Native American Indian Dog is an affectionate and highly intelligent people-oriented dog. While researching on the breed, you will find that these dogs come in two distinct sizes, coat lengths and coat color combinations. They are different from American Indian Dogs.
Enthusiasts believe that these ancestral dogs were originally owned by Native Americans and were used for hunting, fishing and weight pulling. They were also good at babysitting kids and elders when the women were away. The breed was founded on the basis of historical illustrations, drawings, paintings and documentations.
Apart from being excellent companion dogs, these versatile dogs are also considered as brilliant hunting dogs and therapy dogs. In addition, they excel in skijoring, agility, sledding, weight pulling competitions and search and rescue work etc. They are associated with Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Chinook and German Shepherd dog breeds to some extent.
These medium to large sized dogs are strong and sturdy in appearance. Their head is broad, triangular and tapers down to a narrow muzzle.
Their eyes are almond shaped and reflect a bright and intelligent expression. Eye color ranges from brown to amber. The prick ears are large and upright. The long tail is either held back with a slight bend in the end or it is tightly curled like that of a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute.
Color: As already mentioned, these dogs are available in two types of color combinations. Color ranges from silver to black. Montagnais Indians of the North Eastern part of Canada considered dogs with broken pattern coat as highly sacred.
Height: The average height of Native American Indian Dog breed is 23 to 34 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of these dogs and bitches ranges between 55 to 120 pounds.
These dogs are fairly healthy and hard but may be prone to Hip Dysplasia and Patellar Luxation. Puppies can be susceptible to joint injuries during growing period and hence should not be exercised excessively.
Life Expectancy: The average Native American Indian Dog lifespan is about 14 to 19 years.
Litter Size: 8 to 10 puppies
The hair coat of these dogs can either be short and dense with wind and waterproof undercoat or it can be long haired. Both the varieties consist of a dense undercoat that sheds once in a year during the shedding season. Hair coat should be brushed at least once in a week and more often during shedding.
Other Native American Indian Dog grooming activities include regularly trimming toenails, checking and cleaning ears, brushing teeth etc. As the dog is relatively free of doggy odor, bathe your fluffy companion only when necessary.
Native American Indian Dog temperament is loyal, sensitive, adaptable, hard working, watchful, intelligent and outdoorsy. They thrive on human companionship and can suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for a lone time without any company. These sociable dogs are usually not aggressive.
These wonderful dogs are gentle with kids and tend to guard them. However, due to their large size, these dogs should be supervised around smaller children. In addition, Native American Indian Dogs are compatible with other household pets, especially when raised with them. They tend to be wary of strangers.
Coming to dog training, you will find that these smart dogs are highly trainable. They are always eager to please their owners. Besides, it is suggested that you socialize your beloved doggy well right from puppyhood in order to avoid behavior problems.
These energetic and inquisitive dogs should be exercised moderately. They immensely enjoy long daily brisk walks or jogs. Moreover, these dogs love playing and running in large open areas. They should be provided with sufficient space with in a large sized yard with at least six feet high fencing arrangement.
Thus, these dogs are not considered suitable for apartment dwelling with limited space. Even though breeders are striving to recreate specific appearance and traits of original dogs of Native Americans, it is believed that authentic Native American Indian Dog breed is extinct now.