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Dog Portraits - Black and White Greyhound - Dog Portrait

Ann was commissioned to paint this greyhound for his owner who had re-homed him after retirement from the track. This was given by the family as a surprise seventieth birthday gift.
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Greyhounds belong to the hound group and are used for racing, coursing, as a companion and in the show-ring. Greyhounds were amongst the most highest-favoured of all dogs; Pharoahs and other Egyptian, Asian and African leaders had images of their dogs engraved into their tombs dating as far back as 4000BC. They were used for coursing large game: antelopes, wolves and deer. During the ensuing centuries, Greyhounds became extremely popular and spread through the near East and Europe, eventually arriving in Britain where they became a status symbol, so much so that in 1016 only the elite were allowed to own a greyhound. The Canute Law depicted 'No meane person may keep any greyhounds.' Indeed, they are the most common heraldic dogs to be found in the coats of arms of both Charles V of France and Henry VIII of England. They were then used in coursing hares, but only as a sporting event as neither the owner nor his guests would eat the kill. Later track racing took over which again proved them to be the fastest dogs on earth: only the cheetah can beat them for speed in the animal world! Greyhounds are the racehorses of the canine world, incredibly fast and aristocratic, graceful and elegant. Generously proportioned and upstanding, these dogs are symmetrical and strongly-built. With their long, straight forelegs, they cover the ground in low, free strides at great speed, being propelled by muscular hindlegs which come well under their bodies.
 

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