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Sporting Lucas Terrier

Sporting Lucas Terrier is as cute as a button, mostly because of its small size and the shaggy hair that sits tightly on its body. This breed is a recent addition to the terrier family developed in the 1990s by including the Lucas Terrier alongside other breeds like the Jack Russell Terrier and the Fell Terriers in a bid to develop an efficient working breed.

The breed attains its name after Major Jocelyn Terrier, also instrumental in the Lucas Terrier’s development. Besides the United Kennel Club, no other prominent breed registries like the AKC acknowledges it yet. Efforts, however, are presently on to have the Federation of Cynologique Internationale recognize it.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Not recorded
  • Colors:Brown, grizzle and tan, black and tan
  • Life Expectancy:10 – 15 years
  • Height:11 – 13 inches
  • Weight:8 – 15 pounds
  • Temperament:Friendly, active, sociable
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:High
  • Hypoallergenic:Yes
  • Litter Size:3 – 5 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate
  • Health Problems:Patellar luxation,periodontal disease
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Scotland
Sporting Lucas Terrier Puppies
Sporting Lucas Terrier Dog

Sporting Lucas Terrier History: Timeline


    Development of the Sporting Lucas Terrier began in Scotland’s Caithness, Mey, and Abington regions.


    Formation of the Sporting Lucas Terrier Club


    Recognized by the United Kennel Club of America


    Sporting Lucas Terrier Association developed


The highly energetic Sporting Lucas Terrier needs ample exercise to remain physically and mentally fit. A one-hour walk per day, teamed with sufficient playtime in a fenced yard or garden, would be just perfect.

They feel more at home in the countryside rather than in cities particularly inside a compact apartment where movement remains restricted.

However, if you keep them in a confined space, arrange for interesting games like catch-the-ball. They would also do great when engaged in agility sports. Remember, they are hunting dogs and would love chasing any small pet they spot. Hence, making them wear a leash when taking them to a park or anywhere else is one of the first things you need to keep in mind.

Their double coat needs moderate maintenance needing a weekly or bi-weekly brushing using a slicker or pin brush. After brushing, combing its hair using a metal comb helps lessen tangles and mats.

Though minimal shedders, their coat experiences major hair fall in spring and fall. During that phase, regular brushing is a must to prevent loose hair from accumulating everywhere.

They suffer from ear infections quite often, and to lessen it wipe their ears regularly with a moist cloth or cotton balls. Follow the same cleaning regime for their eyes. Similarly, also brush their teeth and bathe them when the need arises.

You may give the Sporting Lucas Terrier a homemade diet of meat, vegetables, fish. Else, you may even opt for store-bought ones containing adequate amounts of essential nutrients. When going for commercially manufactured foods, Eukanuba, and Hill’s Science would be the best option. 

Training them is not a mammoth task. Like the Lucas terrier, this breed can also associate commands with actions easily.

They do bark to intimate their owners about a new visitor in the household, yet they are not wary towards strangers. With proper socialization, these dogs would learn to differentiate a foe from a friend and not welcome every unknown person joyfully.

Sporting Lucas Terrier Picture
Sporting Lucas Terrier Image

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