Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): American Dingo; Dixie Dingo; Southern Aboriginal Dog
If you own a Carolina Dog, do you own a bit of living history or do you own a good old-fashioned southern "yellow dog" AKA a mutt? Thanks to recent DNA testing, it seems that the answer comes down on the side of those who say that this is a genuine rediscovery of a lost breed. This small, primitive dog with some similarities to the American Indian Dog and the Australian Dingo may have a history going back 25,000 years to the original dogs brought to North America from Asia with human nomads traveling over the Bering land bridge.
These native working dogs were thought to have disappeared after the arrival of the European settlers. However, in the 1970s, ecologist Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin noticed these animals on the Savannah River Site, a nuclear reservation where wildlife flourished because humans weren't allowed to trespass there. Modern feral dogs, by contrast, prefer urban areas where they can easily scavenge for human leftovers.
This primitive breed, believed by some to include some coyote in the ancestry, must be socialized from an early age to become a good family pet. It isn't yet accepted by the AKC but it can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association. All in all, this dog may be best for somewhat experienced owners with a strong interest in preserving primitive breeds.
Appearance / health:
Carolina Dogs have a long powerful head with strong jaws. The eyes are almond shaped. The erect ears are large and slightly rounded at the tip, well set on top of the head. The nose is large and usually black. The neck is long. The body is moderately long and straight. The fishhook tail is carried at a 45-degree angle from the horizontal when the dog is alert. Otherwise, the tail is held low.
Occasional brushing will help in taking care of their coats. Bathing and shampooing is done when necessary.
They require moderate amounts of exercise. Walks, jogs, picnics, and treks are excellent means of providing them with physical activity.
No known health issues have been seen in Carolina Dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
While all dogs like to dig, Carolina Dogs, especially females, have the peculiar tendency to dig several small pits. Their prey drive is strong and they are capable of killing any small animal. They like to cover their feces. Carolina Dogs may regurgitate their food to feed their puppies. Unlike other primitive dogs, they do not tend to run away. Their hunting instinct is strong; hence, they should not be allowed to roam freely without a leash. They breed early and often.
These dogs may require a lot of early training to allow them to fit in with modern requirements. These dogs have been reportedly fast learners.
They are not very noisy though they may tend to howl at times.
excellent gaurdwatch dog, Perfect Size, intelligent dog, excellent companion, fascinating breed
strong prey drive, primitive nature, small fuzzy things
Fast Runner, strong pack instinct, extremely powerful chewer
Maggie is a terrific dog. Lots of fun and incredibly sweet. There is only 1 problem with Maggie and it is that she is such a gifted hunter. She will basically murder anything that she thinks of as food or prey. And she does it very well. So cats, or other small animals, are not safe around her.
She is VERY intelligent, but independent. It's always been my theory, since I found her on my porch as a puppy one night after work, that she is not tame. She has adopted me as part of her pack, but she is kind of wild. Sitting, shaking, stay, etc came very easily and quickly, but she doesn't much care for tricks.
That being said, she loves my king sized bed. And if it's cold, she will flat out spoon you. She's very affectionate, and thinks that she is a lap dog, even though she is roughly 60 pounds. It gets uncomfortable at times, but it's also very sweet and adorable.
Maggie is utterly devoted to me. She has never shown any signs of aggression towards any people and generally loves everyone she meets. She is good with other dogs as well, as long as you introduce them properly. Both dogs need to be on a leash and eased towards one another, close enough to sniff but not able to bite. Within 5 minutes they are usually playing.
Carolina dogs are great. Wonderful addition to your family. Maggie LOVES kids, and while she does want to play with them, she would never deliberately hurt them. She might knock them over...but that is the extent of it..
From laxton19 Feb 19 2015 7:04PM
My fuzzy buddy
We had never heard of a Carolina Dog when we adopted Pepper; it was only through some research and getting to know her that we worked out what she is. But we're very happy to have her as our 'house dingo'.
She is a very intelligent dog - you can practically feel the smart radiating off of her. Toys and puzzles designed to keep her occupied are no match for her. She understands and learns commands very easily, but whether or not she wants to obey you at any given time is another matter. She is definitely smart enough to 'think for herself' - for better or worse.
She is a very quiet, unless she sees a squirrel or rabbit, in which case she lets out a cross between a bark and a scream. We've had people come out of their homes to see what's going on before. We joke that she has the 'prey drive of 60 dogs' - she's killed numerous mice while we're out on walks, and would dearly love to eat any squirrels, rabbits, cats, or other small fuzzy things she comes across. She is also an extremely powerful chewer; surprisingly so, considering her jaw size. We have trouble finding toys that can withstand her bite. I would be very hesitant to recommend Carolina Dogs for homes with small animals.
Pepper's extremely friendly and good (if exuberant) with children and strangers she meets in or out of the house. She is cautious around other dogs. She is extremely devoted to my husband and I; she wants at least one (preferably both) of us to be around at all times, but does just fine when left on her own with a bone to chew, or a comfy pillow to snooze on. She is a moderate energy dog; she's just as happy to go for a 5 mile jog as she is to curl up on the bed..
From FoxinSocks Nov 11 2014 7:58PM
My Carolina dog
I got Splash from a hobby breeder who didn't want him. He was already a year old and had not been trained at all. I thought he'd be a good buddy for our other dogs but he ended up not being able to be around other dogs.
He was very sweet and loving towards me and no one else. Nobody could go around him and he attacked other dogs and small pets. He was very smart but refused to cooperate with all my training attempts. I had a big kennel for him made of chain link, it was 20ft by 10ft. He spent a lot of time in his kennel and I took him on long daily walks but his energy never decreased no matter how long we walked. He was an escape genius... He figured out how to unlatch the kennel gate and he figured out how to unhook bungee cords I tried to use to keep the gate shut. Once I got a padlock he gave up on the gate and began to actually break the chain links by biting and pulling. His mission everyday was to escape. I was really worried about what would happen if he ever did escape. He could get hurt or hurt someone or some other animals.
I eventually found him a new home with no other pets and no kids. He did much better in that home where he was the center of attention..
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