I work with dogs at a doggie daycare, and I have been interested in NAIDs for many months now. I am waiting to get one until my family is ready to have two dogs. I also would like to know where all the negative information is coming from. I would like proof, if it is available. I also would like to say something to those people who posted information about his/her horrible NAID. In working with dogs I've seen all the problems you've mentioned. It isn't a problem with the dog- it's a problem with the training(aka owner). I honestly don't want to be mean, I'm just trying to inform you. If you are using harsh training methods, your dog WILL become dominant and agressive. If you are not feeding your dog proper nutrition, it will shed far more than it is meant to (my own boss has a golden that stopped shedding because she is on an entirely raw food diet). If a dog is not socialized well and often during it's first few months, it will be skiddish or aggressive in its older years. Basically, although different breeds have different tendencies, any real behavior problem or health problem is the owners fault- I've even seen it im my own past dogs. Thank you for the information regarding how horrible a NAID can be, but givin my past experience, I am still confident that a NAID would be an excellent pet. I hope all those who have had bad experiences will have better ones in the future.
I think a lot of objections to this come from the fact that most of these dogs are just Siberian Husky mixes. A lot of people seem to really not like the idea of mixes/mutts being given unique names that make it seem like a pure breed.
I'm sure, like most dogs, they make wonderful happy pets... I personally don't have the same degree of reservations or hostility towards mixed breed dogs. I do think it is important to be aware of the attempt to make the dogs seem more valuable, and hence charge you more. Often times the people selling these pups try to make it sound like you are buying something unique and therefore valuable. In reality, they just put two dogs together and let them breed.
Either way, both mixes and pure breds can make wonderful pets, no matter what you call them..
Thank you for your comment! It has been bothering me what people are saying about the NAIDS.
I own a NAID and he is the best dog I have ever had. He was extremely easy to train. I got him at 8 weeks and he potty trained in like two weeks from when I got him and that includes him learning to ring a bell hanging from the backyard door that he rings when he wants to go out. He learned to sit, stay, fetch, lay down, shake, leave it, drop it, and speak really in like two fifteen minute training sessions per trick learned. He learned those way young as well
He is the most friendly dog and loves all people and children. He also loves other animals and I am never afraid of him meeting other dogs. He has a strange fascination with cats and horses. He loves them.
As far as hunting ability I don't think he would make a good hunting dog, because he loves other animals too much. My schnauzer makes a better bird dog than he does. I guess he was never trained that way so that is probably why.
My dog loves the outdoors, but he loves people more. He will go outside for a little bit, but he always has to come back inside to check on me or whoever is home. He loves to be where I am.
My dog would not do as well if we didn't have our other dog. He will really only stay outside for a long time if our other dog goes out with him. He needs a buddy.
I agree with your comment about its the owner not the dogs.
Reading the posts on the NAID were very interesting and unfortunately, many of them are more negative than I expected. I find it difficult to believe that everyone has posted their thoughts based on fact and experience (first hand) with these dogs.
I am an owner of a NAS - a Native American Shepherd. She is a mix between a NAID and a Belgian Shepherd. Although the American breeder I got her from views her as a specific breed, very much like the NAID, I still consider her a mixed breed rather than a purebred, patent or not. And, as with many mixed breeds, the bigger genetic pool allows for certain health issues to be diminished. Maybe that is why the First Nations people had healthy dogs? I think the designer breed issue is something that is controversial in the dog arena and one that is not easily solved. Many questions do arise as to the intentions of the breeders and sometimes it is hard to determine whether they are breeding their dogs from a humanitarian view or profit-driven. I think the truth is a combination of both. Having had a dog for nearly 17 years, the costs alone for just one dog can be great let alone for a litter! (BTW, my first dog DID have a litter of 7 pups one year before I had her spayed, so it can be costly. Realistically, I find it hard to believe that anyone would have litters of pups regularly out of the goodness of their hearts and their love of a particular breed without any monetary compensation.) There were several posts that were slamming Karen Markel and her kennel, Majestic View, which reflect the aforementioned controversy. Regardless, I saw many NAIDs and NASs at the breeder's kennel in Michigan where my dog is from. All were friendly and excited to see you. The kennel was very clean and the dogs and puppies all had ample space to run around and play in. None of them seemed vicious or ready to attack. I had exchanged several emails with the breeder beforehand and had visited later on to see if my son who has allergies would react. After having selected our puppy, we drove back the many hours to our home in Canada. Since her arrival, she has been a joy to our family. She is fantastic with children and extremely patient and tolerant (sometimes more so than the adults!), and has been like that from the beginning. She is a quick learner and intelligent. She is very loving and affectionate, and enjoys company. She is not a barker, although she is very vocal and will "talk", whine or howl. She loves the outdoors and swimming in lakes, rivers, and creeks. Everyone who has met her comments on her gentle temperament and her majestic looks. Both my family (including extended family) and I love her and are so happy she is part of our lives.
People have mentioned the idea of wolf-hybrids. Perhaps going back many, many generations, there was wolf in them. However, unless more wolf genetics have been introduced, they are not wolf-hybrids. To determine the wolf content, a genetic test can always be conducted.
Some of the things I found with having a NAS are: 1. People with allergies or asthma do not react to her. Both my son and my brother are very allergic to dogs and since we got our dog, neither have reacted. My asthmatic mother also has no reactions to her. This is largely due to the lack of dander that this species/mix has. However, this is not to say that someone with allergies will NOT react, as everyone is individual in this regard. It would be best to check first by visiting the breeder to see if there is any reaction Also, someone may react to the dog's saliva from being licked which has nothing to do with dander but more with the proteins in the saliva. In my case, I have been lucky in that no one, family or not, who has encountered my dog has reacted to her.
2. There is shedding from this breed (contrary to what the breeder outlines). However, this shedding is not constant but rather seasonal and occurs twice a year. Other than that, there is no issue with dog hairs on the clothing or furniture at other times. Overall, grooming is very minimal. I do brush her weekly to keep her fur from matting and keep it glistening from the natural oils.
3. They are NOT aggressive dogs at all. Mine is very relaxed and tolerant. She loves to socialize with other dogs of all sizes and is extremely playful. Anyone considering this breed should have no problems socializing the dog with other dogs or pets. The other dogs and puppies I saw at the breeder's were equally tempered. This, in my opinion, has much to do with the owners of a dog rather than the dog itself. Like children, it depends on how you raise them.
4. They do need regular exercise as they are very energetic and active. Jogging or going on long walks is optimal to satisfy their need for activity. My dog enjoys going to the dog park where she can run freely off-leash and swim.
5. Sometimes they can be a bit bull-headed. This is something that can be taken care of through proper training (and some patience on the owner's part). My dog is 1.5 yrs old and we are still working on this. Generally speaking, she is willing to please and understands many different commands.
Would I get another dog that is like my NAS? Yes, I would. I wish there were NAS breeders in Canada. These dogs are wonderful companions, can be trained to do all sorts of things, and make a great pet for someone who is asthmatic or allergic to dogs and wants a bigger dog that is not a poodle cross.
I hope this post helped to give a better view of the NAID and NAS breeds.