Dog Breed

Carolina Dog

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Full Name
Carolina Dog
Alternate Names
American Dingo
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Life Span
12 - 15 years
30 – 44 pounds

The “Carolina Dog” is quite unique, as perhaps out of all the different dog breeds, it most closely resembles another canine in the wild: the Dingo of Australia. And from research, they've concluded that the Dingo very likely is the Carolina Dog's closest relative. In addition to the appearance, they are also quite reserved, and have extreme pack tendencies.

They are incredibly alert, and will always let you know when someone is at the door, or has entered the property. They are not recommended for first time owners, as they may not be the easiest breed to train, but for a more experienced owner they can make an excellent family companion.

Bred For
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

    Dog Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Carolina Dog like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.


    Does the Carolina Dog like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Carolina Dog make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Carolina Dog good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

    Training Potential

    How well can the Carolina Dog be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Carolina Dog. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Carolina Dog shed a lot?

    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Carolina Dog easy to groom?

    Exercise Need

    Does the Carolina Dog need a lot of exercise?


    How smart is the Carolina Dog?

    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Carolina Dog bark? Does the Carolina Dog bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Carolina Dog a good guard dog?

    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Carolina Dog good at staying alone? Is the Carolina Dog independent?

    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Carolina Dog a good apartment dog? Can the Carolina Dog live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.


    How big is the Carolina Dog?

    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Carolina Dog tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Carolina Dog?

    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Carolina Dog tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Carolina Dog?

    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Carolina Dog try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Carolina Dog a healthy dog? The general health of a Carolina Dog should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Carolina Dog? Is the Carolina Dog too energetic for your lifestyle?

    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Carolina Dog drool?

    Prey Drive

    Does the Carolina Dog have a large prey drive? Does the Carolina Dog like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.


    Is the Carolina Dog atheltic? Is the Carolina Dog fast and strong?

    • Hound
    • Sighthound
    • Carolina Dog
    The Carolina Dog is a purebred dog that belongs to the Sighthound sub group, which falls under the larger Hound dog breed group.
    Hound group: The hound has traditionally been used alongside hunters to track or chase prey. Unlike retrievers who are bred primarily to retrieve and bring back the prey, hounds were typically bred to have excellent vision, scent, or speed to pursue the prey. Because of the Hound's excellent vision, scent, and focus, they are a common police and secret services dog. Hounds are typically categorized into either "scent hounds" or "sight hounds". Both exercise and mental stimulation is important for hounds because of their history. They want to feel they have a "job" and want to go to bed feeling they have done their day's duty.
    Sighthound sub-group: Sighthounds have been hunting dogs for thousands of years. Their exceptional vision is something that has been passed down through the generations. These dogs can be used to hunt down small game, but also to find it in the first place with the exceptional vision. The fastest dogs in the world also fall into this sighthound group- the famous greyhounds. Sighthounds can be trained very well, but may need a firm leader. They are used to physical work, and intense exercise, so they need a challenge, or else they can become rebellious. They can be an excellent companion to an athlete who likes to run and live an active lifestyle.

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