The 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.
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