Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier

Breed Description +

Very intelligent, obedient, active, agile, highly energetic, and watchful dogs. Jack Russell Terriers enjoy tennis ball retrieving, agility, flyball, and Frisbee, and have the keen sense of smell necessary to participate in earthdog trials. Eager to learn, especially with reward-based training. May be difficult to disengage from an activity or behavior, bark, or chase wildlife or other dogs.
  • AKC Name:

    Parson Russell Terrier

  • Common Name(s):

    Jack Russell Terrier, Jack Russell, Parson Jack Russell Terrier

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  • Observed Weight:

    11-23 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    13-17 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 11 - 15 in


"Parson Russell Terrier" is the name of the show variant of the commonly known "Jack Russell" or "Russell Terrier" breed, although all types are relatively difficult to distinguish genetically. The Parson Russell is descended from early white-bodied working terriers. The breed was developed by Reverend John Russell during the 1800’s as a fox hunter. Their small bodies allowed them to drive the fox from his lair, giving the hunters easy access. The name Parson Russell was chosen by the American Kennel Club because the name "Jack Russell Terrier" had been trademarked by a group opposed to allowing the working terrier breed into the Kennel Club. The theory was that Parson Russells are show dogs, whereas Jack Russells are working dogs. The breed was first introduced to the United States in the 1930’s. Parson Russell Terriers were first recognized by the UK Kennel Club in 1990 and the American Kennel Club in 1997.

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