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Amongst the most endearing of the all dogs known to man, the Beagle has captured the hearts and fancies of dog lovers everywhere. A simple straightforward soul who desires nothing more than to please his master, this is a hound dog who can make a genuine best friend for any owner. From his origins as a hunting scent hound in Britain to his current-day role as a pet, show dog and part-time working dog, the Beagle proves to be talented, intelligent and determined. This book provides the much-needed factual information about the Beagle and its ancestry, character and standard, as well as the proper selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and behaviour of the breed. The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for the pup's arrival and preventing puppy problems. In addition to an extremely authoritative text, this book presents over 135 photographs in full colour, which prove to be as informative as they are attractive. Helpful hints and important information are highlighted to provide easy access to everything the reader needs to know about life with a Beagle. Whether it's toilet training problems, allergies or fleas, this book is the way to prevention, providing the reader with the necessary guidance an owner needs from puppyhood through the senior years. Recommended by top breeders and trainers, this book is the responsible first choice of every new owner of a Beagle. Topics discussed include: History of the Beagle; Characteristics of the Beagle; The Beagle Breed Standard; Your Beagle puppy; Everyday care of your Beagle; Housebreaking and training your Beagle; Health care of your Beagle; When your Beagle gets old; Showing your Beagle; Understanding the behaviour of your Beagle.
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The origin of the Beagle, like most other hound breeds, cannot be positively traced; it appears buried in antiquity. In the second century AD, Onomasticon, a Greek dictionary in ten books by Iulius Pollux, mentions the dog being used by man for hunting purposes about 1300 BC. The ancient Greek author Xenophon made references in his writings of about 450 BC to small hounds used to hunt hare on foot. While no formal name was given to these small hounds, they were undoubtedly the prognosticators of the dog we have come to know today as the Beagle. Early man hunted animals for survival itself, but down through the centuries hunting evolved from a means to sustain life into a sport. The landed gentry and nobility of England, as early as the fourteenth century, participated in blood sports as a social activity. They used horses and large and small hounds, along with small terriers, in the pursuit of deer, fox, badger and hare.