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Question by val
Submitted on 11/15/2003
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My friend asked me to surf the web to find out about the terms "long Dog"and "Lurcher"
There is nothing on Long dogs. Has anyone heard of it. Can some kind person give a brief description of these two terms. My friend has a greyhound and a whippet.

Answer by Russell
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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A "lurcher" is a cross breed of dog traditionally used for hunting by poachers in the UK and Ireland.

The breed is a cross between the Greyhound and other breeds, depending on the requirements of the breeder.

A poacher wants a dog to catch and return prey... for big prey he wants a big dog, for small prey he wants a small dog.

While a greyhound is a fast excellent chasing sight-hound, they have a thin coat and skin which tears easily when caught on low branches, spiny hedges, wire fences etc... so a course coated breed is needed to overcome this problem.  The greyhound also is not a very good to respond to commands, so a working dog will overcome this problem... hence the most common breed to cross with a greyhound to get a Lurcher is the Collie.

Breeding a Greyhound with other sight hounds (Saluki etc) will produce what is known as a "Longdog".


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