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Beagle. History of the breed

Beagle or Bigley is considered a favorite of all children.

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

Many dogs have the right to be proud of the historyOwn 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 ancestors could be hunting dogs described by Xenophon in the 4th century BC. In the 3rd century AD, Asian in one of the poems mentions a bloodhound very similar to a beagle. More reliable information appears closer to our time. It is known that in England, during the time of Elizabeth, the first, that is, at the end of the 16th century, there were small bloodhounds like beagles.

But the French claim that these dogs areDirect descendants of bloodhounds that 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 on we can trace its history. It is interesting that there was a smaller - a maximum of 20 cm. Beagle species, called a beagle pie or beagle heads, that is, a pocket beagle or glove beagle, which clearly indicated the size of the dog. Of course, this species was not bred for hunting and was very popular among court ladies. A larger beagle as a bloodhound attracted the top of the bourgeoisie.

Its small size allows you to use itOn foot hunting, as a person manages to follow him during surveillance. And basically the beagle is used for this type of hunting. Today the breed is widespread 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 US. 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 boars. Swans can be from 8 to 20 dogs. The name beagle has two possible variants of origin: from the Celtic word "big" or from the French "begel". Both in translation mean - small. Because of harmonious barking during the tracking down of the beast, the dog is also called - "singing beagle", that is, a singing beagle.

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