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Meet Fred

Parson Russell Terrier, 12 years old

🌳 Countryside dog
🍷 Lives with adults only

My favourite thing about Fred is...

he's so affectionate as well as being very independent. He absolutely loves life, gets involved with everything going on around him and has boundless energy. At the end of the day though, he just wants to curl up in my lap in front of the fire. 

The biggest challenge with Fred is...

the same zest for life which I love is also what can get Fred into trouble. Once he's got his mind set on something it's very hard to stop him - whether that's hunting a mouse or getting into a scrap over some food. We call it the 'red mist' - he becomes very terrier-like and focused! 

The most surprising thing about owning a Parson Russell Terrier is...

how much I love him! I always thought I wanted a big dog, but Fred has completely changed my mind. He's the perfect companion for long walks and adventures, but I was surprised by how strong his prey drive was and how strong that part of his nature is - whether it's digging for a mole or chasing a rabbit!

What I wish I’d known about Parson Russell Terriers is...

their fearlessness and focus when they're hunting or roaming. We've had a few close calls with Fred running off. He can be incredibly naughty, very difficult to train and stubborn. Recall has been non-existent in the past and it feels like Parsons are always questioning 'why' they should do something for you, rather than wanting to please!

Did you know?

The longer-legged breed was developed in the 18th Century by the Devonshire gentleman, Reverend John Russell, to avoid having his hunting hampered by carrying terriers.  

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