Hannah & Kasper (the dog)
I have a lurcher x collie dog who is 5 and he is amazing. we got him when he
was 11 months old and he had been shut in a cage all his puppyhood with children
tormenting him and pulling his ears. He had also been attacked by a jack russell so
was aggressive towards small dogs when we got him. He is now 5 and really
is a dream. I can walk him anywhere without a lead (he does chase the odd rabbit
though) and he loves people and hasn't attacked a dog for about 2 years now. I
think that he proves that with the right attitude towards training anyone can train
a problem dog. I am now 15 so was 11 when we got him and I have trained him all by
myself and he walks by my side when told without a lead, so if you don't think you
can do it just try it with a calm and laid back attitude and you too can work
wonders with your dog.
I now have the people we walk with asking me to train their young dogs.
My dog can jump a 7 bar gate with is easily and is only 21inch
high and is a very fast an good hunting dog.
In answer to Linz we were advised by a dog trainer to walk our puppy 5 minutes to
his monthly age example when he was 6 months we could walk him 30 minutes a day. he
would however love to do more but they have soft bones and long legs that grow
quickly so the restricted time for walks is to stop any joint problems.
anyone buying a lurcher puppy beware we bought ours with limited experience of
lurchers ( we have a 5 year old jack russell) we wanted a bedlington cross we saw
the parents and they stood approx 21 inch our lurcher is 6 months old and already
stands 23 inch he is too big for the house but we would never part with him but to
see him and our jack russell its like little and large show.
Lurchers are either amazing at agility or.......not!!
My Lurcher Eddie is a 7 month old Greyhound/Bearded Collie cross (5/8 greyhound,
3/8 bearded collie) he is already 26" to the shoulder and he is very fast and agile
when in his stride.
At just a couple of months old he choked on something when running at the park and
had to be rushed to hospital, the doctors say it is amazing how he survived but he
is very fit and healthy and he is growing well.
He is very friendly and loves to play and try to greet everyone he meets even when
just passing in the street!
Eddie is the best and most fun family dog I have ever known or owned and we all love
I got a 14 month old lurcher bitch and we went off the other night and killed 18
rabbits. I think she's the best lurcher on this page.
I have had my lurcher Muttley for 3 years now. He was hard work at first partly because as a rescue dog I did not know he was a lurcher or that he was under a year old, he had been clipped and looked older. I did not know what I would be dealing with as I have previously had spaniel type dogs. My postman finally gave me an insight to his breeding when he said he was a Whippet, Bedlington and Collie mix. After a lot of patience and training he can now be let off the lead and runs like the wind, but does come back when called! He did chase deer at first until a roe deer stag chased him back and he now leaves them alone, he still chases rabbits but has not caught any yet. I cannot imagine life without him now, he is my best friend and loved by everone who knows him. To think I could have passed him by with my pre-concieved ideas about Lurchers and missed this breathtaking dog who has changed my life so much. I now take every opportunity to tell people just what having a Lurcher in your life is like.....Loads of Fun!
Willis (Lurcher 1/2 grey hound 1/4
whippet 1/4 collie):
I have been doing agility for a few months now and Lester my lovely Lurcher enjoys
every minute of it and works really well with me.
I've got a 16 week old bedlington / whippet. He is the cutest thing I've ever seen.
I'm really confused about walking him! I've read that pups should only be walked a
little at a time and then from 9-12 months 30mins-1hour twice a day. Is this
correct?? He loves to walk, well mainly run and would be out there all day if I let
him. I don't know what to do, I'm really concerned that if I carry on walking him
an hour at a time it could damage his bones. Has anyone got any advice? Thanks!
Pat comments: If I were you I'd have a look at the
National Bedlington Terrier Club site and ask for advice
from someone who knows this breed.
whippet forum might also be a useful place to find
information and to discuss your lurcher. Some breeds of
dog do need restricted exercise when they're young to prevent
possible damage. No dog should ever train over jumps until
they are well grown, usually at around 12months. Some of the
breeds such as retrievers should be older than this.
I recently rescued a lurcher from the DSPCA in Dublin.
He is a lovely ,friendly
dog. they told us he was badly beaten when he was found. I have brought him out for
a walk every day, but when we pass groups of kids he goes crazy trying to get away.
He gets very upset. Does anybody have any advice? thanks.
Pat comments: Brendan, I think you
need advice from an experienced dog trainer as your dog has
been so mistreated. You are welcome to join the forum
and ask the members if they can advise. Meanwhile, I
would try to keep a safe distance from the kids and put
yourself between him and anything that makes him anxious. If
your dog feels safe and secure you're halfway there.
Just got my lurcher 2 days ago he is fantastic with kids and funny. Does anyone
know if you let off lead in time will he come back or not because they have that
chasing rabbits or anything in them.
Thank you Chris
Pat comments: You can certainly train lurchers to come
back. They do have a reputation for hunting but if you
have any trouble with recall etc. try asking around
locally to see if there's a decent trainer who knows about
lurchers. A friend of mine attached a bell to her dog's
collar so that she knew where it had gone. It nearly drove
My Lurcher is now 12 years old, and during her career in agility she won over 22
trophies!! She is a wonderful dog not only for agility, but also in the house! I
love her so very much!!
