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Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier dates back to the 1800’s and is a small white terrier named after its creator, Reverend John “Jack” Russell. This small dog breed has a narrower range of sizes than the Jack Russell Terrier. The dogs are energetic, playful, affectionate, tenacious, and feisty. They get along well with other animals and children. However, they aren’t tolerant of rough handling.


The dogs are sporty and require vigorous exercise to prevent them from becoming bored. When bored, they may become destructive and destroy their owner’s house.

Parson Russell Terriers have longer legs than Jack Russell Terriers. In fact, their legs are about as long as the dog’s length. They have a square body outline, flat skull, and larger body and chest than the Jack Russell. The dogs stand 13 to 14 inches at the withers and weight between 13 and 17 pounds. (Jack Russell Terriers stand between 10 and 15 inches at the withers.) The dogs live between 14 and 15 years.

Coat and Color

This breed is mostly white with a rough or smooth coat with black, tricolor, or tan markings. The coat is easy to groom.

A Parson Russell Terrier requires regular brushing.
Height 13-14" at the withers
Weight 13-17 lbs
Life Span 14-15 years
Temperament Feisty, energetic
Hypoallergenic No
The primary health issues for the Parson Russell Terrier are eye disorders, such as primary lens lunation, which can lead to glaucoma. Some other eye conditions the breed has a predilection to include: corneal dystrophy, posterior vitreous detachment, juvenile cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy. Non-eye health issues include patella luxation and deafness.

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