- Buying a puppy
As above – make sure the breeders are happy for you to have a look round, especially at the sire/dam/rest of the litter. Going by the photo you posted, I assume you’re looking at terriers so Hip scores etc don’t really apply. They shouldn’t really have docked tails these days though – worth checking…
Best advice is use common sense and take it to see your local vet asap after purchase to be checked out (and vaccinated etc).Posted 9 years agoOxboyMember
You definately want a lurcher? Have you had one before? Unless you can train it you will be forever going over endless fields chasing it after its seen a rabbit/hare/fox/cat etc. I’m not joking mate these are working dogs bred for hunting. I like em but unless you know how to train a dog I’d look for a more sedate ‘pet’ breed.Posted 9 years agogoonMember
Brant – two rescue lurchers so far. Superb dogs, both very different. Check http://www.lurcherinkorg for lots needing homes, and more advice than you can shake a stick at.
Oxboy – Tripe. Not all of them work / hunt, which is why so many are turfed out and are in need of rehoming. Like most things in life, you can’t generalise to that extent. Our first was an ex-worker, abandoned because he was slowing down at 6 years old. The most biddable dog I ever met once he figured out we didn’t want him to work any more.
Our current was homeless at around 2 years old because he is a total dead loss as a worker. In more than 2 years he’s only ever taken mixy rabbits, and ended down the vet after he caught a squirrel and it mauled him (I’m not joking!)Posted 9 years agoOxboyMember
Tripe? Fine ok have one, no problem, I like lurcher types I’ve had one. I’m just trying to highlight the potential pitfalls of the breed. They are facts unlike the rose tinted spectacled view you have of the breed. You’ve had 2 ex workers one was older and steadied down and probably a crap worker like the young one you have. If you had a keen worker it could have been a quite different experience for you.Posted 9 years ago
Lets look at the dog breeds its from.
3/8 greyhound – working/coursing/hunting dog
1/4 collie – working dog
1/4 whippet – working/coursing dog
1/8 Bedlington terrier – working dog
That in any book is a working strain bred lurcher.
All fast dogs which could cover long distances very quickly. The saving grace in that mix up is the collie which is an intelligent dog and easy to train, if its got the collies brains that is!
Dont make me out to be some kind of idiot who doesnt know dogs, I have had them all my life, know people who use lurchers to hunt, have bred dogs and have a sucessful dog breeder in the family. As well as being a good Gundog trainer myself.
If the guy wants one thats fine just make sure he gets help training it if he doesnt know what hes doing.
Now off to the pub.horaMember
If your around allday why not a Collie? Really loyal but need 24/7 company ideally? Greyhound/lurchers have lovely temperaments. So meak (well the ones we’ve met whilst out). Their only downside that I can see is they aren’t very ‘attractive’ to the common punter sadly.
Plus if you manage to find a three legged one you could black up and go to fancy dress parties as pappa lazarou….Posted 9 years ago
No offence but every pet collie I have come across has been bonkers, the ones I used to work on the farm are lovely, lovely dogs, just not for me. Wont be chasing a lurcher across fields as I wouldnt catch it even if it was a pug. I expect to train it and will be seeking help with that.Posted 9 years ago
First post so please be gentle.
We’ve had sevearal Lurchers in the past and have two at the moment, I’ve found they’re pretty easy to train – with food that is. Excercise wise they pretty easy to walk, if, like one of ours they’re Greyhound based they’ll run around chasing balls, frisbees etc for 20-30min then follow you around at heel for the rest of the walk.
The other is a English Spaniel/Lurcher cross so while not strictly a lurcher we say he is to save arguements, he’ll run and run and run – think carefully what the make up is because they’ll take traits from each doner. Whilst ours want to play with the cat, they can and are likely to chase them, our old one (Deer hound/Greyhound)gave up as soon as it was out of sight though. If it’s a rescue as our are they will have been cat tested before re-homing, if you have a puppy you can train that instinct out – it’s not easy but we have. A lot of rescue dogs have been treated terribly I’ve seen Greyhounds with they’re ears cut off (racers are tatooed in they’re ear for traceability)
They don’t eat much really, they are daft as a brush, they will whine and yelp like they’ve been shot even if you only nearly stand on they’re paw, be prepared to give up your sofa and share your food. They are loyal, loving and full of character. Good luck.
So now back to the reason I joned this forum – back to bikes.Posted 9 years ago
You’re right about the spaniel bit, luckly he has the common sense of a Spainel too, so he was faily easy to train, as I say training Lurchers is quite easy, not Collie or Labardor easy if you get what I mean.
Keeping dogs outside can be good for dogs that tend to get good, thick coats, Akitas etc, as it encourages them to grow thicker. But, depending on the parentage of yours it may be that it just will not grow a thick coat – our Spaniel cross, Jasper doesn’t, he’s almost bald in some areas.
Dogs go mad, collies especially becuase they’re not mentally stimulated/worked enough, they get bored, then crazy.Posted 9 years agogoonMember
Steady on Oxboy, you generalised a step too far, and I wasn’t trying to make you look daft. Admittedly I could have started my response to you better, and for that I apologise.
There could be all manner of characters thrown from that mix. I agree that a puppy is an unknown quantity but don’t put people off the hundreds of fantastic lurchers / sighthounds in rescue after a home.
You’ve had 2 ex workers one was older and steadied down and probably a crap worker like the young one you have.
Ted (younger, current hound) is a terrible worker. He’s ridiculously prey-driven, but so soft-mouthed a working owner would weep. He’s got enough saluki in him to make sure I never have a ‘rose tinted view’ of dogs. He’s doing fine in a pet home. Ali was as keen as mustard, and very ‘successful’ on his walks with us, despite his years, until we convinced him he was retired.
Conclusion – Lurchers and other sighthounds can, and very often do, make fantastic pets / trail dogs. Like any other breed.
Anyway, for a pet go through a good rescue. Get one assessed for your family / lifestyle. There are too many good dogs needing homes.Posted 9 years ago
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