Dragon Breed Data
|Physical Characteristics:||Small; brown and purple|
|Known Members:||Levitas, Elsie, Moncey, Reedly, Devastatio, Placet|
Common British breed of dragons, known especially for their speed. Winchesters were said to fly so fast that a passenger felt as if they were in danger of being blown off the dragon's back. Because of this, Winchesters were used mostly as couriers, but if the necessity arose, they could be used as light-weight combat dragons. As couriers, they tended to be used on the shorter routes, while Greylings flew the longer routes to Africa, India and the Americas.
Due to the small size and speed of Winchester hatchlings, the eggs had to be hatched indoors, usually in a barn or similar structure. The hatchlings were allowed to fly around a bit before the meat was brought out for their first meal.
Given their small size Winchesters did not commonly require a crew, and often flew with only their captain aboard. Winchester hatchlings were usually harnessed by boys of 14 or so. Winchesters were considered unattractive prospects for many experienced officers as the captain of such a small dragon would not be able to gain seniority, partly due to the lack of men under their command, but also due to the tendency of dragons to respect strength and size over human notions of rank.