Parson Russell Terrier

KC Pedigree, Small-Medium

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Parson Russell is named after the Reverend John Russell, a hunting clergyman, who was particularly interested in terriers.


Attractive to ...

Anyone looking for a small, hardy terrier with great stamina – especially if they have a garden that needs digging.

Not the best for ...

Anyone who dislikes digging. Parson Russells were bred to go to ground and it is quite common for them to get stuck down rabbit holes and need rescuing.


Parson Terrier, Parson, Parson Jack Russell Terrier

Cross between



United Kingdom


You could pick them up if you had to in an emergency.

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


variable (smooth, spikey)


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

13 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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