As a crossbreed dog, the Lurcher has the combined traits of a sighthound and other non-sighthound breed, dependent on the characteristics preferred by the breeder. Although a terrier or pastoral dog mix is common, collie crosses are preferred by the hunters or poachers because mating a sighthound with a sheepdog produces a dog with great intelligence and agility. The lurchers have a variable appearance, since their size, coat type, and color is dependent on their parental influence. These dogs are characterized by long, straight legs, a deep chest with greater lung capacity, small, dark, round eyes, and small, wire-haired ears.
|Coat||Short, smooth as in greyhounds; slightly longer, thicker as in collies; or extremely rough, broken as in border terriers|
|Group of Breed||Sighthound|
|Life span||12-15 years|
|Weight||60-70 lb (27-31 kg)|
|Size and Height||55-71 cm (22-28 inches)|
|Shedding||Some are average shedders, while others shed constantly|
|Temperament||Affectionate, lovable, fun-loving|
|Good with Children||Not always|
|Size of Litter||Variable|
|Country Originated in||Ireland and some regions of Great Britain|
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Even though there is no accurate supportive documentation, it is believed that during the Middle Ages, the peasants and commoners in Britain were not permitted to own greyhounds, Scottish deerhounds, and Irish wolfhounds. Therefore, the gypsies and peasants produced lurchers, the canny and intelligent dogs suitable for hunting game birds, hares and rabbits.
- Bull lurcher: Pitbull terrier X lurcher
- Lurcher X Staffy
- Lurcher X Whippet
- Lurcher X Saluki
- Lurcher X Collie
- Lurcher X Deerhound
- Lurcher X Labrador
- Lurcher X Poodle
- Long haired Lurcher
- Short haired Lurcher
Temperament and Intelligence
Having inherited the characteristics of sighthounds, the lurchers are a good, dutiful dog with strong hunting instincts and the ability to learn commands fast. Apart from thriving on their master’s leadership, their gentleness with people makes them a compliable and manageable companion for outdoor-type families. Since the lurcher dog is attached closely to its master, it could become destructive due to anxiety and stress when left alone. Lurchers have a natural tendency to steal food, making it imperative for the owners to keep an eye on them at mealtimes. They can have a devoted relationship with children if both are taught to be courteous of each other.
A lurcher is an energetic dog, requiring daily walks or jogs. Since it is a racer by nature, it prefers to run freely. However, these dogs have the hunting instinct of sighthounds. So do ensure that they do not pursue and kill little animals or other little pets by keeping them in a protected and enclosed area when exercising them.
These dogs, especially the puppies, irrespective of their coat types, need regular brushing and combing to remove dead hair, thereby keeping their coat healthy. The lurchers need basic cares including keeping their ears clean, trimming their nails once a month, and maintaining good dental hygiene. Their teeth should be brushed frequently with a good pet-toothpaste.
Lurchers are a healthy crossbreed with few health concerns like Gastric Dilation Volvulus, heat exhaustion or heatstroke, muscle injuries, and bone cancer. Lurchers bred from herding parents may sometimes contract eye problems.
Since lurchers are fast learners, it is important to teach the puppies what is admissible behavior, making it understand what is wanted and what not. They react well to all kinds of dog sports, especially agility training, obedience training, dog racing, and lure coursing. Their masters should employ varied, but interesting training methods for their dogs.
They should be provided with a diet comprising essential minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins. Adult lurchers should be fed two meals regularly, one in the morning while the other in the early evening. Their diet can include dry or canned foods, ample water, and occasional treats like dog biscuits.
- The name “lurcher” has many meanings in different languages. The word is derived from “lorchen” in Middle English, meaning, “to lurk”; as also from “lur” and “cur” in Roman meaning “thief” and “mixed dog breed” respectively.
- Today many groups are trying to rescue lurchers, making them more popular as exceptional family pets.
- In Alaska, lurchers are now being used as good sled dogs, which are produced by sled-dog breeders by crossing sled dogs with sighthounds.