Lurcher - The 'Dog Tag' Prints - 12 Colours, 27 Breeds Available

The Enlightened Hound

£40.00





About Lurchers - A Lurcher is a cross between a Sighthound and a Non-Sighthound (often a herding/pastoral breed, like a collie) to produce an athletic hunting dog.

In England, in the Middle Ages, only the nobility could own pure bred dogs. After the conquest in 1066, the Normans passed laws preventing commoners from owning purebred greyhounds and Forest Law protected huge swathes of forest for Royalty and the King to hunt. By the late 12th century almost one third of southern England was Royal Forest.

Accidental crossbreeds of these nobility owned sighthounds were snapped up by the commoners (peasants and gypsies) as stealth poaching dogs, who hunted by scent and sight to put meat for the cooking pot on the table. Rabbit and hares were the usual quarry and hunting usually took place at night.

These dogs were the perfect combination of intelligence, speed, agility, hardiness, temperament & trainability. It was essential that the purebred Greyhound hunting instinct was tempered so that the dogs could be stopped from chasing prey if someone was watching. The penalty for detection was death, so dogs had to be loyal, trainable and live out of sight in the family dwelling

The name Lurcher is thought to come from the ancient Romany word "lur" which means thief and "cur" meaning a mixed breed dog. Over the centuries it became one word - Lurcher.

The 'Dog Tag' prints celebrate the history and characteristics that define particular breeds. The "dog tag" design idea came from thoughts about the plight of dogs in rescue centres and shelters. Debbie from The Enlightened Hound imagined that they might be wearing a dog tag that helped prospective owners find out more about the dog in the hope that they might be rescued and given a ‘forever home’.
  • Available in 12 standard colours - just choose your colour 

  • The title of your print can be personalised (choose 'Yes' and add up to 10 words to 'Additional Comments' box when ordering e.g. Lara the Golden Retriever or choose 'No' and the breed title will be used)

  • Choose from 27 popular dog breeds -  just choose your dog breed
  • Ships with an acid-free, off-white mount ready to pop into a standard 11 x 14 inch frame of your choice.

  • Archival quality acid-free print on heavy art paper - printed in the UK

Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery, often it will be a lot quicker but this is worst case scenario.

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