Carolina Dog

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Carolina Dog History

The Carolina Dog is a heritage (or native) North American breed of small, rustic-looking working farm and pack dogs. It was developed in the American Southeast from crosses between Native American dogs and European canines. The Carolina Dog is descended from several early American breeds including the Olde English Bulldogge, the Old English Terrier, the Bull and Terrier, the Foxhound, the Beagle, and others. The Carolina Dogs were used as a multi-purpose farm and forest dog for hunting, herding, guarding, pulling, and weight-carrying. They were used as all-purpose farm and forest workers, as well as family companions. The Carolina Dogs were recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006. Prior to that, they were classified as “rare” by the AKC. The Carolina Dog was officially recognized by the American Rare Breed Association in 2005. The Carolina Dog is an American primitive type. It is a hardy, working, rustic-looking, and low-maintenance multipurpose farm and forest dog breed. It is primarily a “one-man” or “one-woman” dog, and it is not recommended for families with small children.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America



Carolina Dog Physical Characteristics

The Carolina Dog is a medium to large sized breed of primitive sighthound. They have a long and slender build with a compact, muscular body and long legs. The tail is docked to about 6 inches. The head is wide with a flat skull and prominent cheekbones. The ears are large, triangular in shape, and loosely hanging. The nose is medium in size, black and tapered. The feet are round, and the tail is carried low. The coat is short, smooth and glossy, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The Carolina Dog is agile and an excellent hunter. They are intelligent, friendly, and affectionate.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Cream, Red, Sable, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 33 – 44 lbs

Female Weight Range: 33 – 44 lbs

Carolina Dog Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Carolina Dog Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia

Carolina Dog Temperament and Behaviour

The Carolina Dog is a calm, intelligent, and amiable breed of dog. They are gentle and loving, but they can also be independent and stubborn. They are often very attached to their owners, but can sometimes be high-strung and very suspicious of strangers.

Carolina Dog Activity Requirements

The Carolina Dog is a herding dog that was developed in South Carolina. They are medium-sized, powerfully built, and known for their intelligence, loyalty, and stamina. The Carolina Dog is an energetic, athletic, and muscular breed. They require regular exercise to keep them healthy and happy. They enjoy long walks, hikes, and jogging. They also do well in agility, flyball, and other high-energy sports. The Carolina Dog is a good companion for an active, outdoors-loving family. They are not a couch potato, and they need a physically and mentally stimulating environment to thrive.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

2.4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Carolina Dog is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Carolina Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Carolina Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Carolina Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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