Greyhound x Deerhound cross-breed
|Breed status||Not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.|
|Notes||may be registered with the North American Lurcher and Longdog Association|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
A long dog (also long-dog or longdog) is any dog of sighthound type, whether pure-bred or not. It is usually a cross-breed between two sighthounds of different breeds, and is thus distinct from the lurcher, which is a cross between a sighthound and a working dog, usually a terrier or herding dog. The term may also be applied to a Greyhound:379 or other sighthound breed. The long dog excels at running down hares, and is traditionally associated with Romani culture.:58
Lurchers were originally kept to catch rabbits when driven from their burrows; In the early 1950s, myxomatosis wiped out most of the rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in western Europe, but did not affect the hares (Lepus europaeus). Faster dogs were needed for coursing, or running down the hares (the hare can run at speeds up to 72 km/h / 45 mph). The long dogs were developed, mixing various types to get a dog with the preferred style of coursing. Coursing with purebred Greyhounds is still considered an "elite" sport.
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