Russell Terrier Dog Breed

The Russell Terrier is a beautiful, enthusiastic, and lovely companion dog that is also a relentless worker. It was bred to go to the ground to hunt vermin.


The Russell Terrier is active, curious, and cheerful. He is a great fit for busy families because of his little frame, which is a never-ending supply of energy.

He is sharp and bright, enjoys being outside, and requires a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.


This small dog has the confidence of a giant and belongs to the Terrier group of breeds. The Russell Terrier is an adventurous dog who moves with ease and without reluctance.

His bright, attentive face is given expression by his perky ears. Three coat types are available for this breed: Smooth, Broken, and Rough.


12 to 14 years

Colour Collection

White coats with black, brown, cream, tan, or tricolour markings are characteristic of Russell Terriers.

Hair fall

The Russell Terrier is a breed that sheds seasonally and has a waterproof, low-maintenance coat. Russells with smooth coats simply require a weekly brushing with a soft brush or hound glove. Russells with damaged or coarse coats need to be brushed or combed every week.


The majority of Russell Terriers are both healthy and content. Deafness, eye illness, and patellar luxation (loose kneecaps) can all be prevented by responsible breeding.

Breed History

Russell Terrier and Parson both In the middle of the nineteenth century, Rev. John “The Sporting Parson” Russell, a breeder of fox-working dogs, established the first Russell Terrier kennels in England. The dogs were trained to be swift enough to run alongside fox hounds and strong but small enough to dive into holes when pursuing vermin.

The two terriers’ lines split off in the years that followed. These days, both breeds are recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC).


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