"The Parson" in terrier circles means only one man. John Russell was born in Dartmouth, South Devon on December 12th 1795 of a fox hunting family and as a man of his class and time, it was inevitable that he should develop a passion for hunting himself. To say he was well known in the hunting fraternity would be a vast understatement.The Parson Russell Terrier and the modern Fox Terriers are all descended from the foxing terriers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Indeed, John Russell was one of the breeders to first take the Fox Terrier into the Kennel club. However, he kept on with his breeding program with a clear purpose in mind until he had and developed a dog whose distinctive characteristics enabled them to be known, in his own time, as Parson Russell Terriers. It is almost impossible to find documented pedigrees of before 1860, but we do know, that John Russell acquired Trump, said to be his ?ideal terrier?, in the spring of 1819. She is described as the size of a full-grown vixen fox, this fox being the genus Vulpus Vulpus, standing 14? and weighing 12 to 15 pounds (the ?dog? fox being slightly larger).These terriers were essentially practical in their function, their white color distinguished them in the field, their conformation and height giving them flexibility and their harsh, double coats withstanding exposure to wind and weather. By the time of the Parson's death in 1883, three recognizable types of white working fox terriers were in evidence:1)The Fox Terrier, smooth and wire coated,2)Cross-bred white hunt terriers, indiscriminate in size, referred to as Russells, but without necessarily the length of leg or temperament of the Parson's dogs and often used for Badger digging,3)The older type of foxing terrier, the Parson Russell Terrier, which had been recognized and bred true to type, throughout his long life, by the Parson himself.
Types:ÿ Parson Russell Terriers are seen with 3 distinct coat types: smooth, broken and rough. All of these coats must be naturally harsh, close and dense double coats. Belly and undersides are coated. The skin must be thick and loose to allow for being grabbed by prey without serious damage to the dog.Shedding:ÿ Smooth dogs shed more than brokens and roughs shed very little ? but they DO shed.Grooming: ÿParson Russells are the original ?wash and wear? dogs. Their coats, all types, tend to shed dirt easily. Even a very dirty earth worker will come in for a nap, stand up and shake and have all the mud fall out of his coat, which will be it?s normal shining white underneath. Dogs should not be bathed frequently as this leads to dry skin and more shedding. A good brushing with a harsh brush or ?terrier pad? will give a healthy, shiny coat and less shedding. Broken and rough coated dogs that are shown are ?stripped? by hand, meaning the loose guard hairs are removed when they are ready by gentle ?plucking? between thumb and forefinger.Color:ÿ ÿThe coat is either entirely white or predominately white with tan, lemon, or black markings, or any combination of these colors, preferably confined to the head and/or root of tail. Ticking is permitted. Eyes should be dark and almond shaped and the nose completely black.
The Parson Russell Terrier is overall a healthy dog. As with any mostly white dog, deafness is not unheard of and all breeding stock should be BAER (Brain Auditory Evoked Response) tested for normal hearing. This test needs only be performed once. Also, some lines suffer from Juvenile Cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) so all breeding stock should be CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) tested for normal eyesight. This is done annually. Luxating Patella?s are sometimes seen so a licensed veterinarian should also perform a patella exam.
Bold and friendly
Laura Salomon - Dalwhinnie Farm
Color The Shiloh Shepherd comes in various colors. Shades of black with tan, golden tan, reddish tan, silver, and cream are as desirable as are various shades of richly pigmented golden, silver, red, dark brown, dark gray, or black sables. Also solid black or solid white is acceptable as long as the nose, eye rims, and lips are solid black. Coat (Two Acceptable varieties)SMOOTH: The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be as dense as possible with hair straight, harsh, lying close to the body.PLUSH: The Plush Variety has a close fitting double coat of medium coarse guard hairs, with a softer undercoat.
Ellen R. Brenner -ÿBeloved Shiloh Shepherds
The coat is medium length with medium coarse/silky feathering on legs, undercarriage, ears and tail. Its color is black and white with heavy ticking (roaning) throughout that needs minimal grooming
Excellent family dogs
PetStyle:ÿ Note: As we are interested in providing the best possible information within our site; we encourage dog clubs, authors or breeders to submit information for this breed. Currently we are looking for a profile for this breed that will cover general information, description, costs associated with raising this breed, life expectancy, history, grooming, trivia and average litter size. If you have information on this breed, please email us atÿcommunity@petstyle.comÿ
Tibetans are double coated, the topcoat is medium length, straight or waved, profuse and soft. The undercoat is dense and warm that will require ongoing grooming to keep it from matting. All colors are acceptable as well as white for this dog.
The Pet Professor.ÿÿÿNote: As we are interested in providing the best possible information within our site; we encourage dog clubs, authors or breeders to submit information for this breed. Currently we are looking for a profile for this breed that will cover general information, description, costs associated with raising this breed, life expectancy, history, grooming, trivia and average litter size.
The White Shepherd has a double coat. The outer coat is medium length, dense, straight, harsh and close lying. The undercoat should be fine and dense the male's may carry a thicker ruff then a female.Colour: White Shepherd are white or cream their eye rims, lips, nose, pads should be black.There are ones with snow nose which is brownish colour nose.
Stable, sensible, intelligent and quick to learn, loyal and protective to his/her home.Activity Level: (They are a working dog) Need lots of excerise.
Sheila Sampson - Hockley Kennelÿ
The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier was developed in England by fox hunting enthusiasts and is believed descended from a now-extinct rough-coated, black-and-tan working terrier of Wales, Derbyshire, and Durham.The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier was not popular as a family pet until the 1930s, when The Thin Man series of feature films was created. Asta, the canine member of the Charles family, was a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, and the popularity of the breed soared.In the late 20th century, the popularity of the breed declined again, most likely due to changing living conditions in the Western world and the difficulty of keeping hunting terriers in cities due to their strong instincts. Among the less desirable traits of all fox terriers are their energy, digging, stalking, and chasing of other animals and yelping bark.This notwithstanding, the Wire Fox Terrier has the distinction of having received more Best in Show titles at major dog shows than any other breed.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "FoxTerrier (Wire)".ÿÿ Note: As we are interested in providing the best possible information within our site; we encourage dog clubs, authors or breeders to submit information for this breed. Currently we are looking for a profile for this breed that will cover general information, description, costs associated with raising this breed, life expectancy, history, grooming, trivia and average litter size. If you would like to sumbit information about this breed, contact us atÿcommunity@petstyle.com
These dogs are wrapped up in a medium sized package that is easily maintained with their short, minimal shedding, "Wash-and-wear" coats.ÿ As with all breeds, ear cleaning, nail clipping and bathing should be done when necessary.
This breed is typically healthy.ÿ A couple of health concerns that have appeared sparingly are:ÿ hip dysplasia, entropion or ectropion eyes and pulmonic stenosis of the heart.