Dog Breed Group: Extinct
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 6-9, Female: 6-9
Height: Male: 13-15, Female: 12-14
Origin of Name: A Tahltan Bear Dog was primarily black, dark brown or blue, with some white patches on the chest.
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A canine version of the Mighty Mouse, the Tahltan bear dog dog carries tremendous power and bravery in a small package. Named for the foothill Indian tribes of northwestern Bristish Columbia, these small foxes like Hunting Dogs were commonly seen around Indian camps during the 19th century. Assisting Tahlton tribesmen in hunting for a variety of game including elk, beaver, porcupine, and especially large predators such as bears and big cats was the job of foothills bear dogs.
The night before the hunt, the native Indians will perform a ceremonial bleeding by stabbing the dogs with a wolf or fox bone. On the morning of the hunt, two of these dogs would be carried on the shoulders of the Indians in a sack, the dogs would be released until it came to the fresh bear track. The Thalton bear dog's small stature and light weight enabled it to run at full speed on top of the crusted ice in search of its quarry, while bears and other large animals were hampered trying to sneak through it.
Once released, the pair of Talhatan bear dogs will use their deep hunting abilities to track bears and either corner or tree while working together. A unique feature of foothill bear dogs is its distinctive yodel, and high pitch, fast style of barking. Once found, one dog bothered the bear barking and moving from front to inside while the other attacked from behind. The job of these brave little dogs was to catch the attention of the bears until the hunters came with their bows and arrows and killed them.
Originally given a diet that consisted of small pieces of fish, meat and poultry, this small fox-like breed can live for 10 to 12 years with a novel short and straight shaving brush-like tail.
Although the exact origin of this breed is not precise, oral histories handed down from generation to generation by the Tahlton Indians refer to wild dogs that were used to aid bow and arrow hunters in hunting both big and small game. I went. The Tahlton bear dog is thought to have originated from dogs from a small isolated band of Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers who migrated from Asian regions to Alaska in 13,500 BC after large herds of herds.