Lurcher puppy or rescue?

New Lurcher. Puppy or Rescue?

Committing yourself to looking after a new dog is a BIG step. You must be prepared for a life time of commitment to your dog who will come to rely on you totally for its happiness and well being.
SO lets be clear. Don’t get a dog because you think they look cute! Today  thousands of unwanted and abandoned dogs of all breeds languish in Rescue Centres in this country and world wide, dog abandons run into millions. So think carefully before you get pulled in by that pair of brown eyes! We think that we have great standards of animal welfare in this country but in fact there is very little real legislation to protect dogs and very little political will to tackle what is a huge problem. Anyone can go out and buy a dog and unscrupulous breeders are turning out puppies on an industrial scale simply for profit. Different trophy breeds come and go and the animal rescue groups are overwhelmed with cases of cruelty and abandoned animals. SO if you are absolutely sure that you can put the commitment into housing a dog  then go ahead because it’s one of the best things you will do in your life…

 Lurchers and other Sighthounds are being bred constantly by the group of people who want them as “working dogs” with the aim of producing  a litter of pups that will be raised and trained to hunt  mainly for rabbits by Lamping or Ferreting but also, unfortunately, for Hare coursing and a range of other cruel animal baiting activities. Of course not all people who work their Lurchers take part in illegal and cruel activities and they go some way to keeping the diversity and vitality of the Lurcher family by constantly crossing  and adding to the gene pool. However, every year thousands of Lurchers who don’t make the grade are abandoned and end up in Rescue Centres. To make things worse, in recent years people have come to realise what an all round, fantastic pet the Lurcher makes, so the infamous Puppy Farms are now busy churning out thousands of cute Lurcher puppies. Many of these will end up in a rescue facility and to further complicate things, not all rescue groups are equal and there are lots of stories of dogs being re-homed in completely inappropriate surroundings. However most rescue centers are not in it for anything but the love of these beautiful animals and so if you are considering a Lurcher have a look at your local rescue centres first; they will usually have something that you will fall in love with and be perfect for you (and you may even get a puppy to rescue!)

https://www.youtube.com/user/RSPCAGetPuppySmart

Lurcher Puppy or Rescue?

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OK. So by now you are convinced that you can’t live another day without a Lurcher  and so it’s time to make the decision. Lurcher puppy or a rescue dog? If you type “Lurcher Rescue” into Google you will get 250,000 results, so as you can imagine there will definitely be a Lurcher looking for a loving home near you! Lurchers get rescued for all kinds of reasons and they will come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and ages and personally I think that if you have decided on a Lurcher then you are doing a really great thing if you can home a dog that has been abandoned for whatever reason. Most Lurchers, because of their wonderful temperament, will fit right in and quickly and become an indispensable part of your life but of course some dogs will come with problems from previous ill treatment and neglect. All the Lurcher rescue groups will give you as much help as you can to get the dog rehabilitated and happy again and it’s only rarely that they will be asked to take a dog back. As a bonus, most of the hard work will already have been done as far as training goes and most will be house trained and be able to walk to lead. There will be a Lurcher/Greyhound rescue group near you and there is a huge amount of help online particularly from groups like the Lurcher Appreciation Society on Facebook which has over 9000 active members all willing and happy to give you advice. You’ll be surprised how quickly you make some new friends!

Lurcher Puppy

If you have decided to make the commitment to caring for a puppy and once you have chosen what type of Lurcher you want (click here) then you need to think carefully about where to find your puppy.

Sadly today there are a lot of people out there breeding dogs purely for profit and they really don’t care too much about the welfare and health of the dogs as long as they bring in some money. Obviously you should NEVER buy a Lurcher puppy from these people under any circumstances and you can easily spot them advertising in the local paper or online. It’s hard, but buying a puppy from breeders like this just because it looks sad or in a bad home, simply encourages the practice and even more puppies get bred.
Because Lurchers are not a recognised breed they don’t  fall under the protection of the pedigree rules of the Kennel Club where it’s not possible to register puppies as pedigree if the bitch has a litter when she is less than a year old or if the bitch has already had four litters. Puppy farms and unscrupulous breeders don’t care at all and will breed from a bitch at every opportunity which is harmful to both mother and pups. Added to this, puppies bred on farms are often sold to dealers before weaning is complete, which leads to inadequate nutrition and lack of protection from immunity to disease.
HOWEVER….Of course there are well established and reputable breeders out there and its not too difficult to find a good breeder who will be able to help you.

If you are set on a Lurcher puppy then ask around and find a reputable breeder. Give them a call and arrange to go over and have a chat.

As a rule it is best to make sure that you see the puppies with their mother at an early age. Responsible breeders advertise early and you can see the Lurcher puppy at 2/3 weeks. This is too early to make the best choice from the litter. They will also want you to make more visits to check on the puppies’ progress and get to know your future pet. The best breeders will want good homes for their puppies so be prepared for questions about your circumstances and answer honestly. The breeder should have records of vaccinations for the mother, day of birth and when the mother and puppies were wormed. The Lurcher puppy should be wormed at two, five and eight weeks.
There are always more people wanting the best dogs than there are dogs available so patience and care are advisable/essential. To get a really good dog you may have to wait for a litter to be born and be prepared to make a cash deposit.

By the time comes to take your puppy home you should have built up a good relationship with the breeder and received lots of advice on puppy care and nutrition. In addition there are lots of books and resources on line to help you with your lurcher puppy

Read This

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/choosing-puppy-litter

If you ever want good pet advice always go to the ASPCA. The Australian vets are as far ahead of our vets as they are on Rugby League & Cricket!

 

and This

http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/puppy/getpuppysmart

 

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