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Parson Russell Terrier



With his spunk and athleticism, the Parson Russell Terrier is ready to dive headfirst into any sporting activity, whether it happens to be agility, obedience, or actually into a foxes den, as they were bred to do.   Parson Russell Terriers are named after their founder and legendary huntsman, Rev. John Russell. They were developed in England in the mid 1800’s as tenacious fox hunters and valued for their intelligence, gameness, and endurance in the field and beyond. They are fun and affectionate family members but may not put up with rough handling by young children. Exercise and mental stimulation are a must for these charismatic little dogs but are otherwise clean and low maintenance. There wiry terrier coat benefits from the occasional hand stripping.

Breed Notes: Friendly, Clever, Athletic

Famous Parson Russell Terriers and their Owners

  • The legendary huntsman, the Reverend John "The Sporting Parson" Russell, developed this breed to be highly intelligence and capable fox hunters.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Parson Russell Terrier


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