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Different varieties of the dog, Canis lupus familiaris
From Old English hund1, 'dog'


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Dogs bred for hunting

Dogs bred for hunting. The greatest of all hounds in the histories of Middle-earth was Huan the Hound of Valinor, who defeated Sauron in single combat.



In Old English, hund was the more normal and general name for the animal we call a 'dog' today. The word docga originated as a more specific name, applied to certain larger breeds. As the language evolved, the two words exchanged roles, so today we normally use 'dog' as a more general term, and 'hound' only for certain varieties, especially those bred for hunting.

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