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Updated on August 28, 2016
Tigger - one of my Lurchers
Tigger - one of my Lurchers | Source

Long-Legged, Lovable Lurcher Dogs!

If you're wondering what Lurchers are, let me enlighten you!

Lurchers are dogs...elegant, stylish, fast, beautiful, breathtaking dogs!

Lurchers are affectionate, loving, have bags of character, make fabulous pets, and despite the fact they can run at over 40 mph, they don't require you to spend most of your life out of the house exercising them, as, aside from running, the other thing they love best in the world is sleeping!

The one downside of being a Lurcher owner is that Lurchers 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!

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!

Unfortunately, though there are sadly, 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 :(

On this page, 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 a Lovable, Long-Legged Lurcher! You'll find links to lots of Lurcher rescue organisations further down the page.

Definition Of A Lurcher

A SIGHTHOUND crossed with a PASTORAL DOG or a TERRIER = a LURCHER

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).


A SIGHTHOUND crossed with a PASTORAL DOG or a TERRIER = a LURCHER


  • Sighthounds include: Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, Sloughiis, Borzois, Deerhounds, Wolfhounds, Afghan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds, Spanish Greyhounds (Spanish Galgo)
  • Pastoral Dogs include: Border Collies, Bearded Collies, Rough Collies, German Shepherds, Old English Sheepdogs
  • Terriers include: 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, so you can see therefore that Lurchers can come in all shapes, sizes and colours and can either be smooth or rough coated! .

There's a special name for a type of Lurcher that is a 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 | Source

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 the word "Lurcher" 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 TheFreeDictionary.com):

"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 Poachers Dog!

Traditional "Silent" Hunting Dogs

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."

"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! | Source

Recommended Book: The House Lurcher

The House Lurcher by Jackie Drakeford
The House Lurcher by Jackie Drakeford | Source

Do Lurchers Make Good Pets?

Are Lurchers suitable dogs to keep as 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!

So if you are squeamish at the thought of a dog acting on instinct and chasing and killing a bunny rabbit, then please don't choose a Lurcher as a pet.

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.

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.

Lurchers don't need anything more than routine grooming (obviously rough coated Lurchers need a bit more "maintanence" 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 :)

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 pigs ear or a bit of paddywhack during the day to help keep their teeth clean.

My Lovely Lurchers! - Meet my lurchers - Tigger, Amber & Ebony!

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The Three Amigos!My lovely Lurcher boy TiggerAmber looking divine (as ever!)Ebony sunbathingTigger gives Ebony a cuddleTigger and Amber snugglingTigger and Amber pretending to be conjoined twins whilst sunbathing on the patioEbony and Amber relax and enjoy the sunshine
The Three Amigos!
The Three Amigos! | Source
My lovely Lurcher boy Tigger
My lovely Lurcher boy Tigger | Source
Amber looking divine (as ever!)
Amber looking divine (as ever!) | Source
Ebony sunbathing
Ebony sunbathing | Source
Tigger gives Ebony a cuddle
Tigger gives Ebony a cuddle | Source
Tigger and Amber snuggling
Tigger and Amber snuggling | Source
Tigger and Amber pretending to be conjoined twins whilst sunbathing on the patio
Tigger and Amber pretending to be conjoined twins whilst sunbathing on the patio | Source
Ebony and Amber relax and enjoy the sunshine
Ebony and Amber relax and enjoy the sunshine | Source

Lurchers are definitely not a good choice for those who dislike dogs on the furniture!

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! | Source

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! | Source

Lurcher Videos - "Raja The Lurcher"

This video sums up pretty much what Lurchers are all about :)

Things To Bear In Mind When Considering 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...

At home, all three of my dogs are placid, adaptable, reasonably obedient (LOL) 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, they don't pester incessantly for walks.

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'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 pets go, lurchers are pretty much perfect.

However...outside of the home, there can often be a very different side to lurchers.

Lurchers are hunters. That's 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, turbo charged 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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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 a Lurcher as a pet...

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.

Lurcher Fans Unite! - Are you, have you been, or would you like to be a lurcher owner?

Have you ever owned a Lurcher?

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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!

Amber demonstrates how to roach!

Amber demonstrates how to roach!
Amber demonstrates how to roach!

Lurcher Videos - "Fern The Snow Lurcher"

Lovely video of a fabulous Lurcher having fun in the snow!

Smooth Coated Lurchers Or Rough Coated Hairy Lurchers? - What's your favourite?

Rough coat (hairy!) or smooth coat - which do you like best?

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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 Link - helping Lurchers in the UK
Lurcher Link - helping Lurchers in the UK

Lurcher Videos - "Benoffie Pie - The Story Of A Rescue Lurcher"

Lovely Lurcher Ben got the happy ending he deserved...not all Lurchers are so lucky :(

UK Lurcher Rescue Link List - Organisations helping Lurchers & Greyhounds in need...

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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 3 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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!

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

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

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      woofalot 3 years ago

      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.

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      Mattaikido 4 years ago

      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...

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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!)

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      CharlieandPrim 4 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      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.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

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

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

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

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      We are all lurchers! SquidAngel Blessings.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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!

