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Carolina Dog Breed Information

The Carolina dogs are actually the North American version of the Dingo, therefore, they are also called Dixie Dingos. Recently discovered in the wild, it is still not a fully domesticated dog breed. However, the “wild dog” qualities of this dog breed blend together into a cooperative, loving and protective companion. This breed of dogs is intelligent, self-sufficient and “pack” oriented. They can be slightly reserved with the strangers, but grow more outgoing over time.


General Information:

Breed Name Carolina Dog
Other names Indian’s Dog, Dixie Dingo, American Dingo, North American Native Dog, Ol’ Yaller, Yeller Dog, Yellow Dog
Origin USA
Appearance Carolina Dogs have a ruggedly handsome look. They have muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short coats that come in black & tan, tan and off-white. They have wedge-shaped heads with pointed ears. The strong necks of this breed lead to narrow chests, straight backs and thick tails that either curl in a hook or hang low.
Lifespan 12 – 15  years
Height 17-24 inches (45–61 cm)
Weight 30-65 pounds (15–20 kg)
What to Feed Good quality nutritious dog food twice a day
How To Take Care They require occasional brushing with a firm bristle. There is no known health issues associated with the Carolina Dog.
Apartment Friendly No
Color Yellow, Tan, Orange, Red Sable, Red Ginger, Beige
Children Friendly Yes
Health Concern These are healthy dogs. Till now no inherited defects are discovered in this breed
Temperament Reserved, Loyal, Gentle, Reserved, Adaptable, Primitive
Ideal human companion Outdoorsy types, Active singles, Families with older children
Hypoallergenic No



The Carolina Dogs are discovered in the American South, and they are believed to have descended from Asian “pariah dogs” which are brought to North America across the Bering Strait 9,000 years ago. Recently, a professor of University of Georgia discovered these dogs living in a remote area of South Carolina. Further, some historians have noted that this Dog’s bone structure resembles the bones found in American Indian burial sites.


Early, intense, and ongoing socialization and obedience training are crucial for this breed of dogs. The Carolina Dogs will not respond to the harsh or heavy-handed methods of training, therefore, training must be done with reward, respect, firmness, patience, fairness, and consistency.

Some facts about Carolina Dog

This breed of dogs can live up to 15 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Easy to groom, this breed of dogs needs only occasional brushing. They are used to fending for themselves in the wild, and for this reason, they are not suitable for the apartment life. A large, fenced yard is ideal for this breed of dogs. When in public, always keep these dogs on a leash.

Carolina Dogs are not American Kennel Club recognized breed. However, there is an application pending for inclusion into the AKC FSS (Foundation Stock Service) program, which will eventually lead to full AKC recognition. At present, Carolina Dogs are recognized by the United Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association.

These dogs are good with children and other animal. They are very social by nature, and enjoy the attention they receive from the children and other people. They bond quickly with their owner and love to be included in all their family activities.


Swati takes pride of being a dog lover. Her current passions include blogging, writing and collecting dog pictures of various breeds. She is an active member of stray dog care society.

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