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The Beagle: A History, The Story of the Beagle

May 8, 2008
The Beagle has become a popular breed of dog in the United States over the past century or so. In fact, in the 1950's, this breed enjoyed a brief stint at the number one spot for most sought after dogs in this country. But the Beagle's roots go back much farther than 100 years or so - and could possibly date back to around 400 B.C. in Greece. Documents show that a Beagle type of dog may have been in existence at this time.

The Beagle as we know it today was probably brought from France to England in the early part of the second century, where packs of this breed were often owned by royalty and used for the primary purpose of hunting hares. This is why this dog has been bred to sniff out the location of these animals and chase it back to where his hunter is lying in wait. The Beagle is a direct ancestor of the Talbot hound, as are Foxhounds and Southern Hounds, and all of these dogs were bred specifically for hunting purposes. While Beagles are still often used for hunting to this day, many more are simply enjoyed as happy, friendly family pets.

England is the country that can receive the majority of credit for making the Beagle breed what it is today. It began in the middle of the nineteenth century with an Englishman by the name of Reverend Phillip Honeywood who bred these dogs as skilled hunters without much regard for the look of the animal.

Another man from England, Thomas Johnson, took the breeding process to the next level by creating dogs that were beautiful as well as skilled hunters. When Beagles first came to the United States, the same care was unfortunately not taken to keep the breed intact.

The good news is that a man named General Richard Rowett decided to import English Beagles to breed, and completed the process in a deliberate and careful fashion. This resulted in Beagles making an appearance with the American Kennel Association in 1885, and standards being established for this breed by 1888, when the National Beagle Club was formed. Today, Beagles are still used as hunting dogs, although many more are simply enjoyed as family pets, due to their abundant energy and friendly natures.

If you are considering beagle as a family pet you can rest assured that you will be getting a dog with a rich and colorful history. Whether you plan to use your dog as a hunting companion or simply a companion to curl up on the couch with on cold winter nights, this dog can fit the bill.

This is why it is so important that you take the time to do plenty of research before you purchase your Beagle by reading articles like this, scanning the Internet for up to date Beagle information and talking to experts like reputable breeders and veterinarians for information and recommendations.

It is also helpful to understand the history of the Beagle so that you have a good idea of what these dogs were bred for and what you should expect from your own pet. Beagles that are carefully chosen can bring their owners and families plenty of love and fun for many years to come.
About the Author
Michelle Adams is an avid lover of the Beagle and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Beagle . Among other topics there, you will find out more about Beagle Training plus a whole lot more.
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