Parson Russell Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Parson Jack Russell Terrier is so named after the Reverend John Russell, a Devonshire Master of Foxhounds who developed the breed from Fox Terrier stock in the 19th century as an ideal terrier to run with the hounds and go to ground after the fox. He had to be sufficiently long in the leg to keep up with the pack but of a size to pursue his quarry to earth.
The Parson is distinctly different from the Jack Russell which is a short legged terrier, appearing in all shapes and sizes from pocket sized to as big as a Cairn. It is the Parson who is recognised in the Interim KC Breed Standard. The two are often confused, but they are entirely different. We have known several people who think they have bought a Jack Russell and then stared in amazement as the legs just kept on growing!
The Parson Jack Russell has a superficial resemblance to the Fox Terrier, but as a working dog he is good with other dogs and is built for a day’s work; he is not happy without some sort of stimulus and has a jumping ability unlike other terriers. If bored, he can be noisy and destructive so is not a dog who can be left unsupervised for extended periods.
The coat can be rough or smooth, though with none of the length of the trimmed breeds, and in both cases should be harsh and dense; he is either entirely white of predominantly white with tan, lemon or black markings, or a combination of these, preferably limited to the head or root of the tail.
The Parson Jack Russell is 14″ at the withers and weighs around 6.5kg; although he needs to be kept occupied he is perfectly happy with a busy family where he can involve himself with their activities.
- The Parson Russell Terrier Club Germany
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.