Parson Russell Terrier

People who are less formal in their social etiquette will call me Jack Russell, and I’m a terrier through and through. Courageous, clever, and undaunted, you can find me working on a foxhunt or holding my own in a spirited yard game. I have boundless energy, so be prepared to give me lots of exercise and attention—look elsewhere if you want a mellow pet. A long, fast-paced walk every day will help control indoor mischief.

I’m very affectionate and playful, but I’m impatient with kids and will confront other dogs. I also like to dig and may run off. Apartments and new dog owners aren’t a good match for my nonstop nature. Despite my high activity level I can tend to put on weight—so do resist my pleas for treats!

My coat may be smooth or broken, with a slight beard and bushy eyebrows. Weekly brushing should take care of my limited shedding and make bathing a rare event. Rough coats will need annual stripping of dead hair. My coloring may be white, white with black or tan markings, or a tricolor mix of white, black, and tan. My size can range from 10 to 15 inches and 13 to 17 pounds. Dogs 12 inches tall or less have longer bodies and are called Shorty Jacks or simply Russell Terriers.

I’m a generally robust dog who will keep you on your toes for 10 to 15 years. Potential health concerns to watch for include Legg-Perthes disease, kneecap luxation, deafness, and eye problems.