The Parson Russell Terrier Club was formed in 1983 and is the parent club in the UK for the Parson Russell Terrier.

The PRT is very popular as a pet, showdog, and working dog as well as excelling in a number of other canine activities.  The PRT is an active, playful and sturdy breed,
Full of character he is always ready to enjoy whatever the day has to offer.  He is a handy, go anywhere, size and generally stays fit and well into old age.
Work opportunities are limited these days for this traditionally working terrier but their energy and independence has adapted well to many other activities.
They will romp happily with children, can excel at mini agility, enjoy socialising as a PAT Dog and even become a TV Star.
A popular breed for the show ring amongst exhibitors the PRT can be a particularly good choice for a junior handler and the club is keen to encourage it's younger members.

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Key updates

Ruth Wilford

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have already donated towards Ruth Wilford’s wish to have a bench in her memory put in the Churchyard at Swimbridge.

If any other members would like to make a contribution in memory of Ruth please make cheques out to ‘The Parson Russell Terrier Club’ and send them to the Secretary; Jane Newport, Whitehills Farm, Shilton Road, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4PE. For BACS transfers please use the following bank account details; The Parson Russell Terrier Club, Sort Code 20-94-74, Account Number 10201022, please label your transfer with RHW followed by your initials and surname.

Lockdown, Puppies, and Health Testing

Since lockdown back in March 2020 there has been a surge of interest by the general public to buy puppies. Evidence shows that enquiries for Parson Russell Terrier puppies are being received daily both direct to Breeders and via our Club website.


We would like to highlight to our Members and potential new owners who are hoping to purchase a Parson Russell Terrier puppy the importance of ensuring that puppies and their parents are fully health tested and all puppies are viewed with their mothers. Health information can be found on the Kennel Club website and breeders should be asked if their breeding stock is health tested and happy to share the results with potential puppy buyers.


There are currently three DNA health tests;

Health Issues in Parson Russell Terriers

A message from Sarah Broadberry, Breed Health Co-ordinator

I am trying to create a reliable record of health issues in PRTs. Several times they are shared on social media and it would be good to capture this information more formally. 


Please could I therefore request that this form is used by members and any other Parson Russell Terrier owners whose dogs are registered with the Kennel Club. If an issue is raised, it can be recorded on this form. It takes minutes to complete and is phone/tablet/desktop compatible. It does request the dogs Kennel Club name as this really is necessary to build a picture of the disease incidence in the breed. If people wish to not include their details that is acceptable. It does ask for confirmation whether the information can be shared more widely.


To contact us, fill out the form and we’ll get right back to you. If you are contacting us about puppies please read the Getting a PRT page.

President - Margaret Hooley 

Chairman - Cass Samways

Vice-Chairman - Jen Bowden

Treasurer - Suzan Dolman

Secretary - Mrs Jane Newport 07814175135

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