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
Acupuncture can be a nice add-on therapy for pets with mobility concerns.
I have had multiple patients find some improvement with acupuncture treatments, in addition to the standard medications and therapies. I do not recommend this as a standalone treatment, but do discuss it with owners as another treatment form. Surprisingly, most dogs will lay still for the needle placement and tolerate the entire process very well. Prices will vary pending on your location..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 56 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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