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!)