The Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier

Description:

The Parson Russell Terrier is commonly known as the Jack Russell Terrier. This dog stands out when compared to his breed in terms of legs. The Parson Russell Terrier has longer legs. This is because they were initially bred to hunt fox and had to keep up the horses whilst hunting the foxes down. Owing to these hunting instincts it’s advised that you don’t bring home another companion for the dog. If the other pet is bigger, it can lead to a confrontation and if it’s smaller, then they might want to hunt them.

They are generally very happy dogs who are fully consumed by their family and loves to participate in every family activity that involves any kind of playing. The Parson Russell Terriers are always full of energy and require daily walks and runs to expend as much energy as they can. Although they don’t score all that well on the watchdog checklist, they are intensely protective of their family and can be fierce to deal with if it senses any danger.

These terriers are fairly obedient which makes them easy to train. Strong headed-ness is their forte but treated firmly and with discipline, their behavior can be modified. They respond well to older children and can tend to growl or snap at younger children if teased or handled roughly.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

 

Identifying Features-

 

Average Weight-

11-23 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: none

– Minor concerns: lens luxation, patellar luxation

– Occasionally seen: glaucoma, ataxia, Legg-Calvés, deafness

– Suggested tests: eye, knee

– Life span: 13-15 years

– Grooming: The Jack Russell Terrier is known to shed all over the house. If you’re not too keen on having dog hair all over your house, then you might want to brush their fur every other day.

 

History:

The Parson Russell Terrier, otherwise known as the Jack Russell Terrier was named after Reverend Jack Russell when he bred these terriers to hunt foxes. Their small bodies allowed them to drive the fox from his lair, giving the hunters easy access.

Although the breed was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1989, they were already known in the United States as early as 1930s. The name Parson Russell was chosen by the American Kennel Club because the name “Jack Russell Terrier” had been trademarked by a group opposed to allowing the working terrier breed into the Kennel Club. Parson Russell Terriers were first recognized by the UK Kennel Club in 1990 and the American Kennel Club in 2001.

The Parson Russell Terrier’s AKC popularity was ranked 75th out of 157 in 2007.

 

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