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Lurchers: Couch Potato Dogs That Can Run up to 40 Mph

I hope to give a look into the wonderful world of Lurchers and inspire fellow dog-lovers to consider giving a home to a Lurcher.

This is Tigger,  one of my Lurchers.

This is Tigger, one of my Lurchers.

Lurchers Are Long-Legged and Lovable Dogs

If you're wondering what Lurchers are, let me enlighten you: Lurchers are dogs: elegant, stylish, fast, beautiful, breathtaking dogs.

What Makes Lurchers Special?

Lurchers are affectionate, loving, and full of character. They also make wonderful pets. Despite the fact that they can run at over 40 mph, they don't require you to spend most of your life out of the house exercising them because, aside from running, the other thing they love best in the world is sleeping!

The one downside of being a Lurcher companion is that these dogs seem firmly convinced that sofas and all other types of comfy furniture were designed for them . . . not humans!

Lurchers are crossbreed sighthounds, so they come in all shapes, colours and sizes —from small smooth coated Whippet crosses to big hairy, rough-coated Deerhound crosses. They all have two things in common though: pointy noses and loooong legs.

My Three Lurchers

I own three Lurchers, a boy called Tigger and two girlies called Amber and Ebony. All of them were unwanted strays I re-homed from a rescue centre. To say I adore them is an understatement—"adopting" them (or was it the other way around?) were the three wisest decisions I've ever made. Mere words cannot adequately convey how totally wonderful my dogs are. Whatever I do for them, they repay me a million times over and more, with love and affection.

Life with my Lurchers is full of fun, cuddles, waggy tails, licks and love!

The Sad Truth About Lurchers

Unfortunately, though, there are many more "unwanted" Lurchers in dog pounds throughout the UK. Some of them are fortunate enough to be taken in and cared for by one of the handful of Lurcher Rescue organisations in the UK, run by kind, dedicated people who move heaven and earth to find unwanted Lurchers a good home (or as the soppy amongst us say, their "forever sofa"!) . . . but not all stray or unwanted Lurchers are so lucky and for far too many of these stunning, graceful, affectionate and delightful dogs, this means a death sentence.

I hope to give an insight into the wonderful world of Lurchers and hope to inspire fellow dog lovers to consider giving a home to one. You'll find links to many Lurcher rescue organisations further down in this article.

What Is a Lurcher?

Lurcher = sighthound crossed with a pastoral dog or a terrier

What Is a Lurcher?

A Lurcher is not a breed. All Lurchers are crossbreeds (mongrel dogs).

The term Lurcher is used to describe a dog that is a cross between a sighthound (a dog that hunts by speed and sight, instead of by scent and endurance) and either a pastoral dog (a dog bred to work livestock) or a terrier (a small hunting dog originally developed for driving game from burrows).

Lurcher = sighthound crossed with a pastoral dog or a terrier

  • Sighthounds: Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, Sloughiis, Borzois, Deerhounds, Wolfhounds, Afghan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds, Spanish Greyhounds (Spanish Galgo)
  • Pastoral dogs: Border Collies, Bearded Collies, Rough Collies, German Shepherds, Old English Sheepdogs
  • Terriers: Jack Russell Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Bull Terriers, Wheaten Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Irish Terriers, Airedale Terriers

In some cases, there may be multiple crossing involved, which is why Lurchers can come in all shapes, sizes and colours and can either be smooth or rough-coated.

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There's a special name for a type of Lurcher that is a cross between two or more sighthounds such as a Greyhound and a Borzoi—it's called a "Longdog".

Characteristically, Lurchers have long legs, deep chests, long pointed noses and are very agile and fast.

Lurcher dogs computer mouse mat

Lurcher dogs computer mouse mat

Why Are They Called Lurchers?

What does the word Lurcher mean?

There are various theories about the origin and meaning of the word Lurcher. The most common explanation is that it comes from the Romani (or Romany) word "lur", which means "thief".

Given that Lurchers derive from hunting dogs originally bred in the 17th century by gypsies and travellers throughout Great Britain and Ireland for poaching rabbits, hares and other small creatures, "thief" would have been a perfectly reasonable descriptive name for poachers dogs!

On the other hand, Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, by D.C. Blood, V.P. Studdert and C.C. Gay, Elsevier, has this entry on Lurchers (quote courtesy of

"A traditional dog of the Romany gypsies in the United Kingdom; not an officially recognized breed, but generally a smooth-haired dog of variable conformation. It resembles a cross between a Whippet and a Greyhound. The name comes from the habit of hanging around in the background, more as a camp follower than as a family pet."

"Lurcher" is a similar word to "lurker", so that explanation is feasible too.

Lurcher: The Poacher's Dog

Lurchers are believed to have originated in the UK and Ireland in the 17th century. They were bred by Irish Romany Gypsies for use in hunting small game such as rabbits and hares.

According to Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue:

"The Lurcher is thought to have been developed at the time that only those of noble blood were permitted to own a Greyhound or any other sight-dogs such as the Saluki, Whippet, Borzoi, Afghan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Deerhound etc. So these crosses were made to produce an efficient hunting companion for commoners and a popular poachers' dog."

A Poem About Lurchers!

"All along the moorland road a caravan there comes,

Where the piping curlew whistles and the jacksnipe drums;

And a long, lean dog,

At a sling jig-jog,

A poacher to his eyelids as are all the lurcher clan,

Follows silent as a shadow and as clever as a man..."

— Extract from the poem "The New Anubis" by Patrick R. Chalmers from his book "A Peck O' Maut" (1915)

Lurchers in Sport and Hunting

Until the UK banned hunting with dogs, traditionally Lurchers were used for pest control (rabbits, hares, foxes etc.) and for hunting rabbits and hares (hunting at night using a lurcher and a powerful lamp was known as lamping).

