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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.

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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.

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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.

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23 – 34 inches
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55 – 120 pounds
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General Health

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.

Generally like all the dogs breeds the native American Indian dog is healthy, but The most common health problem affecting this breed is hip dysplasia

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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.

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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.

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Ideal Environment

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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I have a sled dog team of 4 pampered huskies. Does a NAID like running? Where would I find them and can I help with the breeding or rescue?

Yes, they love running. Some of the bloodlines in my kennel are from dogs that have successfully mushed in competition. At this time the breeders take back their own animals so you will rarely find them in a rescue situation.


We just got our Native American Indian Dog and we have not heard him bark or make any sound yet. Is this common in these breeds?

NAID dogs are relatively quiet and generally do not bark. They are NOT watch dogs and will not stop a intruder.


What do Native American Indian Dogs eat?

As a breeder of these dogs, I advise a good quality Kibble with meat being the first ingredient.


Do you need a permit to own one of these magnificent animals NAID

No permit is needed, they are just a dog.


How can you tell the difference between a NAID and a Sibeian Husky?

depending on who the parents of the NAID is, it will look different. some look just like a husky and without knowing, you could guess that it was purebred and be wrong. but many of the naids have different colors than a regular husky such as the spotted NAIDs. its really hard to tell sometimes.


Are native american dogs native to america, or did native ameriacan people bring them from siberia?

Native Americans have originated from all over the world, there were indians in america before the british arrived, so that in itself tells you that, no they did not bring them over with them as they were already in america. secondly, the oiginal NAIDs were mixes between many different native dogs and dogs that were in fact brought over from the other continents. the NAIDs being sold today are recreations of the breed, bred to look and be of the same use as the old native dogs. they really are great dogs though! i love my NAID!


I have a dog I rescued that is husky looking but has webbed paws. Could this be a NAID? Huskys don't have this I believe NAID do?

Siberian huskies do not have webbed paws and if it did not fit the breed description of a husky it could be an NAID


what was the NAID used for long ago and why?

the original NAIDs (NAIDs being sold today are only a recreation of the breed not the original) were used for many different things: protecting the camp (this is not a trait of todays NAIDs, they are very timid of other people and do not bark), babysitting the young children, pulling sleds (many NAIDs today are used for this as they make EXCELENT sled dogs!), and various other jobs


I have a full grown male cat who is fine with dogs unless they bother him. I am wondering if it is possible for a NAID to become friends with a adult cat and be able to be around one with trying to kill it when i am not present. I am looking for a NAID breeder around indiana or a state close to.

Sure you can, it doesn't matter the age of the cat, just as long as the NAID is a puppy when it's introduced to cats.


I was reading above and it says they aren't wolves but a combination of Shepherd, Husky, Malamute and Chinook. I've never heard of a Chinook?

yes the chinook is a tan/black dog that originated in my state, New Hampshire. recently it actually became the state dog. they are very pretty and strong, often used in dog sledding. there is actually wolf in this breed, but it was used in the beginning and with so much breeding, the wolf blood is not as apparent as it was when the breed first started out. you will find many many people deny it but they are pretty stubborn. there is reason though of course. when people think wolves, they think vicious, mean dogs but thats opposite of the NAIDs. take it from an actual owner of the breed, they are the sweetest dogs you will EVER own!

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