Bazil is our little pint sized podenco who has arrived from Spain.
He is living in a foster home with other dogs and cats and is fine with all of them. He is a huge cuddle monster – just look at the picture of him with his foster mum – can you imagine that little bundle on your knee.
Bazil seems to take everything in his stride – he is starting to play with toys (but not squeaky ones as they are scary) and is very much part of the pack.
He has only got little legs but is still an active dog so he is not to be confiused with an easy, smaller version of a greyhound, In his head he is an active action hound ready for playtime – think small lurcher more than small greyhound. He seems to be a clever little boy and knows basic training already (he started to beg for treats without even being asked) and he has been housetrained pretty much from the start of his foster. Bazil will be a loyal, affectionate little boy who will make someone a great family pet. His foster family understand the breed much more than we do so will be able to explain about pods and their traits and quirkiness.
The lurchers often arrive at KGR via a dog pound so we do not know their history. Some will be fostered in homes, in Ireland, for up to several months whilst waiting for their pet passport to be valid and for transport to be arranged. We have a very good assessment of these dogs but we cannot guarantee they will behave the same way in your home. Others will remain in kennels until they are ready to travel. These dogs will be assessed once they arrive at KGR. Dogs very much react to their surroundings and will behave differently for one owner than another – but amount of exercise you plan to give the dog and food also play an important part.
We use a best guestimate for the dogs age but this cannot be guaranteed. Young dogs who have suffered emotionally and from lack of nutrition may flourish in a new home with good food and grow – whereas some dogs may look older due to lack of nutrition and stress and may have the years literally fade away in a new home. Cross breed dogs are more difficult to age than pedigrees, as there is no breed standard to work from. We do not definitely know their DNA so they will grow as big as nature decides.
We encourage all lurchers owners to take their dog to training classes to learn recall so they can run off lead. Dogs very much react to their owners – if your dog is not behaving, then you need to take it to training classes. Reading how to do it on the internet can actually make your dog worse if you do not understand the original problem. You need a dog trainer to look at you and your dog, and how you both behave, and then advise you how to fix the problem. If you are not prepared to take your dog to training classes if their is a problem, then a lurcher is not the right dog for you.
Please do not mistake a lurcher for a small greyhound – thinking it is smaller so therefore easier. Lurchers are bred for intelligence and stamina and will, in general, be a more time consuming option. They will need you to provide them with more exercise and stimulation. They are not suitable pets for families who do not have the time commitment.