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.