Terriers are dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat, and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. (KC, 2020)
Created by Rebecca Blair (2020) for the Parson Russell Terrier Website
HOW LONG DO PRTS LIVE?
Most PRT's live to over 12 years old, with some living till 17 years old. With improvements in medical care for animals, we have seen the life span of a dog greatly increase.
DO THEY SHED?
Yes, there are 3 different coat types within the breed, however, all do shed to some degree.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO THEY NEED?
The KC website recommends up to an hour a day, however the fitter the dog the more exercise it will need. PRT was breed to last a full day hunting with people on horseback.
CAN THEY BE LEFT BY THEMSELVES?
As a Terrier breed, they do require stimulus in order to keep them out of mischief. However, most dogs can deal with being left for periods of time.
HOW BIG ARE THEY?
The Breed Standard states the breed should be 14 inches at the withers. However, some dogs will fluctuate one inch below or above this.
WHAT COLOURS DO THEY COME IN?
PRT 's can have the following combination of colours:
Black & White
Lemon & White
Lemon Tan & White
Tan & White
White & Tan
White Black & Tan
DO THEY MAKE GOOD COMPANIONS?
PRT's can make good companions, and will quite often settle if there is nothing interesting going on, however, when you are ready to go they will be ready to go with you.
DO THEY MAKE A GOOD WATCH DOG?
PRTs can be taught to be watchdogs that bark if they consider anything to be un-towards about.
DO PRTS GET ON WITH CATS?
If introduced correctly and from a young age, PRTs have been known to live with cats. This can be done with an older dog, as long as the correct technique is used
WHAT KIND OF GARDEN DO I NEED?
It is important to consider your garden as it needs to be secure for a Terrier breed. PRT are breed to go to earth and therefore can dig, however they can jump quite high as well, and some easily clear 5ft 1/2 ft to 6ft
HOW DO PRTS GET ON WITH NEW PEOPLE?
The breed standard calls for a bold and friendly character. So yes they are good with new people when first introduced