The versatility of the lurcher is unsurpassed
being both a hunter and companion. Possessing the gentlest of
nature the lurcher is also a hardy dog able to gallop across country
without sustaining injury. Happy at the foot of his master or
the tail of a hare.
The lurcher is a silent hunting dog used for hunting and running
down game. Usually a cross between a greyhound ( sometimes a whippet
or saluki) and other breeds. The lurcher is not a breed of dog
but a type, produced by customising the greyhound to the specific
needs of the lurcher owner.
Those involved with the lurcher are often called lurcherman and
the sport they pursue lurcher work or lurchering. The type of
lurcher used by individual lurchermen varies according to the
species they hunt.
For instance a lurcherman who hunts rabbits on land where there
is plenty of cover might very well opt for a bedlington whippet
lurcher, while the lurcherman hunting the same land for fox could
very well use a bedlington greyhound or an American pit bull terrier,
Lurchermen who choose to hunt rabbits during the daytime often
enlist the help of a ferret to chase rabbits from their subterranean
refuge once their lurcher has marked, while those who run their
dogs at night to rabbit, hare and fox use a powerful lamp. This
practice is known as lamping.
Lurchers are also used to chase hares; a sport known as hare coursing.
Many types of lurcher are used for hare coursing but amongst the
most popular are the saluki greyhound, deerhound greyhound, three-quarter
cross and lurcher to lurcher.
Yet another type of lurcher is the all-rounder. Almost any type
of lurcher can be used such as the bedlington greyhound, collie
greyhound and the whippet greyhound. The all-round lurcher is
expected to hunt, jump, kill and carry game back to hand, in the
same way as a spaniel or labrador would.