Choosing a hunting husky puppy
Dear hunters, husky owners and people who are just about to get these wonderful hunting dogs! The topic of choosing a hunting dog puppy has been repeatedly touched upon by many publications, we also want to share our experience, observations on choosing a young husky. Although we immediately note that this is only our personal opinion and the right of everyone to have their own.
So, you’ve decided to get a hunting husky puppy First of all, you must decide which species to hunt is closer to you. Hunting ungulates, furs, waterfowl or upland game? Next, you should decide on the breed of husky. This is also a matter of taste for each person. All breeds of Laikas have outstanding working qualities. But the future owner must choose a breed “for himself”, in accordance with temperament, external data, capabilities and conditions of detention.
The Karelian-Finnish huskies are the smallest of the huskies of all breeds. Compared to other breeds of Laikas, the majority of Karelian-Finnish Laikas have the most excitable temperament. Russian-European huskies are medium-sized dogs. The character of the Russian-European huskies is mostly mobile, but not as excitable as that of the Karelian-Finnish ones. West Siberian huskies are generally larger than Russian-European ones. The temperament of these huskies is relatively calm, balanced.
East Siberian huskies are the largest in comparison with other breeds. Temperament is mobile, balanced.
Therefore, think carefully about what kind of husky, with what temperament you like, compare its physical data with the hunt, which you mainly want to engage in. Once you have decided on the breed of husky, you should think about what gender you want to buy a puppy.
The bitch, as a rule, is more agreeable, more attached to the house and the owner. Bitches work better for furs, because they are more balanced, painstaking and persistent in completing, for example, the night marten. It happened, we observed how the males, taking in the smell of the Coonie, began to gamble on this trail, but, having lost it, since the animal left on horseback, or lay down for a day, digging for a while and not finding the animal, went further in search, as if nothing Did not happen. Bitches in these cases can prune for hours, check every “suspicious” tree and in the end, in the overwhelming majority of cases, get the animal. We will not generalize, many males are known that work great furs, but for this type we give preference to females.
Bitches have one significant drawback, which causes certain inconveniences for the hunter. they are in heat once or twice a year. For three weeks the dog “falls out of the cage.” Fortunately, this period does not always fall on the hunting season, and this is a short period.
Males are not in heat, but they can mate all year round. The smell of a bitch in heat got into the nose of the dog, and, in most cases, goodbye to the hunt. For this reason, males are more prone to vagrancy. Once or twice, having got to the “dog wedding”, males are constantly on the lookout. Nature, there is no escape
The bitch has a stronger sense of self-preservation. This is inherent in nature, because it is she who gives life to the next generation.
A big plus in choosing a bitch is the ability, if you want or need to mate her and, watching the litter, choose what you need, and not what will be offered. It is not for nothing that before and now people who are seriously engaged in hunting led and are leading their dogs through the bitches. The bitch transmits itself to a greater extent than the dog, 70% or more in percentage. There are exceptions, it is difficult to argue with this, but the owner of the bitch has many times more choice than the owner of the dog, because the owner of the bitch chooses the dog, and not vice versa.
There are advantages when choosing a dog. They are physically much stronger than bitches, more vicious and daring. For boar and badger work, choosing a male puppy is a better option than choosing a female puppy.
To work on moose does not require high anger, you need a good search, viscosity and an informal voice.
The final disadvantage of males compared to females is that they are naturally more pugnacious. Walking in the city with a dog is more problematic. You have decided on the breed and sex of your future assistant, it remains for the “small”. to choose a puppy.
The main factor deciding the question of choosing a hunting husky puppy for a hunter is the opportunity to purchase it from breeders proven in hunting, the stability of working qualities of which has been confirmed by several generations of ancestors.
It is not necessary to take a puppy from a field champion, the stability of the work of the producers and the transfer of their qualities to the offspring are much more important. It is very important that both producers have a strong hunting background.
If possible, it is important to see for yourself how the parents of puppies work in the forest, what qualities they demonstrate.
