First of all, although wolves have certainly been here since before humans, there is only one “species” of domesticated dog, and it is usually just considered a supspecies of wolf: Canis lupus familiaris. Dogs were most likely first domesticated by prehistoric man in Asia, but the traditional theory is that they are “native” to America like American Indians are native; they crossed the landbridge with humans from present-day Siberia to present-day Alaska. It is also possible that North American wolves were simply domesticated once humans go here, but either way we can consider these dogs native.
So, in answer to the question of whether there are any native breeds, there are none still existing. Most of the domesticated dogs in America were very similar to those all over the world: medium-sized, short-haired, and without any deliberate breeding. On the Northwest coast the people did breed a very distinct species, now known as the Wool Dog. Like sheep, these dogs had their fur sheared and made into ceremonial blankets! However, with the arrival of Europeans and new forms of blankets, the Wool Dogs were lost as they were allowed to breed with less distinctive dogs. That seems to be the only distinct breed of the Americas that we know of.
Carolina Dogs (also known as the North American Native Dog and the American Dingo) are one of the few wild dogs selectively bred in the United States. The Carolina dog most probably evolved as species of domesticated wolves (Canus lupus familarus) from Asia migrated across the Bering Strait and bred with the wolves and coyotes indigenous to America.
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