SAINT HUGH'S MOUNTAIN DOG
When we went public with our Kennel we embarked upon a breeding plan to fuse certain traits from a short list of existing breeds, into a new kind of dog. We decided to recreate an old idea that is being lost in today's dog culture. We originally called it the, "Boreal Prepper Dog," or, "Northern Survival Dog."
"St. Hugh's Mountain Dog," is what we came to call the new breeding goal. The principle breeding plan is to create a working dog that does three tasks in remote Alaska; those being...
1.) A dog capable of assisting in hunting tasks.
2.)suspicion of strangers and intruders as a watch dog (and even a guard dog if possible).
3.) a dog capable of dog sled and pack work, to transport supplies and harvested game from road-less Alaskan hunting grounds.
The list of traits to accomplish these 3 basic tasks includes...
A. suspicion of unfamiliar animals and people.
B. Strong prey drive and interest in tracking game over long distances.
C. Strong sense of smell and dominance of scent over the other senses.
D. A dog that rarely barks, except in warning of intruding animals or persons. Particularly in tracking wounded big game it must be a dog that does not bark or spook wounded game from it's bed.
E. A close working style that does not wander too far from the human handler and is responsive to human command.
F. Sensitivity to the human handlers directions and intentions by non-verbal communication. Such as watching the hunter's posture and body language for ques about what to do.
G. Physically powerful and athletic. This includes properly formed body shape and long legs for travel in deep snows and tundra, and endurance for long distance travel.
H. Winter hardy coat and tight feet to deal with cold and snow. Particularly frost resistant coat like many northern sled dog breeds and feet that are resistant to ice balls forming in the feet in long distance travel in deep snow.
I. Able to cooperate with familiar dogs in a team.
J. Assertive and bold in confrontations with threats. The dog must have confidence and be able to calmly respond with dominance over threats.
We choose a few breeds to cross breed into this new breeding plan. As the basic template to start with, our original heavy freight dogs were what we began with. We then added in the genetic potential of Akita, Karelian Bear Dog, and Central Asian Shepherd. Further back in our freight dog breeding plan there were infusions of Akita, Great Pyrenees, and local old time trap line freight dogs.
The fusion of these genetics had one goal, to create a dog that has all the traits listed to do the three primary tasks of hunting, guarding, and transport.