MY COMMENTS: I am glad that
some of the American Indian Tribal people are trying to 'save' the American Indian Dog. Like the Alaskan dogs, I suppose.
Before white man came to America, there were only very old Indian people and
no dogs. There were wolves and coyotes and Fox and vermin.
The earths land masses have been moving for millions of years and rivers became oceans.
History of Dogs in Early America: Before the
fateful voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, societies in the Americas were largely untouched by outside influences, and
unlike the early societies on which Western culture is based, did not possess domesticated goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, or
horses. Dogs were the only domestic animals present in the majority of Native American groups, the only animal allied with
I believe that those Indian dogs were such as the Dingo was/is to
Australia. Certainly a wild dog that could and would bred with the Coyote as many Indian stories are told of the Coyote. I
also believe that like the fox, Coyotes can be bred into domestic 'wild dogs' . I also believe that those Indian dogs
were off shoots of such wild animals domesticated. Do I believe they exist today? Nope. I believe that the
mutts that have been visiting and that have been abandoned and found their way onto reservations have taken the place of the
I am not
saying it is a bad thing at all. I am glad that there has been an interest in such a dog. Its a good thing for the world
and for the American Indians and to believe these dogs go all the way back to the days of the dire wolves? Too
bad its not true though, but its a good thing.
On the Song Dog Kennels
they state that they are breeding the old ways. *shakes head... In todays society, even on a reservation,
it would be very hard (extremely) hard to breed like they did in the 'old days' unless your old days were yesterday.
But, its a good thought and they are breeding with health in mind, so they say on the web pages.
How did they breed dogs in the old days.. the days of the American Indian? they didn't care
about the 'dog'... sorry... the dog was a disgrace, a beggar, shy, skittish, and not even worth eating. They didn't breed
dogs. So I am guessing this 'founder' isn't going back as far as I go back. She probably has only stories of one
or two generations of reservation breeding of dogs.
But I am still glad
that they are breeding the American Indian Dog.
in all of my research I find mentions of "so many cows 'bison' they
couldn't count them all, and everyday we continued to see buffalo' But, I have had to really try hard to find mention
of even one dog. The dog mentions I do read abut are of prairie dogs that were abundant and which the Indians ate.