Each hunter has his own preferences and vision of hunting. But for every like, qualities such as flair, search, voice, viscosity, return and intelligence are needed. A dog with good hereditary inclinations is more likely to become a good assistant in the hunt, and even a novice hunter will be able to train her. By purchasing a puppy without pedigree, you are buying a “pig in a poke”.
We recommend buying a puppy with pedigree, regardless of whether you want to attend various canine events or take a dog just for hunting.
In order for the puppies to receive pedigrees, the necessary documents for their parents must be submitted to the canine organization. Consent to mating is given by the canine organization, which will issue documents for the puppies in the future. Working dog breeds require show evaluation and field diplomas for the main species. When a dog, for any reason, does not have a show grade and test diplomas, it should not receive permission for scheduled mating.
The reasons for the lack of the necessary documents may be different. The lack of an exhibition mark for the husky may be due to an injury received during the hunt, or maybe it has a disqualifying defect that puts it out of breeding.
Sometimes the entire litter is deprived of the pedigree, as mestizo puppies are found in the litter.
By having a pedigree, you insure yourself that you are buying a pedigree puppy.
We do not consider the realities of our life, when documents for dogs are bought, mating is drawn up almost a year after the birth of puppies. To eliminate the risk of acquiring an unclean puppy, consult the owners of huskies, contact bona fide breeders.
Finally, you have decided and came to choose a puppy. It is best to choose a puppy from the entire litter, not from what is left. Therefore, try to make sure that you are one of the first. There are many popular signs by which a puppy is chosen. For example, the color of the pads on the paws, the number of vibrissae on the head, the color of the sky, in which direction the tail is twisted, and so on. All these signs take place, but they work only when a person has been leading the same line of dogs for many years and has the opportunity to observe the same exterior features that are repeated in more capable dogs, inherited precisely along this mowing line.
Therefore, we will choose according to those signs that we can discern at the moment.
Inspect all droppings. Puppies should be about the same size. This suggests that the puppies are not lagging behind each other in development. See if your eyes are watery, if your ears are clean. It is very important to determine the absence of defects and deficiencies. the puppy should not have dewclaws, hernias, defects in the development of the skeleton, there should be a correct bite. Pay attention to the puppy’s head, the head is the breed. Even in puppies, future flaws can be identified by the shape of the head.
If you are acquiring a dog for the first time, then it is better to invite a more experienced person with you, and preferably a specialist in this field. a dog handler, an expert.
It is very important to try to define the psyche of the puppy. To do this, you need to observe the behavior of the puppies for at least a couple of hours. Do not give in to emotions, do not choose a puppy on the principle of “beautiful color”, “the largest”, “the most vicious in relation to other puppies”, “just liked” or “he chose me himself.” You choose, and you need to use all the possibilities to determine both the advantages of the puppy and the disadvantages.
In any litter, you will see a puppy trying to dominate his siblings. Take your time with the choice. In the future, this dog will grow up and will try to dominate everywhere: at home, on a walk, and most importantly, on a hunt. And this means that you will have to forget about hunting in the campaign of hunters with dogs, since it will not be hunting, but dog “showdowns” and, accordingly, injuries that no one needs on the hunt.
At the age of one month, it is already possible to determine which of the puppies has sharper hearing. This can be easily verified during their sleep. You just need to snap your fingers a short distance from them. Someone will not react and will continue to sleep, and someone will raise their head, trying to understand what kind of sound it is. Puppies that respond to clicking have sharper hearing.
Also, during sleep, you can determine which puppy has a sharper sense of smell by carefully placing a plate of food next to it and observing. Whoever is the first to react to an appetizing smell has a more subtle instinct.
It is important to check the psyche of the puppies. While the puppies are awake and everyone is doing their own thing, you need to suddenly and loudly clap your hands, stamp your feet and observe the reaction of the puppies. One puppy got scared and hid in a corner, the second did not react in any way, and the third went to figure out what the sound was and what had happened. Give preference to the third. The lack of reaction in the second puppy showed that he also has a strong psyche, but the reaction of the first one is clear signs of cowardice.
