parson russell terrier breed information

common health issues

Normally, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A luxated lens lies in an abnormal position, either backward or forward of it's normal position. Treatment ranges from conservative treatment to removal of the affected eye.
Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.
Corneal dystrophy is weakness in the layers of the cornea. Severely affected dogs are prone to painful corneal erosions and ulcers. Some types of corneal dystrophy result in lipid or cholesterol deposits on the cornea, which are generally painless and do not interfere with vision. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the lesions.
A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

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 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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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