The Beagle Point is a modern hybrid and does not have very much documented history. It is believed they originated in the United States within the last 20 years. As for the parents, Beagle-type dogs have existed for over 2,500 years. The modern breed originated in Great Britain around the 1800s. They were bred to be scent hounds and track rabbits. These Beagles were much smaller than the Beagle of today and they could fit in the hunter’s pocket. Beagles began to be imported into the United States in the 1860s and was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1885. As of March 2017, the American Kennel Club ranks the Beagle breed in the top ten of popular breeds. Queen Elizabeth I owned pocket Beagles and United States President Lyndon Johnson owned two Beagles, named Him and Her. The United States government started training Beagles in 1984. Because of their keen smell they patrol airports, seaports, cargo facilities and border entry points. They can stop contraband foods, plants and narcotics from entering the United States. The Pointer history can be traced back to 1650 in England. It is believed that the Pointer breed was developed by crossing Greyhounds, Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and Bull Terriers. The Pointer was bred to be a gun dog and “point” out birds and small game. The Pointer first entered a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877. Pointers in the United States can be traced back to the Civil War period. It is believed that they were brought into the U.S by English owners. Currently in the southern states, the Pointer is referred to as the "bird dog." The American Kennel Club recognized the Pointer in 1884 as a member of its Sporting Group.