The Countryman's Weekly


October 11
08:06 2017

WEB3-11-10-17History in the making for Plummer Terriers

By Phillip Kettle.

ON October 15 at Alrewas, in Staffordshire, a show will be held jointly for the first time ever by two Plummer Terrier clubs; the Plummer Terrier Association (PTA) and The Plummer Terrier Club of Great Britain (PTCGB). It will be an open show for all Plummer Terriers. Given the historic nature of this event it is appropriate to take a brief look at how past developments in the breed have led to this point.

The breed’s creator, Dr David Brian Plummer, initially worked rough-coated terriers borne out of the valleys of his native South Wales. Over time he introduced other lines of Jack Russell type terriers (the Joan Begbie lines, for example) to improve voice and nose. Keen to further improve scenting ability and fix coat type, he introduced Beagle blood.

In one of his many books, The Sporting Terrier, 1992, he stated that although earlier outcrossing had helped to eventually eliminate some of these early faults, the breed was “fixed so to speak only when Beagle blood was introduced into the lines.” Also, the Beagle blood was easily absorbed into terrier strains in that although the advantages gained were fixed (eg. the fiery red/tan blanket coat), the anatomical stamp of the hound was bred out after three generations.




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