The father of this breed is Sir Jocelyn Lucas who was known for starting Ilmer Kennels and for breeding Sealyham Terriers in the first half of the 20th century. He felt that the Sealyham Terrier is too big and cumbersome to work efficiently and he decided to create a new breed. That is why he decided to cross one of his own small Sealyham Terrier female with Norfolk Terrier.
Sir Jocelyn Lucas described this breed as red or grizzle and tan dog, resembling smaller Sealyham Terrier with hard working jacket and the legs should be shorther than Norfolk Terriers legs. The dog should also be more athletic than the Sealyham. The Lucas Terrier has an intelligent expression in their dark eyes. Today, the Lucas Terrier can be found mostly in tan color, but you can also find them in black and tan, saddle and tan, white, black or ivory.
The Lucas Terrier is a symmetrically built and sturdy dog breed with average height between 10-12 inch, which is 25-30 cm and weight is usually between 11-20 pounds, which is 5-9 kgs. Females are usually slightly lighter, but the ifference is not extremely big.
4) Sporting Lucas Terrier
This video is about Lucas Terrier, but there is another breed named Sporting Lucas Terrier. The similarity in their names is confusing, but those are two separate breeds. The Sporting Lucas Terrier was developed by crossing the original Lucas Terrier with some other breeds, such as Jack Russell Terrier and various Fell Terriers.
The Lucas Terrier makes excellent family companion dog. They tend to be less stubborn and independent than majority of other Terriers and the Lucas Terrier is known for its friendly, charming and eager to please personality. They also like children, but of course, you should always supervise any dog breed with a young child. These dogs just love to be around its people and family and they will love to do almost any activity with them. They can also live with other dogs in the family, especially if they are raised together from the puppyhood.
Well, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog breed, since they all produce some dander and salive, but the Lucas Terrier is very low to no shedding breed which means there is a big chance that this breed will not trigger the allergies. They are on the same level as other so called hypoallergenic dogs, such as Poodles or Schnauzers.
The Lucas Terrier is very rare dog breed. The origina Lucas Terrier Club in Great Britain register several hundreads of Lucas Terriers around the world. There are also few breeders in United States and it is estimated that there is something over 100 Lucas Terriers in USA. But, their numbers are slightly raising.
Although the Lucas Terrier was developed as a sporting breed, they are not hyperactive. Actually, when they are indoors they are typically pretty calm and quiet. But they do need daily outdoor exercise. Even though they have short legs, they can walk for hours and they will enjoy it. You should be careful before leaving your dog off leash, because these dogs have high chasing instinct and they will love to chase every squirrel they will see.
The Lucas Terriers coat is weather resistant, little bit harsh and pretty easy to maintain. But traditionally, if you want to achieve the traditional Lucas Terrier look, it should be hand stripped approximatelly twice a year. But some people left the coat as it is and the dog still look good. Also, some people choose to clip the coat, which is also an option. Overall, the grooming is definitely not hard. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is usually a very healthy dog breed with long lifespan between 13-17 years. There are no reported genetic health issues with this breed, but of course, they can ocassionally suffer from some health issues, such as patellar luxation, ear infections or ectropion.