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Lurchers Dogs & Puppies For Sale In The UK And Ireland 2022

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Lurchers Dogs & Puppies For Sale In The UK And Ireland 2022

The Lurcher dog breed is actually a cross (or hybrid) breed, not a pure line with specific characteristics. Most experts describe the Lurcher dog as a cross between a breed of sighthound and one that is not.

Most Lurcher dogs have the Greyhound as the parent of the greyhound. The non-greyhound parent can be almost any other breed. The appearance of the Lurcher will depend (of course) on the parent dog breeds.

Origin And History Of Lurchers

The Lurcher was first recorded in the UK and Ireland in the Middle Ages. At that time, only the aristocracy could own purebred dogs, and they were used to hunt on land and property. It was a crime for the general population to hunt and kill animals on noble-owned land, and the punishments if caught were severe.

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To circumvent these restrictions, Roma, travelers and peasants used developed and trained mongrel dogs for hunting. Usually they would chase rabbits and hares, usually at night. This, of course, was still poaching, but the dogs were so fast and athletic that it was very difficult for rangers to spot them, much less catch them.

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This type of hunting has persisted into modern times and is called “lamping”. It involves walking slowly through the hunting area, typically forests or open fields, with the dog next to the hunter. The hunter will stop to illuminate the surroundings, looking for the reflection of the eyes of a rabbit or a hare. If he sees one, he will release the dog towards the animal and begin the chase.

If the hunter doesn’t see anything, he will turn off his lamp and silently walk another hundred meters or so, then stop and try the lamp again.

This hunting background led to the “sport” of hare hunting, which has been banned in the UK and has been replaced by decoy hunting. In both, the dog is essentially chasing a fast-moving object.

The name Lurcher comes from the Sanskrit derived word “lur” for looter in some Romani dialects, and the related verb “lurel” which means to steal or loot. The Roma people came first from India, and not from Egypt, the origin of the negative term “gypsy.”

Character

The lurcher has a greyhound character: affectionate and calm at home. He is a pleasant dog who gets along well with children. However, be careful not to choose him if other animals are present at home (cats, rabbits, rodents, etc.): if he has not been raised with them, his hunting and chasing instinct will be the most strong.

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The character of the lurcher will of course also be influenced by the breeds involved in his lineage. He still keeps his greyhound character, but depending on whether he has sheepdogs or terriers in his ancestors, his behavior will of course be affected.

Temperament

All Lurchers have a strong hunting instinct to chase after anything that moves. This comes from the father of the sight dog, typically a greyhound. They love to run and enjoy being outdoors with plenty of room to move.

But when it comes to being at home, another side of their character becomes apparent: They like to be with their family and they make excellent pets and family companions. After playing with the children, they will curl up in a ball and sleep through the afternoon. It’s amazing how much they can shrink in size! They are not aggressive, but can be quite aloof with strangers.

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Lifestyle 

The lurcher holds from his greyhound an extraordinary aptitude for running and sight hunting . He therefore distinguished himself in these two sports, but could not compete in competitions reserved for purebred dogs. He can also shine in agility.

The lurcher needs a lot of exercise and to be able to exercise while running in freedom. He can live in an apartment on this condition. But he must imperatively be kept on a leash in places where he could meet cats or other small animals.

Ease of Training

While Greyhounds are very difficult to train, a Lurcher is usually more obedient. It is important to socialize a Lurcher puppy when he is young, so that he gets used to new sights, sounds and smells, and especially new people. We recommend taking your Lurcher to obedience training classes, as a well-trained dog is less frustrating for the owner and results in a happier dog, as they know what is expected of them.

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This early socialization should also include getting to know small dogs and other small animals. This should reduce the risk of your Stalker mistaking small animals and dogs for a hare or rabbit and attacking them.

Grooming

Stalkers don’t require a lot of grooming care. They have a short / shaggy coat, and a thorough brushing with a stiff brush once a week is usually enough to keep them looking good.

They should only bathe infrequently, if they become very muddy or smelly. The mud can usually be allowed to dry and then brushed off.

As with all dogs, the ears should be checked weekly for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or a bad odor, and also for foreign objects such as grass or twigs. Teeth should be brushed every day with a small, soft toothbrush and a dog-specific toothpaste, not a human toothpaste.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are lurchers good family pets?

Nowadays, Lurchers are becoming very popular as they make exceptional family dogs. They are generally good with children, gentle, loving, very affectionate and loyal. We always have lots of lovely lurchers looking for homes.

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Are lurchers aggressive?

Contrary to popular belief, the Lurcher is an amiable, relaxed and gentle breed, with a quiet temperament that enjoys regular human contact. Like the Greyhound, the Lurcher is neither aggressive nor highly strung, but docile and dependable towards its owners.

Why are lurchers called lurchers?

The lurcher is a cross-bred dog, normally between a Greyhound and a Collie or sheepdog. The word ‘lurcher’ is derived from the medieval French lerce Lurcher was first used with this meaning in 1668 from the verb ‘lurch’ — ‘lurk’.

Why are so many lurchers abandoned?

Many Lurchers are used for lamping, a form of hunting, and are ‘disposed of’ once they are no longer useful to the owner. This means that lots of Lurchers come into our care as strays, after being found wandering the streets alone.

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Why do lurchers lean on you?

A Greyhound likes to show affection with his or her entire body, whether that means curling up against you on the couch or leaning his or her weight against your side. … While smaller dogs might sit in your lap, your Greyhound may give you his weight to show that he or she feels bonded to you.

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