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Native American Indian Dog
Country of origin United States and Canada

The Native American Indian Dog (or NAID) is a dog breed sold in North America. It is reported to be a mix of husky, Malamute, Chinook, German shepherd, [1] and dogs from Indian reservations.[2] There have also been claims that there is recent wolf heritage in some of these dogs.[3] The Native American Indian Dog is frequently confused with others referred to as Indian dogs.

Breeders say they are attempting to recreate a type of dog of similar appearance to those shown in historical illustrations and photographs of dogs in native american villages, as well as from stories told by Native Americans about dogs owned by their ancestors, when available.[2][4]

In May of 2008 a Native American Indian Dog was removed from a home in Michigan after local authorities suspected it of being a wolf-dog hybrid. The dog was later returned after tests and analysis were inconclusive either way.[1]

A three-day-old baby boy was critically injured in July 2009 after the family's Native American Indian Dog picked the baby out of his crib and carried him 150 yards away from the family's house. Animal control took the dog away from the scene.[3][5] The boy's father said the dog was "a Native American Indian" breed and said the breeder told him the dog's grandparentage as "90 percent wolf."[6]

According to information provided to, the breed is described as instinctual and intelligent, cautious with strangers, but not vicious. They are not recommended for families with younger children as they are a large breed and may accidentally hurt them.

The NAID is registered by the National Kennel Club (by one breeder - Terra Pines) but not by any major kennel clubs.[4] The American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club do not recognize the Native American Indian Dog as a breed.[6] There are only six breeders of the dog authorized by the founding breeder,[7] although there are other breeders with breeding stock from the founding breeder, with generally the same appearance.


  1. ^ a b Mullen, RoNeisha (May 14, 2008). "Not knowing whether pet is a wolf dog hybrid, pet returned to Burton couple". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-08.  
  2. ^ a b Breed Information, Majestic View Kennel. Retrieved on 2008-06-08.
  3. ^ a b Kocher, Greg (July 23, 2009). "A.J. Smith: Baby critical; dog might not be adoptable". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  
  4. ^ a b Native American Indian Dog, Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  5. ^ Kocher, Greg (July 21, 2009). "Family pet snatches infant out of crib". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Kocher, and Ulber (July 23, 2009). "Baby's injuries spark debate over wolflike dog". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  
  7. ^ Retrieved on 2009-07-22.


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