The Carolina Dog was first discovered by a Senior Research Ecologist named Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin Jr. working at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Lab. Brisbin first encountered the dog while performing work at the Savannah River site. He named the first dog Horace which was a stray white Carolina Dog with brown markings. On a trip to the pound, he confirmed that this dog was very similar to the Dingo.
Ancient paintings by Native Americans in the rocks depict dogs that are very similar to the Carolina Dog. The dogs have a ginger coat that is often found on many wild dogs including Korea's native dog, the Jindo and the Dingo Dogs of Australia. Dog experts have proven that the Carolina Dog and the Jindo are almost indistinguishable.
An interesting trait of the Carolina Dog is the dogs feral tendency. This tendency has never in history been observed in domesticated dogs. Throught the 1980s, most Carolina Dogs were extracted from the land to captivity in order to be closely studied.
Female Carolina dogs have three times the estrus which soon settled into a seasonal reproductive cycle when the colony of Carolina dogs had an abundance of puppies. Many pregnant Carolina Dogs also dug into dens in order to give birth in a safe and warm place.
The pack interaction of the Carolina Dog was very unique. When the Carolina Dogs hunt, they use a highly effective pack formation and a skilled hip like motion when hunting snakes. Carolina Dogs live in wildly swampy, sparsely populated land and not the highly occupied areas of most commonly accepted stray dogs.
Carolina Dogs are permitted to be registered with the United Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association. ARBA has the bred in its Spitz and Primitive Dog Group. This group of dog includes the primitive dogs like the Canaan dog and the dingo. The United Kennel Club classifies the Carolina Dog as a pariah dog wich inlcudes primitve breeds like the Thai Ridgeback and the African Basenji.
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