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Hounds

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museThe Port of Baltimore earned a place in American history two hundred years ago this month during the War of 1812. The British, after burning and sacking Washington, D.C. in August of 1814, turned their attention to Baltimore with an assault by naval and ground troops in September. Francis Scott Key, a witness to the naval bombardment of Fort McHenry, jotted down the words to what became our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Port of Baltimore earned its place in American foxhunting history that very same month—September, 1814. After the British fleet withdrew to make its final assault of the War of 1812 on New Orleans, a merchant ship entered the Port of Baltimore and disembarked two foxhounds from Ireland, Mountain and Muse.

Unusual for their appearance, speed, aggression, hunting style, and pre-potency, Mountain and Muse turned out to be progenitors of our principal American foxhound strains: July, Birdsong, Trigg, Bywaters, and Walker. The Midland Crossbred, developed by Ben Hardaway, MFH, found today in kennels all over North America as well as England, and having its roots in the July strain, also goes back to Mountain and Muse.

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# Bill Choby 2014-09-23 12:55
Legend has it that the American fox hound was created by George Washington who mix bred English fox hounds with 12 elk hounds secured by Lafayette from King Louis of France. If true, the American line is much older than 1814.
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# Norman Fine 2014-09-23 17:43
At the time that Mountain and Muse arrived in Baltimore, some American foxhound breeders were trying to breed a hound that could better cope with the fleet red fox. Mountain and Muse provided essential bloodlines to the principal American strains that we know today as July, Birdsong, Trigg, Bywaters, Walker, and Midland.
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