Everything you need to know about Lurchers

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Lurchers are moderately active dogs. A Lurcher is a sighthound (such as a Greyhound, Whippet or Saluki) crossed with another breed of dog (such as a Collie or Terrier). Because of this, they can be of different sizes with variable hair lengths. Lurchers are known for their long, graceful frames and deep chests. As Lurchers can come from many different breeds, they can be a wide variety of colours. 

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Lurchers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Lurcher a forever home? Here are some Lurcher facts that might help you decide.  

Caring for Lurchers 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Lurcher.  

How much exercise does a Lurcher need? 

Lurchers are usually moderately active dogs who also enjoy their lounging time. They tend to enjoy short bursts of activity, but could manage longer walks. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opport...

How much food does a Lurcher need? 

The amount of food a Lurcher needs depends on their:  

  • age  
  • size  
  • activity levels  
  • fitness  
  • weight.    

You can use the inf...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Lurcher need? 

The amount Lurchers shed will depend on the length of their coat. Either way, they are relatively low maintenance and generally only need a weekly brush.  

To help your dog feel comfortable with handli...

What size crate do you need for a Lurcher?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.   

To find out more about potential health issues for Lurche...

Lurcher behaviour and training  

Even if you think you know about Lurchers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.  

Are Lurchers easy to train? 

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

What’s the temperament of a Lurcher? 

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Lurcher temperament is different.  As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develop t...

Are Lurchers good with children? 

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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