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Thank you for adding this message board to your site. Our CD, Wylie, is a pleasure to our family and like a new mother, I love to read about the personal experiences of other owners of these wonderful dogs. Our Wylie is a silent dog, he only barks when there is definately something there. If he only smells something, his hair goes up and his nose goes to the ground until he finds it. He may or may not bark at that time, (he barks at squirrels). He has never shown any aggression toward a child...he is the ultimate babysitter. He takes his job of taking care of my 10 year old son very seriously. He cannot stand it if my son trys to go to the creek without him, of which I am grateful since he has protected him from a snake on one occasion. He will not let strange adults near my son, and he keeps a wary eye even on those he knows. He is not particularly a playful dog, he will never try to catch a frisbee or chase a stick. He chooses instead to stand regally at our side (enguard). I have never seen evidences of his waste, he hides it (which is nice when you have to mow 2-1/2 acres). I am so grateful for this wild pup. Who would have believed what a prince this motley starving pup would have become. I have taken new pictures which I will try to send as soon as they are developed.
Sharon Haldane <>
Seminole, OK USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 22:43:55 (EDT)
Hello! You are right, we dearly love our doggie Nutmeg! She does so many funny things we've never seen a dog do before, or at least never to the extent that she does them. She bumps things with her nose constantly. She carries chunks of mulch around in her mouth. She pulls grass out of the ground without eating the grass. She uses a high-pitched growl, more like a hum, to communicate with us constantly. Sometimes she stands on her hind legs and sometimes she pounces like a cat. She is a wonderful pet. She knows her name, "come," and "get it." We will take some photos this week and hopefully there will be a good one for your web site. Don Anderson suggested I contact you to find out our dog's birthday. He couldn't remember when exactly it was in April, but said that one of your dogs had a litter on the same day. The female he referred to is a sister of Bris, who is Nutmeg's dad. So, Bris's mate and Bris's sister had litters on the same day, and Nutmeg was in Bris's mate's litter. Do you have a record of this date? One other note about Nutmeg. She was born black and Don thought she would be a sable dog. He almost named her Sable. By the time she came to us, though, she was a fuzzy ball of tan, with black only on her chin and her tail, so we named her Nutmeg. Now, she grows blacker by the day as her puppy fuzz is replaced with a more adult coat. The black spots on her tail are merging, and her back is getting blacker, and her chest is starting to turn black too. Who knows what she'll finally look like?! It's fun to watch our special little dog. We get lots of questions about her. Thanks for any help you can give. Also, if anyone in the OH/IN/KY area asks you about these dogs, feel free to refer them to me via email. Nutmeg would love to meet them.
Wendy Davison <>
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 16:38:02 (EDT)
I think the dog my brother owns is a Carolina Dog. Two vets told us she was part Chow, part dingo. Now that I have looked at the photos of CD's I am more inclined to think she is a CD. Can CD's have black and pink gums & tongue? Lady, my brother's dog does. She looks almost identical to the dog "Muddy" on the photo page 8. Only she has a little more black mixed in with the coat. Ricky & Kelly, my brother & his girlfriend, found Lady as a stray near his work. They brought her home and Ricky wanted to keep her. I told him he needed to find her owner first. So he & Kelly went out to see if anyone recognized her. No one did. So after a week of asking The Humane Society and people in the neighborhood near his work we decided to keep her. She apparently was abused. She was terrified of the leash. When we let her out, she would never leave the backyard. I trained her to walk on the leash after only one hour of walking around the kitchen. I would give her special gourmet treats when she would walk a small distance. Soon we were walking around the kitchen and the living room without a problem. She learned to enjoy walking on the leash with lots of love and positive attention. Now two years later, Ricky & Kelly live in Oxford, Mass. He takes her for walks and she just loves to get as much attention as possible. She plays with the cat, Kiki. Lady will chase Kiki down to one end of the house then Kiki will chase Lady to the other end. This will go on for about half an hour until both are tired, then curl up next to each other to take a nap. I have to say I really miss that dog. I have always been a cat person myself, except I have always loved German Shephards, and if I was ever going to get another dog, it would have to be a Carolina Dog.
