Are Parson Russell Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers the same dog breed?

Asked by Brutus on Jun 16th 2010 in Jack Russell Terrier
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According to Wikipedia:
"The Jack Russell Terrier and Parson Russell Terrier breeds are similar as they share a common origin, but with several marked differences – the most notable being the range of acceptable heights. Other differences in the Parson can include a longer head and larger chest as well as overall a larger body size. The height of a Parson Russell at the withers according to the breed standard is 12–14 inches (30–36 cm) which places it within the range of the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America's standard size for a Jack Russell of 10–15 inches (25–38 cm). "

Cobain AADC, AGDC, CGN answered on 6/16/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


The "Russell Terrier" and the "Parson Russell Terrier" are both variants of the Jack Russell Terrier made into “separate breeds” by the AKC. They are nothing more than variants of the original Jack Russell Terrier The real Jack Russell Terrier has been preserved as a working dog.Because of this, the real Jack Russell Terrier remains virtually unchanged over 200 years… it still has the structure, brain and heart to work underground, and is a mentally and physically sound dog.So what then are these "other" terriers we hear about today…. The Parson Russell, The Russell (shortie) Terrier, The Irish Jack Russell, the Miniature Jack Russell… and who knows what else?? They are simply variants of the Real Jack Russell Terrier… a type or size taken from within portions of the JRTCGB/JRTCA breed standard to suit the whims of special interest groups/individuals.What happens when all of these variants, with a now small gene pool, are bred together to "perfect" this narrow portion of the standard?

Wilbur answered on 4/10/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer