Posts Tagged ‘Lurcher’

Bred to be coyote hounds!


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These Jack Russells are very typical of the kind that English ratters have always used, and lurchers and retriever crosses can rat, too.

Highly bred and trained retrievers aren’t used to rat, though they certainly can do it.

The reason is that it teaches the dog to do a killing bite, also known as “hardmouth.”

However, there are retrievers that can adjust what kind of bite they use and can be used to retrieve live birds and to kill rats and other things.

One of the reasons why the curly-coated retriever got such a bad reputation for hardmouth is because they were owned by keepers as their personal dogs, which they used in ratting forays like this one.

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Greyhound/Pembroke corgi:

Photo courtesy of Nara U.

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“Black merle” lurcher

From Merle The Start of the Dynasty by David Brian Plummer.

This looks to be very similar to a harlequin Great Dane.

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Plummer suggested adding more greyhound to the golden retriever/greyhound lurcher to make it fast enough for hares.

The following text come from Rogues and Running Dogs (1997):

This is a very different account than Plummer’s denunciation of the golden retriever as the “sycophant” of dogs in his Merle: The Start of a Dynasty (2000).

As I noted in my post on the golden lurcher, I felt that it would have been a very good dog to have.

Some greyhounds have actual retrieving instinct, and if one of these greyhounds happened to be used in the cross, these would be good “allaround [sic] dogs.”

I don’t know why he went so far out of his way to attack golden retriever lurchers in Merle, but he seems very appreciative of them here.

But as I have noticed, the more one writes, the more one tends to experience that most human of characteristics– contradiction.

Still, I wish he had used better terms for the friendly and biddable nature of the golden retriever.

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This text comes from Plummer’s Practical Lurcher Breeding:

So he essentially says that one can easily procure an exotic sight hound from someone who got it as a fashion accessory.

At one time, Afghan hounds were all the rage in the UK. I don’t know why.

But I remember reading of how popular these dogs were in the early to mid 1970’s.

Those were sort of the zenith of the long-haired hippie-type fashion, so I guess the dogs would have fit the motif.

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Jess sent me this photo of a lurcher with obvious Afghan hound ancestry. According to her rescuers, she weighs only about 11 kg (24ish pounds.) Because of her size, I think it’s an Afghan/Bedlington terrier cross lurcher:

Full body shot:

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