What Is A Lurcher?

The Lurcher is a type of dog rather than a breed of dog. It is a crossbreed, generally between a sighthound (traditionally the Greyhound) and a member of the terrier or pastoral group of dogs.

Because of their genetic makeup, Lurchers tend to be versatile in the extreme, combining both excellent family pet or companion dog with an exceptional hunting ability and all round sporting capability.

Because the Lurcher is a type of dog rather than a breed, it can vary greatly in appearance. Since there is no recognised breed standard, Lurchers can be as large as a Deerhound or as small as a Whippet. They can also be of any colour and have a coat that varies between short and long. The one thing that all Lurchers have in common is that they are all sighthounds, which is to say, dogs that hunt by sight rather than by smell.

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What Are Lurchers Really Like?

Lurchers are intelligent, gentle and affectionate dogs with a natural willingness to learn and to please. Nonetheless, it should be remembered that the Lurcher was originally bred to work and hunt. This should be borne in mind before you buy a Lurcher.

Like all dogs, Lurchers need training and early socialization. Their natural instinct is to chase its prey, so they need to be made aware that such behaviour is not acceptable in a family pet. Of course if you want a Lurcher because of its considerable competence at dog sports, that is a different matter. Lurchers are highly trainable and excel at dog agility and obedience trials, lure coursing and dog racing.

In summary, the Lurcher makes a wonderful family pet providing it is properly trained and socialized from an early age. Training should always be positive, varied and mentally stimulating for your Lurcher.

If you would like to read more about owning a Lurcher, please read some of these excellent, highly recommended books:

* The House Lurcher by: Jackie Drakeford
* Pet Owner’s Guide to the Lurcher by: Jason Framlingham
* The Lurcher: Training and Hunting by: Frank Sheardown
* The Lurcher: A Complete Guide by: Jon Hutcheon
* The Working Lurcher: The Traditional Skills by: Jackie Drakeford
* Understanding the Working Lurcher by: Jackie Drakeford

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