My second dog was a different type of lurcher, who didn't really enjoy agility, and
spends most of his time on the sofa!!
I have two lurchers and they are the best breed of dog ever! FACT!
they are so gentle and loving and have the cutest habits ever!
just such an amazing breed I could never not love them! x
I was just reading Penny's comment [see below] and I have a feeling your new lurcher may have
saluki in him which is another lurcher breed..
I have a pure saluki called dash (had her for about 2 yrs) and she has only just
started improving on her recall. Salukis are deer/sight hounds and have a very
strong instinct to chase (deer are their favourite!) so in some places of the
country they are not aloud of their leads because of the risk of them running of!
the best thing to do is work and work on the recall and like dash you will
eventually have a much better come! x
Pykey Dog Girl
Got two little belter lurcher pups. Deerhound x Greyhound, whippet, bedlingtons.
Only 6 month old and one has just caught his first rabbit and brought it back still
alive!! I am in love x
Hi I'm Penny and got my lovely lurcher Isaac from the Cat and Dog Home in Edinburgh
two weeks ago. He has been lovely from the word go. The day after I got him my
two young granddaughters visited and I was a little concerned - I needn't have
been. He was not very good at "come" but is improving with every day training. I'm
letting him off the lead in controlled environments but today I took him to the
beach which he loved. He is inclined to roll in quite disgusting things but if
that is his only fault I can live with it. He almost dislocated my shoulder
yesterday when on an extending lead. He suddenly got the scent of deer and it was
very hard to hold him. I'm hoping to let him off the lead properly soon
Barker (Lurchers Terrier/Whippet/Lab Retriever)
At present needs a nose cover to stop her smelling
Barker (lurcher/jrt/pharoah hound):
He's fast but a clown sometimes.
I've had my two lurchers six years now and they are fabulous dogs, they are so good,
sleep all day then run like mad when out walkies, I will always have lurchers I
have become a absolute lurcher fan, I recommend everyone to get one they are so
Hello I'm Hank and I'm from the Netherlands.
Can somebody tell me how I might get a Lurcher. Because it's almost impossible
to get one in Holland. I own a Greyhound (Duke) and a Jack
Russell (Hummer) a fantastic team these two.
Pat comments: Could you travel to
England and take a puppy back to the Netherlands with you?
Alternatively we have so many of these dogs in rescue
centres that need good homes. Perhaps you would
consider giving one of these dogs a home and taking him or
her back to the Netherlands. The only other
alternative is to breed them but you would have to be
certain that all the puppies were wanted. This
organisation always has dogs wanting new homes
Greyhound and Lurcher rescue
Philly has a salukiXgreyhound with deerhound blood, I have a deerhound greyhound. They
are both good workers and good pets.
I want to tell you about my deerhound greyhound cross. He is 3 yrs old and is a lovely grey colour.
He can run really fast and is so cute!!!
He is my best freind!!!!
I don't know what I could do with out him!!!!
My name is Sam
and I am 12 years old.
They are lovely dogs as companions or as workers and I have had plenty of fun with
mine whether it ferreting training or just walking. love u roman !!!!!!!!!!
I adopted Barney from a pound in ireland 3 years ago and think I must have been mad
as a first ever dog!!!
But he is my world he has a beautiful sensitive personality ,is very chilled in the
home and is fantastic with all people........now the fields we live near is a
different matter .I need eyes in the back of my head and to be able to run like
Linford Christie !!!!
I will never ever find another Daisy, she is my dog in a million and I love her to
handler (1/2 greyhound, 1/4
collie, 1/4 whippet):
They are bloody hard work!
(This handler found the dog difficult to
train and would not recommend a lurcher of this breeding for
Brilliant second dog for those of us who are a bit unsure about getting a collie. Not as loopy as WSD but just as fast.
I adopted a lurcher a few months ago. She is the most sweet tempered, well behaved
dog I have ever known. She is beautiful to watch, she has speed and grace. She
makes my life complete!! If I was ever to consider adopting another dog, it would
definitely be a lurcher!!
Barbara Bullock (Border collie lurcher cross):
I have been teaching him to jump and weave, but having
been to an Agility show I
fear I have been doing it all wrong. I am desperately trying to
find a local group
to teach me how to train him properly. He is so fast and loves
to please I think he
would be perfect if I can keep his excitement levels down. He
tries to guess what I
want him to do next rather than listening to me when he gets
I have a Lurcher (whippet X Doberman we think).
She is very fast and can turn on a sixpence. She has joined the Lurcher Dog Agility League.
Lurchers are excellent for agility but watch the
cross I have 1 x lurcherxGSD (excellent), 1 x beardie x
greyhound (looking promising) and 1 x bedlington x greyhound
(never interested in the slightest!)
My little lurcher is a delight and has
managed lots of top 10 Starter places this year. She is
sweet, willing and incredibly athletic. The only
consideration is that - like lots of lurchers - she has
limited concentration and would be very easy to
overtrain. The only reason I am not going for another
one is that my pure bred kelpie (a flaming nightmare to
train!) has got so far under my skin with his character,
intelligence and 'kelpie traits'(nothing to do with
agility) that I can't imagine having any other breed in
future, but this is in no way detrimental to the lovely