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Parson Russell Terrier |England|

Parson Russell Terrier |England|

Breeders have worked hard to maintain the working qualities of these dogs, and the standard has changed little over the years. Parson Russell Terriers are perfectly adapted to working underground and are fearless when it comes to hunting. They are known for not backing down and are dedicated and tenacious. Although they are kept as companions and make very good ones, they are a working breed, and hunting is what they thrive on. They are bold, lively, outgoing, and loyal to their families. They can be aggressive with other dogs and are reserved with strangers. They have a relatively low tolerance level, and can be snappy if bothered, so they should not be left unattended with very young children. (No dog should.) They also like to dig and can be noisy.

History

The Parson Russell Terrier was developed by Reverend John Russell, a fox hunting enthusiast, during the nineteenth century. Russell had a pack of Fox Terriers that became known as Parson Russell Terriers. Most of his dogs traced to a terrier named Trump, whom he bought in 1819. The Reverend Russell shunned the show world and bred his dogs specifically for their working qualities. Other breeders of Fox Terriers (Smooth and Wire) concentrated on breeding them for the show ring, and there was a gradual change in type between the Parson Russell Terrier and the Fox Terrier, leading to their separate recognition.

Parson Russell Terriers have a high hunting drive and will roam if left unattended. It is essential they have a well-fenced yard!

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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