Carolina Dog

Breed History

Carolina Dog

Carolina Dog is a medium size hunting dog. Dingo type dog that has ancestor ranging from ancient Asia to the earliest Native American tribes through DNA evidence.

Found in the early 20th century they were a pack of dogs running wild in a pack hunting for meals every day. Only dogs they show relation to come from Asia and there is a reason for that.

First settlers in America came across Asia to Alaska and eventually into the United States. Whoever came over did so with a few dogs with them and that dog was the Carolina Dog.

Found from one coast to the next coast these dogs truly became an American dog that would survive without humans and become a pet to humans all over again.

Remains have been found in Alaska, West Coast of America, Mexico, Florida, Central America, and South America. After coming from Asia, they have gone all over the continent of North and South America.

In addition to these crazy facts the only dog that looks close to them in resemblance is the Australian Dingo that is so far away it is hard to imagine the connection.  

Showing a lot more primitive and wild behaviors than other dogs due to their re-entry into the wild. Mothers give birth like wolves and coyotes with building dens for their young.

Humans would use their strong hunting capabilities to go after small game like rabbits, rodents, and insects that are under the ground. Girls have a much stronger digging problem than the males.


In 2017, they became foundation breed for the American Kennel Club and they’re going to get this dog registration sometime in the future. For now, you can get one of these dogs with papers from the United Kennel Club.

It will take a while to determine where their popularity will end up among other breeds after they get some paperwork on them and some decades of a track record.

Hound Group, or something similar, in all categories by the major kennel clubs. Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standards for this dog.


Male Height: 17-19 inches

Female Height: 16-18 inches

Male Weight: 30-45 pounds

Female Weight: 25-35 pounds

Litter Size

5 puppies are the average litter size for the Carolina Dog. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect. Mothers don’t have any birth complications and can deliver without interruptions. Digging huge hole before delivering the puppies is normal and should be expected.


  • Black – and Tan
  • Buff
  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Tawny


$1,000 is the average price for a Carolina Dog. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand, and other factors that can affect cost.

Registration will cost more than a dog that doesn’t have papers. As these dogs get more popular and get registration from more major kennel clubs their cost will go up most likely.

Without papers you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars at the most.


Take your dog on a long walk or run before you start the grooming session. Doing this will put them in the right state of mind to calm standstill and enjoy the process. Using a leash will help to enhance the communication between you and the dog telling them how to you want them to stand in a certain area.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once per week for the best results. Moderate shedding happens twice per year and getting a different brush to remove excess fur is ideal.

Bathing the dog after a long run or walk will make them very calm and enjoy the process. Give them some water from the hose and start at the belly that’s the quickest way to cool them off.

Cleaning the ears once per week should be something all dog owners do. Avoiding costly vet bills is desirable to most and this is the easiest way to do that.

Trimming the nails should happen during walks and runs on the pavement naturally, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise your dog, which we don’t recommend, get them cut with clippers.

Professional help is not a recommendation with the Carolina Dog.

Life Span

15 years is the average lifespan for a Carolina Dog. That’s a long time for any dog to live and owners should be aware and accept the long-time commitment. Excellent adoption dog and owners should be able to adopt while they’re adults and still enjoy them for a decade or more.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – is a condition where the hip socket, hip bone, and leg bone are not in a proper alignment. Limping, skipping or favoring a leg can be a sign that the dog may be having problems with that area. If not, take them to get an examination around 24 months of age.

Elbow Dysplasia – growth on the outside of the elbow can cause some issues for you. Stiffness and other issues will arise and cause discomfort for the dog. Examinations for the elbows are needed.

Eye Examination – cherry eye, cataracts, and glaucoma are the most common and can lead to partial or serious blindness.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Hound Group. These dogs are known to hunt by scent or by sight and have different varieties of speed, but all have long endurance and stamina.

Humans are indebted to Hound dogs for the numerous centuries they would provide top notch skills and produce results before commercial farming.

Here are some of the most popular Hound Dogs

Exercise Needs

Carolina Dog needs a lot of exercise to find fulfillment in the household. Only problem is that many owners don’t know how much is enough and we will go over that today.

As we spoke about earlier in the article, they are hound dogs that like to go for many hours on trials and owners should go with the tide and not against it.

Looking at the dog’s behavior will tell us all we need to know about lack of exercise. Everything dog is different, and some dogs need a lot of exercise while others can do well on very little.

Whenever the dog is jumping, over excited, biting, nipping, digging and a lot of other issues that come from boredom than you need to increase the exercise.

Once you find the sweet spot and the dog is listening to everything you say and calm all the time you have can maintain or decrease. Always monitor behavior for further guidance on increasing or decreasing.

Here is a sample daily schedule we give to clients to start

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs need a lot of exercise and they need the most multiple exercise session days. Nights and mornings will be ideal to take them out twice a day for maximum results.

Adult dogs around three years plus will show a decrease in exercise needs. One session per day will be all they need in most cases but as usual monitor the behavior for how much your dog needs at this age.

Senior dogs across the board will need little exercise to reach their needs. A walk around the corner may be all that they need. Although they are old monitor their behavior for guidance as well.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every home should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than daily exercise. Changing the dynamics from no exercise to one hour per day will result in 365 hours of exercise a year. Dogs and humans will show a profound difference when changing their lifestyle this much. Two sessions for more excited dogs can result in 730 hours of exercise in one year. Life changing events will change the dog from being disruptive to recovery mode while in the house and backyard preparing for their next session.

Commands are great for getting control over the dog without a leash. Repetition will be your best friend when teaching a dog commands. Finding motivational tactics like toys, treats, and life rewards will help influence the dog but should remain secondary to simply doing something the owner is requesting.

Socializing the dog should happen after you give the dog a long exercise session. Figuring out this relationship will help the dog become normal in regular interactions. Before vet visits, car rides, parks, dog parks and anything else you can think of start with an hour of exercise first.

Correct the dog verbally, on or off leash. Timing of the correct is the most important part you should learn. Think of it as prevention and you must stop the act from developing in the first place. Lastly, take the time to make them sit or lay after the correction.

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