Ancient Carolina Dogs
a Prized Breed
Special to The State
CarolinaDogs.com is the
home site for a small group of animal lovers dedicated to preserving
a near-extinct breed with a history that goes back thousands
Sometimes called the
Dixie Dingo, the Indian's Dog or Native American Dog, this breed
is believed to have crossed the Bering land mass 8,000 to 11,000
years ago with the ancestors of the native Americans.
The Web site notes that
competition from other species and loss of habitat has seriously
reduced the number of Carolina Dogs and that domestication may
be the best chance for them to survive.
Photos of Carolina Dogs
are abundant on the site, along with excerpts from The Encyclopedia
of the Dog by Veterinarian Dr. Bruce Fogle. The encyclopedia
describes a short-haired animal, usually brownish, weighing up
to 60 pounds and standing about two feet tall.
The encyclopedia also
notes [the] Carolina Dog was discovered and named by Dr. I. Lehr
Brisbin, a biology professor at the University of Georgia, at
the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site.
Elsewhere on the site,
Carolina Dogs are described as "gentle pets, winning show
dogs, and good hunting/hiking companions - even when caught wild."
Jane Gunnell of Aiken,
secretary of the Carolina Dog Association, is listed on the site
as the contact for more information about the breed.
There also are telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses for breeders located near Aiken,
Florence and Atlanta.
The American Rare Breed
Association and the United Kennel Club recognize the Carolina
Dog as a separate breed.
The site also has a page
of links to other Carolina Dog information from newspapers and
magazines dating back to 1949.
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