Parson Russell Terrier


The Parson Russell Terrier is a well proportioned breed. The breed stands on strong legs. The front legs are straight. The back legs are moderately angled. It has moderately deep chest that is not very broad. The necks is well muscled and angles to shoulders that are somewhat sloping. The breed’s head is average in size and has a definite stop. Its ears fold in half and drop forward toward the face. The tails is even with the back and is usually docked. The coat is comprised of two layers.


The Parson Russell Terrier is a versatile breed. It is an exceptional hunting companion and household breed. It is naturally brave and independent. When it is interacting with its family it tends to be more entertaining and fun. Children will appreciate this side of the breed. This breed is affectionate and expects the same from its family. The breed is generally amiable to everyone, including other pets. Socialization training is a good idea to eliminate any shyness or other undesirable behavior.

Height and Weight

The Parson Russell Terrier is an average of 14 inches tall and weighs an average of 13-17 pounds.

Health Problems

Very few health problems plague the Parson Russell Terrier. The breed is generally very healthy and lives many years. The most serious health problem that some types may develop is cataracts. As a lesser concern, the breed is susceptible to joint problems, cerebellar abiotrophy and von Willebrand disease.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed that does best with a significant amount of space. However, the breed can easily adapt to small living conditions, such as an apartment. Whether it lives outdoors or indoors, the breed requires attention. It can become discontent if it doesnтАЩt have someone to play with or something to do.


As long as there is enough space for the Parson Russell Terrier to run around in, the breed will usually obtain all the exercise it needs. Types that are kept indoors without any human or animal interaction are likely to become inactive. The types need more opportunities for exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Parson Russell Terrier has an average life expectancy of 15 years.

Litter Size

The Parson Russell Terrier has an average litter size of 4-8 puppies.


The Parson Russell Terrier has a coat that is very easy to manage. Brushing the coat on a regular basis is all that this breed needs. If washing the coat is necessary, it shouldn’t only be done occasionally and with gentle products.


The Parson Russell Terrier is an old breed with a new name. The breed originated in England




The primary color of the Parson Russell Terrier coat is white. The breed should also have markings of black or light brown. The markings may appear anywhere on its body, but typically exists on its face and tail