Dr. Barkman's favorite Lurcher
|A handsome Lurcher indeed.|
What's the history behind the mysterious Lurcher?
|Up to no good?|
|A den of thieves?|
|Denigrating the Irish (Punch Magazine)|
What else would you expect of an Irish dog?
This is how Giles Jacobs used the word Lurcher in his 1718 treatise on hunting dogs (The compleat sportsman. London: Eliz. Nutt and R. Colling) "Your setting dog, you may chose [sic] either a land spaniel, water spaniel or mongrel of them both, the Lurcher. (p. 6)
|Just a good ol' huntin' dog?|
From what Jacobs said, the Lurcher was any combination of two hunting dogs. By crossing them, you could create a dog that was a little less hyper than either high-strung parent. It could be a a hybrid of a sighthound, herding dog, setter or spaniel.
Greyhound x Collie mix = Lurcher