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Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 12-15”
Weight: 13-17 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Parson Russell Terrier in the following color:

  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 13-15 years
Boisterous and rambunctious, Parson Russell Terriers maintain good health for the most part. But these pups do indeed have a few minor and major conditions that could complicate their health. Usually, later in life, Parson Russell Terriers are prone to developing breed-specific health issues. However, you can make sure your pup remains healthy by keeping semi-annual vet check-ups, investing in nutrient-rich kibble, and taking your pup for regular exercise. It is important to do your part of maintaining and managing the proper health of your Parson Russell Terrier because it makes a difference.

Two of the biggest health concerns that your Parson Russell Terrier could encounter include:

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

This condition is caused by inflammation and swelling of the hipbone, socket, and overall joints. Mostly in smaller dogs, this condition can be treated easily with anti-inflammatory medication and a gentle massage to relieve tightness and tension in the hip. In the worst cases, surgery is required to shave down the femur bone and correct the condition before the bone deteriorates. If left untreated, this condition causes severe, painful arthritis and nerve damage.


This condition occurs when there is trapped fluid behind the eyes, placing pressure on the optic nerves. If left untreated, this condition can cause nerve damage, gradual vision loss, and permanent blindness. Surgery is sometimes required to drain the excess fluid. And antibiotics are vet-prescribed to combat the risk of infection.

Other health issues that might affect your Parson Russell Terrier are compulsive behavior, anxiety attacks, ataxia, deafness, skin allergies, and patellar luxation. On average, a healthy, happy Parson Russell Terrier has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

Parson Russell Terriers are energetic, friendly dogs, if a little mischievous and stubborn. These pups would make great companions for fitness-minded pet owners. Their eagerness to please makes them a cinch to train, for the most part. But, as mentioned, the stubbornness can get in the way in some aspects.

From puppyhood, the Parson Russell Terrier needs lots of socialization with other dogs to build up tolerance and acceptance. In their adulthood, these canines can be somewhat domineering around other dogs, especially larger, more intimidating breeds. Socialization ensures that these pups know their place in the dominance chain, meaning no dog fights at the dog park.

Exercise-wise, Parson Russell Terriers have lots of energy and they can run for long periods of time. So, these pups would be perfect for runners, joggers, or even leisurely walkers. They love to exercise with their loved ones. It would be even better if you had a fenced-in backyard where they can romp and play with your kids. These purebreds are instinctive hunters, however, so keep your fence high and deep to avoid break-outs when he spots a squirrel somewhere.


Parson Russell Terriers are manageable and simple when it comes to their grooming regimen. These pups have short, dense hair in a smooth coat that is naturally odor-free and rarely gets dirty. Brush your Parson Russell Terrier 1-2 times a week to remove any excess hair, but otherwise, upkeep of their coat is minimal. Unless you plan to show your Parson Russell Terrier. Then the AKC guidelines dictate that you must have your pup’s coat stripped before each show to neaten him up.

Other basic care requirements for your Parson Russell Terrier include cleaning his ears once a week, clipping his toenails every 3-4 week, bathing him every 1-2 months, and brushing his teeth every other day.


Parson Russell Terriers have big appetites because of their energetic nature. These pups need lots of nutrient-rich kibble to keep their bodies fueled and their minds sharp. Keep him on a meal schedule that he can get used to and rely on. Schedule a meal in the morning and a meal at night — two meals of around ½ to 1 cup of kibble per meal.

The quality of your kibble matters. Some dog food brands are brimming with by-products and fillers that add no nutritional value to a meal. To keep your Parson Russell Terrier fit and healthy, choose the brand that lists whole grains, lean meats, and veggies at the top of the ingredients label. It might be a little more expensive, but your pup’s health is worth the extra investment.

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The Parson Russell Terrier is a popular purebred, one with dogs that have been abandoned for one reason or another time and time again. So, before you invest in a breeder, check your local animal shelter or canine rescue group. You could save the life of a Parson Russell Terrier who needs a new, happy, compassionate home with lots of love.

If you are lucky enough to find the perfect companion for your family, adoption fees will depend on the county, state, and shelter regulations. This fee varies greatly, but ranges between $75 to $250. Most shelters offer other services too, such as vaccination updates, health checks, and spay or neuter operations. In which case, your adoption fee might be anywhere from $400 to $550.

If you opt to shop from a reputable breeder, Parson Russell Terrier puppies are around $400 to $600. This depends on the requirements, expectations, and inclusions of the breeder, as each breeder is different. Sometimes the overall price includes AKC registration records, a microchip, and first vaccinations for things like distemper.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. Parson Russell Terriers are a 1 on the integration scale. These purebreds are family-friendly and lovable, which are of the most important qualities in a canine companion. Their eagerness to please makes them easier to train. And early socialization takes care of the rest. In other words, if you want a well-behaved, sweet, friendly pup who will exercise with you and give you tons of cuddles, then the Parson Russell Terrier is it.


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