Ask the breeder, observe the puppies. The most active and inquisitive puppy, who is the first to leave the nest, goes the farthest, he is interested in everything and cares about everything, deserves your attention.
There are many methods for selecting a puppy, but the methods listed above do work. Good luck hunters!
A.Yu. Alekseev, Sh. V. Polishchuk March 11, 2016 at 00:00
How to choose a husky for hunting. selection of hunting husky
Useful and detailed recommendations for choosing a hunting husky puppy. Go! Laikas, acquired in a hurry, on occasion, unskillfully grown and bred, are rarely good helpers on the hunt. Therefore, many hunters who decide to acquire a husky usually face a number of questions: which breed of huskies is better; who should be purchased, an adult dog or a puppy; how to raise and educate a puppy to make a good helper, and many, many others. However, before talking about the choice of a husky, I would like to appeal to those who essentially do not need huskies, but they are acquired for the sake of fashion, for the beauty of these dogs, so that there is a living being in the family that brings joy and responds with affection for love and care of the owners.
It is known that for many hundreds of years the formation of huskies took place in conditions of great freedom. The man demanded from them, above all, good work. This left a certain imprint on their character. They are characterized by mobility, curiosity, a desire to explore the surrounding area and relative freedom. Falling into the hands of reluctants, they are forced to practically live in confinement and, although they eventually get used to such a life, they usually bring a lot of grief and trouble to their owners.
Often, having escaped to freedom, they die. Sometimes the owners themselves, realizing that such a dog is not needed, seeks to hand it over to the hunter. But by that time, it is usually already spoiled and often unsuitable for hunting. Therefore, it is advisable that non-hunters do not purchase huskies. There are many other dog breeds that are created specifically to live with humans. They show more affection for their masters and are more disciplined than likes. They become really very close beings in the family, bringing joy to the owners, while remaining happy themselves. As for the husky, her destiny. hunting. She receives full satisfaction only when she works in search of an animal and a bird.
As you know, some hunters like to hunt small fur-bearing animals with a husky, mainly squirrels, others a bird, and still others prefer animal hunting. Therefore, when choosing a husky, first of all, one should take into account the hunter’s attachment to certain types of hunting. The possibilities of the hunter for raising, educating and keeping dogs are also of some importance.
Some hunters do not have conditions for raising and raising a puppy, and they try to get an adult dog. However, an adult, well-working breed husky can only be acquired by sheer luck. Most often, owners sell adult dogs because of unimportant working qualities or defects in conformation. When acquiring such a husky, its new owner must remember that it is not always possible to achieve full contact with her, since the conditions of upbringing, the requirements of the previous owner and his attitude towards her had a great influence on the formation of her habits, psyche, character and behavior.
Some bad habits are sometimes impossible to wean a dog. So, an adult husky is almost impossible to accustom to an indifferent attitude towards poultry, if from childhood she is addicted to crushing it. Therefore, it is better to choose, raise and raise a puppy yourself in order to get not only a well-working dog, but also a devoted friend. A hunter who decides to acquire an adult dog must first check its qualities on the hunt. The fact that she has a field test diploma cannot serve as a complete guarantee of the presence of good hunting qualities.
Sometimes it is possible to acquire a raised, but not yet working dog. In such cases, you need to analyze its origin according to pedigrees, evaluate the exterior, inviting an experienced dog handler for this purpose, and familiarize yourself with the features of her behavior. With appropriate training, a husky can become a good worker if she is energetic, mobile and at the same time, balanced and manageable. Hammered, cowardly, as well as very excitable and overly vicious dogs are not good helpers on the hunt, and in everyday life they cause a lot of trouble and trouble. You should not buy huskies with a good pedigree and beautiful external forms, if these dogs have already been in the hands of several owners. In most cases, these dogs have some kind of hidden defects, due to which the owners get rid of them.
