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The Lurcher has a short coat and a smooth undercoat that thickens in the winter. The legs are long and straight. The chest is deep, providing lung capacity for endurance. The small, wire-haired ears are high set. The small, dark eyes are round and alert. Colors vary widely since the Lurcher is derived from sighthound crosses. There is also a longhaired variety.

Temperament is also variable, again dependent on parental influence. As could be expected, lurchers with dominant sighthound attributes have similar temperaments—often fairly lazy with a good eye—however, accordingly, others are influenced by their other, often more tractable, biddable, and slower parent. As with all dogs, temperament will be modified by socialising the puppy.

Size Large
Height 22-28 inches (55-71 cm)
Weight 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Any
Origin United Kingdom
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Lurcher is usually not recommended for city life, as it is a very high-energy dog.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Lurcher needs to go for a walk at least once a day (especially in small living quarters). It will enjoy running free in a safe, enclosed area. Having sighthound in it, it is extremely fast and is a natural racer. It will chase and kill small game. Be sure to provide a safe area for this dog to run so it does not get hit by a car should it decide to take off after an animal.




Grooming Requirements

Moderate Maintenance: Regular grooming is required to keep its fur in good shape.


Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.



Lurcher Pictures