|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)|
|Phone:||0432 764 470|
Background The Reverend John Russell lived in Devon in the 1800s and was a keen and passionate sportsman with a particular interest in fox hunting. He was a regular exhibitor and judge of Fox Terriers and Hounds at West Country Shows. Although he used Kennel Club registered Fox Terriers in his breeding on occasions in May 1819 he bought from a milkman a white bitch "Trump" who from then on came to be the model of his future breeding program.
Average Lifespan The average lifespan of a Parson Russell Terrier is 10-15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The "Parson" should be workmanlike, active, agile and built for speed and endurance. He should be bold and friendly with no sign of nervousness or cowardice. He should not be aggressive as his original purpose was to run with the hounds and go to ground to bolt the fox.
Care Requirements The Parson comes in two coat types. The smooth coat is just that, flat and short. Rough coats are a little longer and the dog will have whiskers, eyebrows and sometimes a small beard. Regular brushing and bathing will keep both types of coat in good condition. The breeder will advise you as to suitable diet for your puppy. A secure yard with good fencing will be needed - keeping in mind his "hunting" background. This is an active breed - plenty of exercise in the form of walk, games and social contact are recommended.
Ideal Owner/s Any person or family who would like a bold, friendly, active member of the family that enjoys walks and plenty of human interaction would suit this breed.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Parson Russell Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.