Some hunters, in the hope of acquiring a good working dog, acquire puppies and adult huskies from hunters of fishing areas, guided by various signs in their choice. Here are some of them, which in the past were hunters of the river. Pechory attached great importance. Among black dogs, the best are “double-eyed”, that is, those with red marks above the eyes. If the husky is pale yellow or red, and the muzzle is black. this is a good omen. A Laika with a very short ear will be lazy. The presence of dewclaws on its hind legs indicates that the dog will follow a bird and a mink very well. If there are three long hard hairs (vibrissae) on the wart located on the lower jaw near the throat. the dog will be a good worker, but if there are only one or two, then it will be of little use. A sign of a good beastly husky. the presence of her alternating black and white claws on her paws. The most important feature was the color of the dog’s soft palate and the number of transverse folds, or scars, on it. The sky should be black, and the less scarring the better. A good husky usually has 9 scars, but the best will be the one with 6 or 7. Such a husky will go after elk, marten, mink, squirrel and bird.
In the past, when in many places the population of Laikas was formed in the conditions of the isolated life of taiga hunters, such signs obviously mattered when choosing a dog. The hunters were very observant and undoubtedly noticed that the well-working descendants of outstanding working dogs had certain inherited signs, which later guided when choosing puppies.
Not all of them became good workers. But in the fishing areas, there was a strict selection for working qualities all the time. Only the really good workers remained. Breeding them, they mated with close relatives, and therefore the characteristic signs, coupled with excellent hunting properties, were fixed and rather steadily passed on by inheritance. However, as soon as the existing spatial isolation disappeared and other dogs entered the existing population, the correctness of these signs gradually disappeared. The hunters themselves understood this. So, an old hunter from the Priluzsky region of the Komi ASSR, talking in 1965 about the signs of good huskies, said:
What should be guided by when choosing a like?
We have already noted that it is better to acquire a pedigree puppy if there is an opportunity to raise it. But, having decided to get a puppy, a novice hunter usually thinks about what breed of Laikas is better, whom to take a dog or a bitch, and, most importantly, how to choose a really good puppy so that he will be a reliable assistant on the hunt? The solution to these issues largely depends on the inclinations and capabilities of the hunter. So, a passionate lover of duck hunting will be more satisfied with a tall, strong, hardy husky, since the work of a dog on a duck on reservoirs with dense vegetation requires great strength and endurance. For work on a large animal and on a sable, a sufficiently tall, strong and hardy dog is also desirable. However, if the hunter lives in a big city, he has serious difficulties not only with the maintenance of a large husky in an apartment of a multi-storey building, but also with walking and carrying to hunt.
Based on personal experience and analysis of a number of materials, we consider it necessary to show the main specific features and capabilities not only of individual breeds of Laikas, but also of males and bitches when using them for hunting. Given this, a novice hunter will be able to navigate easier when choosing a husky puppy.
Among the breeds of Laikas, which are bred in our country, Karelian-Finnish and especially purebred Finnish Laikas are still few in number. However, if desired, puppies of these breeds can be purchased in Leningrad, Kirov, Yaroslavl, Gorky and in some other cities. It is easier to keep small Karelian-Finnish and Finnish huskies than other breeds in apartments and transport them in a modern city, which is of no small importance. Representatives of these two breeds work best for upland game and squirrel. Some of them successfully hunt marten, elk and even wild boar. However, for duck hunting, Karelian and Finnish huskies are of little use, not only because they are physically weaker than other breeds of these dogs, but also because most of them are very reluctant to go to the water. It should also be added that the Karelian-Finnish huskies in the mass have somewhat better hunting qualities, although outwardly they are less effective in comparison with pure Finnish huskies.
Purchasing a hunting husky puppy
Breed puppies of the East Siberian Laika are difficult to get; since the factory breeding of this breed is so far carried out only in Irkutsk and on a small scale in Leningrad. Most of the East Siberian huskies work well for many commercial species, in particular, among them there are very often good sable dogs and dogs following a large animal. At the same time, it should be noted that in protein, males of this breed in most cases work well only at a young age. Sometimes East Siberian huskies with excellent hunting qualities may be of little use in areas of the European part of the USSR, where there are a lot of elk and wild boar. Possessing an irrepressible hunting passion, they often disappear. Some hunters may also dislike the non-gambling, calm nature of their work, which is observed in many East Siberian huskies, both during the search and when barking at animals.
