Dogheaded men (cynocephali), turn up quite a bit in medieval literature, Mostly travellers tales of Monstrous races in distant lands and that kind of thing, Marco polo claimed to have come across a whole island of em! But the medieval mind loved coming up with weird mixes of human and beast and you can find humans sporting goat, bird and fish? Heads. There is a strange religious side to it as well, St Christopher used to be known to the Greeks as Cynphoros (Dogfaced) or Cynocephalos (literally Dogheaded) and there are icons painted of him that take this literally and actually show him with a canine head! Early writings on St Christopher add to this and the early Passion Cycles (Lives of) say that..
This Christopher was one of the Dogheads, a race that had the heads of dogs and ate human flesh.
A Translation from the Irish Passion of St Christopher (from two early 15th Century manuscripts) can be found here.
and an example of a Dogheaded Icon can be found at
From ages ago when I first read this thread the whole subject really got to me, not much generally phases me, but this (oh and the Stickmen thing on another thread) really left me cold. Don’t know why though? Myself I’m partly owned by a Boxer dog called Mutley who is possibly the daftest thing ever to breathe oxygen, so dogs definitely don’t bother me.
Must be cos it just seems so weird but easy to picture at the same time, god knows what I would do if I actually saw one!!!