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    Brief Description: 

    The Russell Terrier is a strong, hardy, earth-working Terrier. He is full of life and moves with confidence that matches his keen expression. The breed's handy size, small flexible chest, nose, strong voice and fearless nature make it an excellent specimen to work vermin below ground. Its weatherproof coat may be smooth, broken or rough and is predominantly white with tan and/or black markings.


    Links to Breed Descriptions: 


    The Russell Terrier -- An amplified Guide for Judges and Breeders:

    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin England. Country of development Australia.

    Breed-Specific Articles: 

    DWN Article



    Breed Standards: 

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.


    The American Kennel Club

    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    US: The American Russell Terrier Club:

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    This breed is AKC recognized - FCI and the UK do not recognize the Russell Terrier as a distinct breed: See the AKC parent club's website:

    US: The American Russell Terrier Club:

    See ARTC Newsletters at:


    The ARTC Board of Directors has recommended the following Health Screenings to be the minimum health screenings for reputable breeding practices.  The ARTC has requested the following tests be required by Chic for the assignment of Chic numbers:

    Baer -  Normal hearing
    Cerf - Normal sight
    Petalla - Normal Petellas


    In the coming weeks the ARTC will be making a determination as to adding the Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) DNA test as well as the New Late Onset Ataxia DNA test to the requirements for a Chic number.


    Breed-Specific DNA Tests:

    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.


    US: The American Russell Terrier Club:

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