The Russel Terrier is a robust, utilitarian terrier. It originated in England, but was perfected in Australia. They are closely related to the Parson Russel Terrier but are distinct in size and body structure and are considered separate breeds in Europe and the US. Hunting in rough terrain necessitated they be small enough to be carried in a terrier bag at times but robust and athletic enough to go to ground to hunt their vermin quarry. This Russell terrier is as about adventurous it gets. Not that they won’t want to snuggle with you in your armchair at the end of the day but they’ll love it so much more if they get to satisfy their terrier yearnings first. They love the sights, smells, and sounds of the outdoors and do best with an active family. They weather resistant coat is low maintenance, requiring minimal brushing and bathing.
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.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.