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History The Carolina Dog is a breed that is considered as the first domesticated dog of the Americas. This is an Indian breed and these dogs come from the southern parts of the United States. The ancient pariah dogs that came with Asians when they traveled through the Bering Straits are said to be the direct ancestors of Carolina Dogs.
The Carolina Dog was discovered by a biology professor, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, Jr. Dogs of this breed were first found in the Savannah River in South Carolina. Many dog breeds have roamed that deserted area for years. Many scientists see the Carolina Dog as having almost the same appearance as the Dingo, but there are also others claiming that the bone structure of the Carolina Dog is more similar to that of the remains of the Neolithic dog bones which can be found in Native American burial sites. Scientists also believe that more research needs to be done to give them a better understanding of modern Carolina Dogs.
Appearance The characteristics of the Carolina Dog helped it survive in the forests and swamps found in the southern part of the United States. Dogs of this breed have a straight, medium-length back and a well-developed chest. They have a tucked up belly and a long neck. Their almond-shaped eyes are dark-coloured, and their large ears are highly set and stand erect on top of their head. These dogs have strong and powerful jaws. Their tail is distinctive and curls up in the shape of a fish hook, but changes positions depending on the mood of the dog. The coat of these dogs is very thick with a dense undercoat. Their hair is longer on their back, withers, and neck.
Colours These dogs have a coat that is usually deep red ginger in colour with pale buff markings on their shoulders and at the side of the muzzle. Other acceptable coat colours for this breed are tan, desert sand, white with spots, beige, red sable, orange, and yellow.
Temperament As a primitive breed, the Carolina Dog has yet to be fully domesticated. There are even specimens of this breed that are still found in the wild. These dogs, however, are highly adaptable to domestication even through they can also survive in forests, savannahs, and swamps. Many dogs of this breed tend to be shy around humans who aren't part of their family pack. They prefer making acquaintances and friends on their own terms. If provided with proper socialization from puppyhood onwards, these dogs can make amenable and loyal companions. These dogs love feeling as if they are part of a pack, which is why they fit well within a family. They also get along well with children and are gentle and kind to them. These dogs are not destructive or aggressive, but they tend to howl at some noises.
Weight Dogs of this breed weigh 30 to 44 pounds and have a height of around 17 to 24 inches.
Problems These dogs have no known genetic health concerns and are considered healthy dogs.
Living Conditions Carolina Dogs are not recommended for apartment dwellers. These dogs need to have plenty of space where they can run around and do some physical activities. They can live outdoors just as long as the weather isn't too cold. These dogs adapt well to sunny climates.
Requirements These dogs should be taken out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct to walk.
Training Requirements Carolina Dogs need to be socialized at an early age so that they'll get along well with other animals. These dogs are fairly easy to train because they are easy to housebreak and are highly intelligent.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed often live for around 12 to 14 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to brush the coat of their Carolina Dog on an occasional basis. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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