It is much easier to acquire puppies of Russian-European and West-Siberian Laikas. They are the most numerous and widespread. After processing the information contained in the “Catalog of Great Pedigree Hunting Dogs” (Moscow, 1971), we found out that Russian-European huskies work better on squirrels than West Siberian huskies, and West Siberian huskies work much better on a duck and alone on a decoy bear. It is also interesting to note that males of both breeds perform worse in squirrel, and better in duck than females (Voilochnikov, Voilochnikova, 1972). A. Ilyenko (1979), having processed similar information from the later “Catalog of classy pedigree hunting dogs” (Moscow, 1977), came to similar conclusions and at the same time showed that West Siberian huskies are very versatile.
Among them, in comparison with Russian-European ones, there are almost three times more dogs with diplomas in three or more commercial species (squirrel, elk, wild boar, decoy bear and duck). Considering these conclusions, at the same time, it is necessary to clearly understand that they follow from the average indicators obtained when processing a large amount of material.If we talk about specific dogs, then, both among West Siberian and Russian-European huskies, there are many representatives with excellent exterior and excellent hunting qualities. Therefore, when choosing a puppy, if there are no special attachments to a particular breed, it is better to be guided by the knowledge of the characteristics of the breeding lines or producers who have proven themselves well in hunting and steadfastly transmit their properties to the offspring.
Male or female?
As for the question: who is better to take. dog or bitch, then, in addition to the above conclusion that bitches work better than males in squirrel and worse in duck, it is useful for a novice hunter to know the following. Males are generally larger, stronger, sturdier and bolder than bitches. However, most of them are very pugnacious and many of them have a tendency to vagrancy. Bitches are more obedient, more attached to the house, they start working earlier. However, an empty bitch often deprives the hunter of the opportunity to hunt with her in the hottest season. K. Lorenz (1971), the founder of the doctrine of animal behavior, wrote about this, “. If possible, choose a bitch, despite the fact that her two estrus a year and cause you some inconvenience. I think all experienced dog owners will agree with me that from the subtle point of view of the character of a bitch is always preferable to a dog. A bitch is more loyal than a dog, her psyche is thinner, richer and more complex than that of a dog, and, as a rule, she is smarter than a dog. animals, and I say with full confidence that of all four-legged creatures, the bitch is the closest to man in terms of subtlety of perception and ability to true friendship. ” We subscribe to this opinion of K. Lorenz, although we must note that among the huskies there are also males devoted to their master. We know of many cases when on bear hunts it was males, often at the cost of their lives, who saved their owners, who fell into the claws of the beast.
So, having evaluated the possibilities and your interests, you have determined the breed and sex of the future puppy. over, there are known producers from whom the offspring of interest to you was obtained. Only a little remains: you need to choose from the litter such a puppy that would justify your hopes and aspirations. This question is not as simple as it seems at first glance. Indeed, in the litter, even from the best producers, there can be puppies that are very different both in appearance and in hunting qualities.
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It is best to choose a puppy from the litter by observing him from the moment of birth throughout the entire suckling period. Pay attention to the puppies born first. They tend to be larger and stronger than others. Then determine which of them has the best sense of smell. Puppies with a good sense of smell not only quickly find the mother’s nipples, but, when placed on the less milky front nipples, immediately stop sucking and, pushing others, strive to take possession of the milkier rear ones. Puppies with a weak sense of smell usually poke their faces for a long time in search of nipples.
