|Woven in northern France or Flanders (Henry Townsend) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
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 http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-life/medieval-hunting-history.htm)
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.