sighthound mix

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This is Jasper! He is two and a half and is very bouncy and long, he’s desperate for any kind of human contact and is a huge baby. We rescued him last May, and all we know is that he is a lurcher/deerhound cross. We don’t know what else is in there! We’ve all been really curious since we got him. I’ve seen his kind of brindle-ish coat on wolfhounds a lot, and people usually mistake him for one but he isn’t. Any input would be interesting 🐶

I am not sure what the question tax is at the moment, but as you have a garbage bag,I thought I would show you my mobile composting unit.

She is a croatian sighthound-beagle-corgi mix. 45 pounds, short legs and looks like a big dog with short legs. Because she is a big dog with short legs.

She is all angles and muscles and moves like a croatian sighthound. Where she sometimes forgets she has short legs and falls a bit  short of her jump.
We call her rabbit because she can make insane sudden moves and direction changes.
Also the big ears.

She hates water, but when the pasture was flooded and a rabbit was driven out of the dwelling by the water, she jumped through the flooded garden to get to the rabbit.

The water went up to her chest and she jumped as high as possible to get far away from it, which was very comical to watch.
Like a croatian sighthound she also has a soft maw.

We got her from a kill shelter  in croatia when she was 2. She is now nearing 10 and just as strong and speedy as ever.
She can look rather regal if she wants.

But sometimes when she has run around much, her backleg locks up and cramps(every few months maybe, not often).
We haven’t found a reason for it. It is just one leg and it bothers her rarely(but if it does she is careful with it for a day or two).
Her backlegs also sometimes quiver  from excitement.

As you are working with greyhounds I wanted to ask if you have experienced these ‘muscle cramps’(always only in one leg) and excited hindquarter quivers with them. So we could find a reason for it, other than nerves,or overuse.

As she was a street dog she has most likely been abused(she was a fearsome bundle of nerves when we got her), maybe a kick/hit could have done something to her, but there is no visible damage and her joints are fine.

It has not gotten worse or better over the years, so it is more a ‘what could it be’ question out of interest, as the vets in my area have no experience with sighthounds.

She also tends to sleep all  pretzled up and we suspect she might be part cat.

For comparsion a croatian sighthound in movement. Only difference to rabbit are her lightly floppy ears and her short legs.(and she is a bit more 'squished together’)

We also call her mobile composting unit because she tends to eat everything and turn it into fertilizer.(reason 1 why we don’t let her off leash anymore)

They are some excellent sketches. You have an enviable talent. I don’t think a single leg tremor is likely to be a sighthound thing, it’s not a greyhound thing, if they’ve got the tremor going it’s multiple large muscle groups and a severe metabolic disturbance going on.

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Hey!) What are you doing ??? Tell me, please, some facts about dogs:) And, send me foto)

Hello! Here is a fun fact for you + a picture!

(above, ¼ merle smooth collie ¾ greyhound by edloborn)

Lurchers

What are they?
Lurcher is a fancy term for sighthound mix. A sighthound is a dog that hunts by sight and speed (Borzoi, Greyhound, Whippet, etc).

Why are they?
While lurchers can be classified as a sighthound mixed with any breed, they originally served an important purpose.  In the 14th, 15th, and early 16th centuries the English and Scottish governments banned commoners from owning sighthounds, such as Irish wolfhounds, Scottish deerhounds, and Greyhounds. So, lurchers started to be bred in order to avoid legal complications. But that’s not all -  the lurcher was actually a more specified type; A Sighthound mother combined with a working dog breed.

Poachers and hunters discovered that breeding certain breeds with sighthounds produced a dog better suited to hunt, giving the lurchers a combination of speed and intelligence.  Collie crosses were popular, given the working instinct of a sheepdog. The sighthound was used as the dam due to Greyhounds making better mothers, the genes of the mother being more important than that of the father, and that the larger female is less likely to have problems in birth if a smaller male mates with it.

Where are they?
Lurchers are still around today! They have adapted to becoming family pets, hunting companions, and dog sport champions. Since they are not purebred dogs, they are not recognized by any kennel clubs.

Bonus fact!
Sighthounds mixed with other sighthounds are seriously called Longdogs. They are bred with the intent on creating better coursing dogs, and do not have the same working capabilities as Lurchers.