Name the Breed

William Somervile wrote, ‘The Chace” in 1735, and it was the first detailed description of a particular breed on record. After reading it (and not Googling it), can you name the breed? (the answer appears in the next post).

It was written in “See there with count’nance blithe,
And with a courtly grin, the fawning hound
Salutes thee cow’ring, his wide op’ning nose
Upward he curls, and his large sloe-black eyes
Melt in soft blandishments and humble joy;
His glossy skin, or yellow-pied, or blue,
In lights or shades by Nature’s pencil drawn,
Reflects the various tints; his ears and legs,
Fleckt here and there, in gay enamel’d pride,
Rival the speckled pard; his rush-grown tail
O’er his broad back bends in an ample arch;
On shoulders clean, upright and firm he stands;
His round cat-foot, straight hams, and wide-spread thighs,
And his low-dropping chest, confess his speed,
Or far extended plain; in ev’ry part
So well proportion’d, that the nicer skill
Of Phidas himself can’t blame thy choice.”

It’s not, of course, any of the breeds in this picture which we share just because we love the image.

“Wet Day Dogs,” an Acrylic Painting by Paula Vize
Stockbridge Gallery

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