Lurchers were also used in the sport of hare coursing (banned in Great Britain with effect from February 2005 and disallowed in Northern Ireland since 2002.)

Lurchers are also used in the non-hunting sports of Lure Coursing and Lurcher Racing.

Lurchers are used in the sport of Lurcher racing.

Lurchers are used in the sport of Lurcher racing.

Do Lurchers Make Good Pets?

Lurchers make wonderful family pets due to their gentle, loving natures, but would-be Lurcher owners need to be aware that not all of them are tolerant of cats and other small furry pets, or of animals you might encounter on walks such as rabbits, squirrels, deer etc.

They Require an Aware Owner

Lurchers were "designed" (for want of a better word) to put food in the cooking pot and while it's quite possible to teach them that you would rather they didn't catch a rabbit for you, some Lurchers will act on their instincts and it's better that you are aware of this simple fact from the outset. My three Lurchers have never killed anything—but that's probably more because I am careful not to give them the opportunity rather than them overcoming their natural instinct.

Other than that, like any other dogs, Lurchers need exercise but they don't need anything above and beyond what is "normal" for most other dogs, so don't think you need to be out of the house several times a day for hours on end.

They Love to Run

Lurchers love to run, but bear in mind that you need to be sensible and responsible about where you allow your Lurcher to be offlead. Think of their safety and that of other people and animals who may be in the vicinity. A Lurcher at full pelt tends to tune out of most things other than the sheer joy of running and they can cover a lot of ground fast. This means that they can be a long way away from you very quickly indeed.

They Do Well With Routine Grooming

Lurchers don't need anything more than routine grooming (obviously rough-coated Lurchers need a bit more "maintenance" for their coats than smooth-coated ones). They shed hair of course, but nothing excessive. The one difference I've found between Lurchers and other dogs I've had, is that their nails seem to grow very long and they hate having them clipped—but that may just be my three being awkward.

They Don't Require Heavy Feeding

Foodwise, they don't cost a fortune to feed and my three do pretty well on a dental chew for breakfast, a main meal in the afternoon and a couple of dog biscuits, rawhide chews or something similar such as a pig's ear or a bit of paddywhack during the day to help keep their teeth clean.

They Love Comfort

Lurchers love comfort and a house filled with warm, snuggly sofas and armchairs and spacious beds covered in soft cuddly duvets and pillows is heaven on earth for a Lurcher.

My Lurcher girl Amber doing her favourite thing: snoozing contentedly snuggled up nice and comfy on an armchair!

My Lurcher girl Amber doing her favourite thing: snoozing contentedly snuggled up nice and comfy on an armchair!

They Love to Cuddle

Lurchers snuggle and cuddle and snooze as much as they can on the softest, snuggliest surface they can find . . . and they love their humans.

Whatever my three dogs cost me in terms of money and time, they repay a million times over in love and devotion. They're just wonderful . . . but there are some very important things you need to consider before deciding to get a Lurcher as a pet, and I've gone into some detail about these in the section below.

Amber, one of my Lurchers. Who could resist those gorgeous golden eyes?

Amber, one of my Lurchers. Who could resist those gorgeous golden eyes?

What to Know Before Getting a Lurcher as a Pet

Lurcher Personality Traits

As I write this on my laptop, two of my three Lurchers are curled up on the sofa next to me . . . the other one is snuggled up on the armchair. They look so sweet, cosy and downright adorable. I know it sounds soppy, but I love these dogs with all my heart.

They Are Sociable

At home, all three of my dogs are placid, adaptable, reasonably obedient (laughing out loud) and wonderful, affectionate companions. They are the waggiest, cuddliest, lickiest, most loving dogs I have ever had (and I've had dogs for most of my life). They are loved totally and completely and they love back unconditionally and wholeheartedly in return. Lurchers love to sleep—they love their comfort—and they don't pester incessantly for walks.

They Like to Stay Warm

If it's raining or cold, they literally rush outside to "do their business" and rush back in again as quickly as possible, heading for the nearest heater/snuggly sofa and more sleep.

They Make Great Companions

They're not faddy eaters, they don't shed excessive hair and as all three of mine are smooth coated, they don't require much grooming beyond nail cutting and teeth cleaning . . . as far as pets go, lurchers are pretty much perfect. However, outside of the home, there can often be a very different side to lurchers.

They Are Hunters

Hunting is what they were bred to do and they do it instinctively. Make no mistake, the waggy, lovable, couch-potato is capable of transforming into a sleek, powerful, muscular, turbocharged killing machine in the blink of an eye if so inclined and given the opportunity.

Any Lurcher is easily capable of catching and killing a smallish animal very easily indeed. Not all will, but you need to be aware of the fact that they can. They don't differentiate between wild animals or domesticated pets either—to a lurcher, there is absolutely no difference between your neighbours cat or a wild rabbit, squirrel or fox...if the fancy takes them and instinct takes over, they will run after it and kill it if they can.

They Can Get Along With Other Pets

Many Lurchers co-exist very happily indeed with their owner's other pets, but some can never overcome their natural instinct that small furry creatures are nothing more than prey. This is an instinct, and if you are thinking about getting a Lurcher as a pet, you must consider this aspect.

Amber demonstrates how to roach

Amber demonstrates how to roach

Lurcher + Sofa = Roaching

"Roaching" is the term used to describe the tendency of a lurcher to lie on their back with their legs in the air when relaxing on a comfy sofa, bed etc.

Tips for Raising and Training a Lurcher

Prey Drive Is a Natural Instinct

The desire to hunt is not evil or bad, it's what any dog is capable of, Lurcher or non-lurcher. Dogs are animals, not toys. It's just that Lurchers have more inbred tendency to instinctively hunt than many other types of dog. Any dog will chase a cat, rabbit etc, but Lurchers are seriously fast and are far more likely to catch what they chase and if they do, that's where human conditioning stops and animal instinct takes over.

