The Bassetoodle is a mixed breed, so they don’t have a history like their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The first recorded mention of a Basset Hound was in an illustrated book on hunting, La Venerie, written by Jacques du Fouilloux in 1585. From the illustrations in the book, it appears that the beginnings of the Basset Hound breed resembled the current breed. Basset Artésien Normand, a breed of dog known today in France. Basset Hounds were first prized by French aristocrats, but after the French Revolution they became the dogs of commoners who needed hunting dogs that they could follow on foot, as they had no access to horses. They made their way to Britain in the mid-19th century. In 1874 Sir Everett Millais imported a Basset Hound named Model from France. Millais promoted the breed in England and started a breeding program in his own kennel as well as in cooperation with breeding programs established by Lord Onslow and George Krehl. Millais, considered the “father of the breed” by some, first exhibited a Basset Hound at an English dog show in 1875, but it wasn’t until he helped make a grand entrance for the Wolverhampton exhibition in 1880 that the public began to notice the Basset Hound. The year 1928 was a turning point for the Basset Hound in America. That year, Time Magazine featured a Basset Hound on the cover and ran an article about the Westminster Kennel Club’s 52nd Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden written through the eyes of a Basset Hound puppy attending the show. The unique beauty and loyal nature of the Basset Hound was discovered, and from that moment the Basset Hound began to gain popularity.
The poodle is one of the oldest breeds developed especially for waterfowl hunting. Most historians agree that the poodle originated in Germany, but became its own distinct breed in France. The French used the standard poodle primarily for duck hunting and the medium-sized miniature poodle for truffle hunting in the woods. Poodles were fairly rare in the United States until after World War II, but by the mid-1950s the Poodle had become the most popular breed in the country, a position the breed held for more than 20 year.