Russell-type Terrier

Russell-type Terrier

These small, energetic terriers, developed in 19th century England for hunting small game, are now some of the best agility dogs around.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 11-15in

Female: 10-14in

Weight

Male: 12-18lb

Female: 11-17lb

About this Breed

In 19th century England, Rev. John Russell developed small, energetic, predominantly white working terriers for hunting foxes and small game. Today’s descendants of these dogs are the Jack Russell Terrier, Parson Russell Terrier, and Russell Terrier. They differ slightly in size and coat, but all retain the quickness, fearlessness and drive to work found in Rev. Russell’s dogs. Parson Russell Terriers are taller than Jack Russells, useful for hunting in hilly areas, while Russell Terriers are the smallest and most adapted to working underground. All three excel in agility competitions.



Russell Terriers are high energy, prone to digging, and need lots of training and exercise from a young age to avoid developing destructive behaviors. Their strong prey drive means they often don’t take kindly to cats, but kids are fine (as long as they don’t handle them roughly!). They are a healthy breed and fiercely loyal and intelligent, making them not only great working dogs, but also a great pet for an active household.

Russell-type Terriers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Russell-type Terrier ancestry.

  • Zero

    Zero

    Purebred

    Sammy (Sam)

    Sammy (Sam)

    Purebred

    Phoebe Buffay

    Phoebe Buffay

    Purebred

    Pierre

    Pierre

    Purebred

  • Oero

    Oero

    Purebred

    Lola

    Lola

    Purebred

    LUKE

    LUKE

    Purebred

    Hughy

    Hughy

    Purebred

  • Jamie

    Jamie

    Purebred

    Lincoln

    Lincoln

    Purebred

    Cody

    Cody

    Purebred

    Maestro

    Maestro

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Jack
  2. Buddy
  3. Max
  4. Milo
  5. Charlie
  6. Finn
  7. Henry
  8. Oliver
  9. Jake
  10. Rusty

For Females

  1. Daisy
  2. Lucy
  3. Penny
  4. Bella
  5. Lily
  6. Molly
  7. Stella
  8. Chloe
  9. Piper
  10. Zoey

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. New York, United States
  3. Pennsylvania, United States
  4. Florida, United States
  5. Texas, United States
  6. Georgia, United States
  7. Ohio, United States
  8. North Carolina, United States
  9. Virginia, United States
  10. Illinois, United States

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