Carolina Dog

Description

The strength of the Carolina Dog is apparent in its muscular build. The medium-size body of this dog is characterized by features of sighthounds. The torso is level and lean, but strong. It usually has a deep chest that is lighter in color than the predominant color. Its ears are set high and stand upright, as if at attention. An elongated neck is for scenting. Sturdy forelegs that are set straight and muscular and angled hindlegs provide the agility and speed of the breed. The coat is close to the body and generally light in color. Most types have markings on the chest and underside. The mask may have dark markings.

Temperament

Living as part of a family unit is something that the Carolina Dog is accustomed. The breed is a pack dog and longs to bond with members of its family, as long as introduced to the family as a puppy. It is easily trained to become loyal and devoted to its family. Children and household pets are fine with the breed. Although not an aggressive breed, it may exhibit suspicion and distrust when in the company of unfamiliar people or animals. Being playful, sociable, and loving are natural behavior for the Carolina Dog. It adapts easily to outdoor or indoor living.

Height and Weight

There is no difference in the range of height and weight in the male and female Carolina Dog. The height range is 17-24 inches and the weight range is 30-44 pounds.

Health Problems

There are no major health problems associated with the Carolina Dog. As a large breed, some types may develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Carolina Dog is unusual in comparison to most other large dogs in that it easily adapts to indoor living. As long as it is trained properly, it will obey rules of the home and neglect to become over active so that it doesn’t become destructive. The key to its good behavior indoors is that it must have attention at some point during the day.

Exercise

The Carolina Dog is a moderately active dog. However, it doesnтАЩt require an excessive amount of exercise. It will appreciate at least one long walk every day, but vigorous play can substitute for exercise. The breed is generally easily trained and does well in public places, so physical activities of this nature can also substitute for exercise.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12-14 years life expectancy

Litter Size

An average of 1-8 puppies

Grooming

The Carolina DogтАЩs coat is short and close to the body. Brushing the coat at least once each week is sufficient for caring for its low-maintenance coat. Washing the coat is only necessary occasionally.

Origin

The primitive dog that entered North America with immigrants from the East

Group

Sighthound

Color

Pales shades of yellow and cream and dark red are typical coat colors for the Carolina Dog. The chest may have a large patch of a lighter shade of the dominant color. This same lighter color may also exist on the throat. Cream markings are common on the muzzle.