Not Every Lurcher Will Hunt

Now, don't get me wrong, not every Lurcher will do this, but some of them do, as owners have found out to their horror (and grief). Even my own dogs, normally pretty responsive to commands, seem to become deaf in the excitement of being out and about and forget that I, the person who normally they shadow everywhere I go (or as many places as I'll let them!) even exists, much less listen to my attempts to recall them unless they feel like it.

How to Prevent This Behavior

Luckily, there is a solution, which is just as well as Lurchers are so perfect in just about every other way. It's a simple solution too: muzzle your Lurcher in public and never let them off lead to run anywhere that there might be other animals around. It sounds terribly drastic‚ but better safe than sorry.

Don't Get Complacent

Complacency and believing that "my dog will never do anything bad" could well lead to disaster . . . so please take this aspect of the Lurcher personality into consideration if you are thinking about getting this dog as a pet.

Do Your Research

If you're considering getting a Lurcher from a rescue centre or anywhere else, do lots of research to find out more about them. Internet forums are a great place to find people who know a great deal about Lurchers and have first-hand experience and there are links to several excellent forums further down this page.

Adopting a Lurcher

If you're considering getting a Lurcher from a rescue centre or anywhere else, do lots of research to find out more about lurchers and what owning one will entail. Lurcher and sighthound internet forums are great places to find people who know a great deal about lurchers and have first hand experience.

Lurcher Communities and Forums

  • Lurcher Link
    People who love Lurchers and the Lurcher world and wish to make a difference to their fate
  • The Hound Lounge
    A friendly place for people to come and chill out and chat about their hounds and share stories and photos and videos of them enjoying life.
  • Greyhound Gap
    Greyhound Gap Online Forum! We are an independent organisation made up of National Volunteers all with various aspects of Sighthound Experience.

Organisations Helping Lurchers and Greyhounds in Need

Contact any of the organisations listed below for further details of Lurchers needing re-homing.

UK Lurcher Rescue Organisations

Are you, have you been, or would you like to be a Lurcher owner?

© 2008 LouiseKirkpatrick

Lurchery Guestbook: Tell us your tales of Lurcheryness or just say hello. All dog-lovers are welcome!

Louise Hawkins on September 01, 2020:

My lurcher Harry is so lovely he's a lazy boy sleeps most of the day .

Lee coomber on July 23, 2020:

My lurchers do hunt day time and night time with the aid of a lamp, they also work with ferrets ,but they are great pets also,mine learned very quickly what was wanted of them an what to do ,sadly there are those that sork there dogs as i do but use them irresponsibly and if they dont do what they want are disregarded and thrown away like trash ,,,this gives the majority of us ,like minded as myself who work there dogs but think the world of them the same bad name and we all get tared with the same brush ..

They are wonderful dogs and i wouldn't want to own any other.

George Scott on June 10, 2020:

I got Larry Longlegs from the dogs trust. He was 14mths old. He had been used for illegal Hare Coursing then dumped on the motorway with a few other dogs. He’s a great dog but has all the Lurcher traits including being a thief! I wouldn’t swap or change him for the world though I wish he had even a little recall, we’re wuorking on it ha ha ha on December 20, 2019:

We adopted Juno, a one year old Lurcher from Dogs Trust in January 2019, never had a lurcher before, and is she a real handful. She is also very loveable. We knew nothing about Lurchers before. She has settled down over the year but still has a way to go. She is lovely though and getting better month by month. it doesnt help that we have lots of squirrels going along our back wall !

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on November 25, 2019:

I wrote this page a few years ago now as my three rescue Lurchers, Tigger, Amber and Ebony brought such love and joy into my life and I wanted to let the world know how fantastic Lurchers are. Sadly nothing lasts forever and Amber died of Lymphoma in 2016 at the age of 11, Tigger died in 2017 at the age of 14 and sadly my wonderful Ebony died last week, also at the age of 14...I am devastated, but so glad and grateful that I got to spend so many wonderful years with my three amazing dogs. I loved them all so very much and I miss them all terribly. I am not currently in a place in life where I can get another dog and at the moment, having lost my Ebony so recently, I want time to grieve her loss. If I do get another dog at some point in the future I intend to get another rescue Lurcher and if that happens, then of course I will amend this page, but until then, it will remain as a tribute to my darling dogs, Tigger, Amber and Ebony and I hope that it has and will continue to educate anyone who reads it about Lurchers and hopefully encourage people to consider a Lurcher as a pet. They are to me, the very best of dogs...

Maggie55Grant on November 21, 2019:

What a fabulous thread! Spot on! I have two Lurchers. Both are rescue dogs. One was used for hunting, and his prey drive is off the scale. Within days of adopting him, I taught him to wear a muzzle. He is always off-lead in parks and countryside. He is now 11years and still runs at 30mph. An old man, very grey, and thinks he is 18months! Sadly, he has broken a cat's jaw, (who entered our local park), and knocked its' teeth out whilst wearing a cage muzzle.

My other boy, was born blind and partially deaf...a sighthound without sight! He adores cats and everyone. I am so blessed to have two amazng boys, who are gentle giants, non-reactive to aggression, and the love of my life. They are my reason to wake up early every day! My blind dog came from Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on October 31, 2019:

Awwww....I wrote this page a few years ago now as my 3 Lurchers, Tigger, Amber and Ebony brought such love and joy into my life and I wanted to let the world know how fantastic Lurchers are. Sadly nothing lasts forever and Amber died of Lymphoma in 2016 at the age of 11 and Tigger died in 2017 at the age of 14. He grieved so much for her and I think he died of a combination of a broken heart and old age. I just have Ebony now. She's 14 and starting to show her age, but every day is a blessing and I'm glad to have been able to share my life with 3 such wonderful dogs. Your Jack and Jasper lived to amazing ages and I'm glad they got to share their lives with someone who loved them so much. Till we all meet again at The Rainbow Bridge...

