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Lurcher History

The Lurcher is a scenthound, originally bred to hunt hare, fox, and other small mammals and birds. A lurg is a type of hound of the scenthound family. The name “lurcher” comes from the Middle English lurche, meaning “fox”. The origin of the word is uncertain, but it is possibly derived from the Old Norse verb lutra, which means “to keen”, or the Old French loiter, “to loiter”. Lurchers are most common in the countries of the British Isles, and in England, Scotland, and Wales they are commonly known as “rabbit hounds”. They have a long history of use in the hunting of rabbits, as their speed and endurance are ideally suited to chasing the fast, erratic movements of a rabbit.

Time of Origin

Middle Ages

Country of Origin

Great Britain



Lurcher Physical Characteristics

The Lurcher is a medium-to-large-sized muscular, athletic, and agile breed of dog. They usually stand between 24 and 27 inches high at the shoulders, and weigh between 50 and 70 lbs. They have short, smooth coats with a variety of colors and patterns. Their heads are long and narrow with a flat skull, medium-sized ears, and almond-shaped eyes. The backs of the legs are straight, while the feet have round, cat-like pads. They have strong jaws, with teeth that meet in a scissor bite. Their tails are set high and bushy. They are cheerful, friendly, and courageous.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Blue, Black, Brown, Isabella

Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Brown, Brindle, Sable, White, Pied, Silver, Blue, Fawn, Isabella, Cream, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 60 – 70 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 70 lbs

Lurcher Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Lurcher Health Concerns

Heat Stroke, Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Foot and Toenail Injuries, Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)

Lurcher Temperament and Behaviour

The Lurcher is a very active, agile, and athletic dog. They are generally very playful and fun-loving, and get along well with children. They have a strong desire to chase and hunt, and may attempt to chase or attack other small animals. They are intelligent and easy to train, but they can also be stubborn and willful.

Lurcher Activity Requirements

The Lurcher is a crossbreed between sighthounds and retrievers. They are medium-sized, strong, and energetic. This is a versatile dog that does well in many different types of activities. While all Lurchers will adapt well to family life, they do require daily exercise and mental stimulation. A walk or jog once a day, as well as some interesting toys, will keep them happy. They will also do well in activities such as agility, tracking, and flyball. A Lurcher that doesn’t get enough exercise and mental stimulation can become bored and destructive. If you are looking for a high-energy dog, the Lurcher may be a good choice. However, this is an active, intelligent dog who needs a stimulating environment.

Miles Per Day

15 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lurcher is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lurcher is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Lurcher is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Lurcher is part of the Unclassified group.

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