The Native American Indian Dog is a beautiful breed which has a similar look to the Siberian Husky and to wolves. An angular shaped head covered in fluffy fur starts off this beautiful dog. A long narrow muzzle leads to their medium sized black nose. Sitting on top of their head are two large erect ears. Leading to their deep chest and muscular body is a broad neck covered in lots of fur. Well muscled thighs are attached to short skinny hind legs. While the front legs are also skinny, they appear much longer. A long fluffy tail finishes off this gorgeous dog. Covering their body is a medium to long coat which is also very fluffy and soft. Their long coat can come in many colors and patterns but most contain white and black markings, as well as brown hues.
It's coat should be medium to long in length with sleep fur that is soft like a rabbit's. It requires moderate grooming with weekly brushing. Their undercoat should be combed out once a month to prevent matting. Matted fur can cause excessive dandruff and act as a haven for parasites and fleas. It's fur comes in many colors. The most common color being Tortoise Shell which is like a wolf in color, being dark to light brown or grey in color often with white. Another popular color is the spotted dog, otherwise known as a 'Spirit Dog'. Other colors are black, blue hues, silver and white and red/white.
The Native American Indian Dog is a playful and intelligent dog. Owners of this breed will get plenty of affection and devotion from these loveable dogs that are always eager to please. Often this breed is reserved with strangers and is never aggressive. Because they get along with all other animals, they are perfect for a farm or any animal loving home. Training can be somewhat tedious as they are semi-bullheaded.
Native American Indian Dogs are not watch dogs or guard dogs. They do not have protective instincts and will not defend their owners or family under any circumstances. They have a northern breed personality and can be independent thinkers. They may choose not to listen to your commands when off leash. They are playful and extremely intelligent. They are very lovable and become attached to their family very fast and do not enjoy isolation. They are usually reserved with strangers and can be aggressive (like any dog) when cornered and feel as though they are cornered with no way out. These dogs are escape artists and they need to be closely supervised when outside. Training may not be simple as they are very intelligent and think independently. They enjoy having task and may bore easily. These dogs are not known to bark. If they make any noise at all it will be a howl.
The Native American Indian Dog is a very healthy breed with no common diseases. Plus, these healthy dogs live long lives of 14-19 years.
Although a wonderful dog, the Native American Indian dog has become nearly extinct. They once were plentiful among Native Americans who used them to pull their property during moves and for hunting when they were settled. The dogs could also be trained to watch over the young, old, and frail in the tribe. Some of the dogs even played important roles in the tribes’ religious ceremonies.
The breed as it is today is a recreation of the original breed. They may have some authentic blood, but they are mostly German Shepherd, Chinook, Husky and Malamute. They have the looks, temperament and utility of the original breed. They were bred to exist with families and their wolf like appearances does not indicate they are part wolf.
Grooming is surprisingly easy for this fluffy coated dog. Brushing should be done occasionally and more frequently while they are shedding. However, baths and trims are not needed for this breed. Exercise is important to all breeds, but this breed is not as active as most people think. A long walk every day will keep this breed calm and happy inside the house.
This breed is hypoallergenic and therefore it is a light shedder. They don't carry much of an odor and have very little dandruff. They are a good choice for owners that have asthma or allergies. They do have a shedding period in the spring that last for two weeks. This dog requires moderate exercise. Several walks a day should keep this breed minimally exercised. They require at least a medium sized yard that they can run around in order to burn energy. If not properly trained and socialize they may have the potential to hunt rodents or small animals. If they are not raised with cats from birth, they may take joy in hunting. Proper socialization and training can make this breed safe around cats and other small animals. This breed enjoys wooded areas and space to roam. Frequent trips to the dog park would be wise.
The Native American Indian Dog is a great family dog but does not fit in with all households. Friendly with children and all animals, this breed is affectionate and loving with familiar people. An apartment will not suit this dog because a yard is necessary to make this breed happy. Training these intelligent dogs is enjoyable for the owner and the eager to please dog. Long walks or play sessions in a large yard will keep the Native American Indian Dog happy and healthy.
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