Dog Breeds: Native American Indian Dog origins and personality

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Native American Indian Dog

The Native American Indian Dog goes by several names:  Carolina dog, the North American Native Dog, Dingo dog, Dixie Dog, Native American Dog, the NAID and “Old Yaller”.  These smart dogs, which are extremely rare, are considered to be hypoallergenic.

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According to breeders of the NAID, the Native American Indian Dog has been bred specifically to resemble those dogs that were originally from the ancient native Americans.  These dogs were actually quite versatile. They would pull a travois with the family belongings, take care of children and elderly, hunt, and fish.

There are documents that have been authored by trappers, missionaries, and explorers which claim that the name NAID® was trademarked by Mrs. Karen Markel in the 1990s.

The original dog used by natives is extinct.  But they were never purebreds.  They mixed with the dogs brought in by the Europeans.  Since nobody cared enough to document these dogs, it is impossible to know exactly what these dogs were like. The NAID is an entirely new breed.

Physical Characteristics

There are two distinct sizes for the Native American Indian dog.  They have a thick double coat and two color combinations.  The pricked ears rest over a broad head wide between the eyes.

The weight of the  Native American Indian dog can have a weight between 55-100 lbs.  Their height is 23-34 inches.


These are highly intelligent dogs.  They are loyal and highly devoted to their humans.  Always willing to please, they are fit for many tasks at home.

Caring for a Native American Indian Dog

In order to keep this dog happy and in good shape, he needs a lot of physical activity.  They love to be outdoors. A one-hour walk around the neighborhood to socialize is a minimum requirement.

Regular grooming is also required to prevent matting and to get rid of dead hair.


Just like with any dog, the NAID is a pack animal.  He considers his human family to be members of their pack.  It is imperative that he understands that all the human owners are in a higher hierarchy in this pack.

Since they are so smart, dog training is fairly easy.  They easily understand commands and are always willing to please.

Fun Facts

  • Crate-training does not suit this dog.  Being an outdoor dog, he will take a crate as a punishment.
  • Pack dogs as they are, these ones have the tendency of suffering separation anxiety.  Do not leave them alone for too long periods of time.

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