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Old 04-06-2007, 11:59 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I hav e posted in the puppy section already, maybe I should of posted it here.

Anyhoo, myself and my partner are looking to get a puppy/young dog - and I would like to get alurcher, I think they are lovely dog.

However, we have a 3 bed house, not huge, but not overly small either. We already have a dog (yorkie) we have a medium sized garden. Do lurchers need alot of room? You hear they are quite lazy and would happily sleep all day but do they really??

We both work, so it would be left for 4-5 hrs every week day. It would get 2 walks a day on a working day and then more on the wkend. We have 4 rats - which are in aroom upstairs and when we are not there the door is shut. Do you think a lurcher would be a good breed to consider and if so does anyone have any ideas/websites/breeders we could look into please because I have searched the internet and cant find many. i live in the wiltshire area.

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Lurcher - Wilkipedia

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The Lurcher is not a dog breed, but rather a type of dog. It is a hardy crossbred sighthound that is generally a cross between a sighthound and a working breed, usually a pastoral dog or Terrier. Collie crosses have always been very popular. Lurchers can be crossed several times. There is no set type, so they can be as small as a Whippet or as large as a Deerhound; but most are chosen for a size similar to that of a Greyhound, and a distinct sighthound form is preferred.
Lurcher - Dog Breed Info

Lurcher Link UK

The Official Lurcher & Staghound Website

Greyhound & Lurcher Welfare Rescue

Maybe these sites will get you started. I don't have much experience with hounds but I do know that there are several others here who will be far better able to help you.

Just thought you might find some interesting reading on those sites. Are you only interested in a puppy? Or would a rescue be something you'd consider. I know there are many here who have experience taking that approach. Here's hoping they hop in here to assist shortly.
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I think we like would like a puppy - but it is not a BIG no to rehoming a older dog. We rehomed my dog - but with rehoming you dont know their background. Thats our only concern.

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Lurchers are extremely high energy, and I thought you wanted a small dog?

" However, we have a 3 bed house, not huge, but not overly small either. We already have a dog (yorkie) we have a medium sized garden. Do lurchers need alot of room? You hear they are quite lazy and would happily sleep all day but do they really??"

Lurchers are sighthounds so they need a fenced in area to run. I think Tom would be able to answer your questions better.

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I can answer it too! =)
Yes lurchers ARE High energy and it is IMPERATIVE that you have a fenced yard, and HIGH fence is needed. They jump and will run out of sight in less than 10 seconds.
For those 2 walks they'd have to be brisk and long. Or else when you leave the dog home he'll be bored and destructive in the house.


As far as that they are a great breed, but not right for everyone. 4-5 Hours is far too long to leave the lurcher IMO. We leave Vanna home for at most 2 hours and the house is destroyed! But she has gotten better as she runs and plays in the backyard a lot before we leave. We'd crate her but she is still learning about the crate.
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Also with the rats and yorkie.... The lurcher can see them as prey. Far too many times sight hounds have killed pet cats and small dogs they live with. Or at least chase them in a threatening way. You'd need a rather Large garden with a high fence for the lurcher so I'm not sure they are the right breed for you. Good luck in looking though.
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Thank you for your replies. They make sense - our yorkie isnt a mini yorkie. He is the same size as a long legged JR.

We are looking at a westie/cairn/schnauzer breed but we didnt realise how much people are asking for puppies - some people have prices over £600 - that just seems very exspensive. We were looking at around £100 - £150 mark for a puppy. Is that not very realistic?

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100 - 150 mark for a puppy. Is that not very realistic?
For a rescue puppy it is; Not for a purebred.

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Well since a lurcher is a herding breed mixed with whippet, they are a higher energy dog in general than a sighthound. And can run like the wind! Common lurchers here are border collie/whippet.. Busy and fast..

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=O More high energy than a sight hound? Thats IMPOSSIBLE! =P Tehe
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