This section is from the book "Sporting Dogs. Their Points And Management In Health, And Disease", by Frank Townend Barton. Also available from Amazon: Sporting Dogs; Their Points and Management in Health and Disease.
We shall do little more than mention the existence of this cross-bred variety of dog.
The proprietor of a Lurcher has always been regarded as one who will, when the opportunity offers, take his dog " up the back stairs," and gamekeepers generally look upon the owner of a Lurcher as one worthy of a little extra vigilance.
Any cross-bred dog, in whom the Greyhound blood predominates, may be designated as a Lurcher, and can be trained as such.
Many of these dogs are wonderfully clever on rabbits, and some will kill a hare single-handed, more especially if about three-quarter bred on the Greyhound side, when staying power and swiftness are highly developed.
Good at fighting, good at poaching, good at retrieving, and fidelity to master, may justly be claimed as the Lurcher's inheritance.