I’m a dog expert… here’s the breed that always gets left behind – its a myth that they need long walks

A DOG expert has uncovered the breed that is always left behind in animal shelters due to a series of “misunderstandings”.

Alex Hennessey, manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, explained that lurchers are often overlooked by people looking to adopt a pet.

The Dogs Trust manager says the breed is often overlooked by potential adopters


The Dogs Trust manager says the breed is often overlooked by potential adoptersPhoto credit: Getty
At the charity's Darlington branch, eight Lurchers are looking for a forever home


At the charity’s Darlington branch, eight Lurchers are looking for a forever homePhoto credit: Dogs Trust

Lurchers are sighthounds such as sighthounds, whippets or salukis that have been crossed with herding or terrier breeds.

They are typically large, athletic, and adventurous, but are considered quiet compared to their more confident peers.

Due to the crossbreeding, the puppies differ in size, hair length and color, making each one unique.

But Lurchers are known for their intelligence, deep chest, and loyalty to their owner, making them the perfect addition to a family.

However, Alex says the breed often stays “in our care longer” than other dogs because people think they’re too much of a challenge.

But the dog expert has made it his mission to clear up the myths about the lurcher that put off potential dog owners.

He described them as “trustworthy and gentle,” which allowed them to form a very strong bond with their human caregiver.

Additionally, Alex said that they are “known for their affection and as such will bring a lot of love into their owner’s life.”

The Dogs Trust worker says people are reluctant to adopt the pooches because they believe they are a high-maintenance breed.

The charity’s Darlington branch is currently caring for eight Lurchers desperate for a forever home.

Alex wants Brits to learn more about the adorable dogs in hopes of encouraging potential owners to take a chance.

He said Chronicle Live: “Lurchers tend to stay in our care longer than other breeds and are often overlooked.”

“That’s why it’s important for us to dispel any possible misconceptions about the breed and urge people not to rule out a Lurcher as their perfect pet.”

“It’s a myth that they need lots of exercise and long walks, they need regular exercise like any dog, but they also really enjoy lounging on the sofa.”

“Lurchers are truly happiest when they are with their owner, the one they love.

“Everyone is unique with different personality and coloring. All have so much love to offer and are waiting for their second chance at life.”

Darlington Dogs Trust staff are currently caring for “playful” two-year-old girl Bailey, “star student” Bella, 6, and fetching Bubbles, 2.

Casey, 4, ‘silly’ Flash, 7, Francis, 3, Maggie, 2 and pup Josie, 9 months, are also still looking for a new home.

Alex said they are all “desperate to form a special bond with a new owner and find a sofa to call their own.”

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Dogs Trust housed 524 Lurchers last year, but a further 350 have been taken in by the charity since early 2023.

Potential adopters can find out more about the popular dog breed and each individual puppy with a click Here.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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