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Carolina Dog

Carolina Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States of America

Breed Group:

Medium. Weight: 30-44 lbs. Height: 17-24 inches


Thickness and length of the coat depends on the season/climate.


Deep Red With Buff Markings on the Muzzle and Shoulders; Dark Sabling Over the Back, Tail and Loins

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 80
Barking Tendencies – 80
Cat Friendly – 30
Cold Weather Tolerance – 40
Exercise Needs – 10
General Health – 10
Grooming Needs – 20
Hot Weather Tolerance – 80
Intelligence – 80
Kid Friendly – 30
Playfulness – 100
Shedding Level – 30
Social Needs – 80
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

This dog breed is also referred to as the American Dingo.

Carolina Dog Overview

This dog breed is also referred to as the American Dingo. The Carolina Dog is truly primitive dog breed. They are thought to be direct descendants of ancient Pariah dogs that existed 8,000 years ago. Carolina Dogs are extremely rare and difficult to find.

Carolina Dog Characteristics

This dog breed is exceptionally powerfully built, strong and agile. This dog breed is extremely hardy and has an alert and intelligent nature.

Carolina Dog Temperament

This dog breed is not a completely domesticated. The Carolina Dog is not recommended for inexperienced or first time owners. This dog breed is highly suspicious and shy of strangers. This dog bonds with humans like they would in a “pack” and respects the “pack-hierarchy”. This dog breed does best with older children and tend to be somewhat intolerant of children that they do not know. Carolina Dogs typically get along well with other dogs, cats and other pets.

Carolina Dog Care

This dog breed requires occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush. The Carolina breed has no known health issues, but this could be due to the rarity of the breed.

Carolina Dog Coat

The coat of the Carolina is their most distinguishing feature and the appearance of the coat is affected by the seasons. The winter coat is far heavier and thicker than the summer coat. The hair is short and smooth on the ears, head and front legs and there are longer and coarser guard hairs over the neck, back and withers.

Carolina Dog Training

This dog breed requires a relatively dominant handler who shows respect. Early, intense and ongoing socialization and obedience training is vital for this dog breed. They do not respond well to harsh, heavy-handed or forceful training methods. Training should be performed with respect, reward, firmness, fairness, patience and consistency.

Carolina Dog Activity

This dog breed is not suited to apartment or city living. They do best in a rural setting or a large yard where there is room to romp and run. Carolina Dogs are great escape artists and the yards should be securely enclosed with fencing buried in the ground and capped at the top.

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