Parson Russell Terrier

Easy to Train


Good with kids




Heat tolerance


Cold tolerance






Parson Russell Terrier Personality Traits and Temperament

Parson Russell Terriers (similar to Jack Russell Terriers) are highly energetic, affectionate, and enthusiastic dogs. They are hunters, and very adept at finding a way out of a yard (digging under fences and climbing over them are equally acceptable solutions to a PRT). Secure fencing is a must. They were bred to be working dogs, and therefore are easily bored. They’re best kept entertained for the majority of the day, or they will turn destructive. They tend to like children, but are not particularly patient with them, hence are not recommended for families with small children. A Parson Russell Terrier requires a lot of training, but he’ll love it and treat it as play. Consider getting involved in agility or flyball competitions to burn off some of the working urge. Always walk with leash attached, as the prey instinct is strong and likely to result in him haring away after a stray rodent or cat. Due to this prey instinct, Parson Russell Terriers are not suited to living with other, smaller pets.

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

Parson Russell Terriers have a smooth or broken (longer hair around the face, neck, legs, or feet) coat. Comb them once a week, stripping in the warmer months to thin out the coat a little. Do not bathe too often, because this can deplete the natural oils in their skin and makes it itchy and dry. They shed quite a bit throughout the year. Check their teeth once a week, as PRTs often retain baby teeth and these can warp the bite.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $400-$1000.

Life Expectancy: the life span is generally of about 15 YEARS

Weight: 13-17 pounds

Height: 12-14 inches

Colors: white, brown, black

How to Train

The Parson Russell Terrier likes to run, hunt, and dig. Train using a lot of running, preferably with something to chase. Spend a lot of time on your training. They’re working dogs, so they enjoy the challenge. Consider joining an agility or flyball competition; or if there’s one near you, Earthdog competitions are ideal for this terrier.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: High protein. Eggs, poultry, lamb and beef.

Allergies: Not hypoallergenic

Health problems: Parson Russell Terriers are prone to lens luxation and other eye conditions, deafness and patella luxation.

Mixed breeds

Minnie Parson is a Parson Russell Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer mix. They are intelligent, energetic, and get along well with children.

Kingpar is a Parson Russell Terrier and King Charles Cavalier mix. They love to play with their humans.

Best female and male dog names

You can name your Parson Russell Terrier as Pip if he is a male and Gracie if she is a female.

How to adopt this dog

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Pictures and Videos

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