Someone who is active with a sense of humour will find its ideal companion with the Parson Russell Terrier. Parsons naturally love action and adventure, which often land them in trouble. They love nothing more than to hunt, explore, chase, wander, and dig at every opportunity. Despite its active nature, they are devoted people-pleasers. However, they get too attached and often suffer from separation anxiety. They are a more suitable choice for families where one stays at home most of the time.
Parsons are also known to love the sound of their voice, which means they tend to bark excessively. This habit can be curtailed during early socialisation and training. They can be trained to only bark when necessary and make them useful watchdogs. Since this terrier dog breed has the desire to please, training will be easy. Although it has a bit of a stubborn streak but not something that is unmanageable. In fact, Parson Russell Terriers excel in canine sports.
The Parson Russell is known to have a good affinity with children, especially with ones they grew up with. However, like in all dogs, interaction should always be supervised to make sure playtime does not get too rowdy, and no one gets hurt. It generally gets on well with other dogs except with other terriers, which it may become a little dominant over. Care must be taken when Parsons meet smaller animals and household pets because of their strong hunting instinct and prey drive.