Learn about the temperament and personality of the Parson Russell Terrier. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
Parson Russell Terrier Temperament
The Parson Russell Terrier is a feisty, alert, bold, outgoing little guy who acts like he’s trying to steal your heart. He is friendly to his people — not so much with other dogs. Parson Russells are usually aggressive with same sex dogs. They have no idea how small they are and will not back down from a bigger dog. These are also not the dogs to add to a household that has rabbits and guinea pigs, as Parson Russells have a naturally high prey drive. They are usually good with children but will not tolerate rough handling. They are exuberant dogs who are filled with energy and need regular exercise. Parson Russells are smart and trainable, though they do tend to have a bit of an independent streak. They are athletic and clever and excel in agility, obedience, and rally competitions. Parson Russells are escape artists, so a potential Parson parent needs to be prepared to invest in a good fence, so he has some room to play. Parson Russells can be fairly vocal, so they make good watchdogs. The Parson Russell Terrier is a confident, overwhelmingly affectionate, loyal companion who is full of character and personality. They make great therapy dogs because they are so sweet and charming, and full of that special Parson Russells pluck! But gardeners beware: a Parson Russell likes to do a bit of “landscaping” himself.
Parson Russell Terrier Training
The Parson Russell Terrier is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
Parson Russell Terrier Shedding
The Parson Russell Terrier sheds a fair amount of hair. You’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
Parson Russell Terrier Grooming
The medium-length coat of the Parson Russell Terrier only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)