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What is lure coursing?
Lure coursing is the modern version of pursuing a lure. It is based on the classic sport of chasing live lure. Sighthounds were originally bred for hunting small, live game, such as foxes, hares, pigs, and in some cases large game, such as antelope or deer.
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Can any breed participate?
Coursing is now open to all breeds of dogs. Sighthounds are a select class of hounds that are developed to hunt by sight. Sighthound breeds include Basenjis, Whippets, Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Borzois, Scottish Deerhounds, and Salukis.
What is the goal?
The idea behind non-competitive lure coursing trials is to provide Sighthound breed owners with a standardized scale to for measuring a sighthounds' coursing instinct. The goal of the competition lure coursing trials is to protect and advance the inherent coursing skills in the Sighthounds and demonstrate that they can execute the duties for which they were first bred.
What equipment do I need?
Check with your local coursing club to determine particular gear you dog needs to compete. Usually a slip lead and a bandana are required to distinguish your dog from others. Other supplies to have on hand include:
- Plenty of water for your dog
- Chair to watch events
- Leashes and collars
- Exercise pen
- Drink cooler
What is conformation showing?
Dog, or conformation, showing is a competition based on the way a Sighthound appears and how closely he resembles the breed standard.
Are there clubs or organizations?
There are several official clubs that hold lure coursing events worldwide, include:
- American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA)
- Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI)
- American Kennel Club (AKC)
- Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)