MOPPY MORRIS on October 30, 2019:

Jasper was the name of my beloved lurched at the same time I also had a Jack Russell called Jack they got on absolutely wonderfully everywhere I went people would say what do you hunt mate? My reply not a single thing if my two boys turn out something rabbit's always unless deer when I did not know so be it but I was and never want to be a hunter why should I?? I have Two beautiful boys who do it ALL JUST FOR THERE ENJOYMENT !!! JACK WAS 17 JASPER 18& a1/4 xxxxxxxxx BLESS THEM BOTH I WORSHIPPED EVERY DAY WITH THEM!! MY BOYS XX

Lynne Matthews on October 09, 2019:

Ramsey is my 6 year old rescue. A sensitive, loving sleeping machine!! He is also a qualified PAT dog of his gentle nature. A lurcher-collie cross he is very beautiful. I couldn't wish for a better companion

Gilbert Tweddle on April 08, 2019:

Breeze is a white smooth haired lurcher, got all the traits you have described, fortunately I have space for her to run, plenty of sofa, goes to work with me, luckily only one neighbor with a spaniel and no cats, the dogs get on, sounds great but she has her moments! wouldn’t be without her for the world

Rhonda Hager Ryan on October 13, 2018:

I believe my Frankie is a lurcher . He fits the standard in size, temperate and he LOVES to chase .. However, he's Sato dog from PR that was brought to NYC.

Thoughts ?


Ellie on October 03, 2018:

Nice post but the thing about lurchers being a standard excercise breed can be very very far from the truth. Mine needs at least one (usually two but weather and time can prevent it) 1hr30min walk a day, most of which she spends off lead, along with several sessions with a ball thrower in the garden to wear her out. The idea that lurchers are generally lazier dogs was one of the reasons why I chose the breed in the first place and now I'm walking 5-9 miles a day.

Nicholas Merton - Dublin IRE on September 01, 2018:

You don't mention their love for TV and chasing the animals they see on it. Ie Coronation Street Cat.

Cecilia eastwood on June 19, 2018:

Great article. Am planning on getting (hopefully) a small sighthound/lurcher type dog, maybe a whippet and am doing lots of research. Interesting though that your warning about lurchers out and about could just as easily apply to my Samoyed boy. He has taken me by surprise with his intense prey drive (I had a Samoyed bitch before who was much more civilised), and he can be stressful to have offlead where I live as there is loads of wildlife round here. Last week he was bitten by a squirrel that he surprised on the ground. He has a really smart turn of foot and a couple of years ago could keep up with lurchers In our play field. He is now 4 and is getting a bit lazy so will only chase for a short distance but I have had hair raising episodes with him disappearing across the countryside after deer. Unlike many sighthounds though he doesn’t see deer as dinner, as Samoyeds were originally reindeer herders among other things. Sounds like I will be in familiar territory with a lurcher. I have thought about muzzling (to keep rabbits and pheasants safe) but then other dog walkers will assume he is unfriendly and he simply adores people.

Graham on May 28, 2018:

My short haired Lurcher called Merlyn is 7 years old, living near the coast he runs on sandy beaches whenever weather permits. He loves chasing balls and retrieves excellentyly but he in command, when he tires, he won't let the ball go. He isn't a rescue, we have had him since he was 8 weeks old and he has lived with cats all his life, infact he is very protective of our small tortoise shell she cat.

Sam. on March 14, 2018:

My lurched x husky is the most amazing maid ever...but she wants to hunt constantly..nightmare..

Bam on March 01, 2018:

I have 3year old lurcher female , beautiful tame dog couldnt ask for a better dog also have a chorkie ,my lurcher dont have any bother or aggresion towards her really social able

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on May 11, 2014:

@woofalot: Hi woofalot - sorry for the delay in replying, I've been on holiday with all 3 of my dogs on a boat on the Norfolk Broads - quite an experience to say the least! Anyway, in answer to your query it depends on whether your dog is a submissive type. If he is, then a bitch would be a better companion than a dog. Also, a neutered male will be unsettled in the presence of an entire male. My Tigger is a very submissive little man and we tried him twice with male companions and he freaked out, but now he lives very happily with his harem of two neutered lady dogs!

brianvallois lm on May 10, 2014:

Great lens, i have a greyhound called flex and his best friends are lurchers suki & boss.

woofalot on April 26, 2014:

We have a wonderful lurcher boy who is about 3. He is the most adorable dog who we brought home from a rescue centre last June. We are now seriously considering finding a friend for him to snuggle up to on the sofa. Not sure whether a male or female would be best for him? Any suggestions please.

Mattaikido on November 18, 2013:

I have a beautiful lurcher girl who is 14 and I can say she's the most kind and gentle loving dog I ever had in my life, I grew up with labs and then German shepherds, but my lurcher is the best girl a guy could want...would never get anything else ever...

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on November 12, 2013:

@CharlieandPrim: Ah yes...Lurchers have a habit of getting under your skin almost as soon as they set their four elegant little feet through your door! Hope you and your new doggie have a lifetime of fun and love together :) (I'm sure she's just biding her time before she claims your sofa!)

CharlieandPrim on November 12, 2013:

Great web article. I have just adopted a young Lurcher from Battersea Dogs Home. She is affectionate and very clever and has settles into her new home very well (lots of blankets and cushions). She has not yet attempted to get on any furniture which has surprised me. A little worried about training recall as she completely zones out if she spies a squirrel or even a pigeon in the park! I have had her for 2 days and already a Lurcher convert!

anonymous on June 19, 2013:

Loved this article. I have three lurchers who live quite happily with our two yorkies. It's a wonderful household and the looks and compliments that all five get for there wonderful nature and behaviour is a credit to them. The three lurchers were rescue dogs and came with terrible issues, aggression, food aggression but a lot of work, both medical, training, love and patience turned them into the most lovable dogs they are today. we love them all and everyday is a blessing with them in our lives. Thanks for the wonderful article, great reading.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on May 31, 2013:

@anonymous: LOL - Lurchers are strangely addictive! You're so right - they are the best dogs in the world :)

anonymous on May 31, 2013:

Enjoyed reading that,thanks,I've had my beddyxwhippet for 16months and can't imagine life without him,best dogs in the world imo,just need to convince OH that we should get another one.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on May 20, 2013:

Loved learning more about lurchers. Of course, now I want one! I can see why you adore yours so much. Though my four-legged boy, Toby, is not a lurcher, he has the strongest prey drive. We're still working on keeping the cats in our household alive.

CaztyBon on April 10, 2013:

I grew up with mixed breed dogs, never heard of Lurcher! great Lens

jimporsche86 on March 22, 2013:

I never did hear about a lurcher until now. Learn something new everyday. :) They really are neat looking dogs.

Stephen Bush from Ohio on March 09, 2013:

We are all lurchers! SquidAngel Blessings.

anonymous on March 09, 2013:

Hello, can any one offer a clue as to why my 13 year old male lurcher has suddenly started to howl ? The vet advises me that he is in excellent health, his routine hasn't changed, neither has his environment, all is as ever it was. Appetite excellent, and yet...... any ideas? Ps. He is never left alone. He has 5 collies and a cat for company and I'm always around. This new behavior is now of 3 weeks duration and I'm concerned/perplexed.

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on February 20, 2013:

Gorgeous dogs. So lovely that you have given them homes. I think it's so sad that people dump their animals.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on February 15, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi there, Kai does sound like he has a lot of Lurcher traits from your description!

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on February 15, 2013:

@GazGee: Hi Gaz - how lovely to hear from you again! I'm so glad to hear that Lily is doing so well - she sounds a lot like my Amber - years of love and stability have never managed to take away her terror at being behind a closed door or her fear aggression when on the lead. It seems that some scars never heal :( Sorry to hear about Holley but I'm sure she'd be delighted that Pippa has found a loving home with you just like she did...and pics would be lovely!

GazGee on February 14, 2013:

@GazGee: Hello, again apologies for not keeping in regular touch.

Quick update - Lily is now a fully grown and beautiful Lurcher, still very nervous around new people / situations sadly. Shes been doing a little bit of agility work, though not picking it up as quickly as Rosie! Sadly we lost Holley back in Sept ('12), so have a new "oldie" joined us just after Xmas. Her name is Pippa and is somewhere between 12 and 14 or so. Dogs trust said that nobody had actually told her herself how old she was - her and Lil play like two pups, play fighting and running around the house. Will have to get some pics sorted out to post up again.

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

I came across your Lens on Lurchers by accident but I definitely can identify with these dogs. When I saw the photo above titles "Amber demonstrates how to roach!" I thought I was seeing my own dog Kai.

From how you have defined a Lurcher, I would say that describes mine. We found him abandoned in the streets so I'm not sure about all the mixes he has but I think he has a bit of Whippet, Pit Bull, Pharaoh Dog, and something else. He is smooth haired, sleek, tan color, and he is VERY fast.

I really enjoyed reading your Lens on Lurchers.

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

I love dogs but didn't know about Lurchers - they are so sweet!

suepogson on January 01, 2013:

Hello! What a totally joyous article - thoroughly appreciated. Thank you.

savateuse on December 29, 2012:

I love lurchers! Thanks for sharing this great lens!

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 28, 2012:

@John Dyhouse: Ah yes, some Lurchers do like to be the star of the show! My Amber is an absolute Diva...still love her to bits though :D

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 28, 2012:

@debnet: Lisa? I'm Louise!!!! - but many thanks for the blessing Deb ;) Sorry to hear about Scruff - that's the sad thing about stray dogs, you have no idea of their "history" and I shudder to think what many of these poor dogs have been through. You did the right thing and I hope Scruff found a home that was right for him too :)

Debbie from England on December 28, 2012:

Fantastic lens Lisa! I can see you've poured your heart and soul into this one. I once rescued a Lurcher from the RSPCA. We named him Scruff and he had been a stray, so nothing was known about him. He fell in love with me to the point that he'd let no-one else near me, not even my kids. When he bit my three year old, I had to take him back to the RSPCA. We'd only had him 4 days but I couldn't risk him harming anyone. It broke my heart as he was adorable with me. Sorry Scruff!1 ~~Blessed~~

John Dyhouse from UK on December 27, 2012:

Great lens, I recognise my son's lurcher in many of the photos and descriptions. Such lovely and affectionate dogs - but he does like to be the centre of attention. (and he was a rescued dog too)

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on November 15, 2012:

Your lovely lurchers look so very happy. It is always wonderful to hear the stories of happy endings for dogs and cats who find a loving home. If only all animals could. Please everyone - spay or neuter your pet. Adopt from shelters and rescues rather than breeders and pet stores.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on November 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Glad to have been of help mylena and even more glad that your doggy has found a wonderful loving home :)

anonymous on November 02, 2012:

We adopted our little dog two years ago, without knowing the type of dog he was. The shelter mentioned a terrier mix, but there was something missing in the description. Then we found your site, and it describes him to perfection!! We love him so much, and we can't imagine our life without him. Thank you for the information.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on October 13, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Janet - consider joining the forum at Lurcher Link ( They're a friendly bunch who LOVE Lurchers and regularly organise walks and get togethers for Lurcher owners all over the UK. Just post a message saying where you're based and I'm sure you'll find other Lurcher lovers local to you! I don't post there really these days due to there not being enough hours in the day, but it's a very active forum full of good people who love doggies :) CDT (Louise)

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

hi i have recently got a beautiful lurcher 15 month old bitch i adore her and take her everywhere with me i just wished the rest of my family loved her too im fed up with people moaning at her for just trying to be friendly.shes a whippet x bedlington so not overly big.oh well its there loss!!!would love to be in touch with other people in my area haverhill suffolk with lurchers so we could meet up for walks etc.janet

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on August 16, 2012:

@anonymous: Awwwwwwww...your doglets sound a lot like mine in terms of personality. Amber in particular seems to think she's human - or at the very least the intermediary between the other two dogs and "her" humans :) I love hearing about other people's Lucrhers :D

anonymous on August 16, 2012:

We adopted two 'rescue' hounds some years back. In fact our female Saluki x Greyhound Lurcher 'adopted' us when she was brought to our home in Inverness by GAGAH to check us out. Firstly, she decided to check us out first. Little did we know that when she made her three visits upstairs, that she was in fact checking our bed out. After the third visit, she came downstairs, licked my fact and barked at my husband - "this is the way it's going to be" - and fell asleep on the armchair. She was only 10 months old and had four homes before ours - and was obviously abused by the children of these previous homes as it has taken us a few years to calm her down. She is still highly strung - but maturing beautifully.

We then adopted a champion ex-racing greyhound male. I fell in love with him from his photo on the GAGAH website. She had no choice but to accept him. Obviously she was jealous and tell him to behave when he plays around like a puppy - he has just turned 10, but the poor sweetheart did not know how to be a dog. On our walks she taught him how to sniff - "ah this is what my nose is for". He used to hang his head, until he saw her sniffing through peoples gates - he did the same.

He now throws cushions around, jumps and plays like a puppy, which he had missed out on when he was snatched from his mother to be trained as the champion he became.

Both are treasures and we love them to bits. We never thought of adopting ex-racing greyhounds or even unwanted lurchers until we saw GAGAH advertising. I personally have been a gun dog lover. But owning these dogs has taught us so much. They are gentle, loving, and just love their sofa, armchair or our bed. By the way, when we, or shall I say she adopted us, we provided a lovely soft bed for her in our bedroom - but twice I found her bed on our bed, so we just gave up. She doesn't think she is a dog - she follows my husband into the bathroom, wipes herself down on our towels and 'copies' what we do when washing!!! She certainly has a unique personality and we are still learning from her. She communicates with her eyes. What lovely creatures they are.

Our girl is 8 years old and we've had her for nearly all her life and our boy has just turned 10 and we want them to live many more years. They have the best of food - holistic and cooked vegetables. They have soft beautiful shiny coats. And of course they are spoiled with lots and lots of love and cuddles - cuddles which they demand.

Sniff It Out on August 15, 2012:

I really enjoyed meeting your lurchers! They possess many of the traits that our greyhound Declan has... ie sofa hogging, sleeping and roaching :-)

You are so right about people needing to research these dogs if they are interested in having one, for, while many may live happily with cats and other small animals, as was the case with our previous greyhound, the instinct to chase for others is too much!

We were told that Declan had been cat tested and was cat friendly... hmmm perhaps we will get there with KC and Deccy one day, but for now the two of them are kept apart unless he is muzzled and we are present.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 15, 2012:

Thank god for happy endings. I am so glad that greyhounds and lurchers are able to find loving homes. If only every one could have such happy endings.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on August 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Phyllis - I'm in the UK and unfortunately my knowledge of Lurchers and Lurcher Rescues is confined to this country :( Sorry I can't help but I really hope you can find somewhere across the pond...big hugs for your doggies :)

anonymous on August 11, 2012:

Would you have any info on lurchers, rescued or bred, in the Western US? Have a wolfhound/deerhound cross as well as a Dane, who just love sharing "their" new king sized bed with me. I would appreiate any assistance locating one of these loves.

anonymous on July 15, 2012:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: CDT thoroughly enjoyed your Lurcher articles, now am wondering if my Nina Poppy, affectionately known as Popsicle, is a Lurcher.. She runs like the wind, is somewhat resemblent of some of the pictures posted and I always thought when I rescued her from the city streets that she had some greyhound in her. I also joke that she also has jackrabbit & kangaroo in her as well with her long, long legs, especially her back ones.. Though she can keep me on my toes, she now has a canine rescue family that keeps her in check when absolutely needed, but not harshly... I live in the USA...

I am wondering if you are aware of the case verdict against a dog named Bailey, a Lurcher of 12 years, due to be euthanized on August 1, 2012 in London... It is a very sad story and there is a Petition circulating to save Bailey and is on its own Facebook page and is written by a Jo Jo Crossposter (wondering if that is her real surname)... Since you are familiar with recues to save this dog in the police kennels in London, UK, can you sign the petition and pass the word out to do same and perhaps a solution to overturn the verdict to kill bailey can be reversed... What is outrageous is that the 1st judge gave a no-kill verdict and to place this dog with an elderly couple who wanted him. His previous owner has issues that I believe are protecting her, but not the poor dog... She also has another dog that needs to be rehomed called Stokey or else he can be in Bailey's paws... PLEASE HELP, if you can!!!!

anonymous on July 15, 2012:

@TheGourmetCoffe: Apparently they must be. I have had Siberian Huskies and know that they can be aloof, except when it comes to children; one of ours knew when it was nap time for my son who loved to his afternoon nap in front of the TV & that must have been in telepathic sync with Beacobaa, our pedigree, mirrored image Siberian Huskey. She would come into the house or come from wherever to lie on her side to allow my son to use her as his pillow. Bea never moved a muscle until she felt my son waking up & this was a 2 hour nap most times...

