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Jack Russell Terriers are now known as Parson Russell Terriers. Their name was changed on April 1, 2003 by the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America, which is now known as the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America. Did you know that?

In England, Parson Russell Terriers were originally bred to hunt red foxes on the ground and under the ground. They learned to be very good diggers.

Jack Russell Terrier
These days Parson Russell Terriers can do many different activities. They participate in earthdog competitions, play ®Frisbee, compete in agility, and enjoy flyball.
Many of these dogs still have their natural working ability and are entered in hunting contests, called field trials.


Parson Russell Terriers can grow up to between 12 and 14 inches tall, and weigh 13-17 pounds. Females are usually a little smaller than males.


These handsome terriers come in two varieties: a smooth coated and a rough, or broken-coated.

The smooth Parson Terrier's hair is flat and hard, and it is thick.

The broken coat is kind of wiry, and feels harsh when you touch it. This dog even has little eyebrows and a beard!

Both smooth and broken-coated types have a double coat. There is a short dense (thick) undercoat that keeps him warm, and helps protect him in bad weather. The hair is mostly straight, and usually doesn't have any curly or wavy areas.

Both varieties are pretty cute. Which one do you like best?


There are 2 varieties of these terriers.

Parson Russell Terriers come in several different colors:

• white
• white with black or tan markings
• tri-color (white, black, tan)

Colored markings are usually on the head or base of the tail.


Parson Russell Terriers will shed some. They need to be bathed regularly and brushed. The broken coated terrier needs a little more brushing than the smooth-coated dog.


Parson Russell Terriers need exercise very often.

It would be a good thing to walk your Parson Russell Terrier everyday even if he has a yard. Parson Russell Terriers are active and like to play games like hide and seek, fetch, and other activities like flyball, and agility, tracking, and obedience.


Parson Russell Terriers are cheerful, kind, and gentle. They are very affectionate, too. They like kids and will make a good best friend.


Parson Russell Terriers are playful and love to entertain anyone who will watch. They learn tricks quickly and love performing for an audience.

They have lots of energy all of their lives and it's a good idea to give them things to do if they are left alone during the day.


Because Parson Russells were bred to hunt, some have a very strong instinct to dig. Your parents will want to protect their favorite roses in the yard.

Some of these dogs also use their hunting instinct to chase or harass smaller animals like birds, rabbits, cats, mice, or rats.


Parson Russells are self-confident, which means they are usually not afraid of things. They are also alert, which means they notice things around them. Their fearless nature, confidence, and alertness makes them very good watchdogs.


Parson Russell Terriers are very trainable. They love you and they want to learn from you. When you get a pup, let him get used to his new home. When he is a little older, you can start to take him places.

It is a good idea to socialize your pup from an early age so he is comfortable in many different kinds of situations. This will make him a better companion for you.


Parson Russells are alert dogs and are very good at paying attention. This makes them fast learners in obedience. Teaching your dog obedience will help him become a good citizen and help him to have good manners.

A dog in a hammock.

The Parson Russell Terrier is American Kennel Club's 145th breed.
Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts



 All About Parson Russell Terriers

(from their kids!)

Jack russells love kids

"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one."

Skip is two years old. He is a Parson Russell Terrier.
He is the best dog in the world. He has never bitten anyone,
but is a tough guy. He chases after other dogs. Sometimes
I take him across the street to a playground. He LOVES going
down the biggest slide. He is great to play with because he
just jumps up and starts playing. He is very spoiled, but very
smart. He always gets his way. My family and I love him
very,very much. Shelby, age 11, Missouri USA

I have a dog with a good attitude and he is very
musceled up. His markings are a brown patch on his left eye
and a black spot on the tip of his tail. The rest is white. He is
energetic and loves to play tug-o-war and monkey in the middle.
I can always play with him no matter what.
Rachel, age 14, Kentucky USA

My dog, Emma, is a Jack Russell Terrier. She loves
to take walks, nap, and watch TV. I got Emma when she was
nine weeks old and now she is 15 weeks old.
Faith, age 13, Illinois USA

