Welcome to the PRTAA!!!

small 21The Parson Russell Terrier Association of America (PRTAA) is an organization of Parson Russell Terrier breeders and owners dedicated to the promotion, breeding, working and continuance of the traditional pure bred Parson Russell that was bred and worked by the Parson John Russell himself (1795 - 1883). The club was established in 1985 in response to growing concerns that the breed was being misrepresented as a short-legged terrier rather than a terrier with the symmetry of a foxhound.

The PRTAA operates in full acknowledgement of the original purpose of the traditional Parson Russell Terrier as it was in Rev. Russell's day, to hunt red fox above and below ground. These activities dictated the type terrier endorsed and supported by the PRTAA: a balanced terrier with a chest spannable by moderate sized hands, straight legs with a good bend of stifle, predominantly white with head, tail and occasional body markings, and an alert and ready temperament. The ideal height of a mature dog is 14" at the withers and bitches 13" at the withers.

The Parson Russell Terrier Association is the American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club for the breed. This means that it is the responsibility and privilege of the PRTAA and its members to preserve the Breed Standard. The PRTAA hosts specialty shows, fun matches, earthdog trials and informational gatherings for the traditional Parson Russell Terrier and its enthusiasts. Our members and breeders are available to anyone caring to learn more about this fine old breed of terrier. Membership in our club is not required for you to enter any PRTAA or AKC sanctioned events. Your dog must, however, be registered with the AKC. For those who do want to become more involved, see the membership information in this site or contact the PRTAA.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information about the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America and its services.

President's Message - December 2016


I want to thank our outgoing board members Tricia Stanczyk, Kathleen Owsley and Nancy Dougherty. These ladies’ tireless efforts on the board will be missed. At the same time, I welcome new board members Mary Strom-Bernard, Peggy Crane, Brenda Koeppel and returning director Michelle Hess. I would be remiss if I did not thank Patty Burmeister, our outgoing President and Michelle Hess, our outgoing Treasurer. We are fortunate to have Gary Koeppel continuing on as our AKC Delegate. I am very excited about the upcoming year! This board has a great energy level and there are a lot of projects that our committees will be working on. I encourage each member to get involved, as our club is what we all make it. There is a lot of talent within our membership and any assistance is greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays to you and your families!


2016 PRTAA National Specialty at MCKC

October 9, 2016

Judge Mrs. Julie Felten


Best of Breed: GCH GCH Brywood Heluva Ride


BOS: CH Laurel Chase Rag Valley Castaway


Select: GCH Barnun’s No Secret

Select: CH Bayshore Bobbie Sue

AOM: GCHS Blossom Valley Guilty Pleasure of Wild Fire

WD/BW: Rag Valley Good As Gold

WB: Ardsley Run Soul On Fire

RWD: Sunrock’s Do Juno The Way To Foxcatcher?

RWB: Windy Ridge Montra As If

BV: GCH Edison’s TNT Aftershock

BBE: GCH Windy Ridge Hells Bells CA

BP: Rosewood Deldare Jolly Roger