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Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier Characteristics: The fearless and lively Parson Russell Terrier is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1997).

The Parson Russell Terrier, is characterized by its athletic, sleek, agile appearance with a long legs, a powerful muzzle and a bold, mischievous expression.

Other characteristics include dark, medium sized, almond-shaped eyes; small, V-shaped ears that drop forward; a straight tail and an effortless, powerful gait. The temperament of the Parson Russell Terrier can be described as Bold, Energetic, Obedient.

The coat type of the Parson Russell Terrier is described as smooth, short, harsh coat in black and tan, brown, white colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Parson Russell Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Minister's Scamp". The origin of the Parson Russell Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1800's.

Parson Russell Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1997): The Parson Russell Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1997).

Other names for the Parson Russell Terrier: The Parson Russell Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Minister's Scamp". Other names for this breed of dog include the PRT and the Parson Jack Russell Terrier.

Origin of the name: The name 'Parson Jack Russell' derives from a fox-hunter and dog breeder called John "Jack" Russell (1795 - 1883) who began to breed terrier dogs for sport in the first half of the 1800's. Rev. John "Jack" Russell was known as "The Sporting Parson" and was a founding member of England's Kennel Club. He was also the vicar of Swimbridge in North Devon, hence the term 'Parson'.

The 'Jack Russell terrier', a shorter legged terrier, also takes its name from the Reverand Russell and is recognized as a separate breed.

The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as mice, rats, squirrels and foxes.

Parson Russell Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Parson Russell Terrier breed was in United Kingdom during the 1800's. This foxhunting terrier was one of two types of dogs that were previously classified together as the Jack Russell terrier. The Parson Russell Terrier is a taller, longer-legged strain of the dog and was developed by John "Jack" Russell to run with his foxhounds and go to ground to bolt the fox from their dens. In 1984 UK Kennel Club eventually recognized the Parson Jack Russell Terrier as a distinct breed in 1984.

Parson Russell Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the single minded Parson Russell Terrier moved on and the high-spirited breed is now used as a much loved family pet and companion. The Parson Russell Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1997.

Parson Russell Terrier Height: The Parson Russell Terrier breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 12 - 14 inches (31 - 36 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Parson Russell Terrier Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 14 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Parson Russell Terrier Coat Type: The coat type is described as a smooth, short, harsh coat.

Parson Russell Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include black and tan, brown, white colors.

Parson Russell Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Parson Russell Terrier is categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Parson Russell Terrier are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Parson Russell Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-8 puppies. Parson Russell Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Parson Russell Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Parson Russell Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Fearless, Bold, Energetic, Obedient and Lively.

Parson Russell Terrier Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Parson Russell Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has an effortless, powerful, strident gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Parson Russell Terrier Diet: A fully grown Parson Russell Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Parson Russell Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Parson Russell Terrier breed include Patellar Luxation, Eye Problems . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Parson Russell Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Parson Russell Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Parson Russell breed is 13-15 years.

Parson Russell Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Parson Russell breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Parson Russell Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Slim *** Doodle *** Rascal *** Dash *** Bonsai *** Midget *** Mite *** Incy *** Max *** Buddy.

Parson Russell Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Parson Russell names are Sasha *** Queenie *** Rosy *** Foxy *** Betty *** Cutie *** Girlie *** Sweetie *** Chloe *** Roxy *** Lady.

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