I got my Jack Russell about a month and a half ago,
and she is already my best friend. She is just like a baby
and I love her to death. Stacey, age 16, Ohio USA

We have had Winnie for one year now. She is not
Parson, she is English. When we first saw her she was only
as big as my hand. Now she's nearly full-sized and she's only
one! She is kind, affectionate, and gentle. She is getting used
to basic commands now like SIT, ROLL, STAND, and GENTLY.
She has got a white body, a black tail, and a black head with
orange either side of her cheeks and her eyebrows.
Alice, age 10, Wales

My puppy, Ditto, is 3 years old. I've had her since
she was born. Her mother abandoned her because she was
the runt so I raised her. She is the most wonderful dog ever.
Not only is she very smart, she's also my best friend. She is
spoiled and has her own bed, but I wouldn't trade her for the world.
I love my puppy. Lindsey, age 16, Texas, USA

One Thursday night my dad came home from work late
and I was sad because we didn't have a dog. In his pocket
something barked and it was a new born Jack Russell Terrier!
She was so cute. All of the girls in my family had names that
started with K except mom. We felt the dog was our sister so
her name should start with a K too. We named her Kamereon.
We call her Kammi for short. Kammi is 3 years old
and is very gentle and kind. She is all white except she has
a black circle and a brown circle inside of the black circle around
her left eye. She knows tricks. She knows to sit, lay down, shake,
roll over, play dead, speak, stand, and jump on two feet. Kammi is
one of my favorite pets I've ever had. She sleeps beside me in bed
at night and loves us all a lot! Kaci, age = 10, Kentucky, USA

I have one Jack Russell named Shiloh Anne. She is my
best friend ever. She keeps me safe and makes me happy when
I'm sad and she never lets me down. We found her as a stray and
ever since then she's been my best dog and best friend. I love her
so much. Her favorite game is ball and try to kill my hamster
which I don't get mad because she's a rat dog and I understand,
but I don't let her get it. The weird thing about Shiloh is she loves
to play hide-n-seek. I hide and then I say READY! Then she goes for
the search. She does not stop until she finds me and when she does
find me, I praise her and then I say go get Dad. Then she's off. She
gets Dad, then brings him to me and of course we praise her.
So if you want to try to play that with your dog, train her,
but remember it takes time and patience.
Love, Sarah and Shiloh. Sarah, age 14, California USA

I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Eddy. My dad brought
him home one day and that was the best thing that ever
happened to me. We now have seven Jack Russell Terriers
and love all of them. I love how aggressive they are around
snakes. Eddy loves to kill snakes. Max, age 17, Missouri USA

Well, my Jack Russell was just born about five weeks ago
and her name is Molly. She's the cutest little thing you've
ever seen! She's got a brown spot around her eye and a
pink little one around her left. I love that dog to death!
Andrew, age 14, Ohio USA

I have a two year old Jack Russell. He's very fun and
loves to do agility. We go to a show called Superdog.
It's really fun. We won first last year and we're hoping to
win again. She's great and a lot of fun and full of energy!
Cindy, age 13, Alberta Canada

I have a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier named Buster,
and he is the best pet anyone could wish for. He is our
second dog since we moved here and I can honestly say
that nothing in the world could replace him. He is smart,
and he actually has his own little personality. He loves to
go "bye bye" (car rides) and put his nose on anything possible.
And he is small enough to sleep in your bed with out your parents
getting mad. He also loves to lick. And he thinks he is the roughest,
toughest little protector. Sorry if this seems odd because I'm
older and all but I love dogs and I had to write about my little angel.
Jamie, age 18, Minnesota USA

My grandma, Pat, has a dog named Jesse and she is
really wild. She is a Jack Russell Terrier. She helps my
grandma with the dishes and she steals everyone's shoes.
Well, one time I was washing her up. Man does she hate baths.
One time when I was washing her she snapped at me and then
she jumped out of the tub and got water everywhere.
Jenny, Age 11, Illinois USA

My 1 year old dog, Raskle (Jack Russell Terrier ), is very
good with the new baby. He doesn't bark or growl when the baby
tugs on his little tail or yanks on his "Taco Bell Dog" ears. My
mom has a double stroller, and Raskle walks beside it. But
sometimes he jumps right in!

