Parson Russell Terrier

Ease of Training
Guard Dog


  • He was bred by Reverend John Russell in the 1800s
  • He was bred to flush foxes, badgers, ground hogs and other animals from their dens during the hunt

Personality and Behavior

  • He's loyal, courageous, tenacious and unbreakable
  • He's independent-minded and can be very stubborn
  • He's tough-as-nails
  • He's extremely energetic and must get plenty of exercise daily
  • He has a tendency to be aggressive with other dogs
  • He's utterly fearless and will take on absolutely any dog who threatens him - even one ten times his size
  • If bored he will often turn destructive to entertain himself
  • He has a high prey drive and will chase any small animal that moves
  • He's highly alert and aware of everything that's going on
  • He loves to dig
  • He loves to bark
  • He's only good with well behaved children who know not to tease him
  • He's very protective of his family


  • He's fairly easy to train. He learns commands at an average rate.


  • He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

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