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The American Dingo/Carolina Dog...Linking us to Prehistory

Ancient Carolina Dogs
a Prized Breed

By Bill Hughes
Special to The State is the home site for a small group of animal lovers dedicated to preserving a near-extinct breed with a history that goes back thousands of years.

   Sometimes called the Dixie Dingo, the Indian's Dog or Native American Dog, this breed is believed to have crossed the Bering land mass 8,000 to 11,000 years ago with the ancestors of the native Americans.

   The Web site notes that competition from other species and loss of habitat has seriously reduced the number of Carolina Dogs and that domestication may be the best chance for them to survive.

   Photos of Carolina Dogs are abundant on the site, along with excerpts from The Encyclopedia of the Dog by Veterinarian Dr. Bruce Fogle. The encyclopedia describes a short-haired animal, usually brownish, weighing up to 60 pounds and standing about two feet tall.

   The encyclopedia also notes [the] Carolina Dog was discovered and named by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, a biology professor at the University of Georgia, at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site.

   Elsewhere on the site, Carolina Dogs are described as "gentle pets, winning show dogs, and good hunting/hiking companions - even when caught wild."

   Jane Gunnell of Aiken, secretary of the Carolina Dog Association, is listed on the site as the contact for more information about the breed.

   There also are telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for breeders located near Aiken, Florence and Atlanta.

   The American Rare Breed Association and the United Kennel Club recognize the Carolina Dog as a separate breed.

   The site also has a page of links to other Carolina Dog information from newspapers and magazines dating back to 1949.

Bill Hughes is managing editor of, The State newspaper's Web site. He can be reached at (803) 771-8525 or Other stories in this series are available online at

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