However, anyone who verbally scolds a Siberian can tell you that these dogs get verbal right back as if telling you to go fly a kite... But they can be a good family dog as long as a human respects their dog's personality which is of high intelligence, needing lots of exercise, and a resemblance in nature to their closest relative, the wolf... Siberians are not vicious, neither are wolves... For the past 11 1/2 years I have been the human mama to a wolf-hybrid and can tell you she is a wonderful, but, at times, a very stubborn dog. She came to me daily looking for a safe haven to have her pups & has been a part of my life since. Her pups were placed properly but since then she has been an adoptive mama dog to a few of my others that were pups at one time in this rescuer's life. She taught them as no other mama dog could and they gained instincts from her that will keep them safe for life... She is even smater than Bea was, and that is saying a whole lot...

TheGourmetCoffe on July 08, 2012:

Our family loves animals. We have rescued Siberian Huskies for years and kept them as pets. Recently, an old relative passed away leaving a 6 year old mix Whippet, that frankly looks like one of the Lurchers featured in your lens, and we adopted her. Very different breed from a Husky but totally affectionate and lovely. Your lens provided great insight into Whippets and helped us understand some of "Sascha's" behaviors, thank you for your insights! I also "liked" your lens.

Rose Jones on June 27, 2012:

What sweet mongrels! This is one of the first lenses I read when I joined Squidoo several years ago. It is a dandy one! Pinned to my boards: "Dogs" obviously but also "Doing Good" for the rescues - and squid angel blessed. :)

UKGhostwriter on June 21, 2012:

We have a 14 year old whippet/terrier - a rescue dog from Battersea, she still thinks she's a pup!

GazGee on June 08, 2012:

@anonymous: Not been on for ages (sorry), Lily has settled in really well. Sadly she still has next to no confidence outside house and hates meeting strangers. Inside she's a totally different dog and rules the roost! She really is blossoming now that she's approx a year old. Will have to get some pics up but at the moment I am having difficulty with Picasa on my comp.

anonymous on June 08, 2012:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: hi i know the feeling took my baby to the vets to have his nails cut they could not do them oscar went mad and they cut his quick think i will try myself

anonymous on June 08, 2012:

i have a 5yr old lurcher called oscar who as i write this comment is snuggled up on the sofa next to me you would not know he was there he is that good i got him when he was ten weeks old and would not swap him 4 all the tea in china i have had dogs all my life but this is my first lurcher he is brilliant

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on May 30, 2012:

Loved your Lurchers and this lens! Angel blessing!

ragtimelil on May 22, 2012:

Loved your article. I have been previously owned by three greyhounds and a lot of what you said applies to them too. With good reason....

Loved the "roaching." HA

benwhit on May 04, 2012:

Fab lens, thanks. I have been "lurchered" by our very own lurcher, and when I went on the Southern Lurcher link forum, it turns out lots of people have been lurchered so whilst laid up in bed I create a facebook page named "ive been lurchered" - they are beautiful creatures

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on April 05, 2012:

Cute photos. I always wanted to have a dog. Well, maybe one day I'll become proud owner of lurcher... Then we'll occupy the couch for the rest of our lives!

amkatee on March 30, 2012:

A college professor of mine had a greyhound and she was the biggest couch potato! And she was very sweet!

Fay Favored from USA on March 22, 2012:

Thank you for adopting. I guess you can see I found your lens. Adding it to my new lens on adopting dogs if it's ok. It will be out in a few days.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on March 15, 2012:

@Lady Lorelei: LOL - I bet that'll give HQ a laugh :D

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 14, 2012:

Ha...I was out searching for potato lenses and this article certainly has a potato in it. Looks perfect to me for the potato quest ;)

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on March 10, 2012:

@anonymous: If you join the forum at Lurcher Link (, you'll be able to upload a pic there and ask - they're Lurcher experts and if anyone will know, they will!

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

i have a 4 year old cross breed, im not to sure of his breeding although i have been told that he could be a mix of collie and lurcher, i got him when my mum rescued a female collie who was pregnant at the time although she was not informed of this anyway i was present at the birthing of my beautiful boy NAKA at first we assumed he was jack russell cross due to his markings he is white with black patch on his eye and ear and smaller black spots elsewhere. The more we looked at him and the bigger he got we realised his paw size meant he was going to be slightly bigger than a jack russell, once he lost his puppy fat he started getting the characteristics of a lurcher but im still not sure, he can run like the wind he loves spinning in circles he enjoys sleeping and loaching lol. If i upload a picture can you please try and help me discover my prince's breed or breeds i should say lol

SquidooRocks55 on March 09, 2012:

I didn't really know what to expect when i started reading this lens. I had never heard of Lurcher dogs before. Interesting information that's for sure. Thanks for enlightening my day.

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

What a lovely website about lurchers. I have two rough coat lurchers, a girl Cammy who is a deerhound x, and a boy Crunchy who is a wolfhound x. They are both rescue dogs, and we had them both from pups. They are absolutely brilliant dogs, and are part of the family, hogging our beds and sofas every day lol. Such gentle, loving dogs which I think will be part of our lives for the rest of our lives.

JoyfulReviewer on March 01, 2012:

I hadn't heard of Lurcher dogs before. Your dogs look so adorable. Thanks for providing so much wonderful information.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on January 30, 2012:

@BunnyFabulous: Hi BunnyFabulous - like any dog, some Lurchers are absolutely fine with small children and some aren't - it depends on the dog and the child in question! Lurchers tend be so laid back they're almost horizontal, but bear in mind that dogs from rescue centres often have a "history" of neglect and abuse so they do need considerate handling and respect which often young children don't understand as they may see a dog or any other furry pet as just another toy...

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on January 30, 2012:

@ShariBerry: Oh wow, thanks TwoDogHouse! I'll be off to have a look at your lenses in a mo :)

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on January 28, 2012:

I'd never heard the term Lurcher until now, but it's been so much fun to read about them. Your dogs sound so sweet. You've got a great amount of info to help people decide whether a Lurcher is right for them. One question though: how do they tend to do with small children?

