PARSON RUSSELL TERRIER

Their character can be described in two words "double faced" At home they are real "darlings" making amusing tricks with their ears resembling brushes and "friskies" since they both demand to be petted all the time. Outdoors - on the contrary - they are brave, active, willing to play and full of temperament. Despite the fact that they are domestic dogs they definitely didn`t lose their utilitarian virtues. We do our best to provide them with plenty of exercise to let them succeed as hunting terriers according to their primary role.
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FCI-Standard N°339 / 28. 11. 2003 / GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 29.10.2003.

UTILIZATION:
Robust, tenacious working terrier, with special ability to go to ground.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.
Group 3 Terriers. Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers. With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Workmanlike, active and agile; built for speed and endurance. Overall picture of balance and flexibility. Honourable scars permissible.
IMPORTANT PORPORTIONS:
Well balanced. Overall length of body slightly longer than height from withers to ground. Length from nose to stop slightly shorter than from stop to occiput.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
Essentially a working terrier with ability and conformation to go to ground and run with hounds. Bold and friendly.

HEAD:
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull:
Flat, moderately broad, gradually narrowing to the eyes.
Stop:
Shallow.
FACIAL REGION:
Nose:
Black.
Jaws/Teeth:
Jaws strong , muscular. Teeth with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes:
Almond shaped, fairly deep-set, dark, keen expression.
Ears:
Small, V-shaped, dropping forward, carried close to head, tip of ear to reach corner of eye, fold not to appear above top of skull. Leather of moderate thickness.
NECK:
Clean, muscular, of good length, gradually widening to shoulders.
BODY:
Well balanced. Overall length slightly longer than height from withers to ground.
Back:
Strong and straight.
Loin:
Slightly arched.
Chest:
Of moderate depth, not to come below point of elbow, capable of being spanned behind the shoulders by average size hands. Ribs not over-sprung.
TAIL:
Customarily docked.
Docked:
Length complementing the body while providing a good handhold. Strong, straight, moderately high set, carried well up on the move.
Undocked:
Of moderated length and as straight as possible, giving a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the end. Moderately high set, carried well up on the move.
LIMBS:
FOREQUARTERS:
Strong, must be straight with joints turning neither in nor out.
Shoulders:
Long and sloping, well laid back, cleanly cut at withers.
Elbows:
Close to body, working free of the sides.
HINDQUARTERS:
Strong, muscular with good angulation.
Stifle:
Good bend of stifle.
Hocks:
Set low.
Rear Pasterns:
Parallel, giving plenty of drive.
FEET:
Compact with firm pads, turning neither in nor out.
GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Free-striding, well co-ordinated, straight action front and behind.
SKIN:
Must be thick and loose.
COAT:
HAIR:
Naturally harsh, close and dense, whether rough or smooth. Belly and undersides coated.
COLOUR:
Entirely white or predominantly white with tan, lemon or black markings, or any combination of these colours, preferably confined to head and/or root of tail.
SIZE:
Dogs ideal height at withers 36 cm (14 ins). Bitches ideal height at withers 33 cm (13 ins). 2 cm above or below is acceptable.
FAULTS:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

This amended breed standard will become effective from April 2004.



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