The Carolina Dog: A Rare Breed

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"It's a hypothesis, but we might infer that if dogs look similar on both sides of the Bering Strait land bridge, maybe our first American dogs came over from that area." - Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin


Welcome to the Carolina Dog Breed website!  Please take the opportunity to register as a user to access the forums and other areas!  This site is dedicated to the Carolina Dog or as it is sometimes called, the American Dingo.  It is a natural type of dog rather than a dog which was intentionally bred by man for certain features.  They were discovered living as a free roaming dog by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin. Based on Dr. Brisbin's original hypothesis and subsequent genetic studies, Carolina Dogs are thought to be the descendants of the dogs that came to America along with the pre-Columbian native inhabitants of this land.

Carolina Dogs are considered to be a rare dog breed and are now mostly bred and kept in captive packs or individual homes. This was done to help preserve the breed from the encroachment of man and subsequent capture and possible death in animal 'shelters' as well as dilution by interbreeding with European dogs and coyotes.  There are a lot of 'pricked ear, curly-tailed' yellow or black and tan dogs that may appear to be Carolina Dogs and may in fact some share some common characteristics, yet very few of these dogs are the rare Carolina Dog.   However, there maybe a few of these free-roaming dogs still be living in the backwoods in South Carolina or Southeastern United States.  One of these intact dogs was found near the Lynches River  in South Carolina as recently as 2013.  This male, now named Bishop is part of  Dr. Brisbin's breeding program at Swamp Fox Kennels.

This site is routinely updated and forums are available to registered users so visit often.   This website also has a Facebook group that compliments it.  Feel free to join it as well!


Carolina Dogs are recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).



Recent Site Feature(s):

1.  Tell us about your dogs and upload their pictures in the 'My Dogs' section in the Forums on this site!

2.  Facebook group for this site Carolina Dog Breed FB Group

3.  Additional partner Facebook group Carolina Dog History and Research


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