Kelly Smilowitz <>
Stuart, FL USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 16:31:36 (EDT)
Greetings all - My wife and I have had our beautiful CD, Cassie, since Christmas of '97 and she has, for the most part, been a real pleasure. Unfortunately, we believe that the Humane Society took her in a litter that was only about 5 weeks old, and we've experienced behavioral problems that other CD owners apparently don't have due to her not getting the proper correction from her mom at an early age. She has had occassional incidents of aggressiveness towards people, and has always been a little unsure of herself. Although she's a complete angel 98.9% of the time and has made amazing progress over the past year with the help of a trainer, we have come to a point where we feel that we need to put her up for adoption because we have just had our first baby. We are very fearful that she will be a problem moving forward. We have already experienced about 10 aggressive episodes in the past few days - several with Joy's mother who's visiting from Ohio. We are wondering if someone here would be interested in adopting Cassie and giving her a good home. As much as we hate to give her up (and we HATE having to do this!), we feel that there is no other choice at this juncture. Our baby and family must come first. The ideal situation for her would be a nice big yard, perhaps with other Carolina Dogs around to play with. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Please contact us at if you would like to learn more about Cassie Regards - Jeff & Joy Speer
Jeff & Joy Speer <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, July 21, 1999 at 09:39:31 (EDT)
Jane, What a wonderful web site you have on Carolina Dogs. I found Sandy five years ago on the side of a country road in Kentucky. She was ten weeks old, starved, and had a can stuck over her head. I asked multiple vets if they knew what kind of dog she was. They all laughed and said "probably a dingo or a fox". One day I accidentally found her picture in a breeder's book. I was amazed to find that she wasn't a "mutt". Sandy is the most gentle, kind, loyal, and loving dog I have ever known. Unfortunately, Sandy is now neutered. If I had known that there were others out there like her, I would have definitely had her bred. They are and excellent breed. Keep up the good job on educating people on this beautiful breed! Sandy is my best friend, always by my side! note: click on writer's name to see photo of Sandy.
Catherine Lee Spran <>
Palm City, FL USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 18:59:13 (EDT)
I recently adopted a bitch from the local SPCA. She looks like a dingo but I saw a picture of a Carolina dog in The Encyclopedia of the Dog and she looks very like that. She's full of energy, friendly, smart and very athletic and doing very well at obedience school. She weighs 45 lbs and is on the lean side, but very muscular. I'm really interested in fiding out more about this breed and whether my Cheyenne is a true Carolina Dog as I am not familiar with this breed. Any information you can give would be really appreciated.
Lousie McInerney <>
Easton, PA USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 18:53:20 (EDT)
I wrote a while back about our dog Buck finding us. I would like to find out for sure if he is a Carolina Dog. How do I go about finding out? Also, Buck is about 70lbs. and sheds TONS in the summer. One vet who thought he was part shepard & lab told us shepards shed a lot. Buck also does not have the pointy ears. Do any of the Carolina Dogs have the floppy ears? He is a golden colored dog with the almond shaped eyes that look like they have eyeliner around them. We always thought his tail curled funny but now we think we know why! I would appreciate any answers to my questions to help us determine if Buck is a Carolina Dog. Take Care!
Leigh Hess <>
Dublin , VA USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 18:50:42 (EDT)
We adopted what appears to be a Carolina Dog about a month ago. She is wonderful with the children but very shy around us adults. We're not quiet people. We are committed to her but could use any and all tips in training her. I have no idea who previously owned her. She appears to be about a year old and hadn't gone into season. We fixed her last week and got the shots etc. She acts almost as if she was abused by whoever had her. Any advice you could give me would be appreciated.
Sheila <>
Washington State, WA USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 17:09:56 (EDT)
My girlfriend and I just adopted a stray that she found when she opened her front door one day. Daisy has been a super-cool dog so far. Full of energy she is. I am trying to figure out if she is typical (or above-average) looking of the breed. Out of all the photos in this sites' scrapbook, I only found one picture that she resembles - (top right of photo page 2). She looks exactly like that dog, except her color is a very even cream/yellow - no white marking. Is that a typical or good look for this kind of dog? Is there a typical or good look for this kind of dog? If anyone knows a good visual online research source, I'd appreciate the heads-up. Thanks, David
David Leedle <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 13:02:11 (EDT)
My name is Brad Bradford and I live in Ocean Springs Mississippi. We have what I believe to be a Carolina dog. She came up to our neighborhood as a stray and is by far the best dog we have ever had. She has the physical charecteristics of this breed although she is around 70 lbs. All who see her asks if shes' a dingo. She was spayed and I would like information on local breeders as "Bones" is getting up in age.
Brad Bradford <>
Ocean Springs , MS USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 11:42:06 (EDT)
hello!I also have what i think is a carolina dog.peter was found in the woods ,here in berkely county hunters.they took him to the spca shelter.he was only about 8 weeks old.I came in 3 days latter,looking for a dog .Well,that was 2 yrs.ago!smartest dog i ever saw.never had to housebreak him.he just knew to go outside.never chewed on furniture,clothes,ect.he is the perfect pet.Are there any get togethers with others who own these type dogs?Iwould like to get together with some other owners.Anyone out there know about any future shows or whatever,please contact me. thanks
mikel thompson goose <creek,>
Berkely County , SC USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 08:30:30 (EDT)
Dear Jane, What a neat website you have! I'm sure you have heard this all before, but about twenty-four years ago my dad found two puppies by the side of the highway in Jacksonville, Florida that he believed had been dumped. We named the one we kept "Tippy", and we always thought she looked just like a dingo. She lived for seventeen years, until I was twenty-one, and I still am not over her. She was the most beautiful, loyal, smart, wonderful, sweet puppy you could ever ask for-how lucky I was to grow up with such a companion. I am convinced she must have been a Carolina dog-the vet we took her to when we first got her said she was a "swamp dog". You are doing a great thing by perpetuating this breed-if the rest of these dogs are even one-tenth as incredible as my little Tippy was, anyone who owns one will be lucky. She even saved my life when I was being attacked and mauled by a Great Dane by throwing herself on that great big dog until I ran away! Thanks for the great memories.
Jean O'Banion <>
USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 09:04:12 (EDT)
We enjoyed the article in the Smithsonian Magazine. We have a small Korean dog that looks much like the dog named Taz. Ours is considerable smaller though. Some call them Kimchi dogs. He is very smart, but was a street dog and is very skittish at times. He has many of the features your Carolina dogs have, he's just scaled down in size. There are fairly common here, it would be nice to them recognized as their own breed, as have the Carolina dogs. Our little fella is named Pepe, because he has so much pep in him.
USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 09:01:32 (EDT)
Hi, 2 years ago a wonderfull half year old dog "found" me at the beach on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I took her with me home overseas to Denmark in Europe. After that a lot of people ask me if she was a Dingo... I donīt know I answered them and told them the story about Mexico. But after I have seen your pictures of Carolina Dogs I am absolutly sure that most of her is a Carolina Dog. Except from parts around her mouth and maybe a few kilos she looks like a perfect Carolina Dog. I wonder if anyone knows about Carolina Dogs living wild in the south-eastern part of Mexico or can give me another explanation on this dog. Please e-mail me.
Bo Mortensen <>
Copenhagen, Denmark, USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 08:59:07 (EDT)
I think there is a CD male puppy At the Lancaster SC pound( tan/yellow, pricked ears,narrow muzzle) is there some type of authorization I can get to rescue these dogs and can I get a permission form to prevent them from becoming neutered or killed. Please call the pound and have a look at him.
C. Bradley
Lancaster, SC USA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 08:57:39 (EDT)
I thought everyone would be interested in the latest from Molly and Bandit. The first is what Molly did while we were over at my mother's this week. I had her in the bathroom with a child's gate up and also held in place with a box fan. That didn't stop Molly. She decided that she didn't want to stay in the bathroom so just merrily climbed over the gate. Yes, that is right. She climbed!!!! As soon as I would put her back in, over she would come again. Then it was Molly and Bandit. Both of them were on the bed. As usual, Molly's tail was going a mile a minute. Bandit, being the cat that likes to play some, would catch Molly's tail with his paw and then bit the tip of it. And, instead of moving away from Bandit, Molly would stay there and let him play catch the tail.
