Training the Rabbit Hound

Training the Rabbit Hound: Bassets and Beagles

This book, published in 1926, devotes Chapter XI to the Basset Hound.  Much of the information is similar to other books, however what is of interest is the mention of the "Russian" Bassets.  
From the book we can surmize that prior to the Tzars fall, Bassets were in favour in Russia.  What distinguished them was that they were mainly dark (black), as Carl E. Smith writes:
… the Russians were much like the present English type with the half-crooked legs, except that in coloring and marking the dark blanket seemed to predominate, rather than so much white as with the present English-French. 

Carl E. Smith also adds: 
… Millais introduced the cross with a bloodhound bitch, "Artemis", and much of the best Basset blood of today traces back to that reinfusion with the old bloodhound stock.

In all other known accounts of this cross, which was by artificial insemination, the Bloodhound bitch is called "Inoculation". 

It does, however, seem strange that it had the name Inoculation, as the definition of this word is: Inoculation is the placement of something that will grow or reproduce, …into the body of a human or animal.  Can it be that it actually was called Artemis, but that the misconception came about as a result of a sentence such as "Ch. Forester was born by inoculation, the sire being Nicholas"

Such a sentence construction could have been used to hide the fact that the dame was a bloodhound.  William Drury, in his book, British Dogs, Their Points, Selection and Show Preparation (1903) states that the this bloodhound cross was not favoured by other breeders, which potentially is a reason to mask the cross ever having happened.

Training The Rabbit Hound (4th Edition Cover)

Carl E Smith

1926 Wilcox & Follett Co.

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