My Lurcher History
In 1999, I spent two weeks with a family in Wales and was
introduced to their two lurchers: Candy, a Lab x Saluki, who had obviously met
a wandering Wolfhound and the result was their daughter, Poppy. Candy and Poppy
were so calm and good natured, I was completely won over. I have had dogs all
my life - large and small and everything in between. I had tired of large,
overly energetic dogs and had opted for the smaller ones. However, these
Lurchers were amazing!
Shortly thereafter, I found my first Lurcher, Seren, at the Welsh Greyhound Rescue Society and flew her to
California. Seren, which is Welsh for star, was the "perfect dog,"
and was happiest when being petted by strangers or family. Since I wanted her to
have a running companion, I went online and found a rare American Lurcher
breeder with Deerhound-Greyhound pups. He used his dogs to run down coyotes in
Wyoming to the great joy of the local ranchers. The pup I got, Willow, was however, the least likely to expend energy to
chase anything. I had no plans to add another dog to the kennel, however, so
many people fell in love with Seren and Willow, I began dreaming of importing
a bitch that would eventually produce American-born Lurchers.
In the spring of 2003, during another trip to Wales, I went to
a Lurcher competition and happened to read a local publication featuring sales
ads for Lurcher pups. About half of the ads emphasized that their bitch or dog
was from a "David Platts dog." I decided to contact Mr. Platts and it was one
of the best decisions I ever made. He is the premier breeder of Deerhounds x
Greyhounds in Britain. All his dogs go back to Champion Greyhound or Deerhound
blood lines. I ordered a bitch pup from his next litter and picked her up the
following spring. This is how I added Lady Guinevere
(Gwena) to the household. She has matured into the most
beautiful, feminine, athletic Lurcher anyone could desire.
In April 2006, Gower, our
Deerhound-Greyhound Lurcher puppy, was added to what is now an "all Lurcher"
household. He became my kennel's first sire for what is sure to be a superior
line of Deerhound x Greyhound Lurchers.
Together, Gower and Gwena produced two litters. Two pups, Mr. Morgan and Carys, still live with "the family" and the other 15 pups live across America and Canada.