Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Royal Bahamian Potcake; Island Dog
The Potcake Dog is an indigenous mixed breed found in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and it shares some of the other characteristics of pariah or feral dogs found worldwide, including a desire for a kind but consistent alpha.The unusual name comes from the fact that people in the Bahamas often fed potcake-- the thick mush left in the bottom of a pot of peas and rice after several reheatings-- to these dogs.
According to the Royal Potcake Rescue USA, "Although officially considered mixed breed dogs, the Royal Bahamian Potcake is now a recognized breed in The Bahamas. They have distinct characteristics of size and temperament. This is because, until very recently, all island dogs shared the same isolated gene pool."
You will need to be an owner who knows how to use positive reinforcement to create trust and loyalty.
Appearance / health:
According to the Royal Potcake Rescue USA, "As a general rule of thumb, Potcakes have smooth, short fur with little or no undercoat, cocked ears, a hound-like rib cage and long terrier-shaped faces. More rare are shaggy or rough coat Potcakes but they do occur naturally. While the "typical" Potcake is brown, colors range from parti to black, white, cream, yellow and red. Adults stand about 24 inches high at the shoulder. Normal adult weight in the bush is about 35 pounds. Healthy, homed Potcakes can weigh anywhere from 45-55 pounds, depending on bone structure."
Behavior / temperament:
It is presumed that these island dogs have a lot of Terrier in the mix, thanks to the ratting breeds popular on old-time ships used to control vermin. The Potcake Dog needs guidance and kind, consistent socialization that includes positive rewards and lots of fun and attention. Otherwise, they could become destructive.
lap dog, Fabulous Potcake Dog, inquisitive dogs
pack leader, trust issues, medical ailments, poor husbandry parasites
real training, local animal control, Caicos Islands, numerous Caribbean islands
"When we visited Turks and Caicos, I read about Potcakes which are a breed only in the Bahamas and Turks/Caicos. She had been living in an outdoor kennel which was washed down at least daily. Therefore, she peed and pooped in her crate, to her complete dissatisfaction. It took months to convince her that the job was hers to do, not mine. Finally, finally, she got it. <br>Cocoa's job is to protect us, replicate herself, and stay by my side all the time. She eats well (remember, she comes from a long long line of wild dogs - she has inherited the question, "will I eat again?"). She is afraid of loud vehicles - motorcycles, UPS trucks. She is afraid of garbage cans and trucks on the street. She is very strong willed. In fact, she will howl when an ambulance passes by the house. <br>Cocoanut is constantly flirting (dog style) with our male dog. She can get rowdy with him, and she becomes competitive when they have meaty treats or socks to play with. She has never hurt anyone. Cocoa is one of 10 dogs rescued from a construction site as a pup. Her lineage is wild dog. Pirates brought German Shepherds and other herding dogs to the island in the 1700s. This is her heredity. <br>There is nothing special about having a tropical dog. She loves the snow, she loves the cold, and she loves us. <br>Her health is generally good, but she has low thyroid and it developed at a young, young age. She gets worked up, and often "humps" her LL Bean cushion to calm down. Cocoa is a riot. But we saved her life.."
From wbdbaj Mar 2 2015 7:14PM
"These little guys dotting the numerous Caribbean islands have worked themselves into a balanced homogenous mixture suited for their climate. Potcake or pothound dogs are essentially mutts that have had a small genetic pool distribution for an extended period of time.<br><br>Both by proxy of the cultural influence on these dogs as well as their environment, they've become sweet, inquisitive dogs with short coats and typically a small to medium frame of only 40 or so pounds.<br><br>They're terrific dogs when socialized and trained properly.<br><br>Aside from the medical ailments that commonly affect them due to poor husbandry (parasites, for example), they're generally healthy.<br><br>If you get a chance to adopt a potcake or pothound, you won't regret it. And they'll love you extra for it.."
From drmurphy Nov 21 2014 7:49PM