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Bassetoodle Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, and Facts

The Bassetoodle 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 Poodle is one of the oldest breeds developed especially for hunting waterfowl. Most historians agree that the Poodle originated in Germany, but developed into his own distinct breed in France. The French used the Standard Poodle primarily for duck hunting, and the mid-sized Miniature Poodle for truffle hunting in the woods. Poodles were fairly rare in the U.S. until post-World War II, but by the mid-1950s, the Poodle had become the most popular breed in the country, a position the breed held for over 20 years.

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