years ago, the Carolina Dog can be found in the Southeastern
You've read about the New Guinea
Singing Dog (Dog Fancy, Dec. '98). Now there's
the Carolina Dog, a descendant of dogs that crossed the Bering
land bridge from Asia to North America 8,000 years ago. The breed
was in the news recently when DNA testing at the University of
South Carolina linked its development with Australian Dingoes.
Today, the dogs are found in swamp and forest regions of South
Carolina, Georgia and other Southeastern states.
The American Kennel Club
does not recognize the breed. The American Rare Breed Association
and United Kennel club do. The breed standard is between 17 and
22 inches high, medium-sized (35-50 pounds), with a short coat
that may be white, ginger, black, tan and black, and, sometimes,
white with tan or black spots. The dog has a broad, round head
that tapers to a long, pointed muzzle. Its almond-shaped eyes
are dark brown and its tail has a bushy fishhook shape.
The dogs are good with
children, excellent watchdogs and not prone to inherited health
problems that plague other breeds.
For information, contact
Jane Gunnell, President, Carolina Dog Association, (803) 215-6166 or (803) 649-0045; www.CarolinaDogs.com