up to 15 years
Estonian messenger is a relatively young breed of dogs, the selection of which dogouts took up in the first third of the 20th century. Interestingly, she owes her appearance to roe deer. The fact is that in Estonia a ban on the use of hunting dogs was introduced above 45 cm at the withers, since they could scare the guarded deer. Therefore, there was a need for the removal of a new breed. Russian and Swiss hounds, Foxhantes, as well as Bigli participated in its creation. In the 1960s, breeders finally managed to withdraw the Estonian hunting dog. However, despite the fact that the standard was created in the late 1980s, the breed is still not officially recognized by the International Canine Federation.
The Estonian Hound is a tireless hunter and adventurer. The ferocity that this dog displays at work disappears completely at home. There, the Estonian hound becomes the most obedient, kind and affectionate pet. She is devoted to her owner and incredibly calm. The training of the dog, as a rule, is easy, he does not stubbornly and tries to follow the commands. By the way, training should start from an early age, because proper education is the key to a happy life not only for a dog, but also for its owner. The same goes for pet socialization.
The Estonian hound is good-natured, has a gentle character and perseverance in achieving goals. She will not present unpleasant surprises to her master and will do everything to make him satisfied with her behavior.
Representatives of this breed get along well with animals. However, problems can arise with rabbits, ferrets and sometimes cats. A strong hunting instinct can confuse the dog, and she will decide that in front of her is the very object of catching. With proper upbringing and gradual acquaintance of animals, such problems should not arise.
The Estonian Hound is very loyal to children. She warmly and lovingly treats the kids, allows them any pranks.
Estonian hounds are clean by nature, but this is not always enough. Dogs do not have a thick undercoat, so to remove loose hairs, wipe the pet with a damp towel or massage brush once a week. During the molting period, you can do this more often 3-4 times. Bathe the hound as it gets dirty.
Conditions of detention
When keeping hounds, including the Estonian, it is important to follow one rule. These dogs have a delicate sense of smell, so you need to protect your pet from strongly smelling substances: perfumes and cosmetics, paints and varnishes.
The Estonian Hound is very active, and therefore ideal for the role of a pet for energetic families who are not afraid to spend a lot of time on a walk. It is advisable to keep the dog in a private house so that it can freely walk and run around the safe territory of its own yard. But even in a city apartment, the Estonian Hound feels great if it has the opportunity to throw out the accumulated energy on the street.