Parson Russel Terrier Association of America

Health & Genetics Information

The Parson Russell Terrier is a healthy breed overall, with relatively few serious health issues. The Parson Russell Terrier Association of America, as the AKC Parent Club for Parsons, serves as caretaker and protector of the breed. To fulfill that role, we need to be proactive about health issues that are related to the health and welfare of the Parson Russell Terrier.

Below is a list compiled from the AKC Canine Health Foundation with regards to the Parson Russell Terrier and health issues they can have.

Atopic Dermatitis
Cerebellar Ataxia - early on-set (2-4 weeks of age)
Spinocerebellar Ataxia - late on-set (4-8 months of age)
Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Lens Luxation
Patellar Luxation

Currently there are 3 DNA tests available at this time:
  • Hypervricosura - elevated Uric Acid
  • Primary Lens Luxation
  • Late Onset Ataxia DNA Test ~ New DNA test available November 1, 2012!

  • Specific Health Information:
    The Parson Russell Terrier Association of America's Health & Genetics Committee has complied the following documentation.

    Breed Specific CHIC Information for the Parson Russell Terrier

    Eye Conditions
    Canine Lens Luxation

    Congenital Deafness

    Hip Dysplasia

    Patellar Luxation

    Legg Calve Perthes

    Cerebellar Ataxia
    Animal Health Trust (AHT) is running a study on Sponones and Parson Russell Terriers affected by Cerebellar Ataxia. AHT requires DNA samples from affected dogs and their close relatives (siblings, parents and grandparents - affected or unaffected)
    Click here for more information on samples needed

    Research on ataxia is being led by Dr. Dennis O'Brien & Dr. Gary Johnson at the University of Missouri
    Click here for more information: University of Missouri

    Molecular Genetics Research
    Downloadable Forms

    Informative Websites:
    Canine Health Foundation
    Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
    CHIC - Canine Health Information Center
    Poison Hotline for Pets