AKC PuppyFinder: Parson Russell Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bold, friendly, athletic, and clever
  • Energy Level: Very Active; These are energetic, alert terriers who require plenty of exercise and attention
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 14 inches (male), 13 inches (female)
  • Weight: 13-17 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If your ideal day includes long jaunts in the woods, lots of exercise and an adventure or two, you may be able to keep up with the Parson Russell Terrier. He's a true terrier--tenacious, brave and clever. He's also a fun-loving, affectionate and playful, although young children may be too rough for him. Parson Russell Terrier puppies need patient and consistent training. Plenty of attention and physical and mental exercise will harness all that terrier energy and make him a happy family companion.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1997

Breed History & Job Description: The PRT was developed in the south of England in the 1800s to pursue fox both above and below the ground. The breed was named for Reverend John “The Sporting Parson” Russell, who had two passions in life: his ministry and his hunting dogs. His terriers were bred to work together with foxhounds in pursuit of the clever fox. Russell created them to be independent problem solvers, and to this day PRTs can have their own ideas about how to go about things.

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Parson Russell Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, patellar luxation and deafness. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Parson Russell Terriers are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.prtaa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 109
  • Breed Referral Contact: Jeanette Pinker - 610-593-6185
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