Dog Words & Phrases


Meaning: A crossbred dog (traditionally a cross between a collie and a greyhound or deerhound) that was much used by poachers in England in the mid-1600s to catch hares and rabbits.

Origins and History: The name derives from the same origin as lurker, and thus conveniently describes both dog and poacher as one who “lurks” or prowls, hoping to take nefarious advantage of whatever eventuates – especially where some form of theft might be involved.

*From the book Dog the Wag by Mike Darton

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