The Classic Descendents of the Ancient Dogs of America

  • The Carolina Dog is one of the very few breeds existing today that is truly a primitive dog; a result of natural selection for survival in nature, and not of selective breeding.

  • They were the first domesticated dog of the Americas, having been companions to Native American Indians for thousands of years.  The Carolina Dog comes out of the American Deep South and is thought to be a direct descendant of the ancient pariah dogs that accompanied Asians across the Bering Straits land bridge 8,000 years ago.

  • They have survived as free living animals in the swamps, savannahs, and forests of South Carolina and Georgia for thousands of years.

Carolina Dogs the American Dingo

  • The Carolina Dog is very similar in appearance to a  Dingo. The distinctive features of this breed are those which have been valuable to its survival in the swamps and forests of the South, i.e. straight back, well developed chest and well tucked up belly, long neck, wedge shaped head with powerful jaws, almond shaped dark eyes with a soft, intelligent, yet alert expression, and large erect high set ears which are very mobile.

  • Distinctive to the breed is the “fish-hook” tail, carried in various positions according to the mood of the dog, but never slack or loose.

  • The skin is tight and the coat is short but thick with a dense undercoat in season.  The color of the Carolina Dog is distinctive, usually a deep red ginger with pale buff markings on the shoulders and side of the muzzle, and paler shadings on underside, throat and chest. Lighter shades of red and cream are not uncommon.

Family Dogs

  • Car olina Dogs have proven to be highly adaptable to domestication, and make excellent pets.

  • They enjoy and need to be part of a pack, and thus they integrate very well into the family framework.

  • They are gentle, social dogs and bond very well with children, enjoying play and activities with them.

  • Athletic, alert, obedient, champion herding dogs; clean, short haired bodies

UKC and ARBA Recognized Breed

  • The Carolina Dog is now a recognized breed. They have been accepted into the United Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association.  Application is pending for their inclusion into the American Kennel Club.
    They have won (including several Best in Shows) in venues throughout the nation and have been featured in the Discovery Channel's Mammoths to Manhattan and National Geographic TV's Search for the First Dog.

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