While searching Google Trends to see what people are interested in reading, I noticed the term Native American Indian Dog. I have a strong tie to my Cherokee bloodline, so I had to check out this term. I read with interest a very short news blog about a dog that stole a new born baby from its crib and placed it in the woods. They labeled the dog as a Native American Indian Dog.
This is in no way meant to overlook the terror the parents of the new born child must feel. The child, as of this writing, remains in the hospital with several scratches and puncture wounds from the dog carrying it off. I send out prayers that the baby carried off by the dog recovers and shows no ill effects from the tragic ordeal. This article is written from a researcher’s point of view, concerning the term Native American Indian Dog.
Simply, I wanted to know more about the dog breed the news had termed Native American Indian Dog. One of the reasons is that if there truly is such a dog breed, this news story could give the name a bad rap, just like with Pitbulls, Doberman’s and Rottweilers. Using the theory that “One Bad Apple Shouldn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch” I went to searching for this so called native American Indian Dog breed.
There are indeed several Google pages of breeders claiming to be breeding a selling “purebred” Native American Indian Dogs. First of all, the term purebred, gives me pause for cause. Even my Little Shih Tzu, while I love him dearly, really doesn’t meet the definition of pure bred, in my opinion. He was after all, created by breeding the Lahso Apso and Pekinese. I consider that mixing breeds don’t you?
While stumbling through various sites proclaiming that each and every one of them could sell you a Native American Indian Dog, I stumbled across the original founder and creator of the dog breed that is trademarked, by him, as an American Indian Dog.
Kim La Flamme is the founder of Song Dog Kennels, in Oregon. Kim started his quest to study the true old Indian dogs when he was in the second grade. He gathered his information about the dog’s that lived with our first American’s by talking with the elders.
When Kim gave his report in front of his class, the teacher guffawed, and basically told him there were no such animals. The type of dogs, she said, that had lived amongst the tribes were extinct. Kim La Flamme set out on a quest to prove her wrong.
Kim relied heavily on the ancient knowledge he gathered from the Elders. He studied the genetics and selective breeding skills of the Ancient Ones, or Elders. Contrary to popular belief, the Elders told him that wolves and foxes were not used for breeding the dogs that lived and worked among the tribes.
Kim La Flamme breeds his dogs in the backwards way, or as he calls it, ” The old balanced way.” The copyrighted registry for the American Indian Dog was founded in 1965. Kim La Flamme continues his breeding program, and continues to educate people on the genetics and breeding of the true American Indian Dogs.
I found the website, Song Dog kennels to be very interesting and educational. Kim warns people about breeders that claim to be selling Native American Indian Dogs, and states, “Just because the dog was raised by a Native American, does not make it an American Indian Dog.”
If you want to find out more about Kim La Flamme’s American Indian Dog’s you can find a wealth of information and extensive photographs at the website: Song Dog Kennels (www.indiandogs.com) These truly appear to be a wonderful extension of the dogs that lived and worked among our Elders so many years ago.
Below is the news story of the dog snatching the baby. I have also included another link that contradicts the description of the true American Indian Dog, as Kim La Flamme describes it. To be fair, check it all out, then you decide. Do the old ancient work dogs of the Elders still exist, or is it all just a hype to sell a dog, for many of the breeders?