The American Indian Dog has a medium-sized, athletic frame—slightly longer than tall—covered in a glossy, medium-length coat that may be extra bushy on the chest and legs. The coats come in a wide range of colors with sable shading. Its handsome, wedge-shaped head has a long, slim muzzle, raised ears and alert eyes. Its tail hangs low with a slight curve.
Having a natural “pack” mentality, the American Indian Dog forms a very strong bond with its family. Watchful and gentle with children, helpful and versatile with adults, this canine has a very mellow and serene spirit. Because of its strong protective instincts, the American Indian Dog can be slightly reserved around strangers.
The American Indian Dog can live as long as 18 years with few genetic health defects. It is fairly easy to groom as well, requiring just regular brushing. During spring and fall shedding seasons, it might require daily brushing.
Though it can be mellow, it has an energetic and inquisitive side. Apartment living might not suit it very well. In addition to daily walks, the American Indian Dog needs time to run free in a protected area.
Some dog enthusiasts claim that today’s American Indian Dog dates back to the faithful canines that lived and worked among the Plains Indians thousands of years ago. Others, however, claim that today’s version is just a recreation of that ancient breed. Once used for hauling, guarding, hunting and companionship, this dog is very versatile, adopting a tough demeanor on the job and a friendly one around family and friends.