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.

    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog good with children?

    Yes, the Carolina Dog is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Carolina Dog naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Carolina Dog is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Carolina Dog is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Carolina Dog friendly with other dogs?

    The Carolina Dog is about average in how friendly they are with other dogs. They can be timid or defensive, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for dog parks and living with other dogs at home.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Carolina Dog like to cuddle?

    The Carolina Dog appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!

    Does the Carolina Dog like to play?

    The Carolina Dog will almost always be ready for play! The Carolina Dog is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Carolina Dog make a good service dog?

    The Carolina Dog would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Carolina Dog good for first-time owners?

    The Carolina Dog is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Carolina Dog be trained?

    The Carolina Dog does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Carolina Dog is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Carolina Dog shed a lot?

    The Carolina Dog does shed, but less than average.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Carolina Dog easy to groom?

    The Carolina Dog requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Carolina Dog need a lot of exercise?

    The Carolina Dog has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.

    How smart is the Carolina Dog?

    The Carolina Dog is a bit goofy and may not be as intelligent as some other breeds, but that is what people oftentimes love about the Carolina Dog!
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Carolina Dog bark? Does the Carolina Dog bark too much?

    The Carolina Dog barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Carolina Dogs - some may be much more expressive than others.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Carolina Dog a good guard dog?

    The Carolina Dog would not make a good guard dog. They can be alert, but typically do not have the desire or instinct to take on "guarding" as their job.
    Tolerates Being Alone

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

    The Carolina Dog is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Carolina Dog a good apartment dog?

    The Carolina Dog is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.

    How big is the Carolina Dog?

    The Carolina Dog is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

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

    The Carolina Dog can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
    Tolerates Cold

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

    The Carolina Dog does not tolerate cold weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Carolina Dog if you live in a very cold weather climate. Even if your home is warm, it can be inconvenient to go on walks, and you may need to have a sweater for your Carolina Dog.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Carolina Dog try to run away?

    It is natural for the Carolina Dog to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Carolina Dog a healthy dog? The health of a Carolina Dog should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. 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.

    The Carolina Dog is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Carolina Dog high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Carolina Dog?

    The Carolina Dog has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Carolina Dog into your home. Can you give your Carolina Dog enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Carolina Dog drool?

    The Carolina Dog does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Carolina Dog have a large prey drive? Does the Carolina Dog like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Carolina Dog has a very high prey drive and will naturally chase after any small animals it sees. They can co-exist with cats or other animals at the home, but we would not recommend it without supervision.

    Is the Carolina Dog atheltic?

    The Carolina Dog is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.
  1. Hound
  2. Sighthound
  3. 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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