A SYMBOL OF UNION The Greyhound was known as the most favored canine breed in Northern England, and was the badge for John of Gaunt; Earl of Richmond, son of Edward III, and father to Lancaster heirs, including Henry IV. So it seems the Greyhound was a badge passed through the Lancaster’s.
However, as a badge adopted by Henry VII, it is claimed to have arrived through his wife via the House of York, while other reports state it comes through his mother and father via Lancaster.
But it seems the noble Greyhound had its paws in both, being used also by George Plantagenet, a member of each house during his lifetime. And the shield features a crowned Tudor Rose, symbolizing the union of York and Lancaster.
Regardless of how it arrived to Henry VII, one thing is certain; the Greyhound replaced the English lion on the royal Coat Of Arms, opposite the Welsh Dragon, to represent the ancient Brythons.
Certainly not beastly looking at all, your solid silver Greyhound of Richmond, features the same playful features as the original Queens Beast statue.