The lurcher is a dog with the general shape of a greyhound, but with a heavier body, larger ears and rougher coat.
It is probable that the strain contains greyhound blood.
The greyhound and all its varieties belong to this class.
The above figure is coloured black as befits a funerary and nocturnal animal: it is more attenuated than even a greyhound, but it has the bushy tail of the fox or the jackal.
The dog was of many varieties as early as the XIIth Dynasty, when the greyhound and turnspit and other well-marked forms are seen.