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The following information will help you if you want to know more about Lurchers and Greyhounds. It may help you in reaching a decision which is so important, not only to you, but for the dog out there who may have a chance of life and happiness through you reaching that decision.

Lurchers have a reputation for being large, the typical poacher's dog, but in truth they can be all shapes and sizes. Not a breed but type of dog, the Lurcher usually has a member of the Greyhound family as one its parents. They are rarely seen outside of Great Britain and Ireland, from where they originate.

A Lurcher is the result of a Sighthound crossed with any other breed of dog, and in some cases there may be multiple crossing involved. A Longdog is a cross between two or more Sighthounds such as a Greyhound and a Borzoi.

The Lurcher is thought to have been developed at the time that only those of noble blood were permitted to own a Greyhound or any other sight-dogs such as the Saluki, Whippet, Borzoi, Afghan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Deerhound etc. So these crosses were made to produce an efficient hunting companion for commoners and a popular poachers's dog.

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