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Sunday, 27 July 2014


As a sport, dog racing has its origin in a kind of race called coursing, in which hounds chased game by sight, not by scent.

The popularity of coursing dates back many centuries. It was fully described by the Greek writer Arrian about AD 150.

Many of the European hound breeds were developed in the Middle Ages, when coursing was popular with the nobility.

In coursing, the prey is pursued until exhausted. Then it is killed. Coursing was eventually replaced by fox hunting, which was considered less cruel.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc.

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