Claire Sease <>
Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 22:45:44 (EDT)
I live on the coast of South Carolina near the town of McClellanville in Charleston County. On my way to work one morning in November, I picked up a yellow puppy about eight weeks old in the ditch poking around in trash looking for food. In early March, after a visit, my brother sent me an article in the Smithsonian about Carolina Dogs. I found it very interesting and thought maybe Tag was all or part Carolina. Now I'm in trouble. When she was about three months old, she killed one of my chickens. We tried to find her a new home without success. I've been trying to teach her not to bother them ever since. But yesterday, she almost did it again. I think she starts out by playing chase because she love to play. But with dogs, this can turn into something else. So now I must find her a home. I'm wondering if there is a way to find out if she is a Carolina Dog and if so I'm hoping a lover of these dogs somewhere out there would give her a home. She is a great dog and her behavior,except around chickens, is fun. She is very smart and living with people who know how to train dogs would be wonderful. If anyone out there is interested, I will bring Tag to you, or send a photo or have DNA testing done if that is an option. Please Help! Thank You, Lanie
Lanie Youngman <>
McClellanville , SC USA - Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at 12:28:55 (EDT)
Hi Jane, Just wanted to tell you that Molly is getting along good. We have only had a couple of accidents and that is when I didn't know enough puppy language to take her out. But, we are working on it good. She is going this afternoon to get her second puppy shots. And, she and Bandit are becoming friends. I don't hear the spitting and growling from Bandit that I heard at first so that is a step in the right direction. Was talking with Bill Hughes down at The State paper and told him about the web site so he most likely will be writing it up for one of his Saturday columns. Also sent him a couple of pictures of Molly and he even visited the web site this morning when I was talking with him. We almost had a mushroom cloud over at mother's Tuesday when I got over there. But by the time I left yesterday (Thursday) to come home, she was coming around some. Please tell me how to get Waif and Molly together. I have been letting them sniff each other but other then that, no physical contact. Then when I told my sister about Molly, there was almost another mushroom cloud down in Atlanta. She was wondering what I would do with her whenever I was down there. I didn't tell her, but Molly goes with me. She is so afraid Rachel (Rhodesian Ridgeback) would be jealous but I don't think so since Molly will stay in the bathroom off the bedroom and Rachel has the rest of the house. Will just put a child's gate up in the bathroom door. Bandit has to stay in the bedroom/bathroom whenever he is over so this won't be that much trouble. Me and my family!!!!!! Earlier today I was out watering my outside plants with Molly. She was trying to catch the water dripping off the porch so let her play a little with the water from the hose. She really enjoyed it but now she is a very tired puppy and is asleep at my feet while I am at the computer. Almost time to go for puppy shots and I need to brush my hair. With it being down to my waist, it gets brushed instead of combed. Claire Bandit Molly
Claire Sease <>
SC USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:37:19 (EDT)
i know this does not pertain to any of your breeds, but i'm trying to locate a rescue center for german sheperd dogs in the south carolina area or the closest to it. i just lost one of my family to spotted fever and the best way i know how to get another sheperd to be a companion for the one i ahve left is to rescue a dog in need. if you could help me it would be greatly appreciated....thanks <>
SC USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:36:21 (EDT)
I live in Dayton, Ohio and would like to get a Carolina Dog. Anybody out there from OH, IN, or KY who breeds Carolinas?
Wendy Davison <>
Dayton, OH USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:35:05 (EDT)
I can't tell you how happy I was to find this site. About 14 years ago I received a puppy that was just wonderful, she grew into a beautiful, faithful and extremely friendly dog, and she was also great with kids. I always thought that she was possibly a yellow lab/white german shepherd mix because of how she looked, I also had a vet say that she had some sighthound in her. Whenever I have seen any dogs like her, I tried to find out what breed they were, but the few that I saw, nobody knew. But after going thru your pictures, the one of Snipper of Branbury Cross looks exactly like her, same markings and everything. I lost her to cancer about 2 years ago, but I am much happier now that I know, that if I ever want another like her I know where to look. Thanks.
Lisa Johnson <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:34:14 (EDT)
Hi Four years ago, my son, a student at Presbyterian College Obtained with a friend , what I considered a multi crossbred pooch from the animal shelter in Greenville SC. He has since brought Murphy home to us and she became a treasured member of our family and companion to our black lab Chloe. We were amazed when we saw your web page of the Carolina dogs and were amazed to see the likeness of "Murf" there. we pray that you continue with this site as these are remarkable "critters". Thanks for the forum
Jim Ballentine <>
Bloomsbury, NJ USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:32:56 (EDT)
Hello all. I am originally from Northeast Tenn. I now live near Houston, TX. and run a small breeding and training kennel. I just saw the Carolina Dog and was suprised just how much it looks like the Belgian Malinois. The Malinois is breed in Belgium, France and a hybrid version is breed in the Netherlands. The Dutch version is trained in K.N.V.P. (Royal Dutch Police Association) and is in demand by Police and military all over the world. Please visit my page to see just how much they do look alike. There is also a lot of pictures from K9 International competitions held in El Paso, Texas in 1998. Tell me what you think about the resemblance. Thank you.
Roy Blackwell Texas K-9's <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:31:39 (EDT)
I have just adopted a Carolina dog. She is a female 6mo. old and is the daughter of the dog in the smithsonian magazine!! I am proud to have her as part of our family. She is a lovely beautiful dog, that is quite timid but is now very attachted to me. I am exicited to start her in obediance and agility training. I am going give her a few weeks to ajust to the home and family, but I know she will be fine. I am so glad to have this dog, I think I have found what I have been looking for.
