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Pariah dogs: 9 ancient and wild dog breeds

June 26, 2014, 12:55 p.m.
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Native American Indian dog

Far less wild but just as old as the Carolina dog is the Native American Indian Dog. This breed was used for a multitude of tasks from guarding and hunting to hauling sleds. Hard working and versatile, yet a friendly family dog, it was a companion of Plains Indians for thousands of years. There is a controversy surrounding the breed: some claim that today’s dogs are descended from the ancient lineage, while others say that the modern version is a recreation and that the original breed went extinct long ago. The breed is known for being medium-sized with large perked ears, eyes of yellow, gray or blue, and with sable colored coats that vary from cream to golds and tans to black.