The Baglehound is a mixed breed, so they don’t have a history like 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 on hunting, La Venerie, written by Jacques du Fouilloux in 1585. From the illustrations in the book, it appears that the beginnings of the Basset Hound breed resembled the current breed. Basset Artésien Normand, a breed of dog known today in France. Basset Hounds were first prized by French aristocrats, but after the French Revolution they became the dogs of commoners who needed hunting dogs that they could follow on foot, as they had no access to horses. They made their way to Britain in 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 the “father of the breed” by some, first exhibited a Basset Hound at an English dog show in 1875, but it wasn’t until he helped make a grand entrance for the Wolverhampton exhibition in 1880 that the public began to notice the Basset Hound. The year 1928 was a turning point for the Basset Hound in America. That year, Time Magazine featured a Basset Hound on the cover and ran an article about the Westminster Kennel Club’s 52nd Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden written through the eyes of a Basset Hound puppy attending the show. The Basset Hound is unique a beautiful appearance and a loyal nature were discovered, and from that moment the Basset Hound began to gain popularity.
The Beagle became popular in England very early in its history. Between the reigns of Edward II (1307 – 1327) and Henry VII (1485 – 1509), extremely small beagles, known as Glove Beagles, were popular. They would have been small enough to be held in a gloved hand, hence their name. There are also historical mentions of Singing Beagles, named for their “trumpeting” voices. Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) kept packs of Pocket Beagles that were only 9 inches tall. In the 1700s, fox hunting became popular in England, and the Beagle fell out of favor as the largest running dog became the dog of choice. It took some time for the breed to gain popularity in America. The American Kennel Club and the first Beagle specialty club were both founded in 1884. The same year, the AKC began registering Beagles. Today, the Beagle is one of the most respected and widely used American hunting dogs.