PRTs stand 12–15 at the shoulder, and weigh 13–17 pounds in peak positions. His intelligent expression, mostly white coat, and beautifully balanced body gives PRT the adorable look of a plush toy that comes to life. But all of this will not be fooled – PRTs are tough little people for England’s traditional sports foxing. They are fast enough to follow the hound and fearlessly dig on the ground and flush a fox from their lair.
The Parson Russell Terrier was developed in the 1800s to fox both above and below ground in the south of England. The breed was named for Reverend John “The Sporting Parson” Russell, who had two passions in his life: his ministry and his Hunting Dog. Their terriers were bred to work closely with foxes in search of clever foxes. Russell created them for independent problem solving, and to date PRT may have its own ideas about things.
To function as a working terrier, he must possess certain characteristics: a ready attitude, alert and confident; Balance in height and length; Moderate in size and bone, suggesting strength and endurance. Crucial to the type of breed is a natural appearance: a rigid, weatherproof coat with a compact construction and clean silhouette. The coat is broken or smooth. He has a small, flexible chest capable of moving his quarries underground and has sufficient leg length to follow the footpaths.
This breed does not require a lot of grooming, they are low droolers. and are kid friendly
This breed is not very bright, they are prone to allergies and are not cat friendly
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
The Parson Russell Terrier has two coat types: smooth and broken (rough). Both require regular brushing – smooth with a coarse brush or hound glove, and rough with a pin or slicker brush. Rough coats will require plucking or clipping to avoid long hair matting. A monthly bath should suffice, until the parson follows his nature and digs into the mud. Parson’s nails should be trimmed monthly and their ears checked weekly for debris or excess wax, and cleaned as needed.
Parson Russell Terrier requires consistency, a soft voice and a great sense of humor to train. Smart, energetic, happy-go-lucky little dogs, they get bored easily, so training sessions should be kept fun and interesting. Best results are achieved by focusing on positive training methods and giving praise for the desired behavior. Parson Russell is a great choice for canine sports requiring agility, speed and intelligence. If socialized properly, he is wonderful with children, but he will not tolerate abuse.
Parson Russell Terrier is playful, affectionate, fun companion. He has a great enthusiasm for life and is always ready to engage in activities. They are also high energy zones with powerful hunting instincts – with their strong hunting drives, it is recommended to keep them on leash during outings, rather than running them loose where the will to chase may be irresistible. An ideal day for a pet parson would include a long walk in the woods, where he could locate every hole and sniff the trunk of every tree. Exercise may also include play sessions in the backyard. A parson is a dog for anyone who is quite active. He would not be content to lie alone in a corner for a long time.
The Parson Russell Terrier should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
By far the majority of Parsons are very healthy dogs, and responsible breeders have screened their stock for health conditions such as patellar luxation (loose kneecaps), congenital deafness, late onset ataxia, spilloserebellar auxia, and some eye disorders. Puppy buyers should always have certification for screening performed at a litter head and dam.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: