Since the Lurcher comes in different sizes depending on its parentage, there is no official standard for this breed other than what Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald wrote in 1984, which states that "a true Lurcher should not exceed 24 inches (60 centimetres) in height and should weigh about 50 pounds (22 kilograms). The coat should be short, and harsh, with long, thin, tapering tail. Head of Greyhound type with small pricked ears. Colours grizzle, black or black and tan."
Since it is not an official standard for the Lurcher, it is rarely utilised as a basis for breeding. Some Lurchers with the Irish Wolfhound in the bloodline are large, while those with the Whippet bloodline are significantly smaller. What they have in common is their elegant and athletic appearance, which is the goal of breeding the Lurcher.
Smooth-coated or rough-coated, Lurchers are relatively low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brushing its coat once or twice weekly will suffice to make sure it is in top condition, free from dead hair and matts. However, they shed all year round and more during spring and autumn, which means they will require frequent brushing.
Aside from making sure its coat is healthy and clean, other grooming aspects must not be overlooked. It's also essential to check and clean the dog's ears regularly too avoid wax build-up and becoming a host of bacteria that often leads to infection. The same goes for the dog's teeth. Brush its teeth preferably daily, if not, at least a couple times a week. Also, avoid painful and uncomfortable overgrown nails that often get tangled on fabric by trimming on a regular basis.