Love to dig, chase animals, and bark

Strong-willed, mischievous, and known to push boundaries and take advantage of gaps in training

Talented escape artists and have been known to wander

High intelligence and energy levels mean they become very destructive when left alone for long with nothing to do