The Carolina Dog, also known as the American Dingo and Dixie Dingo, is a medium-sized, independent breed that was first seen living as wild undomesticated dogs during the 1970s in isolated regions of the Southeastern United States by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, a professor from the University of Georgia. Scientists have discovered the remains of dogs from Native American burial sites that date back thousands of years with a bone structure similar to the modern-day Carolina Dog. It is believed that they descended from ancient pariah dogs who accompanied primitive humans from Asia across the Bering Strait over 10,000 years ago and are considered to be the first domesticated dogs in the Americas. While many Carolina Dogs have been domesticated, wild specimens of the breed still exist today.
Similar in appearance to a small dingo or jackal, the Carolina Dog has various distinctive features that have made them able to survive for thousands of years in the tall grasslands and swampy areas of the Southern United States. The breed's short, thick, and dense coat comes in various shades of red, yellow, and even black & tan. A dog of medium build, the American Dingo has medium-to-large, usually upright ears, and dark, almond-shaped eyes, giving them the appearance of a versatile and efficient predator. They have a well-proportioned muzzle, housing powerful jaws, with a black nose. The characteristic tail of the Carolina Dog is of moderate brush and has the shape of a "fish-hook."
Retaining much of their wild nature, Carolina Dogs are responsive, highly intelligent, and very independent, training easily regardless of their survival background and high prey drive. These pack-orientated hounds can be reserved around others and are very suspicious of strangers but once they are a member of the family, they are fiercely loyal and extremely devoted. The Carolina Dog is not recommended for first-time dog owners who do not understand the pack mentality of certain breeds but require firm leadership in the household, otherwise leading to stubbornness as an adult. With proper socialization and training, they can fit right in with families that have dogs and other pets. The energetic and active personality of the Carolina Dog can make a lively friend for children, appreciating plenty of outdoor space in which to run and play. Due to their intelligence, the breed excels in dog sports such as agility, obedience, and flyball; finding activities that both you and your dog enjoy can help them receive the proper amount of physical and mental exercise. Although the Carolina Dog still retains some of their wild instincts, they can be quite the devoted companion for the right type of family.