Russell Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 10in - 1ft 0in
Weight: 9-17lbs
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 Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


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

Russell Terrier Information

Russell TerrierThe Russell Terrier is a lively, fun and friendly dog. With a compact and rectangular body, alert tail, adorable face and waterproof coat made up of white with tan and/or markings, this breed will melt even the stoniest heart.

Alert and curious, the Russell Terrier is a working dog, ready to hunt any small prey that comes his way. The breed originated in England but was developed in Australia. Only recently was the dog recognized by the AKC. Bounding with energy, the Russell Terrier needs lot of exercise, so make sure you have the time and patience before committing to this breed.

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 Russell Terriers be apartment dogs?

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 Russell Terriers be left alone?

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

Are Russell Terriers good with kids?

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 Russell Terriers friendly with strangers?

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

Do Russell Terriers get along with other dogs?

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

Do Russell Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, 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 Russell Terriers shed a lot?

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

Do Russell Terriers need a lot of grooming?

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

Do Russell Terriers need a lot of exercise?

Expect 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 Russell Terriers easy to train?

Although Russell Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Russell Terriers handle cold weather?

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

Can Russell Terriers handle hot weather?

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

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