Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Medieval Word Wednesday - Hunting Dogs

Woven in northern France or Flanders (Henry Townsend) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Medieval hunters used different dog breeds for hunting various prey.

Foxhounds were used for hunting fox (no surprise). Irish Wolfhounds were preferred for hunting deer. Spaniels were used for flushing out birds. Mastiffs were used when they were bringing down a bear. (More at

Apparently life was good for hunting dogs. This article tells all about the comforts they enjoyed, especially Greyhounds. Having been a Greyhound owner in the past, I can attest to the breeds love of running and soft places to lay. Our Calvin was a sweet tempered companion, but vicious when he came across a rabbit.


Shanna Hatfield said...

Great info about the dogs, Rachel! That's awesome about your dog, Calvin. Greyhounds are a special breed, aren't they! :)

David N. Olson said...

Your post is very helpful, thank you. Rabbit hunting has been an integral part of human culture for millennia, ensuring that our species survives as well as provide the means to evolve and become more resourceful. Rabbit hunting dogs have been there alongside the hunters for as long as cave paintings have been able to tell us. See more