Carolina Dogs are domesticated feral dogs, brought to North America from Asia. Wild specimens also exist today in some parts of the United States. Keeping them as pets became very popular in recent years. American Kennel club is making progress in recognizing this breed. Their appearance is similar to Australian Dingo but those two shouldn't be confused.
Appearance and Temperament
Carolina Dogs are medium-sized. Height should be between 45 and 61 centimeters (17-24 inches) and weight between 15 and 30 kilograms (30-65 pounds). They have characteristic upright ears enabling excellent hearing which was crucial to their ancestors living in the wild. Carolina Dogs are muscular but also thin and fit.
Carolina Dog temperament is linked to their wild origin. They are loyal and they enjoy companionship. In the wilderness they live in packs, so they will thrive in families but owners need to make sure to insert themselves as leaders. They tend to be very suspicious and cautious, especially with new people around them. They are good guard dogs because they are very alert.
Carolina Dogs are not aggressive and can be kept with children and other animals. They are active dogs, but they do not require a lot of exercise, they need mental stimulation and play time. Few walks a day is enough for their physical needs. It is easy to train them, and they are very adaptable to various living conditions. This is also very intelligent dog and with proper socialization it can be a perfect pet. Carolina Dog can be kept in apartments but it is not recommended as they like open spaces, so enclosed yards are the best option.
Hair and Shedding
Carolina Dogs have short and straight hair that is suitable for warmer regions. Color of the coat can be orange, fawn, or black and tan. Shedding is seasonal and coat does not require any special care. Bathing is recommended twice a year and brushing when necessary. The dog itself takes care of its coat and the smell is very low.
Health and Lifespan
Interesting fact about Carolina Dog breed is that female dogs have three estrus cycles which enables them quick breeding in the wild. They are very healthy dogs and have no genetic problems. Because only the strongest and healthiest were able to survive in the wilderness there is no known genetic diseases. Carolina Dog lifespan is 12 to 14 years.
|Sighthound & Pariah (UKC)
|17-24 inches (45-61 cm)
|30-44 pounds (15-20 kg)
|Average $800 - $1000 USD