Welcome to the PRTAA!!!

small 21The Parson Russell Terrier Association of America (PRTAA) is an organization of Parson Russell Terrier breeders and owners dedicated to the promotion, breeding, working and continuance of the traditional pure bred Parson Russell that was bred and worked by the Parson John Russell himself (1795 - 1883). The club was established in 1985 in response to growing concerns that the breed was being misrepresented as a short-legged terrier rather than a terrier with the symmetry of a foxhound.

The PRTAA operates in full acknowledgement of the original purpose of the traditional Parson Russell Terrier as it was in Rev. Russell's day, to hunt red fox above and below ground. These activities dictated the type terrier endorsed and supported by the PRTAA: a balanced terrier with a chest spannable by moderate sized hands, straight legs with a good bend of stifle, predominantly white with head, tail and occasional body markings, and an alert and ready temperament. The ideal height of a mature dog is 14" at the withers and bitches 13" at the withers.

The Parson Russell Terrier Association is the American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club for the breed. This means that it is the responsibility and privilege of the PRTAA and its members to preserve the Breed Standard. The PRTAA hosts specialty shows, fun matches, earthdog trials and informational gatherings for the traditional Parson Russell Terrier and its enthusiasts. Our members and breeders are available to anyone caring to learn more about this fine old breed of terrier. Membership in our club is not required for you to enter any PRTAA or AKC sanctioned events. Your dog must, however, be registered with the AKC. For those who do want to become more involved, see the membership information in this site or contact the PRTAA.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information about the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America and its services.

President Message - Fall 2016

pattypresHard to believe we are coming to the close of another Board year. November 1, we say good bye to board members Nancy Dougherty, Kathleen Owsley, and Tricia Stanczyk as their terms come to an end. I would like to thank each of them for sharing their time, talent, and dedication to the PRTAA. It has been a pleasure serving with you. I would also like to welcome back Michelle Hess for another term and welcome new board members Peggy Crane, Mary Strom Bernard and Brenda Koeppel. These ladies will be wonderful additions to the board of directors.

The 2016 National Specialty is covered here in the Nook but, I must mention how nice MCKC weekend was. It was great to see old and new friends. Our awards, dinner and AGM were really nice along with a great raffle with awesome items! (And, fierce bidding!) Rain was in the forecast for MCKC but, as we left the dinner Saturday night, Nancy's' parting words were "It's going to be a beautiful day!" Sure enough, as the Parsons took the ring, the clouds parted and the sun was shining! (Although, a little windy!) Of course no National would be complete without food, cake, gorgeous trophies, beautiful rosettes….and our beautiful terriers. Thank you all who made it so special.

We now look forward to Atlanta in 2017! See you there!



2016 PRTAA National Specialty at MCKC

October 9, 2016

Judge Mrs. Julie Felten


Best of Breed: GCH GCH Brywood Heluva Ride


BOS: CH Laurel Chase Rag Valley Castaway


Select: GCH Barnun’s No Secret

Select: CH Bayshore Bobbie Sue

AOM: GCHS Blossom Valley Guilty Pleasure of Wild Fire

WD/BW: Rag Valley Good As Gold

WB: Ardsley Run Soul On Fire

RWD: Sunrock’s Do Juno The Way To Foxcatcher?

RWB: Windy Ridge Montra As If

BV: GCH Edison’s TNT Aftershock

BBE: GCH Windy Ridge Hells Bells CA

BP: Rosewood Deldare Jolly Roger