Parson Rusell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a small, energetic dog, with an alert and courageous appearance. It has a rough, harsh and smooth coat, and its temperament is characterized by being intelligent, energetic and determined.

General details

Dogs of this breed usually weigh between 5 and 10 kilograms and measure between 28 and 38 centimeters. Their life expectancy is 13 to 15 years. It belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Terriers.

Breed history in brief

For many years, there was a heated debate among terrier lovers about a type of terrier known loosely as "the Jack Russell". The Reverend John Russell bred a line of Fox Terriers, which was eventually recognized as an official breed and named the Parson Russell Terrier, in honor of the Reverend. The Parson Russell Terrier was noted for its agility and hunting abilities, being used primarily for tracking and fox hunting. Over the years, the breed has earned a reputation as an energetic, intelligent and loyal dog, both as a family companion and in the field of canine competition.

Breed characteristics

The Parson Russell Terrier is a small and compact dog. It has a strong jaw and V-shaped ears drooping forward. Its eyes are dark and alert, conveying intelligence and liveliness. The tail is naturally short and carried erect. Its coat is hard and rough to the touch, smooth and tight. The most common colors are white with black markings, tan, lemon or any combination of these. Some specimens may have spots on the body. In terms of temperament, the Parson Russell Terrier is a courageous, intelligent and energetic dog. It is energetic, active and has a well-developed hunting instinct. It is friendly and affectionate with its family, but can be reserved with strangers. It is also known to be a determined and stubborn dog, which requires proper education and socialization from an early age.

Common health problems

The Parson Russell Terrier, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, cataracts, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease and dermatitis.

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