Donna Boyete <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 12:29:40 (EDT)
can someone tell me why dogs with blue spotted tongues are not considered as a Carolia Dog. Or is it that it just doesn't meet the standard for show. My dog has all other physical characteristics and traits.
Ann Marie Leszczynski <>
Calabash, NC USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 11:26:36 (EDT)
How do you find out if you own a Carolina Dog? I found a puppy. At the time I thought he was a blonde lab. He and his two sister crossed Hwy 378 in front of my car. A lady and myself stopped, hunted, and walked all around these puppies. They hid themselves so well and would not make a sound, we looked for an hour. These puppies were so smart and they all looked the same, we asumed they were of some breeding. I took the boy and the lady took the two girls. My dog (Toby) looks like a cross between a blonde lab and a spits. He is extremely smart and he has the tell-tell curled tail. He is beautiful! Please let me know how to find out what type of dog I own. Thank you.
Sheila Crady
USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 11:25:03 (EDT)
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USA - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 09:05:47 (EDT)
Hi everyone... I'm a newbie to this message board and I'd like to tell you about our handsome "Lefty" whom we are happy to hear is not a mutt!!!. Lefty found us in front of our old apartment building in Queens NY about 6 years ago. It was about 2:30 am and we were just returning from Jersey house hunting. I was taking packages out of the back seat of the car when I felt something licking my hand. I looked down and couldn't believe what I saw...the most beautiful doggie in the world...just look at the top left corner of this web page... that's him exactly!!! He has amber eyes (with brown eyeliner) and a light brown nose. He immediately sat and picked up his left paw to shake (hence Lefty). That was it... our neighbors said we had an "S" tatooed on our foreheads (sucker)... He had a home and he has brought so much to our lives being the smart (but extremely spoiled ((that's my husband's fault)), happy, loving animal that he is. Once while shopping in the Russian immigrant section near our old home a woman stopped us to inquire "What kind dug you hev Miss?" I replied he was a mongrel whom we had rescued from the street and she seemed dismayed... "Oh no Miss" she replied. I sink he hev better femly than that!" Well how right she was... yes he does have a better family! People have stopped us whenever we have Lefty with us to ask where they have get a dog like him or just to marvel and exclaim over him. Once a bus driver actually backed up the bus to yell out the window what a beautiful dog he was. Many people are disappointed to learn he's a "mutt" " Well he's just beautiful it's just too bad" they say.. I guess they're just interested in status sybol dogs. Lefty was do ing great until recently when he started to limp. The vet says he has torn his medial-lateral tendon in his knee. This might have happened while lurching after a squirrel or something in the yard. If he's seen 1 squirrel he's seen a million, but must chase them all. The vet said if steroids don't help within a week he'll be facing major surgery. Has anyone out there had this problem with there Carolinas?? Thanks for listening... will check back tomorrow...
Terri Solomon <>
USA - Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 09:03:06 (EDT)
About 11 years ago in Lexington, NC we were taking our garbage the the county dumpster to dispose of it and a little puppy "found" us. He was so small he hardly new how to eat. We bathed him twice to get the fleas off of him. I scrubbed and scrubbed the black spot on his tail thinking it was grease. When it was really his markings. We feel sure after finding this sight our Carolina Dog "Buck" is not a "mutt". He is so bright, well behaved and loyal it is amazing sometimes. I hope that when the day comes for us to have another dog, one as good as Buck will find us just like he did. Take Care!
Leigh Hess <>
Dublin, VA USA - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 23:40:57 (EDT)
I found the article about Carolina Dogs in the Dog Fancy magazine, looked at the picture and realized that they looked just like my dog, Happy. Happy was adopted from the Toledo Humane Society, in Ohio, in 1993. She is great with other children and pets. I guess she's the best thing that ever happened to me. We were told she was half Collie and half German Shepherd, but later realized that her body was more that of a Greyhound. We are almost positve now that she is a true Carolina Dog.
Carolin Wieditz <>
Tokyo, Japan - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 09:49:17 (EDT)
This may be foolish but I recently adopted my dog from the local humane society (Frederick, Maryland) and people have mentioned that she looks like a "Carolina Dog". The only info they had on her at the shelter was her approximate age and that her former owners said that she was a Chow/Shepherd mix. After finding and looking at the pictures on this site my curiosity is really piqued because Nala, my puppy, is the spitting image of some of the dogs shown in the pictures. Is there a way to find out if she may be at least part Carolina Dog? Thanks for any info. Tracy & Nala
Tracy Thurston <>
Frederick, MD USA - Monday, May 24, 1999 at 09:47:23 (EDT)
How exciting!  I came across the Smithsonian article today while waiting at the doctor's office, and was stunned to recognize my part retriever/part pit/ part sharpei in the pictures of the Carolina dogs.  He came to me as a stray by the border of Oregon and Idaho, and am still not entirely postive as to his origins, but he looks so similar to the photos.  As strange coincedence would have it, just last week a slightly tipsy man with a southern accent came up to Odo and I to proclaim what a fine looking "yellow dog"  he was.  I laughed and said he looked a little reddish in some lights.  The joke seems to be on me as Carolina dogs are also caled Yellow dogs according to the article!  How curiously proud to be the owner of a breed, if that indeed is what he is!
Jackie Jolliffe <>
USA - Monday, May 17, 1999 at 08:26:01 (EDT)
We enjoyed the article in the Smithsonian Magazine. We have a small Korean dog that looks much like the dog named Taz. Ours is considerable smaller though. Some call them Kimchi dogs. He is very smart, but was a street dog and is very skittish at times. He has many of the features your Carolina dogs have, he's just scaled down in size. There are fairly common here, it would be nice to them recognized as their own breed, as have the Carolina dogs. Our little fella is named Pepe, because he has so much pep in him.
Marcia Wyatt <>
USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 09:22:54 (EDT)
Thanks for the newsletter..enjoyed it very much..I'm still trying to get a weekend off so I can take my dog, Sparky, to see Steve for his opinion as to whether he thinks Sparky is a Carolina Dog. I'll just about stake my life on it. will send you a picture of him and you can see for yourself..Keep the news coming. I just wish Sparky hadn't been neutered before he came into my possession!
Janice Murphy <>
USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 09:21:40 (EDT)
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for your wonderful site. We were adopted by a stray about 2 years ago and welcomed the gentle gentleman into our home. We thought he was a short-haired collie until we found his picture in a dog-a-day calendar which led us to you. Now that I realize how special he is, I almost regret having him fixed! We are located in Greensboro, NC and were unable to attend your recent get-together. We would be interested in doing some things locally as well as almost anything else we can do to help promote this gentle, shy, loving breed. Thanks again for the wonderful site.
Trey Pickard <>
Greensboro, NC USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 09:20:44 (EDT)
Hello! Like the other visitors to your website, I am overjoyed to find a site dedicated to Carolina Dogs! (I found your site after reading the Smithsonian article.) I own a Carolina Dog named Bear, who is approximately 4 years old. I adopted him from the Humane Society in Greenville, SC. I went there intending to adopt an adult dog, since I wanted one who was already housebroken. His "resume" card on the cage was an 11 out of 10! He was perfectly housebroken (even refused to "go" in his cage at the Humane Society!), gentle, almost never barks, never "begs" for food during dinner ... just an absolutely amazing little dog! At the time, I lived in an apartment and wanted a large dog, but "settled" for a medium-sized dog. What luck I had! I did receive your invitation to the "dog party," but couldn't make it that weekend. I will most definitely try to participate in the next! The piece written by Sharyn Wertz especially touched me tonight. How can it be that only a lucky few of us ever have the joy of being part of such a dog's life? I know it probably sounds incredibly corny, but I can't imagine life without this puppy dog! He's such a part of me. Thank you SO MUCH for publishing the site ... please keep up the great work!
Mercedes Peck <>
Greenville, SC USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 09:19:33 (EDT)
Jane, When you requested a picture of my Carolina Dog I didn't realize it would be published. I was so surprised to see my son and his Carolina Dog Molly in your gallery of pictures Page 9. Thank you for including her, isn't she beautiful! We love her so much. We could not attend your fun day at Banbury Cross Farms, we hope to attend your next "Sip & See."
Mary Jane <>
NJ USA - Monday, May 10, 1999 at 09:18:01 (EDT)
What a neat website you have! I'm sure you have heard this all before, but about twenty-four years ago my dad found two puppies by the side of the highway in Jacksonville, Florida that he believed had been dumped. We named the one we kept "Tippy", and we always thought she looked just like a dingo. She lived for seventeen years, until I was twenty-one, and I still am not over her. She was the most beautiful, loyal, smart, wonderful, sweet puppy you could ever ask for-how lucky I was to grow up with such a companion. I am convinced she must have been a Carolina dog-the vet we took her to when we first got her said she was a "swamp dog". You are doing a great thing by perpetuating this breed-if the rest of these dogs are even one-tenth as incredible as my little Tippy was, anyone who owns one will be lucky. She even saved my life when I was being attacked and mauled by a Great Dane by throwing herself on that great big dog until I ran away! Thanks for the great memories.
