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Parson Russell Terrier

Personality:Bold, friendly, athletic, and clever

Coat & Grooming:Two coat types, smooth and broken (rough); both require regular brushing, and broken-coat pets will need clipping

Energy Level:Very Active; These are energetic, alert terriers who require plenty of exercise and attention

Originally: England

Nicknames: PRT

Size: Small

Meet the Parson Russell Terrier

​PRTs stand 12–15 inches at the shoulder, and weigh 13–17 pounds when in peak condition. Their intelligent expression, mostly white coat, and beautifully balanced body give PRTs the adorable looks of a plush toy come to life. But don’t be fooled by all that cuteness—PRTs are tough little guys built for England’s traditional sport of foxhunting. They’re fast enough to follow the hounds and fearless enough to dig into the ground and flush a fox from his lair.

What's Their Story?

​The PRT was developed in the south of England in the 1800s to pursue fox both above and below the ground. The breed was named for Reverend John “The Sporting Parson” Russell, who had two passions in life: his ministry and his hunting dogs. His terriers were bred to work together with foxhounds in pursuit of the clever fox. Russell created them to be independent problem solvers, and to this day PRTs can have their own ideas about how to go about things.

What are they Like?

​PRTs are playful, affectionate, fun-loving companions. They are also high-energy terriers with powerful hunting instincts. An ideal day for a pet PRT would include a long walk in the woods, where he could explore every hole and sniff every tree trunk. They’re not the first breed we’d recommend for life in a city apartment, but we have heard success stories about urban PRTs—but it does take time, commitment, and imagination to make it work.

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