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Is the Uffington White Horse really a dog?

The famous 3,000-year-old Uffington White Horse may actually be a dog, according to a retired veterinarian.

In a letter to the Veterinary Record, Olaf Swarbrick, of West Sussex, said the features of the 360ft by 130ft chalk animal, made it look more like a greyhound.

But last night Uffington residents roundly dismissed the claims about the landmark, thought to date back to 1250BC.

In his letter Mr Swarbrick wrote: “Looking at it again, it seems that it is not a horse at all.

“The tail and head are wrong for a horse and more suggestive of a dog.

“It appears more like a large hound at full stretch.

“I thought it may be a greyhound, but an anthropologist suggests it is a wolfhound, which, assuming it is not a horse, makes more sense.”

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