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Often confused with the well-known Jack Russell Terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier is actually the “foredog” of the Jack. Named for the huntsman and Reverend John Russell, the Parson Russell Terrier was first bred in the mid-1800s in southern England to hunt fox. Their small size and tenacious Terrier attitudes helped them in their job of flushing game from underground burrows. After Reverend Russell’s death, the Parson Russell Terrier was cross-bred with the Welsh Corgi to create its cousin, the Jack Russell Terrier.
The friendly and adorable Parson Russell Terrier is a very high-energy dog. Daily exercise is a requirement to relieve excess energy, and they need plenty of attention to keep their minds active. Their short coats require little grooming, though given the Parson Russell Terrier’s penchant for running into fox holes, he may need more than the average number of baths!
A highly energetic breed, Parson Russell Terriers are prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Parson Russell Terriers are prone to include knee problems such as patellar luxation; hearing issues such as deafness; and eye problems such as lens luxation, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of your pet as standard. Which means if your Parson Russell Terrier has the misfortune of inheriting more than just an excessive amount of energy, you’re protected.