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The Carolina Dog has the general appearance of a small jackal or a dingo. They have
a medium length straight back, a well developed chest and a well tucked up belly,
making it resemble sight hound breeds. The skull is strong and is broad between
the ears. There is a distinct furrow extending down between the eyes. The eyes are
almond-shaped and are dark brown in color. The teeth can meet in either a scissors
or level bite. The nose is black with well-opened nostrils. The distinctive ears
are large, rounded at the tips and are shaped like a triangle. They are carried
erect when alert. Some in this breed can have one pricked ear and the other ear
rotating to pick up sounds. The swan-like neck is strong, graceful and well-arched.
The chest is narrow to medium in width. The forefeet may be slightly turned out
and are small and compact. The tail of this breed is also very expressive. It is
set on as a continuation of the spine. It has a moderate brush, but is most heavily
haired on the underside, which is usually a lighter color than the coat. The tail
is carried in a "fish hook" shape when the dog is alert and a downward "pump handle"
shape when the dog is gaiting. When approached by a stranger, the tail is low or
tucked between the rear legs. The unusual coat of this breed is a heavier coat during
the winter than during the summer. There is a wealth of undercoat during the cooler
months. Hair on the head, ears and front legs is short and smooth. The preferred
color is a deep red ginger with pale buff markings over the shoulders and along
the muzzle. An all white dog is not acceptable.
The Carolina Dog is a primitive dog that has survived and adapted to domestication.
Many in this breed are known to be shy around people and dislike a lot of handling
unless socialized at a very young age. They are loyal companions and make excellent
pets. This breed enjoys and needs to be a part of a pack whether it is canine or
family. They are gentle, social dogs that bond well with children and enjoy playing
with them. The Carolina Dog is clean by nature and is easy to housebreak. This non-destructive
breed gets along well with other household animals as long as they are raised with
them. They can be quite independent and are somewhat shy around strangers. Though
not an outgoing pet, they are devoted to their human "pack". They have strong herding
Height: 17-24" ; Weight: 30-44 lbs.
There are no reported health issues or concerns for this breed.
The Carolina Dog should not live in an apartment. They need plenty of space around
them. They can live outdoors as long as it is not too cold and they adapt well in
Carolina Dogs have an active nature. A daily walk, playing in the yard, toys or
an occasional camping or hiking trip will keep your Carolina Dog in top form.
About 12-14 years
The coat of this breed practically takes care of itself. Brush occasionally and
bathe only when necessary.
The Carolina Dog is a pariah dog. A pariah breed represents the first stage in the
evolution of dogs from wild creatures to domestic animals. Pariah Dogs evolved primarily
in the southern hemisphere where a limited food supply drove them to a closer association
with people. The Carolina Dog was discovered by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, Jr. a biology
professor at UGA at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River site in South Carolina.
Wild dogs had lived in this remote area for centuries and had little opportunities
to breed with domesticated dogs. Dr. Brisbin noted the similarity to the Dingo.
Dr. Brisbin and other scientists continue their search for specimens in the wild
swamps and piney woods of the Savannah River basin. The Carolina Dog was recognized
by the United Kennel Club in 1995.
Sighthound and Pariah