The Properties of a Good Greyhound

 Juliana Berners was the author of treatises on field sports, like hunting, and many people associated her The Boke of Saint Albans. The first and rarest edition of The Boke of Saint Albans was printed in 1486 by an unknown schoolmaster at St Albans. the book talk about of matters relating to the interests of gentleman at the time, like hunting, hawking, angling, and heraldry.

 In the book there was what many people consider the first standard of a greyhound, but not all the people known that in the rest of the poem, we can find a perfect description of the character and behaviour of a greyhound. 

 

The Properties of a Good Greyhound

A greyhound should be headed like a Snake,

And necked like a Drake,

Footed like a Cat,

Tailed like a Rat,

Sided like a Team,

Chined like a Beam.

The first year he must learn to feed,

The second year to field him lead,

The third year he is fellow-like,

The fouth year there is none sike, *

The fifth year he is good enough,

The sixth year he shall hold the plough,

The seventh year he will avail

Great bitches for to assail,

The eighth year lick ladle,

The ninth year cart saddle,

And when he is comen to that year

Have him to the tanner,

For the best hound that ever bitch had

At nine year he is full bad.