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Native American Indian Dog: Pictures, Care, Traits & More

Written by: Dogster Team

Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Dogster Team

woman wearing native clothes beside a native american indian dog

Native American Indian Dog: Pictures, Care, Traits & More

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 55 – 120 pounds
  • Height: 23 – 34 inches

The Look of a Native American Indian Dog

The Native American Indian Dog has a medium-sized, athletic frame covered in either a short/dense coat or a longhaired coat. Color combinations range from silver to black to tortoise shell. The Native American Indian Dog also comes in the broken-pattern coat called “Spirit Dog” by American Indians. Its handsome head has a long, slim muzzle, raised ears, and alert eyes. Its tail can be either long or curled like a Siberian Husky.


  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Mellow
  • Sensitive
  • Adaptable
  • Hardworking

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active singles
  • People who live in the country
  • Families with older children
  • Outdoorsy types
native american indian dog resting
Image Credit: Ungvari Roland, Shutterstock

What They Are Like to Live With

Dedicated and caring, the Native American Indian Dog forms a very strong bond with its family. Watchful and gentle with children, helpful and adaptable with adults, this canine has a very mellow and serene spirit. Being naturally protective, the Native American Indian Dog can be slightly reserved around strangers.

Native American Indian Dogs can be sensitive when it comes to training. They respond best to positive commands and feedback. Overall, these dogs are loyal and compatible friends.

Things You Should Know

A robust and long-lived breed, the Native 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, the Native American Indian Dog has an energetic and inquisitive side. Apartment living might not suit it very well. In addition to daily walks, the Native American Indian Dog needs time to run free in a protected area.

Native American Indian Dog History

Once believed to be extinct, the Native American Indian Dog descends from (or, according to some dog enthusiasts, is based upon) the dogs that lived among the American Indians for centuries. The Native American Indian Dog—not to be confused with the American Indian Dog—was a versatile, all-around helper for the tribe. It could be counted upon to hunt, guard, and pull sleds. Today, this rare breed serves as a wonderful household companion.

Featured Image Credit: Photo-Art-Lortie, Shutterstock

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