Lurcher Breed Summary
Energetic, Fast, Affectionate and Sociable
|Lifespan||12 - 15 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 22in - 28in|
|Weight||Males and Females 60lb - 70lb|
|Coat||They can have either Fine and Close Coats or, they can have Rough, Coarse Coats or Smoother Ones (Dependent on Parent Breeds)|
|Color||Black, White, Red, Blue, Fawn, Fallow, Brindle|
|Common health issues||Bloat, Heart problems, Bone cancer, A sensitivity to anaesthetic and certain drugs, Ivermectin sensitivity, Sodium pentothal anaesthetic sensitivity, Eye issues, Hypothyroidism, Muscle and foot injuries, Torn toenails|
Lurchers are well known for their calm and affectionate ways; however, they can become very timid or aggressive if not trained properly. It is therefore vital to start training and socializing these pups from a young age to stop any unsavory personality characteristics from developing. Because they are built to run, you will need a high and strong fence to stop your pooch from running into roads or other busy areas. Needless to say, these dogs are not happy if solely kept outside, but would rather be inside with the attention of their families where they can be sociable and warm. This breed loves to go on long walks, so it’s vital they get exercise every day and also the opportunity to run free in a large, safe and enclosed area so they can release some energy!
While Great Britain is most likely the origin of the name Lurcher and may be the largest contributor to the Lurcher population, restricting ownership of sight hounds to nobility also occurred historically in certain parts of Spain, which may have led to the breeding of Lurcher-type dogs there as well. A large number of Lurchers include Greyhound DNA as their sight hound contribution, but Lurchers with contributions from Whippets, Irish Wolfhounds, and Salukis are also popular. None of the major Kennel Clubs recognize the Lurcher as an independent breed, and no standard has been developed, but there are multiple dog shows and competitions in Great Britain that feature Lurcher dogs, usually alongside Terriers.