AKC PuppyFinder: Russell Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Alert, lively, inquisitive, and friendly
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Eager, tireless terriers, Russells need plenty of playtime and exercise
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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These little dynamos will delight an active, outdoorsy family. Russell terriers are above all born to hunt vermin. Their prey drive and boundless energy combines with an inquisitive intelligence and confidence. Russell Terrier puppies need patient training; that independence can be a challenge. He approaches life with comical playfulness, ready to throw himself into the next great adventure. He's a handful, but with enough mental and physical exercise, there's not a more devoted and loyal companion.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 2012

Breed History & Job Description: The Russell and Parson Russell terriers share a common heritage as fox-working dogs from the kennels of Rev. John “The Sporting Parson” Russell of the mid-1800s. Since the parson’s day, the lines of the two terriers have diverged and are now recognized as two distinctly separate breeds. Russells were bred to be swift enough to run with the hounds and tough but compact enough to go to ground and bolt prey.

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


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • BAER Testing
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • PLL DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Russell Terrier Club
  • Breed Club Link: www.theartc.org
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 90
  • Breed Referral Contact: Cathi Calhoun - 909-371-2447
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