Photos, Characteristics and Facts of the Bascottie Dog Breed

The Bascotte 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 unique beauty and loyal nature of the Basset Hound was discovered, and from that moment the Basset Hound began to gain popularity.

Although an ancient breed, the history of the Scottish Terrier is somewhat obscure. The origin of the Scottie is thought to be traced back to a dog described by Pliny the Elder in 55 BC.” The Romans called dogs “terrarii”, which means “earth workers” and is derived from terra, the word Latin for land.The Scottish Terrier was bred to be a hunter and still hunts instinctively today.The Scottish Terrier was grouped under the Skye Terriers and shown as that class in the show ring until the 1870s. At that time, the standard for the Scottish Terrier was written, and by the end of the 19th century, Skye Terriers had been split into the four different breeds we know today: Scottish Terrier, Skye Terrier, West Highland White Terrier and the the Cairn Terrier.