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The History Of Beagles

Beagle ancestors used for hunting

Although there seems to be no reliable documentation about the early ancestry of Beagles, there are accounts of dogs of similar size being used to for hunting in Greece in the 5th century BCE. There was no formal name given to these dogs, however, they are considered to be the early ancestors of the first Beagles. Eighth-century records document an early scent hound known as the St. Hubert Hound, from which the Talbot Hound breed was created. The Talbot Hound was brought to England in the 11th-century through the travels of William the Conqueror. While the breed was used for hunting, it was known for being a rather slow runner. To remedy this situation, it is believed that hunting enthusiasts bred Talbot Hounds with greyhounds to increase their running speed.

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