Breed History


The Official Version


The official version of the Lucas, dictated and published by Sir Jocelyn Lucas, is that in the late 1940’s, he and his long-time business partner, the Honorable Mrs. Enid Plummer, feeling that the Sealyham terrier was too big to work efficiently and concerned about the increase in whelping deaths at their Ilmer kennels, crossed a petite Ilmer Sealyham terrier with a carefully chosen Norfolk male, creating the Lucas terrier.


The Unoffical Version


The unofficial version is that the breed was the result of an unplanned mating between two borders at the Ilmer kennel - a happy accident! Sir Jocelyn Lucas, a brilliant marketer, took full advantage of the 'opportunity' that fell into his lap, marketing the dog exclusively through his kennel. 


Which ever story one chooses to believe, those of us who are lucky enough to own a Lucas  feel blessed!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is a Lucas terrier?


The first Lucas terriers were created in the late 1940's, the result of Sir Jocelyn Lucas crossing his petite Ilmer Sealyham terrier bitches, with a very small Norfolk dog from the Colonsay line. Today, in order for a dog to be recognized as a Lucas, it must be a direct descendent of one of Sir Jocelyn Lucas's original Lucas terriers. Additionally, only registered, purebred Sealyham or Norfolk ancestors may be included on its pedigree.


How long have Lucas terriers been in the United States?

Over 60 years.


How did they first get here?

There were imported by Americans who were exposed to them while traveling in Great Britain.

How many Lucas terriers are in the US and Canada today?

We have just over 100 - and we are actively breeding more!

Are there any breeders in the United States?

Yes, but very few.

Who Buys Lucas terrier?

Individuals and families who appreciate a great little go-anywhere, do-anything, sweet, smart companion dog. Our club's breeding program emphasis is on health and temperament.

What Colors Do Lucas terrier come In?

Lucas terriers come in lots of different colors! The most common colors are: 'tan' ranging from the palest champagne to the richest red - 'black and tan' sometimes called saddle and tans or grizzle and tans - 'white' either solid or with patches of color - and 'blue' either solid black or black with white points/patches. All colors are treasured on our shores.

Do they shed?

No, they do not.


Are they hypo-allergenic?

They are considered a hypo-allergenic breed, just as a poodle or a Bichon are considered hypo-allergenic breeds.

Are they difficult to groom?

No, you have three grooming options to choose from:

  1. You can let your dog go "natural" as some Europeans to like to do.
  2. You can hand-strip your Lucas which is the 'classic' or 'traditional' method of grooming this type of double coated terrier. This will keeping its coat in show-ring shape - maintaining both ideal coat texture and coat color.
  3. Or you may have your dog clipped. This is both fast and easy. The down side is that you soften its coat (which some people actually prefer). And you change the color of its coat as it true color only grows on the tips of the hair shaft and then need to be 'pulled' to be refreshed. Once you start clipping, you are clipping roots which could be a very different color than the original dog - but not always. If the dog is white in color to begin with - really only the texture will change. The big "color" changes occur in "colored" dogs. However, in the USA, the land of freedom and choice - grooming - just like the decision to dock a tail or not - are individual choices.

Do you dock tails in the US?

It is up to the individual breeder, but most do and they remove dewclaws also.

How much do they cost?

Individuals breeders price their own litters. In the recent past, litters have ranged from $2,000 to $3,500. Bearing in mind that the US averages only two to three litters per year and our litters tend to be small two to four pups.

How can I find a puppy?

Simply fill out the Puppy Questionnaire below, and our puppy coordinator will get in touch with you.

Do club members have an edge over non-club members in being selected for a puppy?

YES! Club members are automatically given preference over non-club members in placing pups. A person seriously interested in being considered for a Lucas terrier puppy should automatically join the club (it is fast and easy and you can do it from this website - just click on the Joining/Renewing tab above for step by step instructions). 

Is a Sporting Lucas terrier the same as a Lucas terrier?

No, they are two distinct breeds. Unfortunately, the similarity in names is confusing. However, both are lovely dogs.

Is a Lucas terrier bred to a Norfolk Terrier or Sealyham still considered to be a Lucas terrier?

Yes. Approved mating combinations areas follows: Lucas to Lucas, Lucas to Sealyham, Lucas to Norfolk. However, the Sealyham and/or Norfolk must be a purebred dog registered with a recogonized kennel club such as the AKC. And the Lucas must be a direct descendent of one of Sir Jocleyn Lucas's original Lucas terriers.


Are "hybrid" or "first generation" Lucas terrier accepted in the USA?

It depends. On occasion the LTCA will give permission for a carefully chosen hybrid to be created in an effort to keep our gene pool diverse and robust. However, permission must be granted before the mating takes place. Any dogs born from such a mating will have an "H" attached to their LTCA number so that they are clearly identified as hybrids. It is understood that any resulting hybrids will be bred back to a traditional Lucas's to re-establish ties to Sir Jocelyn Lucas's kennels or it will be stricken from our registry. 

Does the American Kennel Club (AKC) or British Kennel Club (KC) recognize the Lucas terrier?

Not at this time as neither the UK club or the US club has applied for recognition. However, that status may change in the future.

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