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Understanding and Training a Lurcher


The Lurcher is a very sensitive breed that wants to please and be liked/loved. This sensitivity makes them vulnerable with spirits that can be easily shattered, therefore they are best suited to an easy-going owner who is willing to train persuasively versus using force.

The breed is chase motivated, however, generally not overly demanding of exercise.  They need open, safe space for regular off-lead runs, but equally enjoy a comfortable couch.  Be familiar with the bloodlines that comprise the Lurcher and respond to the needs accordingly - collies crosses, for instance will require a slightly different approach

than terrier crosses, et. al.Ensure the training and exercise fits the bill.

Bred for intelligence (responsiveness) and speed, the Lurcher requires an fair amount of mental stimulation, otherwise they may become easily bored and possibly destructive.  Consider tools and games that challenge the dog, such as feeding through a Kong and incorporating scent games into exercise walks or activity within the home.

Due to the cross-breeding, Lurchers often possess the best characteristics from their shared bloodlines. Lurchers make wonderful family pets to owners with complementary lifestyles.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Lurcher

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 60 - 70 lbs (27 - 32 kg); 69 - 76 cm
  • General Temperament: Responsive, Gentle & Quiet
  • General Description: A sensitive, gentle & affectionate companion pet that enjoys a free off-lead chase or run as much as a laid-back lounging session with the family.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The Lurcher is not a dog breed, rather a type of dog, whose appearance does not conform to any set standard. The Lurcher's history dates back to the 1600's, where they were bred for responsiveness & speed. The cross-breeding was based on the purpose for the dog (i.e. hunting, coursing hare or general pest control), and include bloodlines such as Greyhounds, Deerhounds, Collies, Terriers and other scent and sight hounds


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