Let’s Look at Lurchers!

Published: June 14th, 2022

Let’s Look at Lurchers!

Published: June 14th, 2022

A lurcher is classed as any dog that results from the crossing of a sighthound (greyhound, whippet, Irish wolfhound, saluki or Italian greyhound, for example) with any other breed of dog, usually a working dog like a collie, or even a terrier. This very broad combination means that “lurchers” can vary greatly in looks, size and temperament. A whippet crossed with a terrier will look very different to a greyhound crossed with an Irish wolfhound!

 

Generally speaking, lurchers are calm, kind and affectionate, although young lurchers, especially if they have not been properly trained as pups, can be too lively to be around young children, cats or other dogs. They often have a high prey drive so may chase small furry animals. Most lurchers tolerate a muzzle well, and this may be necessary to avoid incidents occurring outside the home.

Lurchers of all ages can be prone to sudden bursts of energy, often known as “Zoomies” so they do need regular exercise but are then usually happy to resume their “couch potato” lifestyle, many sleeping for up to 18 hours a day!

It’s a sad fact that lurchers take longer than most other breeds to rehome, because people tend to see them as “working dogs” and not family pets. Of course all animals are individuals, and with lurchers, depending on both their breed combination and their puppyhood socialisation and training, their behaviour will vary greatly. In general, they are gentle around people, usually including children, calm in the house, and love company.

If you are thinking about adding a new dog to your family, please consider one of our lovely lurchers! We have so many lurchers looking for their forever homes right now. Do you have room in your home and your heart for one of them?