And when I took the baby and Raskle for a walk to the park,
Raskle did something real funny. I had put the baby in the baby
swings and was pushing him. Well Raskle kept jumping up,
trying to jump onto the baby. So I looked at Raskle and said,
"Raskle, do you want to go in the swing?" And of course Raskle
looked at me with pleading, big, brown, puppy dog eyes, s
o I put Raskle in the baby swing. And you know what? Raskle
was smiling and barking happily as I pushed him back and forth.
Stacia, Age 12, British Columbia, Canada

I used to read and read and read and read so many
books about dogs until one day, in April of 2000 my mum
bought home a dog for me. She had been down at our local
pet shop and was picking up some food for our cat when in
the window she saw the most adorable Jack Russell. She
was only eight weeks old and was half price. Mum knew that
the Jack Russell was the dog I wanted so she bought it and
thank God she did! I now have a gorgeous puppy and play
with her everyday and night! Chezz, Age 13, Australia


There are many Parson Russell Terriers around the country without homes. Have your parents call a Parson Russell Terrier rescue to adopt a warm, loving dog just waiting for a home. You'll be doing a good thing.

Check here for a rescue organization in your city.

or the

Parson Russell Terrier Rescue

Rescue a Jack Russell!


Rusty's Ridiculous Riddles!

Why did the dog wear a watch?

He wanted to be a watch dog.

This riddle sent in by Amber, Age 12, Kansas USA


Learn more about Jack Russells

Do you want to know more about Parson Russell Terriers? Click on the link below. When you're finished, just close the window and you'll be right back here!

Parson Russell Terrier Association of America


Some Famous Parson Russell Terriers
Eddie, star of the TV show, Frazier , whose real name was Moose
Wishbone, from the famous PBS show Wishbone, played by Soccer
Chalky, Chef Rick Stein's dog who appeared in his British cooking show
Unnamed, made a guest appearance in the film Crimson Tide
Tillamook Cheddar , the animal artist from Brooklyn, New York
Milo, from the movie The Mask
Moose and Enzo , from the movie My Dog Skip
Nippy, from the movie Problem Child 2

Red Leash

Visit the Jack Russell Terrier Shop.

Click here to teach your Parson Russel Terrier some tricks.

Click here to train your Parson Russel Terrier.

Click here to find a name or your Parson Russel Terrier.

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Here are some good books about Parson Russell Terriers:
or visit the Jack Russell Terrier Shop.


 Jack Russell Terriers Complete Owner's Manual, by by D. Caroline Coile, Barrons Educational Series; 2nd edition (May, 2000)

This fact-filled volume instructs owners on general canine care, whether they keep their Jack Russell Terrier as a hunter or as a home companion. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information about pets for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, protection against hazards, and much more. Texts emphasize pet care basics and are easy for all readers to understand, but most titles in this series also presents facts that even experienced pet owners and breeders will find new and useful. All books in this series are filled with high quality full-color photos and instructive line drawings. Length averages between 64 and 104 pages.


 The Jack Russell Terrier Handbook, by D. Caroline Coile, Barrons Educational Series; (August 2000)

Here's detailed advice on a handsome, lively hunting breed that originated in the United States. Titles in this pet care series are similar to Barron's Pet Owner's Manuals, but are larger, with more detailed instruction and more illustrations. The books advise pet owners on purchase, health care, nutritious feeding, proper housing and other facts important to owners and their pets. All books in this series have dozens of high quality, full-color photos and instructive line drawings.


 Jack Russell Terriers for Dummies, by Deborah Britt-Hay, For Dummies; 1st edition (September 25, 2000)

Here's detailed advice on a handsome, lively hunting breed that originated in the United States. Titles in this pet care series are similar to Barron's Pet Owner's Manuals, but are larger, with more detailed instruction and more illustrations. The books advise pet owners on purchase, health care, nutritious feeding, proper housing and other facts important to owners and their pets. All books in this series have dozens of high quality, full-color photos and instructive line drawings.



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