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24 Aug 2000

About Lurchers

 

The English Lurcher is not a purebred dog but is of definite type, usually having a member of the greyhound family as one of its parents. It is thought to have been developed because, at one time in England, only those of noble blood were permitted to own a Greyhound or any other sight-dogs such as the Saluki, Wippet, Borzoi, Afgan hound, irish wolfhound, Deerhound, etc. So these crosses were made to produce an efficient hunting companion for commoners and a popular poacher's dog. Possibly the best Lurchers result from a Greyhound X working herding cross.

The Lurcher's coat can be rough or smooth and it should look like a relative of the Deerhound, Saluki or Greyhound. The Lurcher is generally an obedient dog, which makes an excellent coursing hound and hunter, and will combine this role with that of a faithful and affectionate family pet. It needs plenty of exercise and a daily brushing.

Here it is! You think that you have a Lurcher but don't know if you have the "right" mix? This is the official list of Lurcher dog crosses! Check out if your Lurcher really is a Lurcher!  Remember, one of the parents has to belong to the first grope of the Sighthounds and the other from ONE of the other gropes.

Sighthounds
Greyhound
Whippet
Saluki
Deerhound
Afghan
Wolfhound
Borzoi
Ibizan
Pharaoh
Sloughi
Italian Greyhound

Terriers
Bedlington
Bull Terriers - Staffordshire or English
Kerry Blue
Wheaten
Irish
Jack Russel
Airedale

Other breeds
Foxhound
Beagle
Golden Retriever
Setter
Spaniel
Labrador
Old English Sheepdog
Australian Cattle Dog (Heeler)
German Shepherd
Rottweiller
Doberman
Rough Collie
Bearded Collie
Border Collie

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