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24 Aug 2000
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.
Bull Terriers - Staffordshire or English
Old English Sheepdog
Australian Cattle Dog (Heeler)