The Celtic Hound was an ancient type of dog, most often described as a greyhound. They were known across Europe, inhabiting all areas once populated by Celtic tribes. These dogs were used to hunt both large and small game, as well as accompany men into battle. Images depicting them can be seen in art and jewelry designs dating back as far as the 17th century. Today they live on in legends and myths and are thought to be the ancestry to breeds such as the Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound. While it is unknown how direct these descendants are (particularly with the recreated Irish Wolfhound) all European breeds likely share some blood, however diluted, with these ancient hunters.