|Barked: Tue May 22, '12 3:58pm PST |
|Just thought I would add my experiences of the sighthound breed types
Right, I myself do not own any of these breeds, so my input may not be that useful, but hey.
I have a very close friend who has a Lurcher - a Saluki Greyhound. He's the sweetest animal I know, and although he doesn't see me a huge amount, would be perfectly happy to come for a cuddle (unfortunately, he never succeeds as my rather Schnauzer has a go at him, the grumpy bugger). Tippy (the lurcher) is let off the lead in a fenced field where my friend keeps his horses, and he loves chasing all the rabbits there, catching quite a few. They have had problems with his recall - in the fenced field he's fine, however, I've heard stories of his running off / jumping out the car boot as soon as it's opened and not returning for a while. However, he always comes back, and isn't in any immediate danger.
My other experience is of some whippet lurchers down at my local RSPCA, where I volunteer. There is a certain lurcher there names Athos, who I would undoubtedly take home tomorrow. He absolutely adores cuddles - I take him to a little bench, and he's up in your lap before you sit down properly. He also adores running in the fun run, which is a beautiful sight to see. In the fun run, he comes rather well when I call (with an outstretched treat, mind), however a funrun with no immediate distractions is a little different to a large field with rabbits, so I can be pretty sure when I say that he would need work on his recalls, and I would definitely not let him off up at, for example, the local park, where there is large entrances leading onto a busy road each end.
So, overall, greyhound and whippet lurchers - affectionate, playful, graceful, beautiful, loving, loyal, but be I wouldn't recommend letting off-lead around unenclosed areas (as, I can see, has been rather obviously laid down beforehand, a little too much might I add). Obviously, with this, every dog is different, and I can believe it when I hear of success stories)!
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