Parson Russell Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 0in - 1ft 3in
Weight: 13-17lbs
Lifespan: 13 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Parson Russell Terrier Information

Parson Russell TerrierDeveloped in England for fox hunting nearly 200 years ago, the Parson Russell Terrier is a high energy pup who loves to explore, sniff and going on long walks. This isn’t the type of breed who does well in small spaces – make sure you have lots of room and outside space if you take this pup home!

Tenacious and clever, the Parson Russell Terrier is a friendly and affectionate member of the family. With his high activity level, this dog needs lots and lots of exercise, a good amount of attention and a small dose of patience.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Parson Russell Terriers be apartment dogs?

Parson Russell Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Parson Russell Terriers be left alone?

While Parson Russell Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Parson Russell Terriers good with kids?

Parson Russell Terriers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Parson Russell Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Parson Russell Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Parson Russell Terriers get along with other dogs?

Typically, Parson Russell Terriers get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Parson Russell Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Parson Russell Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Parson Russell Terriers shed a lot?

The Parson Russell Terrier isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Parson Russell Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Parson Russell Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Parson Russell Terriers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Parson Russell Terriers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Parson Russell Terriers easy to train?

Typically, Parson Russell Terriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Parson Russell Terriers handle cold weather?

Parson Russell Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Parson Russell Terriers handle hot weather?

Parson Russell Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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