The Carolina Dog, also known as American Dingo due to its resemblance to the Australian Dingo, is a breed of medium sized dogs that have been living in the forests and swamps of the Southeastern US for hundreds of years. Despite being a free roaming breed, many Carolina Dogs are now domesticated and have become popular as a pet. They come with a straight back, well tucked-up belly, well-developed chest, wedge-shaped head, long neck, almond-shaped eyes, large, erect ears, and a fish-hook-like tail.
|Other Names||American Pariah|
|Nicknames||Yaller Dog, Old Yaller, Dixie Dingo|
|Coat||Short, thick, smooth|
|Color||Tan, beige, yellow, ginger red, orange, red sable, white with spots|
|Shedding||Low in coated variety|
|Size of Litter||3-6 puppies|
|Temperament||Adaptable, intelligent, reserved, resourceful, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||AKC FSS, APRI, ACR, ACA, ARBA, CKC, CDA, UKC, NKC, DRA|
The Carolina Dog, believed to be the first domesticated breed in the Americas, probably evolved from Asian Pariah dogs about 8,000 years ago. Recently in the 20th century, a University of Georgia Research Ecologist Dr. Lehr Brisbin Jr. found these Dingo-like dogs in a remote location in South Carolina. Earlier, several scientists and researchers including Cope, Moore, and Glover Morrill Allen excavated dog skeletons from native Indian burial sites. The dog bones found from these mounds have a similarity with the bone structure of Carolina Dogs.
Since the Carolina Dogs are a free-roaming ancient breed, they tend to retain some of their “wild dog” nature, blending it with their protective, cooperative, and loving personality. They are devoted, independent, and pack oriented, and they enjoy spending time with their family.
Aside from their working and herding abilities, they are also known for their playful nature. Although they are initially shy and aloof around unfamiliar people, they become comfortable in interactions over time.
They enjoy digging holes in the yard for hunting insects and rodents while the free-ranging females are known to dig up dens during pregnancy. Their keen sense of smell and hearing help them in hunting prey in the wild.
Because of its intelligence and eagerness to please, the Carolina Dog can be easily trained.
Early exposure to social action is necessary to overcome its aloofness around people. Pet your dog on the side of its body. Introduce your dog to strangers and have them hand-feed its meals. You may offer a trail of treats and encourage your Carolina Dog to approach unfamiliar people on its own, rather than to compel it to tolerate someone.
Teach it to walk nicely on a leash without pulling. Keep its leash short so that it cannot leave your side. Lure it into the ideal position by using tiny treats. You may mark its behavior with a clicker. Practice several times without luring your dog so that it gets the idea of walking by your side.
You may either give your dog some quality dry food or introduce a raw food diet consisting of meat, bones, raw eggs, broccoli, spinach, and apples.