Coats are either smooth, broken, or rough; broken and roughs need occasional clipping.
The Russell Terrier is confident, highly intelligent and faithful, and views life as a great adventure. The breed possesses a vast amount of energy, so it does best with an active family that spends a lot of time outdoors. It will remain devoted and loving to its 'people' for its lifetime. The Russell Terrier coat requires minimal upkeep beyond brushing and occasional bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Russell Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed's short coat needs little maintenance beyond regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
These feisty plush toys come to life can be a handful. Russell devotees remind us that “first and foremost they are working earth terriers used for vermin control.” As such, Russells have tremendous prey drive (bad news for neighborhood squirrels) and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy. When not making the world safe from rodents, Russells are playful, loving, comical companions. Training these bright but independent terriers takes firmness and patience. Not a lazy man’s breed, Russells do best with active, outdoorsy families.
Russell Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation, deafness and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Russell Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Russell Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.