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Basset Jack Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, and Facts

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The Basset Jack 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 Jack Russell Terrier was developed in southern England during the mid-1800s by Parson John Russell, from whom the breed took its name (to some, the breed is also known as the Parson Russell Terrier). Russell wanted to create a working terrier who would hunt alongside hounds, driving foxes from their dens so the hounds could pursue them. The breed was known in the U.S. by the 1930s, and several breed clubs sprang up with different opinions concerning the Jack’s appearance, working ability, and whether he should compete in conformation shows or remain a working dog. Today, the breed is mostly kept as a companion animal, but their hunting abilities are indisputable.

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