The Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terriers ‚Äčare playful, affectionate, fun-loving companions. They are also high-energy terriers with powerful hunting instincts. An ideal day for a pet Parson Russell Terrier would include a long walk in the woods, where he could explore every hole and sniff every tree trunk. They’re not the first breed we’d recommend for life in a city apartment, but we have heard success stories about urban Parson Russell Terriers—but it does take time, commitment, and imagination to make it work.

At home he is energetic, playful, overwhelmingly affectionate and highly active. He can be difficult if not properly trained. From the time he is a puppy until old age, he will require a great deal of attention and exercise. Outgoing and friendly, the Parson is tenacious in the field and affectionate in the home. No matter the venue, the breed is filled with energy, so he requires regular exercise and attention. Although good with children, he does not tolerate rough handling from toddlers.

The breed got its name from the most renowned of British huntsman, Reverend John Russell, "The Sporting Parson," whose passion for fox hunting, hounds, and working terriers is legendary. The Parson Russell Terrier was first bred in the south of England in the mid-1800's to hunt European red fox, both over and underground, for the sport of kings. After John Russell's death, the name "Jack Russell" was misused to describe all mix and manner of working and hunt terriers, many of which bore little, if any, similarity to Russell's own terriers. Arthur Heinemann, who founded the Parson Jack Russell Terrier Club in 1914, drafted the first Jack Russell breed standard in 1904.

He is an active and versatile Terrier.  Easily trained to tackle many activities - Agility, Barnhunt, Companion, Conformation, Coursing, Earthdog, Hunting, Obedience, and many other activities. 


Meet the Breeds

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship - Orlando, FL - December 13, 2014


Held in conjunction with the AKC Eukanuba National Championship the AKC also hosted a Meet-The-Breeds event. This showcase offers a chance for the public to learn from knowledgeable breeders and enthusiasts about purebred dogs that might be suitable to their lifestyle before making a lasting commitment to a puppy.

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Happy New Year!!!

PRTAA President Jay Caulk

On behalf of the PRTAA Board and myself, I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy and Safe New Year. May 2015 bring you all success in dog show events and activities.

It is my honor to serve as president of the board this year and believe that I and all the members of the board are committed to doing their very best to work for the betterment of our breed and our club. In the last couple of months the board has worked to get all of our committees reseated and continuing their work. Thanks to all of you who have agreed to continue to serve, those who have agreed to become part of the committees and especially to those of you completed your committee tenure. Without everyone’s generous offer of time, these committees would not be able to do their very important work. If you have any interest in serving on any
committee, please contact either the committee chairperson or the board.

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  • PRTAA Specialty - Brooksville, Florida - 2015

    PRTAA Specialty - Brooksville, Florida - 2015

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  • PRTAA National Specialty - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania - 2014

    PRTAA National Specialty - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania - 2014

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  • PRTAA National Specialty - Long Beach, California - 2013

    PRTAA National Specialty - Long Beach, California - 2013

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  • Meet The Breeds - New York CIty - 2011

    Meet The Breeds - New York CIty - 2011

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  • PRTAA National Specialty - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania - 2012

    PRTAA National Specialty - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania - 2012

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