September's Feature Dog - Carolina Dog

Meet Nessa a 10 month old Carolina Dog who is playful, affectionate, and always getting into trouble! She loves making yappy noises and visiting with friends. Although she hasn’t mastered her catch technique, Nessa’s hobbies include tug-o-war, keep away, and chasing her tail. She hates bath time but will gladly suffer through it when given the opportunity to lick people toes.

The Carolina Dog, also known as the American Dingo, the Dixie Dingo, the Southern Aboriginal Dog, and the Native American Dog, is a living piece of history and one of the few primitive breeds existing today. Thought to be a direct descendent of Pariah Dogs that accompanied Asians across the Bering Strait Land Bridge over 8,000 years ago, the Carolina Dog was one of the first dogs that arrived to the Americas and is a truly primitive dog.

For centuries the Carolina dog roamed the remote lowland swamps and forests of South Carolina and Georgia, with little opportunity to breed with domestic dogs. This wild dog was discovered and captured only 30 years ago and domesticated into today’s loyal companion. Their primitive appearance is a product of natural selection for survival, and not selection for breeding. They are identical to a Dingo, and closely resemble dogs of early explorers and settlers.

Carolina Dogs are trustworthy, loyal, make excellent watchdogs, and get along well with children and other animals when introduced at a young age. They are independent with strong herding instincts, so owners must clearly establish leader status to maintain a happy and healthy relationship.

Not yet recognized by the AKC, Carolina Dogs can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association. For more information on the Carolina Dog please visit To find this perfect breed for you view our blog post 

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