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A Lurcher owner interview with Lurcher owner Jonathan Ross, in New Zealand

Can you tell me a little about your Lurcher?

I was interested in your web site and its page on the Lurcher breed of dog. I have one of these, called Wanda. My son breeds hunting dogs, and Wanda is one of the bitches from his last litter. The father is an Airedale Whippet / Greyhound Beardy cross. The mother is a Boxer / Bull Terrier / Bull Mastiff cross.

A brindle Lurcher dog sitting down indoors, in close-upWanda's mother.

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I live on the West coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and live on my own with Wanda, my cat Muzza and 9 sheep.

How easy was she to train?

Wanda is 20 months old, and she is a natural hunter of both big game and small, and has been hunting since she was 7 months old. She didn't need much training. She is incredibly intelligent, loyal and obedient.

She is a good guard dog and protects my family, myself and property fiercely.

A brindle Lurcher dog standing on grey rocks, with a dead goatWanda hunting

What is she like with children?

Wanda is great with children, I have 6 children myself, and 2 grandchildren. She loves playing with them, although we keep an eye on her when the smallest kids are around, as she can be a bit too playful, like any young dog.

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What is she like round other dogs?

She gets on with other dogs that don't threaten her or us, she can be a little jealous especially with the cat or her siblings that show us a little much attention. Wanda is not aggressive unless on the hunt and is a natural finder bailer stalker, she has put up many pigs goats and deer,

I work away from home a lot and travel long distances daily, Wanda is my travel companion . Wanda is with me 24/7 eats and sleeps with me, and enjoys life to the fullest.

A silhouette of a Lurcher dog in a tractor cabWanda out in the fields

Have there been any health issues?

She has had no health issues to date.

I don't fully trust Wanda with the sheep especially the lambs as they like to run, and anything that runs is fair game to a dog with Wanda's breeding. But I use her with the sheep, to teach her that they are not fair game.

That's my Lurcher story.

A brindle Lurcher dog sitting down by a stone-bottom stream

Thank you to Jonathan for sharing this story of his Lurcher Wanda, in our Lurcher Owner Interview!

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