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Sporting Lucas Terrier
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The Sporting Lucas Terrier is a small breed of dog
of the terrier type. The
breed is named for Jocelyn Lucas.
A short-legged working terrier that must be small and narrow
enough in the chest to go to ground when required. About twelve
inches at the withers, and about 15lbs. in weight. The harsh shaggy
coat is white with dark
patches, or various combinations of brown, black and tan or grizzle
The Sporting Lucas Terrier was developed in Scotland (firstly in
Mey, Caithness and later in Abington, South Lanarkshire) from the
Lucas Terrier, the Jack Russell Terrier, and various
Fell Terriers by Brian Plummer in the 1990s, in an effort
to create a good working terrier. In 1999 the Lucas Terrier Club
de-listed all of Brian Plummer's dogs as they "did not want
infusions of other terrier types introduced into their
clubs were then set up for Plummer's dog, and it became the
Sporting Lucas Terrier, despite the fact that the connection to the
original Lucas terrier is tenuous.
The Lucas Terrier was created by Major Jocelyn Lucas in
the 1930s, in an effort to breed a Sealyham Terrier that could go to ground,
from Sealyhams and Norfolk Terriers. Today it has returned
to being primarily a pet and
Another breed of terrier developed by Brian Plummer is the Plummer
Terrier. It is
similar, but bull terrier was also used, and the dog developed a
reputation for quarrelsomeness.
Of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world, only
Kennel Club (US) recognises the Sporting Lucas Terrier, in
Group. It may
also be recognised by any of the very large number of specialty dog
clubs, dog sports clubs, minor registries, and internet based breed
The primary breed club for the Sporting Lucas Terrier, which was
founded in 1999 after the split with the Lucas Terrier, is The
Sporting Lucas Terrier Club. Mr.
Plummer (Sept 11th 1936 - Sept 12th 2003) is deceased.
Further reading and
- Tales of a Rat-Hunting Man by Brian Plummer, Publisher: Lyons
and Burford Publishers, 1997, ISBN: 1558215956
the Sealyham Terrier and the Norfolk Terrier.