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Old 06-07-2007, 05:03 PM
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Okay, I feel dumb but I just now noticed that you're in Scotland.

I don't know how many staghounds might be in the UK, at least the kind we have over here in the states. Your guy is probably what folks over there would call a lurcher, a sighthound mixed with something else. People breed them as hunting dogs, mainly because in the old days it was against the law for "common people" to own a purebred wolfhound, greyhound, etc. since it was illegal for common folks to hunt. The gypsies would steal greys and breed them with collies, terriers, whatever they thought would make a good cross so that they could have a hunting dog for poaching and not be executed for it.

As far as I know, different breed crosses are made for different purposes, like whippet X terrier, greyhound X collie, greyhound X saluki, etc. Here are some links to lurcher organizations in the UK. Seamus (our dog) has the build of a greyhound bearded collie cross, but I don't think that's what he is because of the wire hair. You might try contacting some of these folks, they'll probably have a good idea of what breeds were used to make your dog.

http://www.users.daelnet.co.uk/lurchers/ (this is slow site! be warned)

http://www.lurcher.org.uk/

http://www.houndsandhomesinwales.moo...her/4516944440

Keep us updated with him! Lurchers are great dogs all around.
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:12 AM
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Okay, I feel dumb but I just now noticed that you're in Scotland.

I don't know how many staghounds might be in the UK, at least the kind we have over here in the states. Your guy is probably what folks over there would call a lurcher, a sighthound mixed with something else. People breed them as hunting dogs, mainly because in the old days it was against the law for "common people" to own a purebred wolfhound, greyhound, etc. since it was illegal for common folks to hunt. The gypsies would steal greys and breed them with collies, terriers, whatever they thought would make a good cross so that they could have a hunting dog for poaching and not be executed for it.

As far as I know, different breed crosses are made for different purposes, like whippet X terrier, greyhound X collie, greyhound X saluki, etc. Here are some links to lurcher organizations in the UK. Seamus (our dog) has the build of a greyhound bearded collie cross, but I don't think that's what he is because of the wire hair. You might try contacting some of these folks, they'll probably have a good idea of what breeds were used to make your dog.

http://www.users.daelnet.co.uk/lurchers/ (this is slow site! be warned)

http://www.lurcher.org.uk/

http://www.houndsandhomesinwales.moo...her/4516944440

Keep us updated with him! Lurchers are great dogs all around.
hi. your not dumb, and i know what you meanabout the crossbreeding in the uk. Well the vet has said that there is no GSD but he is cross with a big hound as he is bigger than most of the lurchers, whippets and staghounds we have in the uk...But he got the all clear and weighs in a 41k or 7 stone..He is an ideal wieght and the vet is real pleased with him...Although when we left the vet the car would not start and had to have it towed back, so the dogs fine now just got to get the car to the garage...Will let you know what i find out.......thanks again pink panther
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