Origin of the breed
Beagles have been bred in Europe for centuries. During the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I there were wire-haired Beagles, some of which were small enough to be carried in the pocket of a hunting jacket. Size has increased over the years but smaller versions of the breed, called “Pocket Beagles”, can still sometimes be seen.
The Beagle Club was founded in 1890 and the breed standard followed soon after. Demand for Beagles only started to pick up in the U.K. in the 1960’s. The number of Kennel Club registrations grew at pace in a 15-year period from 154 in 1954 to around 4,000 in 1969, when it became the most popular breed in the country.