"Discovered" 30 years ago, the Carolina Dog can be found in the
Southeastern United States.
You've read about the New Guinea Singing Dog (Dog Fancy,
Dec. '98). Now there's the Carolina Dog, a descendant of dogs that
crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia to North America 8,000
years ago. The breed was in the news recently when DNA testing at
the University of South Carolina linked its development with Australian
Dingoes. Today, the dogs are found in swamp and forest regions of
South Carolina, Georgia and other Southeastern states.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the breed. The
American Rare Breed Association and United Kennel club do. The
breed standard is between 17 and 22 inches high, medium-sized
(35-50 pounds), with a short coat that may be white, ginger, black,
tan and black, and, sometimes, white with tan or black spots. The
dog has a broad, round head that tapers to a long, pointed muzzle.
Its almond-shaped eyes are dark brown and its tail has a bushy fishhook shape.
The dogs are good with children, excellent watchdogs and not prone to inherited health problems that plague other breeds.
For information, contact Jane Gunnell, President, Carolina Dog Association, (803) 215-6166 or (803) 649-0045;
Dog Fancy Magazine, April 1999