| Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about
|What is a
||A Sighthound is a dog that hunts
primarily by sight (rather than by scent) and speed. The following breeds are
the most common Sighthounds: Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound, Greyhound,
Whippet, Saluki, Russian Borzoi, Italian Greyhound; other Sighthounds are the
Ibizan, Pharaoh Hound, Sloughi, and Rhodesian Ridgeback.
|What is a Lurcher?
||Any dog crossed with a
Sighthound is a Lurcher. Thus, a Lurcher is a cross breed not a purebred
|What are the advantages of a
relatively quiet, calm, low energy dogs (although the pups are active), and are
friendly and love people. However, their characteristics depend on the cross.
We think our dogs get their sedate side from the Greyhound blood and their fun
loving, silliness from their Deerhound ancestry.
|What are the disadvantages of a
||They might not
be easily trained to come when called; if they run a lot, it might be difficult
to keep weight on them; they need to have room and time for at least one
|How big do they
||The size depends
totally on the particular cross. For example, a Whippet crossed with a like size dog would be on the small to medium size. My Lurchers range from 55 to 90
|What are the feeding needs of a
||I feed each
Lurchers a 1/2 pound of ground beef daily plus "free choice" kibble. Treats in the form of dog biscuits and beef jerky during the day for good
|What are the grooming needs of a
||The grooming needs depends on the
particular Lurcher cross. Two of my Deerhound Lurchers have broken coats with
short coarse hair requiring very little combing. The others have
longer "silken" coats that can look rather scruffy without a quick
|Where can I get a
||There are only a
few Lurcher breeders in America, but there are quite a few in England. I would
happily talk with you about importing a British dog. If however, you would like
an American born Deerhound Lurcher, please contact me
about future litters.
|Where can I compete with my
||In America, only
purebred AKC (American Kennel Club) dogs compete in conformation classes. The
AKC also offers lure coursing. In Britain, there are dog shows specifically for
Lurchers. These shows offer conformation classes and lure coursing trials.
Since Lurchers are not a breed, they cannot be shown for conformation at dog
shows in the U.S. There are some lure coursing competitions open to mix breed
dogs, but they must be neutered. However, there are a variety of agility
classes open to cross breed dogs.
|What is Lure Coursing?
||A competition in which two or three
dogs chase a mechanically operated lure over a assigned course (see Related