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General Appearance

The Russell Terrier is a strong, active and lithe working terrier of great character with a flexible body of medium length. His height is between 10- 12, and his weight is in proportion to his height. His smart movement matches his keen expression. The color of a Russell Terrier must be predominately white with tan and/or black markings. Tail docking is optional and the coat may be smooth, rough or broken.


The overall dog is longer than tall, measuring from point of shoulder to point of buttock. The silhouette should represent a definite rectangle. The depth of body from withers to the brisket should equal the length of foreleg from elbows to the ground. His chest must be spannable (approximately 14-15 or smaller), as well as compressible, the determination of which can only be made by the physical process of spanning.

His front should clearly exhibit the sternum ahead of the point of shoulder bearing no resemblance to the front of the Fox Terrier, either in structure or movement. There is no preference as to coat type or marking, only as to the structure of the dog underneath.