This family crest appears on the back of a diptych of a portrait of Phillipe de Croy, about 1460.
The animals on either side of the shield hold and guard it.
The Tudor Family coats of arms - protected by a Greyhound and dragon.
A dog represents the loyalty of the master, so I'm not sure what's going on here.
For historians, a family crest can indicate what extinct breeds looked like.
Below is a short-legged Talbot Hound.
|Carter of Castle Martin Crest|
It's possible that the word Talbot was a sort of generic term for
any white scent hound.The dogs in the crest below are also
called Talbot Hounds, but they have long legs.
The St. Hubert's Hound, also extinct, may have been a type of Talbot. Historians claim that the St. Hubert is the direct ancestor of Bloodhounds and other scenting types. The breed disappeared at the end of the 18th century.
The breed has symbolic meaning, as does the collar.
Collars shaped like crowns indicate a family's nobility.
|Collar that is not crown-shaped.|
|This looks like a collar shaped like a crown.|
(Arms of Henry VII)