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Tahltan Bear Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tahltan Bear Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Tahltan Bear Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Chien d'ours de TahItan, TahItan Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Tahltan Bear Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Tahltan Bear Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Tahltan Bear Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Tahltan Bear Dog price:
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Tahltan Bear Dog is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.

History

The Tahltan Bear Dog is thought to be originated from the Pacific Northwest territories of British Columbia and the Southwestern parts of the Yukon, in Canada, where the indigenous Tahltan Indian tribes lived. The Tahltan Bear Dog is descended from the lines of Spitz and Pariah breeds.

The Tahltan Indian developed and used the breed for hunting mostly larger game, like a bear. The hunting traditions and myths of these tribes were very different than the European hunting practices. Before the day of the hunt, the dogs were ceremonially bled by stabbing them in the hindquarters with a fibula bone of wolves or of foxes. On the morning of the hunt, two dogs were brought in a sack over the hunter’s shoulders until fresh bear tracks were found on the snowy terrain. As the hunters released the dogs near the bear sights, the dogs moved lightly and quickly over the crust of the snow while the huge and heavy bear was slowed by their deep drifts in the snow. The breed’s fox-like staccato yaps harassed the bear into submission or confused it until the hunters arrived close enough to be in a position where they could have fired a clear shot and eventually kill the bear. Another tradition to prepare the dogs for a foray against bigger cats was a claw from a lynx that was used to ceremonially mark the dog’s faces before the hunts. Even though these ceremonies and traditions seem cruel and unnecessary nowadays, back then they were considered to be indispensables, in order to have a successful hunt, thus the Tahltan Bear Dog was the key for these tribes to stay alive.

Although the breed was a relatively small-sized dog, they were very vicious and effective when hunting in packs. Despite being a courageous hunter, the breed was really friendly and family-centric, gentle with smaller animals around the house, and also with children. That is the reason why, the dogs always lived in tents with their owners, sharing board and bed. The breed is famous for having a quite unusual diet that consisted of fish, meat, and smaller birds. Nevertheless, this kind of protein intake was necessary for the dogs to thrive and flourish in the coldest parts of the world.

Interestingly, outside of their native lands and environment, the breed has succumbed to distemper and other problems due to dietary changes often arose. When European explorers started to discover the great white north, or in its other name, Canada, they brought different kinds of dogs with them from Europe for hunting purposes. As the volume of explorers arriving in Canada increased continuously, so did the flow of different dog breeds to the region, causing the Tahltan Bear Dog’s gradual decrease. Breeders did not focus on preserving the breed, for the reason that there were several other, yet more effective and well-known breeds at that time. The Tahltan Bear Dog is presumed to be extinct now, due to the lack of descendants. Moreover, genetic references and archaeological records show no relationship between the Tahltan Bear Dog and any other modern population. Even though there have not been any records of any living specimen of the breed since the 1970s, few people believe that a group of breeding specialists’ efforts has helped the Tahltan Bear Dog survived till now. However, the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) already revoked the breed’s recognition, declaring it to be extinct.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Tahltan Bear Dog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Tahltan Bear Dog weigh? Tahltan Bear Dog weight:
Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Tahltan Bear Dog? Tahltan Bear Dog average weight:
Male: 17.5 pounds (8 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tahltan Bear Dog? Tahltan Bear Dog height:
Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Tahltan Bear Dog average height:
Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Tahltan Bear Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
GlossyThickDenseCoarseDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tahltan Bear Dog's coat?
BlackDark BrownBlue
Grooming
How to groom the Tahltan Bear Dog and how often?
Average: The Tahltan Bear Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Tahltan Bear Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chien d'ours de TahItan? Tahltan Bear Dog shedding level:
Tahltan Bear Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tahltan Bear Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AthleticAgileCourageousFriendlyGentle
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tahltan Bear Dog? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Tahltan Bear Dog is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Tahltan Bear Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Tahltan Bear Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tahltan Bear Dog sensitivity:
Tahltan Bear Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chien d'ours de TahItan need? Tahltan Bear Dog social needs:
Tahltan Bear Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my TahItan Dog bark?
Average: The Tahltan Bear Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Tahltan Bear Dog good as a watchdog?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tahltan Bear Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Tahltan Bear Dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Tahltan Bear Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chien d'ours de TahItan? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tahltan Bear Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Tahltan Bear Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tahltan Bear Dog do?
Tahltan Bear Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tahltan Bear Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tahltan Bear Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tahltan Bear Dog roam?
Tahltan Bear Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tahltan Bear Dog have high prey drive?
Tahltan Bear Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Tahltan Bear Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tahltan Bear Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tahltan Bear Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Tahltan Bear Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Tahltan Bear Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Tahltan Bear Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tahltan Bear Dog and children:
Tahltan Bear Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Tahltan Bear Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Tahltan Bear Dog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Tahltan Bear Dogs good office dogs? Do Tahltan Bear Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dogs be office dogs?
No
Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chien d'ours de TahItan temperament with senior people? Are Tahltan Bear Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Tahltan Bear Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tahltan Bear Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Tahltan Bear Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Tahltan Bear Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tahltan Bear Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs have health problems?
The Tahltan Bear Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Tahltan Bear Dog be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tahltan Bear Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tahltan Bear Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tahltan Bear Dog have?
Tahltan Bear Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Tahltan Bear Dog dogs require per day?
Tahltan Bear Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Tahltan Bear Dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Tahltan Bear Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tahltan Bear Dog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Tahltan Bear Dog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Tahltan Bear Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Tahltan Bear Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Tahltan Bear Dog has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Tahltan Bear Dog drool?
The Tahltan Bear Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Tahltan Bear Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Tahltan Bear Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Tahltan Bear Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Tahltan Bear Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tahltan Bear Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Tahltan Bear Dog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Tahltan Bear Dog is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Tahltan Bear Dogs are very easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Tahltan Bear Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Stinkiness: The Tahltan Bear Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tahltan Bear Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Tahltan Bear Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Tahltan Bear Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Tahltan Bear Dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tahltan Bear Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tahltan Bear Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Tahltan Bear Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Tahltan Bear Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tahltan Bear Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Tahltan Bear Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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