Sharon Berry from Michigan on January 27, 2012:

This is my 2nd visit to this lens. I'm fulfilling a quest about my favorite pet lens and this is it. I loved reading about lurchers and this lens is wonderful.

anonymous on January 16, 2012:

I am Pupski's person here on the Canadian west coast.... We set up a site because so many folks here had never heard about lurchers.

people stopped me in the street to ask about her breed.... She is one of the creatures that every pet person dreams of... she is intelligent & wishes to please us , she seldom barks, learns new things quickly, & adapts to any situation with a grace which makes her very easy to live with

She has never shown any interest in using any of the furniture but does like to be in same room as us, she will curl up beside the desk & nap for hours with out complaint even in unfamiliar places.

She loves to go for runs in the woods or on the beach., She takes her "guard dog" duty seriously when left at home, in the car, or even in an hotel without disturbing anything or making a noise... I wouldn't like to be the person who tried to enter without authorization though....

She has won over many people who thought they didn't like or were afraid of dogs with her personality & unusual appearance.

To know a lurcher is love one.

Hope you will visit PUPSKI at

anonymous on January 16, 2012:

@Sophia Mendoza: I am Pupski's person from .I set up the site because here on the Canadian west coast people just didn't know about LURCHERS...

PUPSKI may be a bit of a rebel in some aspects... she has never shown the least bit of interest in any piece of funiture ... she was even reluctant to sit on the seat in the car till we put her bed down to let her know that it is "her space".

In most other aspects she is is every bit the normal, easy to live with dog that people dream of having.... She loves to go for runs or to curl up beside the desk & sleep .. She will do either for hours at a time..

She wants to be with us. however she is ready be on guard if we leave her alone in the house, car or even at an hotel without making any fuss or damage... She has won over many hotel maids who thought they did not like dogs.

I can only hope that in the future we will be able to find more dogs like her.....

anonymous on December 30, 2011:

Thank you for all the brilliant info im getting a collie cross greyhound lurcher in th next coupple of days and after reading this i cant wait even more than befor a little pup girl called tia and all the infomation helped an awful lot thanks again :-D

writerkath on December 26, 2011:

What absolutely beautiful dogs! I had never heard of a Lurcher - I live in the US, so it may not be a term used here. When I first saw the pictures of your pups, I was reminded of the greyhound. I'm so pleased that you advocate rescue animals - you have a wonderful heart! Lots of Squid Hugs to you! :) Kath

anonymous on December 22, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Added a couple more pics on Flickr - only taking about 40 pics of her per day!

flycatcherrr on December 15, 2011:

We don't "have" lurchers in North America as far as that specific name for them, though of course there are crosses between sighthounds and other breeds, so, technically, we got 'em. And ohhh, those lovely little faces! Your loverly lurchers seem like dogs who'd get along just fine with my greyhounds, too. :)

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 13, 2011:

@anonymous: Added to her gallery!

anonymous on December 10, 2011:

@anonymous: Added a few more pics to Flickr - including babys first roach!

anonymous on December 08, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Lot more like her normal self today - have to stop her and Rosie from play fighting at the moment but am sure in a few days she'll be back to 100%

Such a shame to her her shaved belly and patch on her leg. Can't believe the change in her in just a little over a week.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 08, 2011:

@anonymous: Awww...poor little sweetheart - hope she feels better soon!

Todayhaspower LM on December 07, 2011:

Great lens! Lurchers sound like wonderful dogs! This definitely makes me wish I wasn't allergic! Thanks for the high-quality content. :)

anonymous on December 07, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Poor little Lil is feeling sorry for herself at the moment - just had a day at the vets being "done", keep fussing her and talking to her. Hope she'll perk up again tomorrow, poor little tinker

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 05, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi Gary - glad to hear that Lily is settling in so well.

She now has her own section and photo gallery above - see "Lily - The Little Lurcher!" in the index :)

anonymous on December 03, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: put some pics on flicker (Gary-Gee)

anonymous on December 02, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Have added some to flickr (Gary-Gee on there), help yourself - theres onlay about 7 or 8 but I have loads of her already

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi Graham - lovely to "meet" you :) Nothing wears my dog's claws down, I think Lurcher claws are made of diamond! I have to get the vets to trim them and even then they scream the place down as though they're being tortured...Lurchers are indeed the greatest dogs in the world - even though they can be such Drama Queens ;)

anonymous on December 02, 2011:

i really enjoyed your web sight, it brought back a lot of fond memorys . back in the 60s& 70s I bred, worked,raced ,showed and judged lurchers,but in the early 80s had to move over seas, so that part of my life sadly ended.i am entering my details to become a sqidoo . then i can at least have the pleasure of hearing a chatting about the greatest dogs in the world.Thanks for the memorys

ps the problem with long claws can be helped by walking them on concrete for an hour 2 or 3 times a week.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: Oh bless her! If you use Flickr to share photos I can link to pics of Lily on this page :)

anonymous on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: All dogs getting on great, shame Lily has absolutely no house training yet. She's settling in really well, her and Rosie were like bookends earlier, having each end of the sofa. Tried her first bit of roaching tonight but she can't do it as at the moment she is way too skinny and keeps falling over to one side..

anonymous on November 30, 2011:

@LouiseKirkpatrick: Picked her up at lunchtime - she is gorgeous (can we put pics on here?) Massively sick in car on way home but other than that great. Don't think she's seen TV before as it fastinates her LOL

Getting on well all three of them, I went upstairs for about 3 mins before and she fussed like I'd been away for a fortight.

She still has a bit of a limp (Rspca vet says theres nothing wrong) getting her checked by our vet tomorrow night. She's ok walking on it but tends to lift it when standing.

LouiseKirkpatrick (author) from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on November 30, 2011:

@anonymous: Any news Gary?

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