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The Beginning Of The Beagle

Dec 1, 2007
There are few breeds of dogs that are as popular in this country today as the Beagle. This compact pup is big on personality, and with patient and persistent training, can be a welcome addition to many homes. But how did the Beagle end up in this country? This breed of dog has a long and interesting history that can be traced back to the early years of civilization. It is thought that Beagle-type dogs existed in early Greece, and later in England. It is also possible that Beagles were used in countries like France and Italy.

However, the Beagle as we know it today probably originated in Great Britain in the first part of the second century. Beagles are thought to be a descendant of the Talbot Hound, along with Foxhounds and the Southern Hound. These dogs were primarily bred for hunting purposes, and many Beagles are still used in this function today. The most popular hunting prey for the Beagle is the hare, since the instincts of this breed are tailored specifically to locating and coaxing out these critters for hunters.

The Beagle spent many years in England developing as a breed by many in the field. During the middle of the 1800's, Reverend Phillip Honeywood began breeding Beagles that are the closest to the dogs that we are familiar with today. However, these animals were bred for function rather than looks. Another Englishman, Thomas Johnson took that breeding a step further to combine the best of both worlds - an attractive dog that was a competent hunter as well. Beagles came to the United States at about this time, although the same care was not taken at first to preserve the breed.

A man in Illinois by the name of General Richard Rowett imported Beagles from England and began the careful process of breeding high quality dogs. In 1885, the American Kennel Association began to recognize the breed of Beagle, and by 1888, standards were established for these dogs and the National Beagle Club was formed. Since that time, Beagles have continued to be one of the most popular choices in dogs in this country, due to their looks, skills and temperaments.

Beagle can make the perfect pet for many families since the characteristic of this breed is usually a friendly, social nature. However, the popularity of breeds like Beagles has led to the establishment of many puppy mills where dogs are bred for profit instead of health and quality of the animals. 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 enjoys studying the history of Beagles as well as the other types of breeds that make good family pets. Since breeding brings certain instincts and behaviors into play with different types of dogs understanding the history of your Beagle will better equip you to work with your new pet. Although some of the history is a bit hard to trace, there is plenty of good Beagle information out there to give you a good understanding of the origin of your new pet.
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