The Parson is a friendly, devoted and affectionate dog with lots of personality. They get along well with children and make good pets for the active family. They have to be socialized from an early age, especially with cats and any other household pets. Digging is one of their favorite activities, so gardeners beware.
The Parson Russell was developed and established in the 18th Century in Devon, England by the Reverend John Russell. He wanted a dog that could keep up with the horses, run with the foxhounds, and be small enough to flush the foxes from their dens. During his time as a clergyman, John Russell devoted himself to both the church and breeding terriers suitable for fox hunting.