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      GazGee 4 years ago

      @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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      suepogson 4 years ago

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

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      I love lurchers! Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 4 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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 :)

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      Debbie 4 years ago from England

      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~~

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      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)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi Janet - consider joining the forum at Lurcher Link (http://www.lurcherlink.org/llink/forum/index.php?s... 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)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      Sniff It Out 5 years ago

      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.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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 :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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...

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      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.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      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. :)

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

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

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      GazGee 5 years ago

      @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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Loved your Lurchers and this lens! Angel blessing!

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      ragtimelil 5 years ago

      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

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      benwhit 5 years ago

      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

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      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!

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      amkatee 5 years ago

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

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      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 ;)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: If you join the forum at Lurcher Link (http://www.lurcherlink.org/llink/forum/index.php), you'll be able to upload a pic there and ask - they're Lurcher experts and if anyone will know, they will!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      SquidooRocks55 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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...

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      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?

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am Pupski's person here on the Canadian west coast.... We set up a site www.lurcher.ca 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 www.lurcher.ca

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Sophia Mendoza: I am Pupski's person from www.lurcher.ca .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.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      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. :)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Added to her gallery!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      Todayhaspower LM 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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 :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @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 ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @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.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Any news Gary?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: Phone message left today of RSPCA, hopefully may be able to get her tomorrow. Hoping so as it now feels like my dog is stuck in a cold unwelcoming set of kennels. Sooner shes home the sooner the spoiling can begin. Put the cage up in living room yesterday so think the other two realise that the little bundle they met the other day is heading our way.

      Tried phoning kennels but just getting answer machine at the moment, may be as its tea time, will try later / in the morning.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: *fingers crossed this little Lurcher gets a lovely new home with you in time for Christmas*!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: Just had a visit off RSPCA volunteer to do a home check, hopefully we may have a new furry friend soon. :-)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi Gary, my Ebony looked Lurchery when she was little...now she's definitely a black lab - with Lurcher ears! She's got the "canine dustbin" eating habits of a lab and looks like a stocky little dumpy black pudding in comparison to Tigger and Amber who are sleek and skinny! Love her to bits though, she's a real comedian and the sweetest dog ever :) Hope you get the new Lurcher puppy - Lurchers are addictive!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have Rosie (bit like Tigger but with a black saddle) and Holley (she used to look a little Lurchery as a pup bt now more of a lab build), just waiting to hear about another addition - a Lurcher pup off RSPCA.

      We're hoping for Lurcher roaching to get added to the olympics as I think we have a gold medalist in Rosie.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Found your website. I live in the U.S. I have a Lurcher. She did destroy my couch but is still a great dog. I got her from our city animal shelter.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi Michelle - I hope all is going well with your Lurcher and that at last he's found his "Forever Home" with you - if you manage to figure out a way to keep your Lurcher off the sofas please share it with me :D

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      wonderful lens about Lurchers... wish I could meet some :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My family and I became the proud owners of the most adorable lurcher on Friday - he is only 8 months old and we are possibly his 4th home. He is truly amazing - he is everything you describe...and more!

      I am going to show this site to my husband as the only gripe we have is he jumps on our sofas to sleep when we are not about! When we are about he is happy to lay on his bed....I'm hoping when the radiators are on he will prefer their warmth to the cold of the leather!

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Your lens about Lurchers is just beautiful, and I learned a lot about them! Blessings to you today from a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer and Squid Angel.

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      lainie1 6 years ago

      I adopted a 2 year old lurcher last week from a rescue centre and it was the best decision I ever made. I was distraught after losing my jack russell cross for some time and decided it was time to look for my new best friend. Indy is beautiful, playful, cuddly, clever and gentle. It hurts me to think he spent months in a kennel with this gorgeous nature and willingness to be with people. Thanks for the useful information

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great read, I can see why you got a purple lens for this, still hoping I get one someday myself! 'thumbs up' from me to you.

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      This sounds like my kind of dog. When they play, they play hard. But they also love to SLEEP! They look like a lot of fun!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @BeyondRoses: Lurchers are often mistreated. They are traditional dogs of the UK and Irish "traveller" community and many are used for (illegal) hunting. They are generally regarded as working dogs, not pets and are kept in conditions that leave a lot to be desired and when they are of no further use they are often abandoned (if they are lucky) - or worse . I've seen pictures of malnourished dogs, with horrific skin conditions, worm infestations and serious injuries caused by working or human mistreatment. The fortunate few are found and nursed back to health and a better future by rescue organisations...but the tide of unwanted dogs never ceases to flow :(

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @SaintFrantic: Ah yes Lurchers can jump! My Ebony can clear 5 feet from a standing start...she bounces like a yo-yo! One minute she'll be on the floor, the next her head will be next to my face and going up! I must add a bit about how prospective Lurcher owners need decent fencing...

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      A wonderful story of the rescue, and adoption of your Lurcher Dogs! They are precious, and your love of them shines through. I was aware of horrific condtions, and Greyhound rescue, but did not know about Luchers. Splendid info for people thinking about adopting this dog. Delightful photos of cared for dogs, and heartbreaking views of the conditions endured by many of these animals. I watched the Halifax Rescue through my tears.

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      That dog is jumping over this gate like it's not there.WOW.Great Lens