Cajun Squirrel Dog
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 20-30 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Cajun Squirrel Dog is also known as Kemmer Stock Squirrel Dog, Old Cajun Squirrel Dog and Kemmer's Tennessee Mountain. It is not considered a pure breed but a type of dog that is used to hunt small game specially squirrels. Developed by Robert Kemmer by crossing the Bounce Mountain Feist bloodline with some of his smaller Kemmer Stock Mountain Curs. Mr. Kemmer talked Calvin Boutte (aka the Cajun) into continuing this breeding program and that is how the breed got the Cajun part of its name. The rest of the name comes from the fact are used to hunt squirrels as well as raccoons. This is a sturdy breed with a medium-length double coat that comes in red, yellow, or brindle. They have friendly temperaments and are usually energetic and alert. The height of an adult is about 12-18 inches (30-46 cm) and weighs between 20-30 pounds.
Common colors for this dog are red, yellow and brindle.
The dog has a medium double coat with a soft under coat.
The Cajun Squirrel Dog is friendly, alert and active. It is a versatile dog that can be a great playful dog for kids as well as excellent small game hunter specially squirrels. It has an ideal temperament for either being a hunter partner or for a life as family pet. It loves to get attention of its family. Very intelligent, energetic and inquisitive, the dog needs constant mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom. This social dog loves to spend time with its family and is very playful companion for children. The family members must make sure not to over-whelm this (or any) dog with love and praise due to its good nature as the dog will then become willful and headstrong, acquiring the role of packleader. It must be told that it is part of a pack and NOT the packleader and that it must obey and follow the rules set for it.
The short, harsh coat does not need much grooming. Brushing once a week should be enough.
Training should be conducted in firm yet gentle manner with the owner establishing himself as packleader. This intelligent dog will respond well to consistent and innovative training sessions with a confident and stable owner.
This is a working dog and instinctively needs high physical activities. It should be taken for daily walk when used as a pure family pet. Ample playing opportunities should be provided to this dog. An under exercised dog will become bored and may indulge in inappropriate activities like excessive barking and destruction.