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Bagle Hound Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, and Facts

The Bagle Hound is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The first recorded mention of a Basset Hound was in an illustrated book about hunting, La Venerie, written by Jacques du Fouilloux in 1585. From the illustrations in the book, it seems that the early beginnings of the Basset Hound breed resembled the present-day Basset Artésien Normand, a dog breed today known in France. Basset Hounds were first prized by French aristocrats, but post-French Revolution they became the dogs of commoners who needed hunting dogs they could follow on foot, as they had no access to horses. They made their way to Britain by the mid-19th century. In 1874, Sir Everett Millais imported a Basset Hound named Model from France. Millais promoted the breed in England and started a breeding program in his own kennel as well as in cooperation with breeding programs established by Lord Onslow and George Krehl. Millais, considered to be the « father of the breed » by some, first exhibited a Basset at an English dog show in 1875, but it was not until he helped make up a large entry for the Wolverhampton show in 1880 that the public started to notice the Basset Hound.  The year 1928 was a turning point for the Basset Hound in America. In that year, Time Magazine displayed a Basset Hound on the front cover and ran an accompanying story about the 52nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden written through the eyes of a Basset Hound puppy attending the show. The Basset Hound’s unique good looks and loyal nature were discovered, and from that point on, the Basset Hound started growing in popularity.

The Beagle became popular in England very early in its history. Between the the reigns of Edward II (1307 – 1327) and Henry VII (1485 – 1509), extremely small beagles, known as Glove Beagles, were popular. They reportedly were small enough to be held in a gloved hand, hence their name. There’s also historical mentions of Singing Beagles, named for their « bugling » voices. Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) kept packs of Pocket Beagles that stood only 9 inches tall. In the 1700s, fox hunting became popular in England, and the Beagle fell out of favor as the larger Foxhound became the dog of choice. It took quite some time for the breed to catch on in popularity in America. The American Kennel Club and the first Beagle specialty club both were founded in 1884. In that same year, the AKC began registering Beagles. Now, the Beagle is one of the most respected and widely used American hunting dogs.

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