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Lurcher

Lurcher

Form and Function

The Lurcher is recognized as a mix of various breeds. Typically, the Lurcher dog breed is a combination of a sighthound breed such as the Greyhound and another type of working dog breed. As a result, a Lurcher is a winning combination of brains and speed. Due to the variation in combinations, the Lurcher’s size and appearance differ from dog to dog. They tend to be long and lean with deep chests and muscular legs.

Lurchers are known as silent, active and intelligent, with perseverance and a keen sense of smell.

Breed Traits

Energy Level

4 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

5 out of 5

Playfulness

3 out of 5

Affection Level

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

1 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

3 out of 5

Watchfulness

1 out of 5

Ease of Training

5 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

2 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

3 out of 5

Vocality

1 out of 5

Breed Attributes

Type

Sighthound crossed with terrier, herding breed, larger scenthound

Weight

35-100 lbs.

Height

27”-30” at shoulders or smaller

Family

Sighthound

Area of Origin

Great Britain

Date of Origin

Middle Ages

History

Great Britain and parts of Spain’s laws in the Middle Ages stopped commoners from owning sighthounds. Common people got around these laws by breeding their own dogs with sighthounds. The resulting dog was a fast and silent hunter of game that could help feed the family.

Some of the many breeds often crossed with a Greyhound to produce a Lurcher include the Whippet, Saluki, Irish Wolfhound, Border Collie, Bull Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and various Retrievers.

Today, Lurchers partake in lure courses, racing and hunting as well as other activities. They also are eager to please companions for active homes.

Temperament

Easygoing but aloof, the Lurcher does best when socialized early. The sighthound DNA portion of the Lurcher equates to independent thinking with an eagerness to learn.

 

Trained Lurchers often have manners but may still seize the moment to sneak some of your food if left unattended. (Perhaps that’s the terrier influence? Or just dogs being dogs.) They typically do well with most kids but keep in mind that every dog is an individual. Interactions with children should be supervised until familiarity and trust are established. Children should be taught how to properly touch and engage with any dog.

Homes with small animals including rabbits, cats or rodents, should be cautious, as Lurcher’s prey drive is strong. Outdoor play should be safely enclosed as the Lurcher may bolt in favor of small game.

Overall, the Lurcher has a fun personality and adores their family. Their gentle, even-tempered nature makes them a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Upkeep

Easygoing but aloof, the Lurcher does best when socialized early. The sighthound DNA portion of the Lurcher equates to independent thinking with an eagerness to learn.

Trained Lurchers often have manners but may still seize the moment to sneak some of your food if left unattended. (Perhaps that’s the terrier influence? Or just dogs being dogs.) They typically do well with most kids but keep in mind that every dog is an individual. Interactions with children should be supervised until familiarity and trust are established. Children should be taught how to properly touch and engage with any dog.

Homes with small animals including rabbits, cats or rodents, should be cautious, as Lurcher’s prey drive is strong. Outdoor play should be safely enclosed as the Lurcher may bolt in favor of small game.

Overall, the Lurcher has a fun personality and adores their family. Their gentle, even-tempered nature makes them a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families who enjoy an active lifestyle.

Health

Major Concerns: Heatstroke, GDV (Gastric Dilation Volvulus), bloat

Minor Concerns: Hypothyroidism, foot and toenail injuries, cataracts, lens luxation

Occasionally Seen: Osteosarcoma

Suggested Tests: Blood tests, urinalysis, eye exams, bone biopsy

Lifespan: 10-15 years

Notes: Lurchers may benefit from being screened for eye health and thyroid disease. Prospective pet parents should inquire.

Disclaimer

Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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