Tahltan Bear Dog
The Tahltan (pronounced tall-tan) bear dog was a domesticated dog indigenous to North America. Now extinct, it was one of five uniquely Canadian dog breeds. Although the name of the breed suggests it was only kept by the Tahltan Nation of Northwestern British Columbia, the dog was common among other First Nations in the region, too. These included the Tlingit, Tagish, Kaska and Sekani. The Tahltan people referred to it as “our dog,” which gave the breed its name. Indigenous peoples used the Tahltan bear dog in sustenance hunting— primarily for bear— an activity in which it excelled.