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Carolina dog

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Carolina dog is a medium-sized, loyal, and independent dog with the appearance of a wolf or a jackal. This is a rare dog that mostly lives in Southeastern US. You can easily recognize these dogs by their foxlike face, pointed ears, and curved tails.

These dogs are very suspicious by nature, but once this dog lets you in his pack, that suspicious behavior disappears. With this dog, you must be strong and show him leadership from the start if you want your dog to obey you. Although they are reserved for strangers in general they are not an aggressive breed.

FUN FACT: Carolina dog was recorded in the FCC (Foundation Stock Service) by the AKC in 2017.

Carolina dog


17-20 in (43-51 cm)

Carolina dog


30-55 lb (13-25 kg)

Carolina dog



Carolina dog

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Carolina dog grooming

Carolina dogs have short to medium coat that requires minimal grooming. These dogs will keep themself clean – much like cats. Their coat is affected by weather and seasonal conditions – during summer, they will have a lighter coat and during the colder month, they have heavier coats. In general, they don't require any special grooming needs. An occasional bath will be enough to keep him completely clean.

Their coat comes in a variety of colors, including black, brown, cream, tan, and red. In general, they come in two or more of these colors.

Rest is basic care for these dogs: trim their nails when needed, brush their teeth, and regularly check their ears for infection signs (redness, bad odor).

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Carolina dog exercise

These are not high-energy dogs, but they require a regular dose of exercise to remain happy and healthy. You can let your dog play in the yard, play hide and seek, teach them new tricks, etc. Other outdoor activities can also be great for these dogs including swimming, retrieving balls, hiking, etc.


These are highly intelligent dogs that tend to be stubborn. Although they are eager to please, training them could be a problem. Always use a positive training method to achieve maximum results from training.

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Carolina dogs can adapt to any living conditions, but mostly they will love to live inside with their family.

They thrive for connect with humans and other dogs. They are dogs with high prey drive, but in general, they are good dogs. Regardless of that, you will need to socialize with your dog in order to become a good member of the community and to learn how to properly react to many different situations he may find himself in.

The best thing is to start with the socialization process as soon as your puppy arrives home. Expose your puppy to many different situations, people, dogs, sights, and sounds.

Carolina dog

FUN FACT: These dogs also go by the names: American Dingo, yellow dog, and dixie dingo.

Carolina dog and kids

Carolina dogs love children, and they enjoy playing with them. They are extremely loyal and sweet to kids. You must know that no matter how good your dog is you should always teach your kids how to properly approach and interact with the dog, and also you need to supervise their playtime in order to stop any unwanted behavior from either side.

Carolina dog and other animals

These are pack animals, and they love the company of other dogs. Because of their high prey drive, in most cases, they will try to chase smaller animals, so you must be very careful if you let your dog off the leash. Because of that, it is advised that you let your dog off-leash only in the fenced areas.

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Health problems

Because these dogs lived in the wild for so long, they have better health than many other overbred dogs. What you need to watch out for when it comes to Carolina dogs and health problems is hip and elbow dysplasia.

There are some recent studies that these dogs are sensitive to ivermectin, so it is advised to discuss that with your veterinarian.

Although they are a healthy breed, you should nevertheless search for a responsible and official breeder to be completely sure that your future dog will not have inherited diseases.

Carolina dog

Carolina dog breeders

Carolina dogs are currently a rare dog breed, and you must be prepared that, in most cases, you will be put on the waiting list if you want to get this dog. Don't go to a bad or puppy mill breeder so you can get the dog right away, because in most cases, you will end up with a dog who will develop some serious health problems later in life. Waiting for the dog from a responsible breeder is worth it.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.

Breed History

Carolina dogs originated in Asia and they were brought to America with merchants 9000 years ago. At that time, they lived in the wild in the southern US. Years later, this dog was rediscovered and domesticated.

FUN FACT: In the ancient Native American Indian burial ground were found bones of Carolina dogs stating that most likely they were kept as pets by American Indians.