LURCHER. The usual attendant on the poacher. A dog of smaller size than the greyhound, and stouter in proportion; its hair rough, and commonly of a pale yellowish colour, and the aspect of its visage remarkable for its sullenness. As this dog possesses the advantage of a fine scent, it is most commonly employed in killing hares and rabbits during the night-time. When turned into the warren, it lurks about with the utmost precaution, and darts upon the rabbits while feeding, without barking or making the least noise; and then conveys his booty to his master in silence. A lurcher will often run down a hare at a stretch.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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