Jean O'Banion <>
USA - Thursday, May 06, 1999 at 08:59:42 (EDT)
This web page was very interesting and contained many beautiful pictures of dogs that look exactly like my Sadie. We live in The Woodlands, Texas and bought Sadie from a neighborhood pet store. She is ginger in color with white areas under her belly, on her paws and on her shoulders. She looks like a little fox with her ears that stick straight up when she is alert. Basically, she looks exactly like the dog on the front page of your web site. She is a lovely, graceful dog who loves to jump and run. She loves being around people, possibly her "pack dog" characterisitcs... I hope that there will soon be a way for us to find out if she is a carolina dog for sure... Unfortunately,we just had her spayed 2 weeks ago!!! But, Sadie would always love a new friend. We would love to meet any Carolina dog owners in our area.....I'll send pics through snail mail soon.. Thanks Silvia and Bill.
William J Durham <>
Woodlands, TX USA - Tuesday, May 04, 1999 at 08:24:57 (EDT)
The Carolina Dogs - large and small - miss you all! They had such a wonderful time with all of you last Sunday afternoon at our first "Sip & See"! Thank you all for making this our first Gala Occasion for the Carolina Dogs here at Banbury Cross Farm such a smashing success. Thank the Deans and their wives and staff from USC College of Science and Mathematics, the breeders, veternerians, old friends and new ones. We made so many new friends (at least 150!) and saw wonderful Carolina Dogs that people brought from hundreds of miles away to visit - everyone raved about the "Argentine Steak" cooked on the grill (thanks to the cooks!)- and all the dogs loved the scraps! It was a perfect afternoon! Thank you - and we will have another one soon - as promised! We'll let you know! Jane
Jane Gunnell <>
Ridge Springs, SC USA - Friday, April 30, 1999 at 15:47:17 (EDT)
Hi, we have had our Carolina Dog for a year. The vet tech program at our local community college rescued her from being chained in the back yard of a house from which the people had moved. When they found her she was seriously underwight, had crusted over eyes and ears and was lossing her fur. She also had a burn scar on one of her hind legs. Today she is a beautiful friend! Her coat is a reddish blonde, changing into a honey blonde on her back and cream on her nose , chest and undeside. Her fish hook tail lets us know how she is feeling by the way she carries it. Her ears are very staight and pointed. The kids wanted to name her Dingo when they first saw her. As we talked about her features individually they named her Foxy Lady. We called her twice by her name to get her to respond the first time after that we never have had to call her more than once. Our kids are 10, 9,&6. All have special needs of various kinds. She plays with each child at that child's level. Rough with Michael who loves to lay and roll on the floor. With Brittany she curls up and listens to stories. RJ and foxy can play tug and ball all day. We had a six month old baby visit the other day. As the baby lay tummy down an her blanket, Foxy stretched out in front of the baby. Foxy crept up just far enough so that her paws just touched the baby's hands. They both took a nap in this position. I could go on and on about how special she is but I have a couple of questions. 1) Do any of your dogs sneeze a great deal? Foxy sneezes about 20 times a day. 2) How do you keep a collar or harness on your dog? Foxy hates them and is so flexible she bends her head down and chews them in half if she isn't able to get out of them. Thanks for the great website. Carol
USA - Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at 09:11:40 (EDT)
My fiancee recently gave a speech at Northern Virginia Community College about Carolina Dogs and the dog that we own and believe to be a Carolina Dog. Someone in the class told you about it and you said you'd like a picture so here's one :-). (Click on writer's name to see photo) This is from when he was a puppy, about 4 mo. old. He's about a year old now. His name is Smudge. At first, we thought he was a mix of some kind. My fiancee is a groomer and said that she hadn't seen any dog quite like it. In the end, though, your page helped us decide that we think he is one. He behaves exactly as detailed on your page and he also digs snout pits. Do you think he's a Carolina Dog?
