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Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed which descended from fox-working terriers used for hunting. It was recognized by the UK Kennel Club in 1990. It has a larger chest and longer head than the Jack Russell Terrier, its close relative. They are rarely found working in fields today, but are rather kept as companion pets.

The Parson Russell Terrier is a compact breed, standing 12 to 14 inches high. It has a harsh, close coat which can be rough or smooth. The coat is generally white or white with tan, lemon, or black markings. The head of the breed is flat, its eyes almond shaped, and its neck, body, and legs are muscular.

The breed is energetic and happy. It is a loving and loyal breed which can make a great family pet. The breed is both eager to please and intelligent, making it reasonably easy to train. It enjoys playing and being active, and can excel in obedience, agility, conformation, and earth dog trials. The breed is very social and can get along with nearly anyone or any creature if properly socialized. It can be difficult for them to live with rodents, due to their hunting instinct. The breed does not tolerate roughness, so children need to be watched and taught how to properly play with the breed.

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