The Longdog, a cross between two sighthounds, is a dog type bred for pursuing and catching a game. Although it does not have the same working ability as a Lurcher, it is known for its speed and agility. Another aspect in which it differs from the Lurcher is that the latter was an outcome of crossing a sighthound and non-sighthound.
|Alternative names||Kangaroo Dog Lurcher|
|Size/Height||Medium; 24-30 in|
|Size of Litter||6-8 puppies|
|Temperament||Affectionate, devoted, active, sensitive|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Ireland|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||No breed standards by any kennel club; registered with the NALLA (North American Lurcher and Longdog Association)|
Back in the 1950s, rabbit population in Western Europe severely declined due to the outbreak of myxomatosis, a viral disease that did not infect the hares. Even though Lurchers were previously used to catch rabbits, they were not quick enough to pursue hares that can easily reach a speed of 72 km per hour. Consequently, Longdogs were bred in an attempt to produce faster dogs that could be used for chasing and hunting hares.
Longdogs are typically produced by crossing Greyhounds with one of the other sighthounds, which may include Whippets, Salukis, or Deerhounds. The common crosses of this type include:
Being gentle, loving, and friendly by nature, the Longdogs are considered to be wonderful family companions. They are not aggressive or hyperactive, and hence they make good apartment dogs, which can live happily in quiet environments. They enjoy the attention of their family members and may be unhappy if left to dwell by itself.
These dogs do well with kids who know how to approach a dog. They are known to co-exist with other dogs, but should be kept under extreme supervision when they are around cats or toy dog breeds.
Though its mighty size may be sufficient enough to ward off an intruder, it is quite stranger-friendly and also possesses a laid back attitude which comes in the way of making it a good guard or watch dog.
Though it has an independent nature, training it using positive reinforcement methods might help shaping up its personality in a proper way.
How much an adult Longdog eats depends on its age, build, and activity level. On average, males need 2.5-4 cups of dry food per day while female dogs need 1.5-3 cups a day.