Height: 17-24 inches
Weight: 30-44 pounds
Coat Type: Short, smooth and coarse
Known by different names, the Carolina dog is a medium-built wild dog discovered in the late 1970s. The distinct features of Carolina dog have been naturally selected to ensure its survival under free-ranging conditions. The dog is called by various different names such as American Dingo, Dixie Dingo, Southern Dingo, Native American Dog, Indian’s Dog, Southern Aboriginal Dog and Ol’ Yaller Dog. The dog is extremely muscular, powerful and agile. It is hardy and possesses an alert and intelligent expression. Read through the following lines to know more about the Carolina dog breed.
Carolina dogs are a result of the domestication of southwest Asian pariah dogs in India a few thousand years ago. These dogs accompanied humans while crossing the Bering landbridge into North America from Asia. They then moved down through the western part of North America along with their human companions. They then moved into the eastern United States. They closely resemble the Dingo of Australia, who are considered to be their closest living creatures. The Carolina dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.
With a medium length straight back, the Carolina dog has a well developed chest and a well tucked up belly. It has a wedge shaped head with powerful jaws and a long neck. The almond shaped dark eyes set a soft, intelligent and an alert expression. It has a distinctive coat usually in deep red ginger color with pale buff markings on the shoulders and side of the muzzle. The shades are paler on the underside, throat and chest. The other color variations can be white with spots, tan, beige, desert sand, yellow, orange, ginger red and red sable. The coat in winter is distinctly heavier than in summers.
Most Carolina dogs are known to be extremely shy around people. They are a loyal companion and make a loving pet for humans. Gentle and social in nature, they bond well with children and enjoy playing activities with them. They are intelligent, responsive and capable of learning easily. They get along with other animals if introduced to them at a young age.
No genetic diseases have been associated with Carolina dogs.
The Carolina dog usually takes care of itself. The coat of the dog should be brushed occasionally with a firm bristle brush and should be bathed only when necessary.