An Introduction to Lurchers

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 by NHS staff

A lurcher is a sighthound such as a greyhound crossed with a terrier, herding breed, or a large scenthound with the idea of bringing in greater tenacity, intelligence, or scenting ability. Lurchers are primarily hunting dogs, prized for their stealth and silence.

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Let these dogs lurch into your heart

Those of you smitten by retired NGA Greyhounds (and who among us isn’t?) – by their beauty, intelligence, gentle impish nature, athleticism and unique working background – will love their sibling-cousin, the American racing Lurcher. There are over 5,000 of these hounds throughout the Midwest, from Iowa to Connecticut and, each month, dozens of Lurchers need new forever homes.

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Special Dog Seeks Special Home: Rain the Greyhound Mix

July 31st, 2014

Editor’s Note: Inspired by our founder Ali Jarvis’ love for her “lemon” dog, Luc, this series is dedicated to local, special-needs pups who are looking for loving “furever” homes. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Rain from Minnesota Greyhound Rescue find his forever family

WD: So tell us about this handsome lad.

MNGR: Rain is a great dog! When we volunteered to foster a blind dog from a neglect situation, I thought he would be timid and shy. Nope! When he first came here, he charged around the house, checking everything out. Over time, we realized that’s what he does in a new place — he roams around, figures out where things are, and counts (yes, he counts!) any stairs until he’s comfortable. Then he goes into normal greyhound mode and turns into a couch potato.

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A Greyhound comes home

(by Gail Perry)

As anticipated in my December Metro article (“Ten reasons it’s a wonderful life in Wolseley”), a retired racing greyhound has joined the neighbourhood to live with my husband and me.
I fell for greys back in September when writing an article forThe Metro about Wolseley’s fleet-footed canine cousins, the retired racers Millie and Romy.
The new boy in town is Styxx, short for his professional name, Firestyxx.    Click here to read the full article.

The travels of Firestyxx the Lurcher – Beautiful artistic pics.  Click here and here


The growth of a Wolseley greyhound

I’ve never been a child’s mom. But I remember when I first demonstrated my own independent, public persona.
“Look, Mom! Across the street. It’s Billy from Kindergarten!” It’s a rite of passage. For child and parent.
And so it is with my dog, Styxx, whom you met in this Metro column in January 2014 (“A greyhound comes home”). He had just severed ties with the Michigan/Ohio underground racing circuit and its aftermath, and retired to Wolseley.
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The Difference a Tattoo Makes

Isn’t Peter handsome? How cute is Jack? These two handsome boys are looking for a couch to call their own.
If they were retired racing Greyhounds, there would be dozens of groups and literally thousands of volunteers to help them find their way home.
But these dogs aren’t racers. How can you tell? They don’t have ink in their ears.     Click here to read the full article.


Smart Lurcher Rescue Dog Gets MBA From American University Of London

We are not surprised to see dogs sniffing drugs, finding weapons, detecting disease in humans, or searching for missing people, but Pete, the Lurcher, outsmarts them all! He earned a MBA degree! icon cool Smart Lurcher Rescue Dog Gets MBA From American University Of London
Pete, a four-year-old Lurcher at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, received his MBA from the American University of London after he helped a BBC Newsnight team investigating bogus courses.
The investigators uncovered that it was possible for a dog to receive a Master’s degree in two weeks in exchange for £4,500, without doing any academic work whatsoever. Click here to read the full article