Parson Russell Terrier Breed Profile


The Parson Russell Terrier is a very perky and merry breed of dog. They are not to be confused with a Jack Russell Terrier. However, the typical personality of this breed of dog is devoted, loving, highly spirited, obedient and fearless. Did I also mention the fact they are extremely hyperactive dogs?

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog can be friendly towards children. However, children must be taught not to tease or hit the dog. Supervise around children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a Parson Russell Terrier is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 14 to 18 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog are eye disorders, deafness, Legg-Perthes Disease and dislocation of the kneecaps.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be difficult for this breed of dog, as it belongs to the terrier group and terriers are notoriously hard to train. Shedding is average, brush every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not for the novice owner. These are the types of dogs where the phrase "You give them an inch, they take a mile." comes into play here. Only they take 10 miles! Not suited for the apartment or condo environment, as this breed of dog loves to dig in carpets. Best Owner is as strong willed as the dog is, yet has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $700. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog tends to be aggressive towards all other animals. They do best to be the only pet in the household.

Noise Factor

The Parson Russell Terrier can be prone to obsessive barking.

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