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The Origin of the Beagle
Beagles have been around for many generations. It is
believed that they were first bred as hunting dogs in
England during the time of King Henry VII.
Hunters used to carry the little dogs in baskets attached
to the saddle of their horses.
Beagles are one of the oldest breeds in existence and are
considered to be Hounds. The bigger dogs are 15 inches
tops, and the smaller are 13 inches or less.
In fact their bloodlines go back so far that no one is
certain exactly when and where they first appeared.
Some doing research on the breed will tell you that
they were hunting across Great Britain before the Romans
Early Beagles didn't look like what we see today.
Their ancestors were of various breeds and had some greyhound bloodlines bred in to increase speed.
There is disagreement on what the term "Beagle" actually
means, but many attribute it to an old Celtic word "beag",
which translates to mean small.
The Beagle nearly became Extinct!
In the mid-eighteenth century, fox hunting became the passion of outdoor enthusiasts and the little Beagle lost favor.
The diminutive dog just wasn't fast enough for the speedy foxes. Within a hundred years it was nearly extinct as only men and women who lived quiet lives or were elderly kept them as pets.
Luckily there were enough Beaglers left that they made it their mission to re-build the line.
They also modified breading standards so that a better Beagle was born; one that would appeal to hunting enthusiasts.
However, no breeding records were kept until the year 1891. That was when the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles (AMHB) were created.
Thanks to their Kennel Stud Book, a pedigreed Beagle with British bloodlines can be traced back to the Victorian era.
Beagles first appeared in the US in about 1870.They came from England and were good hunters and possessed the finest attributes of the newly bred animal.
General Richard Rowett from Carlinville, Illinois was one of the first Beagle importers. The strain he continued became known as the Rowett strain of Beagle and was highly praised for its show quality and hunting agility.
Back in the early days of Beagle history, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the small Pocket Beagle was in vogue.
These little cuties stood around 9 inches high. You can see pictures and old paintings of them. They had very short legs and rather pointier noses than those we see now.
There was even a smaller one known as a "Glove Beagle" because they were small enough to be carried in a large glove. The Royal Family of that era loved these little guys.
The Beagle is a Great Hunter!
We all love our Beagles for so many different reasons.
Whether you want your Beagle simply as a family pet,
or not, I think it is important to know a bit about
their Hunting ability.
I have friends that actively take their Beagles out
Hunting with them. Whether this is you or not it is
good to know how they were bred.
Beagles were originally bred as hunters with the rabbit
being their favorite.
Beagle experts today (Beaglers) recommend that even
if you are keeping your Beagle as a family pet or
companion, it is there great hunting instinct that
makes them so lovable and truly Beagle-like.
Therefore they believe that your best bet is to find
a Beagle that was bred to be a hunter.
Should you train your Beagle to hunt rabbits, you'll
find that your work just got a whole lot easier.
In the first place you have to find the rabbit warrens,
or nests. This is a trial-and-error effort and can take
many hours and lots of tramping.
If you take your Beagle, he or she will do all that
tracking, using the powerful noses these relatively
small dogs possess.
In fact many believe that their noses are the best of
any dog worldwide. Your job is to find a good viewpoint,
a little higher than the rest of the ground if possible,
and stay out of the way.
If you take more than one Beagle, you should probably
have a larger group of hunters as well. The average
hunting pack is from one to five dogs, but can be as
large as about seventy.
In the next report, discover some of the reasons why
it is important to decide early, whether you want a
hunting Beagle or a family pet.
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