Lurchers come in all sizes, colours and degrees of hairiness, depending on their breeding. A lurcher will usually have a greyhound as one parent with a pastoral or terrier type as the other. A second-cross lurcher will have a lurcher as both parents. Yes, mongrels but mongrels that are a recognised "type". Yesterday a lady approached our stall with several lurchers that I had not seen the like of before. The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Ooooh....they are beautiful! They look like a cross between a Whippet and a Borzoi" (remember I said that. It's important).
Lady, in that manner that dog-breeders reserve for someone who has just asked them what cross their very expensive pedigree pooch is: "Oh no, these are Silken Windhounds"
Me, having been momentarily lost for words: "Gosh"
So we got chatting and it turns out these Silken Windhounds are a newly recognised breed. In Slovenia.
Me: "So if they are a newly recognised breed, what is their history as I presume there is sighthound in there somewhere?"
Lady: "Oh yes, Whippet and Borzoi"
Umm....right. Didn't I say......? Obviously not the same thing at all. Silly me.
Anyway, they were stunning....even if a little odd choice of cross if you ask me. They are a little bigger than your average Whippet but with the beautiful curly silky coat of a Borzoi. This be them: