The Greyhound’s Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: uncertain Original purpose: hunting, racing ("coursing") Name: thought to come from Old English grighund; the meaning of "grig" is unknown; the name "grey" does not refer to the color of the same name, the similarity of the words is a coincidence. The breed is also called "English Greyhound." Historical notes: It is believed that Celts brought Greyhounds to Britain during their invasions in the 5th and 6th centuries. Recent DNA analysis indicates the Greyhound breed is closely related to herding dog breeds. The DNA analysis indicated that the modern Greyhound is not closely related the Saluki or Sloughi, ancient breeds that are depicted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and had been thought the forebears of the Greyhounds.