lurcher breed information
common health issues
The Lurcher is a type of cross-breed dog that originated among the gypsy people of Ireland and Great Britain, and is defined loosely as any sighthound — such as a Greyhound, Saluki or Whippet — crossed with another breed. The goal was to create a very fast, intelligent dog who could help with hunting and poaching, so crosses with terriers and working dogs such as Collies were common.
Because he is not a purebred, the Lurcher’s physical characteristics and temperaments can vary widely, although many Lurchers bear a resemblance to the sighthound in them. They can have long or short coats and range in size from Greyhound-height to Whippet-sized. But because all are crossed with a speedy sighthound breed, these dogs generally need a lot of exercise to burn off their energy. The Lurcher does best in rural settings where he has plenty of room to run, and a fenced-in yard will help stop him from running away after small animals.
Again, depending on what they are crossed with, many Lurchers have proven to be very good at dog sports such as obedience and agility, and are becoming increasingly popular in competition due to their racing ability and eagerness to please.
Due in part to their “hybrid vigor”, mixed-breed dogs like Lurchers tend to be less prone to as many genetic diseases as their purebred cousins. However, they can still develop hereditary and congenital conditions that may be common in their parents’ breeds that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some might include joint problems such as hip dysplasia; and stomach conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV for bloat).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Lurcher inherits any combination of trouble from his parents, you're covered.