After opening the eyes and ear canals, puppies begin to hear, but hearing acuity is not the same for everyone. By making a faint sound, you can see how one of the puppies lifts the ear shells, while the others do not react to the sound in any way. Repeatedly using this technique, it is possible to establish exactly which of them hears better. In the future, they pay attention to how well the research reflex manifests itself in the puppy. Active puppies usually from two weeks of age begin to walk a little and move further and further away from their “nest”, gradually getting acquainted with the surrounding objects. They are the first to approach the dishes in which their mother receives food, and often try to eat it. At the end of the sucking period, it is possible to determine exactly which puppy exhibits an active-defensive reaction, which is very desirable for an animal husky.
The puppies chosen by us in this way were subsequently excellent workers and had a good conformation. Of course, only the owner of the bitch and his close friends can choose this way.
Usually the hunter has to purchase puppies from producers unknown to him. Therefore, first of all, you need to find out what the parents of the puppy are. You should also be thoroughly familiar with their pedigrees. This information can be obtained from the canine section of the society of hunters. If the parents have excellent conformation, field diplomas of high degrees and they have a significant number of good ancestors in all the tribes of the pedigrees, then the puppies are usually good. It is also desirable that the puppies come from producers who are in their prime. When choosing a puppy from a litter, you should give preference to the most active, well-fed, with shiny coat typical for the breed. At the age of one month, when puppies are usually taken, their breed characteristics are quite well expressed. Some sometimes even have ears, most have their tails twisted into a ring. Puppies flaccid, loose, with eye defects, greatly lagging behind in growth and with bite defects should not be taken.
When choosing a Karelian-Finnish or Russian-European husky puppy at the age of one month, you must definitely pay attention to the format. Preference should be given to those whose height at the withers will be approximately equal to the length of the body. Of these, dogs with a square format usually grow. In newborn puppies of Russian-European Laikas of black and white color, the nose is often partially or completely depigmented, but this should not be feared. Sometimes the depigmented areas disappear by the time the puppy is weaned from the mother. But in some cases, the nose does not turn completely black until the age of 6.10 months.
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What gender of the puppy to choose
The choice of the sex of the husky must be made by the owner of the future pet. The only thing to note is:
Males are much stronger, more powerful and more enduring. They are more decisive when meeting a large animal and feel confident without the presence of the owner. Usually they have an advanced search, but if there are several dogs on the hunt, it is rarely possible to avoid a fight, the consequences of which can spoil the mood and the hunt itself for a long time. Males are incredibly wayward and stubborn, it is more difficult to get close contact from them during the hunt. They hunt, as it were, separately from the owner and can go to another hunter at any time. Males specialized in large animals pay little attention to small game such as marten, squirrel or birds. They are also prone to a wandering lifestyle, and throughout the year they can run away for “mating”, not paying attention to commands such as “Come to me!”, “Sit!”, “Lie down!” etc.
Bitches are obedient, calmer and more accurate. Correctly trained bitches diligently search the territory in search of the beast. They are strongly attached to the owner and his family, and they also have a highly developed protective instinct. Bitches are very distrustful of strangers. They abruptly devour the shot game, which cannot be said about males. She, of course, will have to be monitored twice a year (during estrus), but the rest of the time there will be no trouble. They are more clean and usually by two months they clearly go to the toilet for a rag. You need to walk with the bitch twice a day for 20 minutes, and the dog needs at least three walks for half an hour.
Which one do you like best
In the distant centuries, when hunting was the main trade that allowed to survive, hunters were not interested in the exterior of the dog. They were selected for their working qualities, which are necessary for a certain type of hunting and non-selectivity in food, conditions of detention, etc.
In the modern world, hunting is a hobby and one of the types of outdoor activities associated with physical activity, emotions, experiences and communication with pristine nature, but not a way to survive. Therefore, everything that surrounds a person on the hunt, including his assistant, should bring pleasure.
How to choose the right husky puppy
Before choosing a husky puppy, the buyer must answer a few questions: who will you hunt, and how often will it happen?
Hunting huskies are a versatile breed and can be trained for any kind of hunting. But, despite this, each of the breeds has its own characteristics, they must be taken into account when choosing.
