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So five weeks on from their arrival, and it feel like Fred and Dot have always lived here. This was taken over the weekend whilst out walking, Fred doing what's in his blood, searching the hillside for rabbits. Incidentally Both our dogs blood line can be traced back as fair as 1820.

Here's a little history:

The breed's origin is romantically reputed to be connected to Ancient Egypt, where depictions of smooth-coated sighthound types have been found which are typical of Saluki (Persian greyhound) or Sloughi (tombs at Beni Hassan c. 2000 BC). However, analyses of DNA reported in 2004 suggest that the Greyhound is not closely related to these breeds, but is a close relative to herding dogs. Historical literature on the first sighthound in Europe (Arrian), the vertragus, the probable antecedent of the Greyhound, suggests that the origin is with the ancient Celts from Eastern Europe or Eurasia. Greyhound-type dogs of small, medium, and large size, would appear to have been bred across Europe since that time. All modern, pure-bred pedigree Greyhounds are derived from the Greyhound stock recorded and registered, firstly in the private 18th century, then public 19th century studbooks, which ultimately were registered with coursing, racing, and kennel club authorities of the United Kingdom.

Historically, these sighthounds were used primarily for hunting in the open where their keen eyesight is valuable. It is believed that they (or at least similarly named dogs) were introduced to the area now known as the United Kingdom in the 5th and 6th century BC from Celtic mainland Europe although the Picts and other peoples of the northern area now known as Scotland were believed to have had large hounds similar to that of the deerhound before the 6th century BC.[citation needed]
"Gray-Hound" in a 1658 English woodcut

The name "Greyhound" is generally believed to come from the Old English grighund. "Hund" is the antecedent of the modern "hound", but the meaning of "grig" is undetermined, other than in reference to dogs in Old English and Old Norse. Its origin does not appear to have any common root with the modern word "grey" for color, and indeed the Greyhound is seen with a wide variety of coat colors. The lighter colors, patch-like markings and white appeared in the breed that was once ordinarily grey in color. The Greyhound is the only dog mentioned by name in the Bible; many versions, including the King James version, name the Greyhound as one of the "four things stately" in the Proverbs. However, some newer biblical translations, including The New International Version, have changed this to strutting rooster, which appears to be an alternative translation of the Hebrew term mothen zarzir. But also the Douay–Rheims Bible translation from the late 4th-century Latin Vulgate into English translates "a **** girded about the loins" rather than the Greyhound.

According to Pokorny the English name "Greyhound" does not mean "grey dog/hound", but simply "fair dog". Subsequent words have been derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *g'her- "shine, twinkle": English grey, Old High German gris "grey, old", Old Icelandic griss "piglet, pig", Old Icelandic gryja "to dawn", gryjandi "morning twilight", Old Irish grian "sun", Old Church Slavonic zorja "morning twilight, brightness". The common sense of these words is "to shine; bright".

In 1928, the very first winner of Best in Show at Crufts was Primeley Sceptre, a Greyhound owned by H. Whitley.

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Thanks for looking

Den

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Date Taken:1 Dec 2012 - 2:35 PM
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Dec 2012 - 5:46 AM

This is a super excellent portrait of this beautiful and obviously aristocrat dog !! A great history lesson too Smile Fred is a hunk of unparalelled proportions SmileGrin Great photo Den !!

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3 Dec 2012 - 7:02 AM

Wonderful portrait and comprehensive info, Den! You must be very happy with them.

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bobsblues
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3 Dec 2012 - 7:02 AM

Stunning capture Den and a great informative write up .Smile
Rob

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2012 - 10:26 AM

Of course as you know that Greyhounds hunt by sight so something must have caught the attention of this fine animal and you have caught it well.


David.

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3 Dec 2012 - 10:28 AM

Dogs are the greatest of friends

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DaveTurner
4 Dec 2012 - 8:51 PM

Fabulous capture. Ours actually managed to get a rabbit!

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