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Norfolk Lurcher – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
Height: 22 to 28 inches
Longevity: 13
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium to High

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The Norfolk Lurcher is believed to be the predecessor of the modern Lurcher dogs found in the UK, parts of Europe, Canada, and other northern regions.

Official Name

Norfolk Lurcher


Country – Various parts of the United Kingdom, specifically England and Ireland
Family / Group – Hound, Sight Hound


The Norfolk Lurcher is a type of dog that originates from various regions of the United Kingdom, specifically Ireland and England. The ethnic Romanichals, a sub-group of the Romani people, breed, develop and use these dogs.

During the times that hunting game was only exclusive for the British landed elite and aristocrats, people like the Romanichals were not allowed to use traditional hound breeds to hunt. It was even illegal for people that do not belong to the landed class to hunt or poach. The Romanichals bred and used these dogs for poaching rabbits, hares and various other small games. They are also famous for being used in hare coursing by different ethnic groups that are generally called gypsies.

This type of dog got its name from the Romani word Lur, which translates to “Thief” in English. The most common crosses to produce Norfolk Lurcher dogs are Greyhound and Collies as well as Greyhound and Terriers. Today, Norfolk Lurcher dogs are somewhat rare in Wales, Scotland, and England primarily because hare coursing is illegal in these parts of the United Kingdom. It is common in Northern Ireland as hare coursing is still legal in this part of the British Isles.


Norfolk Lurchers may not be purebreds, but they are still very lovable, fun-loving and affectionate dogs. They are known to thrive under the guidance and leadership of their masters. The Norfolk Lurcher was bred and used for hunting and poaching hares, rabbits and other small-sized games. They are impressive as hare coursing dogs, naturally gifted with speed and agility. Overall, Norfolk Lurcher dogs are obedient, amenable and gentle dogs.

Bred For

Norfolk Lurcher dogs are the hunting and poaching dogs of various ethnic groups generally called gypsies. The first to develop this type of dog was the Romanichals of the United Kingdom.


Norfolk Lurcher dogs are not suitable for the city. They are not good to have as apartment pets. These dogs are highly energetic and should be kept in rural or suburban areas.


Norfolk Lurcher dogs require regular brushing and combing of their coats.


Norfolk Lurcher dogs are good students and very obedient during training. They are also fast learners, making them very easy to train.


The medical history of this breed is not well documented.


Norfolk Lurcher dogs are sighthounds; hence it is advisable to take them to a walk at least once a day. They are the type of dog that needs ample time to run freely. These dogs are naturally fast and have a strong drive to chase and kill prey-like animals. It is better off to have them run and play in a safely enclosed area as possible…



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