Lurcher

Description

The Lurcher is a crossbreed that does not have a consistent appearance. It is a kind of dog that is developed using a Sighthound and any one of numerous breeds, including a Terrier and Collie. Its appearance varies according to the breeds used to breed it.

Temperament

The temperament of the Lurcher can vary widely. It is usually a cross between hunting breeds, so it is typically energetic and seeks to please its owner. As a hunting companion it is usually bred to capture and kill small game. The breed may also hunt large animals. The breed should have high intelligence and respond well to training. Watchdog and guardian fall under the general nature of the Lurcher. It should do fine with children, although supervision is recommended when it interacts with small children. There shouldn’t be any problem with this breed getting along with other pets, but with young childre, supervision is recommended.

Height and Weight

Since the breeds used to develop the Lurcher can vary in size, there are no general measurements or weight that characterize this breed.

Health Problems

The Lurcher inherits any genetic health problems of the breeds used to develop it. Other than these, it may develop health conditions that are common to most breeds. Most dogs are susceptible to develop hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and elbow dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The most suitable living condition for the Lurcher depends on the breeds used to develop it. The length of the coat, sensitivity to certain weather conditions, and temperament are factors to consider when determining the best living conditions for the Lurcher.

Exercise

All breeds need exercise. If a Lurcher is kept outside it will probably fulfill most of its exercise needs. Indoor types may be active, but probably need more exercise than outdoor types. A daily walk is good for any breed.

Life Expectancy

There is a wide array of breeds from which the Lurcher may develop. It is difficult to determine its life expectancy.

Litter Size

There is a wide array of breeds from which the Lurcher may develop. It is difficult to determine its average litter size.

Grooming

Grooming is a part of dog ownership. If a Lurcher has a long coat it should be brushed more often than one that has a short coat. Thick and coarse coats also need more grooming, especially during shedding season.

Origin

The Lurcher originated in Ireland and in Great Britain some time in the 1600s.

Group

The Lurcher is not recognized in any particular group, but is typically associated with Sighthounds.

Color

There is a wide array of breeds from which the Lurcher may develop. It is difficult to determine its general color.