Facts & Origin
Profile: Parson Fox Terrier (Parson Russell Terrier and Fox Terrier mix).
The Parson Fox Terrier is a charming combination of two iconic British breeds. With his intelligence, energy and spunk, he brings a lot of personality to a small package. With proper socialization and training, this mix can be an excellent companion for active households willing to accommodate the needs of a high-energy terrier.
History of the parent breeds
This mix is the result of the cross between the Parson Russell Terrier and the Fox Terrier. Both breeds have their roots in Great Britain, where they were originally used to hunt foxes. Their history is closely linked, as both breeds aim to be brave, agile and fearless hunting dogs.
|Life expectancy||12 - 15 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Parson Fox Terrier inherits the lively and courageous nature of his parents:
- Energetic: An active dog that needs regular exercise and mental stimulation.
- Intelligent: A quick learner, but can be prone to stubbornness.
- Courageous: A typical terrier temperament that sometimes makes him forget how small he actually is.
Suitability and attitude
The Parson Fox Terrier is ideal for active families, individuals or couples. He can also excel as an agility dog, thanks to his agility and intelligence:
- Apartment: Suitable as long as regular walks and activities are ensured.
- House with garden: Ideal to satisfy his urge to exercise. However, the garden should be securely fenced, as his hunting instinct is still present.
Grooming and health
Depending on the coat type, the Parson Fox Terrier may require regular brushing , especially if he inherits the wiry coat of the Fox Terrier. It is also important to check and clean his ears regularly. As with many smaller breeds, owners should watch for potential joint problems and ensure regular veterinary checkups.
What does this mixed breed look like?
The mixture of these two terriers gives an active and agile dog:
- Size: Small to medium in size, with a shoulder height of 30 to 40 inches.
- Coat: Can be smooth or wiry, depending on which parent the puppy resembles more.
- Colors: Often white with black or brown markings, similar to both parents.
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A Parson Fox Terrier is a mix of the Parson Russell Terrier and the Fox Terrier, both of which were bred in England in the 19th century.
This mongrel usually has a short, dense coat. He has a strong chin and an intelligent face.
A Parson Fox Terrier can live up to 15 years on average.
Yes, the Parson Fox Terrier is a very loyal, affectionate and energetic family dog. He can get along well with children and other pets if properly trained and socialized from the beginning.