We focus on Beagles
that can do it all
here at Lane Rae!
Welcome to Lane Rae Beagles
A Special THANK YOU to the wonderful families that love our|
Beagles and allow me to show and breed their loving pets.
Without you my program would not continue to grow and
be so successful!
2015 was a great year for Lane Rae Beagles!
AKC Grand Champion Lane Rae's I's a Special:
Was the Number One 13" Dog in the United States,
Number Two Overall by Breed Points,
And was Awarded Select dog at the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show!
Russian Champion Art-Fantasy Glorious Mermaid:
Was Tied for the Number One Top Producing Dam
in the United States!
2015 AKC Top Breeders:
We were Listed at the Number Five Position!
2015 AKC Top Kennel Names:
We were Listed at the Number Four Position!
What an Honor all the way Around and
I am So Thankful and Proud!
History of the Beagle and Points of Interest:
Beagle-type dogs have existed for over 2,000 years but the modern breed
was developed in Great Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including
the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly
even the Harrier.
In the 1840s, a standard Beagle type was beginning to develop: the distinction
between the North Country Beagle and Southern Hound had been lost, but there
was still a large variation in size, character, and reliability among the emerging
packs. In 1856, writing in the Manual of British Rural Sports, was still dividing
Beagles into four varieties: the medium Beagle; the dwarf or lapdog Beagle; the
fox Beagle (a smaller, slower version of the Foxhound); and the rough-coated or
terrier Beagle, which he classified as a cross between any of the other varieties
and one of the Scottish terrier breeds.
By 1887 the threat of extinction was on the wane: there were 18 Beagle packs in
England. The Beagle Club was formed in 1890 and the first standard drawn up at
the same time. The following year the Association of Masters of Harriers and
Beagles was formed. Both organizations aimed to further the best interests of the
breed, and both were keen to produce a standard type of Beagle. By 1902 the
number of packs had risen to 44.
Beagles were in the United States by the 1840s at the latest, but the first dogs were
imported strictly for hunting and were of variable quality and it is unlikely these dogs
were representative of the modern breed. The description of them as looking like
straight-legged Dachshunds with weak heads has little resemblance to the current
standard. Serious attempts at establishing a quality bloodline began in the early
1870s when several dogs were imported from England, the first American standard
was drawn up and the Beagle was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel
Club (AKC) in 1884.
Beagles have always been more popular in the United States and Canada than in
their native country. The National Beagle Club of America was formed in 1888 and
by 1901 a Beagle had won a Best in Show title. North American activity during
World War I was minimal, but the breed showed a much stronger revival in the U.S.
than in other countries when hostilities ceased and has ranked in the top-ten most-
popular breeds for over 30 years. From 1953 to 1959 the Beagle was ranked number
1 on the list of the American Kennel Club's registered breeds; in 2005 and 2006 it
ranked 5th out of the 155 breeds registered. By 2011 the breeds popularity again
took a climb to the 2nd position and remains in the top 5 to this day.
Their popularity comes as no surprise as the Beagle is one of the most loving, gentle
and enjoyable breeds available. Their outgoing and playful puppy-like personalities
make them a joy to be around and their over-all genetic health is very stable. These
sturdy little dogs make outstanding family pets and hunting dogs which require little
grooming. They can be quite "set in their ways" though with a nose that leads them
into trouble so every prospective Beagle owner should understand that a fenced in
yard is a necessity.
Beagles are separated into two varieties. The under 13" variety and the 13"-15"
variety, though it can be fairly difficult to determine which category a puppy will
eventually fit into, the American (and Canadian) standards accept a smaller Beagle
than the remainder of the world which accepts Beagles up to 16" (or more) and so
has no class separation in size. The Beagle comes in a variety of exciting colors