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!!!

Greetings and Happy New Years to all our members and friends of the PRTAA!

As we close the book on 2015, a look back shows it was a good year for the PRTAA. Our club membership increased as well as our treasury. A successful National Specialty was held at Purina Farms. Our Parsons were well represented around the country in the conformation ring with many group placements and Best in Shows. There were many successes in various performance events too. It’s great to see so many Parsons having fun in different venues, proving just how versatile our dogs are! Many had fun at Morris and Essex wearing their finest hats! All this was under the leadership of Jay Caulk, who just ended his tenure as Board president. Thank you Jay, for all your hard work on our behalf.

Looking ahead to 2016, the Board has been hard at work seating committees and many of those committees are already hard at work. Thank you to all who work so hard on behalf of the club. Specialties are already being planned and our National Specialty will again be back at Montgomery County. If possible, please support the various specialties.

In closing, I am honored to be President of the Board this year. Speaking for myself and the entire Board, we will be working hard to keep our club moving forward and making it better. Wishing everyone a very happy and successful year.



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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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