The Carolina Dog was discovered in the late 1970s and is a type of wild dog. The dogs were living in the Southeastern United States in isolated stretches of cypress swamps and longleaf pines.


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.

Evidence of ancient roots


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.

Breed recognition

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.


5 years 44 weeks ago, 2:41 AM


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I have had my Carolina dog for over a year now and he is the most amazing dog I have ever had. He is smarter than any dog I have owned and a true member of the family. I would love to see more people own these American treasures and in return be owned by them.

Untill next time.....Buck
5 years 12 weeks ago, 2:19 PM


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hi a have a lil female that i just got that i am now finding out she may be dixie dingo, do u think u could help me out on a lil info about them?

4 years 42 weeks ago, 2:57 PM


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Hello everyone. We are new to this forum. I adopted my dog, Lilly in October. The Humane Society said that she was a chow mix. She looks just like a Dingo to me so I did some research online. I have never heard of a Carolina Dog before. I think she looks a lot like one from what pictures I have seen. I am not sure though because she has a lot of black spots under her tongue that look like a giraffe. Could you give me your opinion? Thank you.

4 years 38 weeks ago, 9:22 PM


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Feb 2010

Hi Lilly! I adopted my American Dingo Nov 2005 and I was also told he was a chow mix. He has plenty of black spots on his tongue as well as black skin under a lot of his yellow to light red coat.

The photo of your dog looks like an American Dingo but continue to read and learn about the personality that is specific to this breed to be sure.


4 years 38 weeks ago, 5:58 PM


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she looks nothing like a chow mix... she looks to small.. chow a big dogs and she would probuble have longer hair..

dog lover :)
4 years 36 weeks ago, 6:32 PM


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Feb 2010

I got a "chow/shepherd mix" about a year ago. After some research it looks to be a Carolina Dog. He also has a blue tongue. Is this common for Carolina Dogs? I am told he is typical of Carolina Dogs from Griffin, Georgia.

4 years 31 weeks ago, 4:30 PM


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Mar 2010

Hello I am interested in learning about the dingo breed of dogs, I recently lost my german shepard of 10 years, I am still grieving his death so it will be a while before I actually bring a new pet home. My Buea was my best buddy, as an emergency room RN, my pet is my sanity. Anyone got suggestions on a reptuable place where to obtain this breed (Carolina Dingo) in the states. I live in Alabama, have a large fenced backyard and a doggy door for nature calls when I work.I prefer my pet mostly inside with the freedom to go out when he or she wants or needs to take care of business. Is the dingo a good travel dog? Any info would be great.

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