The Carolina Dog is a wild swamp dog discovered in the late 1970s. The breed was discovered by a Senior Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia, Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin Junior. When he was working at the Savannah River site, he came across a stray dog which he first thought was just a normal stray. After a trip to the pound, he realized that it was more than just a normal domestic stray.
The Carolina Dog has a ginger-colored coat, similar to the Dingo and other wild dogs. Experts claim that the breed looks nearly identical to the Jindo, Korea’s native dog. The bone structure of the Carolina Dog has been found to be very similar to the fossils of early native American dogs. DNA testing has shown their primitive nature.
The females studied in the breed dug holes during pregnancy. Some dug dens in which to give birth, some dug holes for their excrement, and some dug “snout pits” ““ tiny holes in the dirt that their muzzles fit in.
The Carolina Dog uses a very unique pack formation when hunting. The breed lives in mostly unoccupied, swampy land instead of the highly populated areas a normal stray would occupy.
The Carolina Dog has been classified in the UKC as a pariah dog, similar to the Basenji and the Thai Ridgeback. The Carolina Dog can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association and the UKC.