Breed Information: Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier

Breed Description: The Parson Russell Terrier, also commonly called the Jack Russell Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog with muscular hind legs, a strong neck and docked tail. Initially developed to hunt small quarry, this breed's small, flexible chest, long body and adequately long legs, enable it to pursue game underground or trail hounds during overland pursuits. This dog breed is lively and alert and makes an excellent companion for adults or children.

Group: Terrier Group

Purpose of Breed: Going to the ground and ratting

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Average Size: Ranges from 10 inches to 15 inches and 13 to 17 pounds.

Color(s): White, white with black or tan markings or a combination of these three colors.

Coat Type: This breed has a double coat with a short, dense undercoat and a smooth, broken or rough outer coat.

Grooming: The coat of the Jack Russell Terrier requires minimal grooming to keep it in top form. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Exercise Needs: This athletic little dog is suitable to apartment living provided he gets ample time to play and enjoys the benefits of regular exercise. Due to his lively nature and hunting heritage, this breed should be exercised on a lead or allowed to roam in a safely enclosed yard.


Temperament: The Jack Russell Terrier is intelligent, confident and easy to train. This breed is very lively, overtly affectionate and makes a wonderful playmate for children. When hunting, the Jack Russell shows courage, single-mindedness and great tenacity.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems and dislocated kneecaps.

Life Expectancy: Averages 13-15 years.

Trivia: This breed got its name from a renowned British fox hunter, the Reverend John Russell, also called "The Sporting Parson." The Jack Russell Terrier was accepted in the AKC registry in 1997.

More Information: Parson Russell Terrier Association of America


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I have 2 and love them like children!

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