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Native American Village Dog
A.K.A. : Village Dogs
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Native American Village Dog

A.K.A. :Village Dogs

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Overview: The Native American Village Dog (Village Dog) is a breed that has been bred to offer a representation of the old reservation dogs of the Hare and Plains Indians before the introduction of horses. They were a powerful and substantially built dog with a moderately deep, to deep chest and a strong well muscled body. The sizes will vary dependent on the type being represented, whether of the Hare (smaller), Common Indian or Plains (larger) dog. There uses were to guard the villages, protect the villagers from predators when they were out harvesting their crops or collecting nuts and berries, alert the villagers of advancing enemies, baby sit the young and elderly, help track and hold at bay the Indian Hunters game, as well as help transport the game. They also were beasts of burden and would transport the homes and supplies of the Indian family when they moved to new locations by dragging a travois of substantial weight behind them. These dogs had to be able to do multiple tasks. They needed to be good at herding, guarding and pulling.
Breed Group: Northern/Companion
Weight (lbs): 50 to 95 lbs
Height (in): 20" to 25"
Colors: Various
Coat: Short, Plush and Woolies. Around the ears should be well furred on the wooly dogs and moderately furred on the short and plush coats. The Village Dog should be double coated with guard hairs, which can be coarse or soft. Softness is not to be faulte
Character: The Village Dog should stand well over the pads and should emulate a proud, majestic type of carriage. The head should be set well on the neck and shoulders with eyes that are alert and show interest and curiosity. The neck is of moderate length. The head is triangular and is wider between the ears and narrows as it reaches the nose. There is a mild stop. The nose is not stubby, but is slender and can be long but should be balanced based on the size of the head. The eyes are almond shaped and moderately spaced and set obliquely. The eyes can be of any color but most commonly are light amber, light to dark brown, and on rare occasions can be yellow, gold, gray or hazel. The coat is well furred and can be thick with guard hairs sufficient in length to protect the wooly undercoat. Medium to long coats are acceptable. The body is slightly elongated (rectangular in proportion), powerful and well muscled. They should have medium to heavy bone with sound legs, good feet, moderately deep, to deep chest and powerful shoulders and have all of the other physical attributes necessary for the performance of his job. His characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. The gait must be steady, balanced and totally efficient. There temperament can be aloof with strangers, which should not be faulted.
Temperament: The Village Dog should have a well balanced temperament, with steady nerves, be self-assured with a free and easy attitude unless provoked, be completely good natured, as well as alert and tractable. He must have courage but not be combative, be instinctive and have the ability to be a protector, working, hunting, sledding or herding dog. Each temperament is dependent on the characteristics of each individual dog. Not all dogs are required to have each of the temperamental attributes. He does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, but can be suspicious of strangers. He should not be aggressive with other dogs. Some measure of reserve and dignity may be noted in the mature dog. It is not uncommon for them to use “warning” body language to try to ward off intruders, such as stomping the front feet or pulling back and lunging forward. They are playful on invitation with their family and those they know and are a loyal and devoted companion. They are friendly, affectionate and loving with family and friends and enjoy being cuddled. There have been instances when these dogs have used their natural instinctive abilities and have been known to use reasoning skills to help protect their human pack from danger.
Care: This breed blows coat heavily in the late spring/early summer and will have a moderate shed just before winter. Shorter coats tend to shed more than the plush/wooly coats. Dogs kept indoors may also drop coat regularly as the undercoat will shed out since it isn't needed. Grooming requirements are more during the shedding season.
Training: The Village Dogs are intelligent dogs and are independent thinkers. The breed consists of Northern/Working and Guardian breeds so dependent on what breed the pup takes after will dependent on the dogs willingness to take instruction. As with most Northern breed dogs they can be stubborn. Experience has shown that this breed excels in training but consistency is definitely required. They are, at times, to smart for their own good.
Activity: The activity of the Village Dog varies from very active to couch potatoes. Care is taken to ensure each pup is placed in the appropriate family so both the needs of the dog and of the family are met.
Country of Origin: USA
Health Issue: This breed has had very few health issues. In the past, one pup was diagnosed with a genetic heart condition and passed away at 7 years old, without being under medical care. A recent genetic disorder, Polycystic Kidney Disease, was found to affect 2 pups out of a litter of 4 and they have been the only ones diagnosed with the disease to date. Both parents have been pulled from the breeding program. There were 2 pups from a past breeding that were said to have been diagnosed at 3 months of age with hip dysplasia, the breeding was not repeated and the male was taken out of the program. The breed has been around for 11 years and these are the only incidences of any health concerns so far.
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 YEARS

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