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To function as a working terrier, he must possess certain characteristics: a ready attitude, alert and confident; balance in height and length; medium in size and bone, suggesting strength and endurance. Important to breed type is a natural appearance: harsh, weatherproof coat with a compact construction and clean silhouette. The coat is broken or smooth. He has a small, flexible chest to enable him to pursue his quarry underground and sufficient length of leg to follow the hounds.
White, white with black or tan markings, or a combination of these, tri-color.
Bold and friendly. Athletic and clever. At work he is a game hunter, tenacious, courageous, and single minded. At home he is playful, exuberant and overwhelmingly affectionate. He is an independent and energetic terrier and requires his due portion of attention.
Parson Russell Terriers were breed primarily for red-tailed fox hunting. Their small size and stamina was perfect for working in the close quarters of the foxes dens and finishing the chase. As the their popularity for hunting grew, so did their desire as companion pets.