The Plummer Terrier is a small-sized cross with a mix of Jack Russell Terrier, Bull Terrier, Fox Terrier, Fell Terrier, and Beagle blood. It is a relatively new breed created by the Welsh breeder Dr. David Plummer for hunting ground vermin and serving as a working dog. Characterized by a strong, square body, other features include a medium-sized head, powerful jaw muscles, dropped, rounded ears, dark, oval eyes, muscular neck, well laid back shoulders, straight forelegs, and a high-set tail.
|Coat||Short, dense, close-lying, without guard hairs|
|Color||Bright fiery red along with white markings; (can also be tri-colored)|
|Height||Females: 11-13 in
Males: 13-14 in
|Shedding||Low to average|
|Temperament||Affectionate, courageous, intelligent, tenacious, active|
|Litter Size||5-6 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||UK|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DRA|
During the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Brian Plummer taught in several schools in the Midlands and South Yorkshire, but in his spare time, he used to hunt rats with his Jack Russell-type terriers. He authored many books on hunting quarry with Lurchers, Terriers, and Ferrets. Soon after, he succeeded in producing a unique terrier breed by crossing Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, and other terrier varieties As these terriers became popular for their hardworking nature and ratting skills, Dr. Plummer’s reputation as a breeder also increased.
In April 1994, the PTA (Plummer Terrier Association) was established for safeguarding and protecting the breed.
Loving, devoted, and spirited, the Plummer Terrier makes an excellent pet for families with active members. It thrives in the company of its people but gets easily bored if left alone for extended periods.
Because of its friendly and playful nature, it does well in households with well-behaved children. However, its rambunctious personality can overwhelm toddlers, hence their interactions with this breed require parental supervision.
It is naturally alert and fearless, characteristics that make it a potent watchdog. Owing to its hunting heritage, the Plummer Terrier may display aggression toward other dogs and non-canine pets unless socialized at a young age.
Despite its stubborn and independent disposition, the Plummer Terrier responds to firm and consistent training.
You may take your Plummer Terrier to dog-friendly public places like dog parks and pet-supply stores or arrange for playdates with your neighbors’ pets so it can get used to unknown people, animals, and situations. Also, let your visitors pet your dog or give it treats, as it will help teach your terrier to remain calm around guests.
Walking on a leash
Let your dog wear its collar and leash for a while in the house every day, so it gets used to wearing them. In a quiet area, with the Plummer Terrier puppy on its collar and leash, make a sound like clucking your tongue or using the word “Yes.” Reward the pup with a treat the moment it turns toward you. Go backward a few paces to encourage it to come to you. Continue the process until it comes to you and walks alongside you. Practice walking in a room before taking it outside.
Being an energetic working dog, the Plummer Terrier needs a high-quality dry food rich in protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
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