Lurcher

Lurcher information

In the Middle Age, only aristocrats were allowed to own sight hounds. At that time, anybody owning a dog similar to a sight hound was declared a poacher. As a result, Lurcher were created. There is no strict standard of the Lurcher as they were created from the breeding of Greyhounds with Collies or Terriers. Lurchers were trained to herd sheep and hunt small preys.


Nowadays, Lurchers are bred between them to keep the breed standard. Lurchers are known to be good and faithful companions. Due to their origins, they require a lot of exercise.


Lurcher characteristics

The Lurcher measures between 27 to 30 inches and weighs between 27 to 32 Kilos. The Lurcher has a short haired coat. The most common colours are fawn, grey, black and white.


Lurcher temperament

Lurchers are generally friendly and playful dogs. They are very affectionate with their owners. Lurchers have a strong hunting instinct, they like to track animal. It is, therefore, recommended to keep them on the lead when going on walks. Moreover, Lurchers are good jumper and jump high fences.


Lurcher training

Lurchers need a consistent and gentle training. Lurchers are eager to please and generally respond well to positive reinforcement. Also, it is very important to praise your dog or give him a treat to encourage wanted behaviours.

The Lurcher breed has kept a very strong hunting instinct, also Lurcher puppies selected as family pet should be socialized with other animals as early as possible.


Lurcher food habits

It is important to feed the Lurcher with a good quality dry food, in order to avoid health and skin conditions. Lurchers can be very sensible to the chemicals added in their dry food and might require home-made diet. It is essential to discuss an eventual home-made diet with the vet so that your dog gets the nutrients he needs and in the right quantities.


Lurcher health

Lurchers are a healthy breed. Their life expectancy varies from 9 to 13 years.

Lurchers who have had a racing career can have muscle and ligament problems. This often leads to an inflammation of the muscle known as arthritis. This condition is painful for the dog who will have difficulties to walk.


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