For example, Russian-European is great for hunting game of all sizes. She has a spectacular black and white color, which does not resemble the color of wild animals and is perfectly visible even in low visibility. This makes it less likely that the dog will be injured by some novice hunter.
The West Siberian and East Siberian Laika can handle any size game. This is the largest breed of huskies, it is easier for it to overcome deep snow during the hunt.
Laika of the Karelian-Finnish breed copes well with small game and will be indispensable when hunting for mink, squirrel, marten, raccoon, etc. If you wish, you can train it for a large animal, for example, an elk, wild boar and even a bear. It is easier to transport on public transport, at home and in the car, it also takes up little space.
When choosing a certain breed of husky, the main thing is not to forget that hunting for some types of animals is not allowed for long and not all hunters will be able to get a license, for example, to shoot wild boar or take part in a collective hunt with dogs.
And to have a large dog for a safe trip in the forest for berries or mushrooms is definitely unreasonable.
For what purposes do you need a dog
The peoples of the North selected and kept huskies for specific purposes, for example, to hunt, graze deer, ride and make clothes. Hunting Laika is a hunting dog. She will not graze a herd of moose or wild boars, but will beat off one individual and will keep it at a shot distance until the owner approaches. A hunting husky will warn a person about the approach of an animal or a stranger, but it will not be as good as sled dogs, pulling a team or watchdogs to guard the house.
When to choose a puppy
With a serious approach, it is most reasonable to inspect the litter three times, and only then choose a puppy. The first time you can see a puppy on the 4th day after his birth. It is important to note the condition of the bitch. A healthy female gives confidence that she will be able to feed all the offspring. If she is skinny and shabby, then she will most likely need a special diet and careful care of the puppy. Artificial feeding is usually applied after a caesarean section has been performed. Don’t discard bottle-fed puppies. Of course, you will have to spend a lot of time, but the same healthy and loyal pet will grow out of them.
You also need to pay attention to the number and usefulness of puppies. With a large number of puppies, an increased diet for the bitch and an early start of feeding the litter is required. Normal puppies will look healthy, crawl and squeak. Premature puppies will not suck milk well, constantly squeak and be very lagging behind the rest.
If your puppy has a fifth toe on its hind legs, don’t be intimidated. Previously, according to folk signs, this was considered a good sign. These dogs were selected for breeding and hunting. It is also necessary to remind the owner that the fifth toe on the hind foot is removed. To do this, it is best to contact a veterinarian, since the finger must be cut correctly, with the imposition of one suture, but the main thing is not to infect the wound. If the operation is carried out correctly, then after a few minutes the puppy forgets about it.
By the size of the puppy, a knowledgeable dog breeder is able to determine what kind of dog will be in the future. The largest puppies remain the tallest, they usually grow into a powerful dog that is noticeably different from their peers.
The second time it is desirable to see the litter at the age of 15 days. During this period, you can determine the height, weight, condition of the puppy’s coat, look into the open eyes of the future pet. Some owners wean the puppies for 15-25 days and prepare them for sale. This happens gradually, not abruptly. First, the puppies are isolated from the mother, bringing her 6-8 times a day for feeding, then the amount of milk is reduced and artificial feeding is added. So for several days the puppies should completely switch to self-feeding.
It is necessary to see the puppies for the third time one month after birth. The owner of the bitch brings the puppies to the club and registers them. After assigning a number and receiving a certificate of origin, the puppy can officially start an “independent” life.
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On ungulates (wild boar, elk, etc.)
Hunting wild boar with huskies is an exciting activity and has always been popular with hunters. Laika is a good companion in such a hunt. If a dog is trained for a wild boar, it is extremely vicious and courageous, while showing caution and dexterity during the hunt. She can chase a boar at a trot, but if she senses danger, she runs away to the side, which speaks of her dodge. When hunting a wild boar, it is important that the dog understands its owner perfectly and follows the necessary commands.
The boar is a cunning and dangerous creature, especially if it is wounded. This must be taken into account when you want to hunt a wild animal. A wounded boar is very dangerous for humans. He can sit in ambush, waiting for the victim, and suddenly attack.
