So riddle me this...when european discoverers first trampled around north america, for the most part there were no indigenous dogs. And there are certainly none today. Sled dogs in the extreme north, and mexican hairless in central america, and not much to speak of in between.
The Native American Indian Dog is a very rare, almost extinct breed of dog used by the Native Americans for a variety of purposes including, pulling the travois, hunting, babysitting the very young and elderly and guarding the village.
This breed should not be confused with the American Indian Dog which is a coyote/dingo/Australian Kelpie/Border Collie mix.
"The Dixie Dingo"
"The Native American Dog" "The American Dingo" " Southern Aboriginal Dog" "The Indian's Dog"
Still living Wild in the bottom land swamps and forests of the Southeastern United States.
Genetic (mitochondrial DNA) testing being performed at the University of South Carolina, College of Science and Mathematics, indicates that these dogs, related to the earliest domesticated dogs, are the remnant descendants of the feral pariah canids who came across the Bering land mass 8,000 to 11,000 years ago as hunting companions to the ancestors of the Native Americans.
And people should be more careful with those dogs and just leave them out in the country where they can roam around.
Europeans did meat up with (and meet) native dogs. The Iroquois kept them near their villages OUTSIDE the palisades, and in early Fall they'd turn the deer loose in the corn for a couple of weeks to clear the fields and get fat. Then they'd herd the deer together and allow the dogs in to kill and eat them.
In the winter the Iroquois would dine on fresh dog meat all winter long.
To them the dog was a more convenient way of storing meat ~ and deer, with the dog, played the part of the white man's hogs that came in later.
Since wild dogs were essentially "game" and the young ones had a disconcerting habit of jumping up in your arms wagging their tails, I suspect the native dog populations didn't exactly prosper.
BUt, as I noted above, my father owned one. I know cousins who keep them around (out in the country), and as far as I know no one has ever gone for an AKC certification for any of them. But you'll know one when you see him.