American Canine Association


Carolina Dog


Believed to be of the bloodlines directly from the ancient Pariah dogs from thousands of years ago, the Carolina Dog is a very popular dog breed in the United States today, especially down South where they were first noticed. This breed was used for herding and other working tasks called for by their owners.


The Carolina Dog is a medium to large sized breed with males and females measuring 17-24 inches in height and weighing 30-45 pounds in weight. This breed has a wedge shaped head, forming into a rectangular muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two ears are medium in size, triangular in shape and stand firmly at the top of their head. Their two almond shaped eyes are large in size and generally a light hazel to black in color. Their general body build is long, lean and rectangular. Their tail is thicker at the base and tapers to a point, always carried outwards and curved at the end, similar to a "fish hook" in appearance. They have a short, thick, double layer coat that is rough to the touch. This breed is available in red, different shades of red, white with spots, orange, yellow and tan; all different shades of these colors.


The Carolina Dog is a breed that requires a special owner, and perhaps not meant for most families in general. This breed is the closest breed to a "wild" dog breed that there is today. Known for being shy, timid, and skiddish, this breed needs an owner who is fully committed to training and socializing this breed from day one, to be a functionally, well behaved companion. If properly socialized, obedience trained and thoroughly introduced to a variety of noises, sounds, people and places while young and as an on going experience, the Carolina Dog can be a very loyal, loving companion. If properly socialized around children, pets and other dogs as a puppy, and on a regular basis, this breed can do excellent with them as a bonding family. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times. The Carolina Dog can have tendency to think only for themselves and what they feel they want to do. This breed needs a fair amount of daily physical and mental activity in order to remain happy and healthy. This breed can innocently try to herd groups of family members or small children as a natural instinct; early obedience training and enough physical daily activity will help control this.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

This breed requires a properly fenced in yard to be within while outdoors at all times. Please fully educate yourself about the Carolina Dog prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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