Whippet Mix and Lurchers

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Meet My Whippet Mix!

Is My New Pup a Whippet Mix?
by Lain  (Greenville, NC)

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What's a Lurcher?

Lurchers are very popular dogs in UK, despite the fact that they are not a recognized breed. They come from a greyhound or whippet crossed with any other kind of dog, often a shepherd or a terrier. 

Very popular are sighthound and collie crosses thanks to their speed, intelligence and endurance that make them exceptional hunting dogs.

A cross between two sighthounds like a greyhound and deerhound are another kind of lurcher, often called longdogs.

Apparently the origin of the lurcher comes from the fact that commoners were not allowed to own greyhounds because only nobility had the privilege of owning and hunting with pure breed sighthounds. 

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As the greyhound was the dog of the nobility, the lurcher became the hunting, multipurpose and companion dog of the commoners.

These dogs were bred originally by the gypsies. The name lurcher is said to come from the Romany word “lur” that means “thief”.

The purpose of breeding a lurcher, was to obtain a dog that retained the speed of the greyhound for rabbit coursing but didn’t look too closely like a pure breed dog, because owning a greyhound for a commoner automatically made him a poacher.

Lurchers, depending on their breeding background come in various sizes, colors and coats.

They often have a rough coat that clearly differentiate them from the greyhounds and has the extra bonus of offering protection.

The lurchers with a border collie in their pedigree, often display sheep herding abilities to boot.

This type of dog, due to its mixed background, is very heterogeneous, but the most common trait seems to be their intelligence and the gentle and affectionate nature that now makes of them very popular family dogs.

Bedlington Whippet lurchers are very popular. Click on the link to see pictures and read more about them.

What’s in My Whippet Mix?

We positively love guessing what’s in the gene pool of your whippet mix but often there is more than meets the eye.

The only way to be sure about the breeds in your dog DNA is a dog breed identification test. Dog DNA testing is now easily available at affordable prices.

The dog DNA test allows you to discover the breeds present in your dog’s genes and get a better understanding of your pet’s potential health risks, behavior, and personality.

Collecting a DNA sample is harmless and can be done at home with a simple cheek swab.

After submitting the sample to the lab, the results will be mailed to you and most companies offer the test results within two weeks.

Click here to read more about Dog DNA test.

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