The beagle Breed history

The beagle or the beagle is considered the favorite of all children.

This is largely due to the cartoon character "Snoopy." But even before the appearance of "snoopy", he was known as a good bloodhound with innate kindness and a languid look.

Many dogs have the right to be proud of the history of their own breed. But how many of them can boast that their ancestors accompanied the knights of the round table? Unfortunately, this is only a legend. Very little is known about the origin of the beagle, almost nothing. His progenitors could be the hunting dogs described by Xenophon in the 4th century BC. In the 3rd century AD, Asian in one of his poems mentions a bloodhound very much like a beagle. More reliable information appears closer to our time. It is known that in England, at the time of Elizabeth, the first, that is, at the end of the 16th century, there were small search dogs looking like beagle.

But the French claim that these dogs are direct descendants of bloodhounds, who were brought to England from France in the 6th century by William the conqueror. Under Elizabeth, the 1st breed has already received the name Beagle, and from this time we can trace its history. Interestingly, there was a smaller one - a maximum of 20 cm. A kind of beagle, called a poker beagle or beagle heads, that is, a pocket beagle or glove beagle, which clearly indicated the size of the dog. Of course, this variety was not developed for hunting and was very popular among the court ladies. A bigger beagle as a snooper attracted the top of the bourgeoisie.

Its small size allows it to be used on foot hunting, as the person has time for him during surveillance. And basically the beagle is used for this type of hunting. Today the breed is common in France, Italy, England, Australia, where it is used for hunting for kangaroos. But most of all, about 100,000 puppies are registered in the USA. True, not all of them become hunters.

Americans consider this breed home. In Europe, it is used during hunting for hares, foxes, and sometimes even for boars. Gangs can be from 8 to 20 dogs. The name of the beagle has two possible variants of origin: from the Celtic word "big" or from the French "Begel". Both in translation means - small. Because of the harmonious barking while tracking the beast, the dog is also called the “singing beagle”, that is, the singing beagle.

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