COVID, PUPPIES, AND THE KENNEL CLUB
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR A PRT?
One thing you might want to consider is the age of the dog you may wish to have in your home. Sometimes Breeders or our Welfare Club have dogs that they rehome for a number of reasons. Some of them are veteran dogs are some are younger. Or you might only consider a puppy and to do the house training and obedience training yourself.
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;
Here is a list of colours that are recognised by the KC:
Black & White
Lemon & White
Lemon Tan & White
Tan & White
White & Tan
White Black & Tan
If you are looking at getting a dog to maybe show this is something you will need to be aware of.
Some breeders may be thinking twice about breeding their Parson Russell Terriers this year due to COVID-19.
List requirements can vary from breeder to breeder, and it ’s hard to give a time frame on the actual wait as it depends on litter sizes and if people would like a dog or bitch etc.
Last year only 311 PRT puppies were registered with the Kennel Club, so numerically a small breed and you may have to be prepared to travel far to find a breeder
Year Number of Puppies
2022 184 (for quater 1 and 2)
Please read as much information as possible on any breed you are considering getting as this will give you the greatest understanding of the breed before owning one.
GETTING A PUPPY OR DOG
The Kennel Club offers advice about finding a puppy, and things to look out for. I would recommend reading this if you have not done so already please visit the following link
The Kennel Club also runs the scheme called Assured Breeders, which ensures a breeder has met a standard set by the Kennel Club. Introduced in the last year (in England) is the requirement for licensing when breeding a litter, so it may be worth researching if a license is required by the breeder you are going to visit. Please note this requirement can vary between councils.
FINDING A PRT
So you have come to the conclusion that a PRT is right for you, now you need to find one...
KC ASSURED BREEDERS
You can contact KC Assured Breeders who can be found on the Kennel Club website and enquire about waiting lists.
PRT Welfare tries to help owners of KC registered Parson Russell Terriers. We will give advice, rehome or help you find a rescue PRT.
Steph 01707550222 (Best to call during school hours but there is an answerphone)
VISIT A SHOW
If you would like to see multiple PRT's and breeders, it may be worth you turning up to one of our Shows. Please see our events page. There are additional shows not organised by us around the country.
Normally some admin that needs to be done in order to bring a PRT along to these events, due to KC Rules.
Please contact us for more details