By Jags Goldie Last updated: 27th October 2022

Plummer Terrier


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

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.

Plummer Terrier Pictures

Quick Information

CoatShort, dense, close-lying, without guard hairs
ColorBright fiery red along with white markings; (can also be tri-colored)
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight13-18 lb
HeightFemales: 11-13 in
Males: 13-14 in
SheddingLow to average
TemperamentAffectionate, courageous, intelligent, tenacious, active
Litter Size5-6 puppies
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUK
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDRA

Video: Plummer Terriers Ratting


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.

Temperament and Behavior

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.



It is an energetic breed, and a mere sedate walk around the neighborhood will not satisfy its exercise requirements. It loves to run, jump, and play the game of fetch. Therefore, plan on giving it long sessions of exercise on a regular basis. Make sure that it has access to a securely fenced yard where it can burn off its abundant energy.


The Plummer Terrier’s coat needs regular combing and brushing with a firm-bristled brush. You may bathe it with a vet-recommended shampoo if it becomes smelly or its hairs become dirty. Brush its teeth regularly to prevent the risks of periodontal diseases.

Health Problems

The Plummer Terrier is prone to some serious health conditions including patellar luxation, cleft palate, cryptorchidism, gum, and dental problems.


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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