Saturday, 7 June 2014
Greyhound-type dogs are the oldest recorded in history. The breed originated some 8000 years ago in the ancient civilizations of the Middle East where hunting dogs with deep chests, delicate heads, and long legs were found depicted on the walls of early cave dwellings. They have been the subjects of art and literature ever since.

The Greyhound in Art and Literature

-The Greyhound is the only breed of dog mentioned in the Bible (Proverbs 30: 29-31).
-The first dog mentioned in literature, in 800 B.C., was the Greyhound in Homer’s Odyssey.
-In both Greek and Roman mythology, gods and goddesses were often portrayed with Greyhounds.
-In the 14th century, in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Greyhound was the first breed to be written about in    English.
-Shakespeare mentioned Greyhounds in Henry V.
-During the Renaissance, the most famous artists of the era – Veronese, Pisanello, and Uccello – captured the elegant lines of the Greyhound in art.

At Maison Dog we stock a wide range of Greyhound and Sight Hound related Antiques-
From Silver Stirrup Cups, Victorian Enamels, Oil Paintings and Silver Brooches, to medals and Greyhound Collars, Firescreens and Bronzes.
Etching by David Gee

JW Bailey Enamel

JW Bailey Enamel

15K Gold Antique Greyhound Fob

Silver Lucky Greyhound Brooch


St Clements Greyhound

Greyhound Head Letter Opener

Carved Antler Stud Box


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