A Longdog is not a popular known breed and there are not a lot of them. They have seen slight growth in popularity, but most likely will never be a mainstream dog.
The Longdog is a sighthound dog. This breed’s creation was the result of crossing a Greyhound with another sighthound breed that includes Whippets, Deerhounds, and Salukis.
The Longdog is known for his agility and speed. He was bred for hunting animals such as deer, rabbits, foxes, and coyotes.
Where did he come from?
During the 1950s, rabbits were suffering from an outbreak of myxomatosis in Western Europe. This viral disease was quickly wiping out the rabbit population.
However, the disease did not have any effect on the hare population. At that time a dog breed known as Lurchers were the hunters chosen for hunting rabbits. However, the Lurchers were not fast enough to catch the hares.
Hunters were in the need of a dog that would be fast enough to catch the hare. Hares, after all, can move at speeds at 72 mph. A dog that could meet those speeds was in desperate need. The Longdog was the answer to this problem.
In the United States, the dog can be found mostly in the Rocky Mountain Region. The dog has not been given recognition as a breed.
What are they like?
Even though the Longdog stands about 30 inches tall and can weigh anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds, the dog is a gentle giant.
This calm dog does show affection to his owner but does not feel the need to pounce the minute someone comes home. They are quiet dogs that will not make for a good guard or watchdog. However, if something furry comes running by, then it is game on.
The Longdog loves a good game of chase. This does not mean there can not be other pets in the home. He will get along with other dogs and cats, however, it will be important to monitor them. This is especially true if the kitty or other dogs like to run around.
With that being said, never leave the Longdog alone with a pet rabbit. He does get along well with children, and he will not mind children coming up to greet him.
Exercise is a must
Even though exercise is a must, this is as easy as taking him for a long walk. He does not need to go out for long runs despite the fact that he is a hunting dog. If he goes have a back yard to play in, make sure that the fence is really sturdy.
If he sees something to chase, he will go right through the fence in pursuit of the animal. He does like to play with toys. He will enjoy having something to chew, something to squeak, and a ball or two.
It is important to start training as soon as the new puppy comes home. Even at eight weeks of age, the puppy is capable of learning so much. It is important though to start training indoors.
Since they have excellent eyesight, being indoors will limit what they see. If you are training outside and he sees a squirrel on the hill, all he is going to think about is that squirrel.
Once he shows he understands the basic commands, take him outside. This is important too. The puppy needs to learn to listen even if there are distractions. The Longdog is capable of learning the basic tricks too. Make sure to use treats and a lot of positive reinforcement.
The Longdog is easy to lease train. Use a 6ft leash. Due to the fact that they may decide to go on a chase, do not use a long leash. Make sure to keep the dog on the left side while you assume the alpha dog position. This will teach the dog that you are in command.
Easy to take care
The Longdog is easy to care for. The type of coat will depend on his parents. His coat can be short, long, smooth, or rough. However, regardless of his coat, he just needs a good brushing at least once a week.
Dirt and debris tend to get stuck in his coat. When the coat is really dirty, it is time for a bath. Good dog shampoo will do the trick. The hardest part of grooming a Longdog is trimming his nails.
Longdogs, in general, do not like having anyone touching their feet. It may be better to leave nail trimming to an expert.
The dog’s outer ears are prone to collecting debris and will need regular cleaning. The Longdog is known for having dental health problems. It is important to clean their teeth regularly with pet toothpaste.
In general, Longdog is a healthy breed. However, just like with any dog breed, there are some health issues that are common with this breed. Due to their deep chest, the dogs are prone to gastric torsion. Other issues to look for include osteosarcoma, cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism.
How to find one?
It is not easy to find a Longdog. Unless you live in the Rocky Mountain area, you will most likely not find one at a shelter. They have not been given any recognition by any kennel club and are still not a common pet.
They are a hunting dog. Talk to someone who already has a Longdog is possible. The best way to get one of these gentle giants is through a breeder. The North American Lurcher and Longdog Association is the best place to start a search.
They have their own song
The Longdog has his own song. It is a song by Show Of Hands. It describes the Longdog has been lean and made for speed. According to the song, the Longdog owner wound up in jail for being a poacher.
While the poacher was in jail, the Longdog was put to the work. The Longdog would catch rabbits to help feed the town.