The lurcher is not a dog breed, but rather a type of dog. It is a hardy
crossbred sighthound that is generally a cross between a sighthound
and any other breed, usually a pastoral dog or Terrier. Collie crosses
have always been very popular. Lurchers can be crossed several times.
Because Lurchers are a crossbreed there is no
set type, so they can be as small as a Whippet or as large as a Deerhound;
but most are chosen for a size similar to that of a Greyhound, and a
distinct sighthound form is preferred.
The coat type
and upkeep requirements will vary depending on the type of cross. Coat
types range from being short and smooth like that of a Greyhound, to
slightly longer and thicker like that of a collie, to rough and broken
like that of a terrier.
Temperament will also vary somewhat depending on the type of cross.
Many Lurchers have temperaments that are very similar to purebred sighthounds
like the Greyhound, but some have temperaments that are influenced by
other breeds like herding breeds and terrier breeds.