GREYHOUNDS, LURCHERS, BEDLINGTONS' & JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
Greyhounds are graceful, gentle, loving, lazy and patient creatures who crave human affection, probably due to their isolated upbringing. Lurchers are greyhound crosses with many of the greyhound characteristics, but often with more stamina. They are usually bred for their speed as hunting dogs (e.g. rabbits and hares). Once you have owned or met a greyhound or lurcher you will be hooked!
In the novel “Zoe the Gypsy” by H. NAYBARD published in 1913, the author tells the story of a Gypsy he once saw who was driving a light trap. As the gypsy whistled, a lurcher sprang from the back of the trap and looked to the Gypsy for direction. Having pointed his whip in the direction he wanted the dog to go, he drove on as the dog ran into a field. Minutes later the dog returned with a hare, raced after the Gypsy and jumped up into the trap while it was still moving!
THE BEDLINGTON DOG HOUND is sometimes also referred to as a ‘Gypsy Dog’. Probably a cross between whippets and terriers, the true origin of the breed is unknown, although like most terrier breeds, it is believed to have originated in the British Isles and had appeared in its present form by the 1870s. Initially used by miners to clear mine tunnels of rats and vermin, it was soon adopted by Gypsies and poachers because of its speed and eagerness to run. Often favoured by Scottish Tinklers, at one time Bledington’s were also a favourite with Gypsies in Dorset, although Gypsies are more likely refer to them as Rothbury Forest dogs or more simply Rothers or Rotters.
The general appearance of a Bedlington is of a whippet-type body with a terrier’s coat. Standing 15-17 inches high at the shoulders, the head and body are unusually narrow, with hanging ears that are usually clipped smooth. Bledingtons are intelligent dogs, excellent as watch dogs, but not considered the best choice as a guard dog. Often softer and more gentle than other terriers, they are excellent companions for children.
Bedlington Dog Hound
JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS were first bred by the Reverend Mr. John Russell, in the 1790s. A small white and tan terrier bitch was the basis for a breeding programme to develop a terrier with high stamina as well as courage and formation but without aggressiveness.
The original working Russells often became family dogs and were crossed with other popular breeds. These crosses resulted in changes in form and function and led to the new type of short-legged terrier we know today. In general, Jack Russell Terriers have strong characters, being lively, entertaining and loyal. Usually bright and intelligent, they often crave constant love and attention. While some dogs learn quickly, others are more stubborn and obstinate but can usually be easily trained.
Jack Russell Terrier