Salish Wool Dog 

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Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 541
Origin United States
Other Names Coast Salish Woolly Dog, Woolly Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Small
Weight Male: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg),
Female: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
Height Male: 15–18 inches (39–45 cm),
Female: 15–17 inches (38–44 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin Unknown
Ancestry Unknown

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Fluffy, Smooth
Coat Colors White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Brown, Blue, Amber, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, White, Grey, Red, Blonde
Coat Color Possibilities White, Cream, Tan, Grey, Black, Brown, Red, Blue
Coat Length 18 inches
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Soft and fluffy.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, comb, mat rake, undercoat rake.
Brushing Frequency Once a week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Attentive, Lively, Productive, Trainable
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost The cost of a Salish Wool Dog varies depending on the breeder and the specific dog. Generally, the cost of a Salish Wool Dog ranges from $1,500 to $2,500.


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Salish Wool Dog  have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-3 puppies (Once a year.)


The Salish Wool Dog is a rare breed of dog that originated in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It is believed to be descended from ancient spitz-type dogs, and it has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of the area as a working dog. The Salish Wool Dog is known for its thick, wooly coat and its friendly personality.

Appearance: The Salish Wool Dog has a thick double coat that can range in color from white to black, with shades of gray and brown in between. Its fur is long and wavy, with an undercoat that is soft and dense. The ears are erect and pointed, while the eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown or black in color. Its tail is long and bushy, curling over its back when it runs or plays.

Lifespan, Size & Weight: The average lifespan of a Salish Wool Dog is 12-15 years. They typically weigh between 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) when fully grown, with males being slightly larger than females on average. They stand at around 18-22 inches (46-56 cm) tall at the shoulder when fully grown.

Colors: As mentioned above, the Salish Wool Dog comes in many different colors including white, black, gray, browns and combinations thereof.

Personality: The Salish Wool Dog has an outgoing personality that makes them great family pets as well as working dogs for farmers or hunters alike. They are loyal to their owners but also enjoy spending time with other animals or people they know well; they can be quite playful when given the chance!

Friendliness: This breed tends to be very friendly towards other dogs as well as children; however they may not always get along with cats or other small animals due to their hunting instincts kicking in if they feel threatened by them! With proper socialization from an early age though this should not be an issue for most owners who have both cats/small animals alongside their Salish Wool Dogs!

Temperament: The temperament of this breed can vary depending on how much exercise it gets; if given enough physical activity then these dogs tend to be calm yet alert while indoors but will become more active outdoors where they can explore new sights/smells etc.. They also have strong herding instincts which means they may try to herd small children if not trained properly!

Health: Generally speaking these dogs are quite healthy overall; however like all breeds there are some health issues which could affect them such as hip dysplasia or eye problems so regular checkups should always be done just in case anything arises later down the line!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets: These dogs do best when living indoors with their families but can also adapt well to outdoor living provided there’s plenty of space for them to run around freely without getting into too much trouble! Their friendly personalities make them great family pets who will love spending time playing games/going on walks etc.. With proper training/socialization from an early age these pups will make wonderful companions who will bring lots of joy into your life!


The Salish Wool Dog is a breed of dog that is native to the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest. The breed is also known as the American Indian Dog, the Native American Dog, and the First Nations Dog. The Salish Wool Dog is a medium-sized breed with a thick coat of wool that can be either straight or curly. The coat is often white or cream-colored, but can also be black, brown, or red. The breed has a long history with the Salish people, and was once used for hunting and herding. However, the Salish Wool Dog nearly became extinct in the 20th century due to cross-breeding with other breeds of dogs. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in popularity for the Salish Wool Dog, and the breed is now recognized by several kennel clubs. The ancestry of the Salish Wool Dog is largely unknown, but it is thought to be a descendant of Asian herding dogs that were brought to North America by early settlers.