Anything can happen on a hunt, so you should always have a first aid kit with the most necessary medicines with you.
- antiseptic, disinfectant (brilliant green, iodine);
- rubber tourniquet;
- surgical needle with thread.
Laikas are often used to hunt wild boar, as a result of which they are very often injured. There are special vests for hunting dogs that cover the belly and sides. Vests are bright, reflective.
Hunting a moose with a husky brings no less pleasure, but it is more dangerous for both the dog and the hunter. The dog must be well trained, have a loud bark and excellent instinct. At the slightest danger, he jumps to the side at a trot, so he must have developed muscles and a strong physique. Chasing a hoofed animal, the dog must overtake the elk and bark so that the animal stops running and stops.
Moose hunting with a husky can be individual or collective. Individual assumes waiting for the beast in ambush. Several hunters with dogs participate in the collective. In this case, the dogs chase the beast to hunters who are sitting in ambush.
Description of the breed
By the standard of the 25th year, dogs are classified as “commercial and hunting” breeds and three areas of selection are identified.
Shepherds’ origins originate from the Nenets mowing line. Small dog, lightweight type. You could even say small. The male at the withers is slightly more than 45 cm, and the bitches rarely exceed 40 cm. The coat is long, well adapted to the conditions of the harsh climate. The skull is wide, the muzzle is short. The eyes are round, dark hazel in color. These shepherds do an excellent job of their duties.
Natives of the border zones between the taiga and the tundra, thanks to their qualities, they moved far to the south. They became good helpers for shepherds in the endless steppe expanses of Eurasia. Where we met another amazing and ancient dog. the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, or Alabai, and became good colleagues, helping to guard the herds.
Driving, or polar, irreplaceable wherever there is snow, but no roads. In terms of the popularity of sledding, only Siberian Huskies can compare with the northern husky. The wide distribution from Laikas of the Urals to the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk gave rise to many varieties of this dog. Often they were taken with them to drive moose, deer or bighorn sheep. Until there was a ban, even a polar bear became a victim of huskies. Such a dog is larger than herding breeds. At the withers, the dog is above 60 cm, and for bitches 58 cm is often not the limit. Riders have a characteristic strong chest.
Hunting huskies have rightfully won love for themselves. The breed is not for aristocratic hunters, but for real practitioners. Few people can compare with them in terms of endurance in the taiga and unique hunting instincts. No wonder many professionals say that husky hunting dogs are the best weapon. Since the 19th century, most descriptions have been devoted to hunting. It is they who are involved in the first “Decree on hunting”, which marked the beginning of Soviet cynology.
How to raise Laika for hunting?
The qualities of a husky as a hunting dog depend on proper training. They say that it is sometimes easier to spoil a dog than to raise it correctly. Laikas have many innate instincts, but they need to be set correctly.
The peculiarity of hunting with a husky is that the dog, thanks to its natural instincts and hunting qualities, must independently find its prey, bark, indicating the owner of its location, and wait for his arrival.
Puppies should be trained when they are 2-3 months old. For training, it is better to choose a small grove or woods where trees rarely grow. The dog must be in sight to control its behavior. The puppy needs to be briefly released from the leash, giving him a walk and teaching him a little to search. You can loop a little so that at first the dog learns to find the owner.
During training, the dog should be praised when it is doing everything correctly. You need to stock up on treats to encourage the dog. First of all, the puppy should be taught the basic commands: “sit”, “stand”, “next to”, “to me”, etc. It is important for a hunting dog that he clearly understands the command “no” to avoid unpleasant situations on the hunt. With a husky, you should often walk in the forest so that the dog gets used to smells, learns to navigate among the trees.
Hunting with the versatile hunter
Due to their natural qualities, which were developed through artificial selection, these hunting dogs have found application in various types of hunting lynx, beaver, hare, squirrel, raccoon, wood grouse, fox, sable, marten, wild boar.