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Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a pure breed and registered with kennel clubs worldwide. The notable exception is Canada where the breed has yet to be officially recognized by the CKC. The American Kennel Club has recognized the breed since 1997 and adopted the correct name of Parson Russell Terrier effective April 1, 2003.  

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 - Emily Dickinson

Parson Russell Terrier puppy

Aspatria Sprout

Parson Russell Terriers
(Back Right) Aspatria Willie 
(Middle) Amblegreen Artie
(Front) Salishan Louise

Parson Russell Terriers and Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers are all versions of the original "foxing" terriers used in the 1800's in England. 

The Parson Russell Terrier is of the type used by Reverend John Russell, an avid foxhunter. Following his death, other breeds were often crossbred with some of the parson’s dogs to increase the dogs’ salability as being from “Jack Russell’s Terriers”, or to develop strains of terriers for various purposes such as the one-time legal sport of badger digging. 

Generally, terriers were all bred to do some kind of rodent or small game work. The popular non-purebred terrier that is often confused with the Parson Terrier is descended from this practice of mixing together different types of dogs. 

The Parson Russell Terrier stands no more than 15 inches tall at the withers. He has a harsh double coat that may be rough or smooth and resists the elements. He is entirely white or predominantly white with tan, lemon or black markings, or any combination of these colours, preferably confined to the head and/or root of the tail.

Temperament is of utmost importance.  Possessing a 'big dog personality in the body of a small dog', the Parson Russell Terrier is not the dog to back down, even when faced by other larger breeds. To do his intended job of “going to ground” and “bolting” prey rather than killing it, the Parson must be intelligent, feisty, and tenacious, but not vicious. He must also be able to get along with the rest of the dogs on the hunt.  Early training and socialization should ensure that your Parson is not guilty of "bad manners".

Today in Canada, hunting as it was done in England is no more, although more than one squirrel or chipmunk has gone down to the lightening quick reflexes of Parson Russell Terriers.  Nowadays, Parsons participate in conformation, agility and obedience events, among others. Far more are loving companion dogs. Smart and curious with energy to burn during the day, the Parson is eager to be a couch potato when the day is done.  


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Dr. Wendy Schmaltz, Aspatria Kennels




Dr. Wendy Schmaltz
Box 56 
Beiseker, AB  T0M 0G0
(403) 935-4543

Aspatria Kennels




Greg and Jen Allen
1469 Country Road 8
Toledo, ON  K0E 1Y0
(613) 924-2032

CR Wee Kennel

Brendon and Lisa Conley
2471 County Road 4, RR#3
Demorestville, ON   K0K 1W0
(613) 476-3574

FoxTrot Reg'd

David and Susan Crawford
393330 County Road #12, RR#7
Orangeville, ON  L9W 2Z3
(519) 941-5244


Cheryl Edwards
1443 Detlor Road
L'Amable, ON   K0L 2L0
(613) 332-4818


Margaret Johnson
Picton, ON  K0K 2T0
(613) 476-7736

ElysianField Reg'd

Joan and Norm Tuckey
393330 Cnty Road 12, RR#7
Orangeville, ON  L9W 2Z3
(519) 941-8997

Norjo Kennels




Lyne Gagné
Mille Isles, QC
(450) 436-4116

Exmoor Parson Russell Terriers





Did you know?

The Romans were the first to classify dogs by breed
purpose. They assigned
dogs to three different

Class 1: Canis villatica
(house dog - used for all dogs used for human protection and destruction
of vermin in the villa)

Class 2: Canis pastoralis
(shepherd's dog)

Class 3: Venatici
(sporting dog)

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