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Parson Russell Terrier

Also known as: Jack Russell Terrier

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Foxhunting.

AKC recognized: 1997
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 13 to 17 lbs
Size: Height: males around 14 inches; females around 13 inches
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Color: White, white with black or tan markings, or a combination of these, tri-color, grizzle.

Life span: 13 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Parson Russell Terrier is bold, athletic, clever, tenacious, courageous, playful, friendly, exuberant, and extremely affectionate. They are independent and very energetic, and possess great strength and endurance. They are generally good with children, but do not tolerate rough handling from very young children. They have a strong hunting instinct, and cannot be trusted with pet rodents and other small pets. Most will do fine with cats if raised with them, but should always be supervised around them.

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Good with children? Yes with older children.

OK in apartments? No

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Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, conformation, earthdog

Grooming requirement: There are two coat types. The broken coat should be brushed once weekly and hand stripped every few months. The smooth coated variety is easier to maintain and only needs occasional brushing, but sheds more than the broken coated variety.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Parson & Jack Russell Terriers (Animal Planet Pet Care Library)
By Diane Morgan
Published in 2007
112 pages

Parson Russell Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Christina Pettersall
Published in 2003
158 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Parson Russell Terriers
By Linda C. Bollinger and Peggy O. Swager
Published in 1998
160 pages

The Parson and Jack Russell Terriers
By Sheila Webster Boneham
Published in 2006
192 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Parson Russell Terrier Association of America Rescue

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