TAHLTAN BEAR DOG

COUNTRY: Canada
WEIGHT: 15 pounds maximum
HEIGHT: 15 inches maximum
COAT: Short/dense/close-coated
COLOR: Black or blue with small white markings
REGISTRY: CKC
GROUP: Southern

Tahltan Bear Dog was a breed of dog that was indigenous to Canada. Believed to be extinct by most authorities.

Raised by the Tahltan natives to hunt bears, the Tahltan Bear Dog was a great power in a small package. Before a game, the dogs were solemnly bleeding from stabbing in the hindquarters with the fibula bone of a fox or wolf. The morning of the game, took two dogs in a sack over his shoulder to Native spotted fresh bear tracks. After liberation, these small dogs moved slightly more than the crust of snow, while the bear was hampered by deep furrows. His staccato yaps hounded fox as the bear in the presentation or confused to the Natives can close enough to kill one. To prepare for a raid on the big cats, a claw of a dead lynx was used for the ceremony marking the face of dog.

Tahltan Bear Dog had the courage to face a bear, but he was kind and gentle with smaller animals and humans. They lived in the tent with the family, sharing bed and board. A Jesuit of the 17th century described the Native community houses in winter, saying he “could not decide which is worse – the smoke, fleas or the dogs.”

Descendants of the pariah-type dogs that had come with prehistoric migrations, the Tahltan Dogs were centralized in the remote mountainous areas of northwestern British Columbia and the Northern Yukon. His diet was small pieces of poultry, meat and fish, which flourished in the cold. Outside their environment, which succumbed to distemper, prostration and heat problems due to changes in diet. As white explorers entered the territory, bringing a variety of other dogs, the dog was diluted Tahltan.