Monday, October 20, 2008

The secret of crazy Prylens favorite sport

I own a female Borzoi. The Borzoi is a breed of domestic dog (canis lupus familiaris) also called the Russian Wolfhound. They have medium-length, slightly curly hair and are similar in shape to Greyhounds. They are a member of the sighthound family.

Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure. Competition is usually limited to dogs of purebred sighthound breeds.

In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. In Europe, the course length can be over 1000 meters, and may incorporate some obstacles or jumps. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. The fields can be fenced or not. If a dog is lure focused, they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course.

This is very interesting, but then again; with my Borzoi and my other mix-breed male dog, five children and three cats, I really do not have the time to practise Lure Coursing, even though I find it VERY fascinating as a sport.

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