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Parson Jack Russell Terrier

 
 

 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:  England. 

SPECIAL SKILLS:  Hunting dog and family pet. 

SIZE:  The ideal shoulder-height is 35cm (13 3/4 in) for dogs and 33cm (13 in) for bitches. 

COAT:  There are smooth-haired and rough-haired Parson Jack Russell Terriers.  Both types of coat should be wiry, dense, and thick.  They are usually predominantly white with tan, lemon, black, or with markings in three colors - preferably restricted to the head and root of the tail. 

CARE REQUIRED:  The Parson Jack Russell Terrier is easy to care for.  During shedding you should remove loose hairs every day with a rubber brush.  The rough type requires its coat to be plucked occasionally.  

CHARACTER:  This is a very active, intelligent, and cunning dog that is vigilant, bold and enterprising, hard upon itself, brave (sometimes almost foolhardy).  This dog usually has plenty of self-confidence - verging on a wish to dominate - and it quite independent. 

TRAINING:  These dogs can learn very quickly but try to have their own way in everything.  Do not let yourself be won over by their mischievous charm; they know perfectly well what they are doing.  Remain consistent at all times!  

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR:  Usually this breed produces uncomplicated and socially acceptable dogs.  They get on well with other household pets and love to play with children.  When their social training has been good, they can also get on with the household cat but they frequently cannot resist the urge to chase a cat which runs away from them - they are still hunting dogs!  Some dogs with a more dominant nature can be foolhardy in the presence of larger dogs.  Visiting strangers will always be announced.  

EXERCISE:  These dogs have enormous reserves of energy and you must do your best to find ways to burn this off.  They need much more exercise than three walks around the block a day.  The Parson Jack Russell Terrier needs to run about and frolic every day.  They love to dig.  They will feel absolutely at home on a farm where they can also be useful in dealing with vermin.  They are ideally suited for activities such as agility skills and playing catch.

 

 
     

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