Matthew M. <>
Northern VA Community College, VA USA - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 08:21:03 (EDT)
You all probably won't believe this, but I swear it's the truth. Just goes to show how different these Carolina Dogs really are. Banbury Cross Grizzly Adams, who obviously came from Jane Gunnell , was born March 27, 1999. That makes him 3 weeks old today, right? And since it's only 5:40 AM as I write, he may not even quite have made it to three weeks of age yet. Anyway, I put Grizzy and his cousin Chance (Banbury Cross Second Chance) in their kennels around 11:30 last night and went to bed. Their kennels are stacked against the wall right behind where I sleep so I'll be sure to hear them. Little Grizzy woke me up 3 times during the night asking out. Each time he cried, he went out. Each time he went out he did his business (all of it!), then came back in and went back to sleep. He never cried just to be crying...he had to use the bathroom! Now I've dealt with a lot of different dogs and puppies in the past 20-25 years or so...maybe 20 different breeds...and these CDs beat all I've ever seen. I've had some that still weren't kennel-trained at 3 months, much less 3 weeks, and here's this little guy (who will have been here with me a week tomorrow, by the way) telling me he has to go out to potty!!! I'm telling don't know what a good dog is until you meet a Carolina Dog!! I'd be more than happy to discuss these dogs with anyone, any time !
Sharyn Wertz <>
Batesburg, SC USA - Friday, April 23, 1999 at 08:12:41 (EDT)
Another message, after reading the Smithsonian article. Perhaps some research should be done into the links between pariah/primitive dogs and the original sighthounds. As I said in my previous post, the Pharaoh hounds look very similar but the coat is smoother. Also the Ibizan Hound. Some classify the Basenji with the sighthounds for lure coursing purposes. Sighthounds, too, have that catlike reserved nature and independent minds (bull-headed, if you prefer). My Borzoi, while quite big to dig dens, will dig huge holes in shady spots in the yard, to the point of nearly undermining porch foundations, to lie in- so deep they are barely visible! My boxer/hound crosses, Black and Tan Coonhound, and previous border collie mixes I've owned have never done this. Perhaps they all go back to an original coursing type dog, long-legged and probably of reddish coat, with prick ears and a curled tail, of the ancient Mideast (specifically Egypt, where many dogs of the type are depicted), adapting and changing slightly as humans took them to different areas of the world, while maintaining most of the basic traits. Could the desert jackal have been an influence?
Nancy Harding <>
Unionville, VA USA - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 06:13:07 (EDT)
I think the name Carolina Dog is more descriptive than Native American Dog. Unfortunately, nowadays anything Native American is automatically assumed to be out west, and I think that renaming them would completely lose the connection of being preserved in the wilder spots of the southeastern US for centuries. They definitely do look like a dingo/ basenji/ Pharaoh Hound type dog. Or the "Singing Dogs" of New Guinea. But by the whitish markings on several of them in your pics, I would think there is some coyote in there, too. Will they be bred to standardize the color? Black and the German Shepherd type black saddle seem to look like an admixture of European dog blood. I see dogs like the Carolina Dog roaming around here from time to time (Virginia) and always admire their looks. Stylish in a down-to-earth way. Good luck!
Nancy Harding <>
Unionville, VA USA - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 06:12:14 (EDT)
We have a dog that highly resembles the Carolina Dogs we have seen in this site. We are interested in finding other owners in Texas that may have similar dogs. Our Jake is a very healthy 4 year old male that is wonderful. He loves to play ball, watch the house when we are gone, very protective, very loving and he gets along with other animals. We live in The Woodlands, Texas and would be interested in hearing from other folks in Texas that may have a dog like this. We would love to find a female that Jake mightl ike to meet. (Click on writer's name to see photos of Jake)
Don and Barbi <>
TX USA - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 06:09:11 (EDT)
I acquired my dog Apache when he was abandoned in a San Antonio, TX neighborhood in 1992 ( or rather he acquired me). I never knew where he came from but when my sister found the article in the Smithsonian, I suspected he was a Carolina. I used to breed and show Irish Setters but have found Apache fits my personality better than an Irish. A number of traits mentioned in the article stand out about him: Shaking like a leaf; if one reaches to stroke him he pulls back to maintain distance; Climbs out on the edge of precipices and deep gullies; ginger color that fades to pale buff on the flanks and belly. He is very quiet and rarely barks. He is my friend and constant companion. He sleeps with me and is very clean. HE also has a black and pink spotted tongue. Is this a trait of the Carolina dog? I've seen some Shepherds with this trait as well. We now live in Seattle and I have found him to be an excellent companion on the forested trails of the Northwest. He is quite responsible and sticks to the trails. When in a group hike, he runs ahead on the trail to scout then comes back to the group and makes sure everyone in the group is accounted for, then heads out to scout again. He repeats this behavior until we reach our goal. I had Apache neutered darn it and I would love to have another. I want to send a blood sample for DNA testing. (Click name to see picture of Apache)
Candace Morrell Gearhart <>
North Bend, WA USA - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 05:58:32 (EDT)
About 4 years ago my 5 year-old son rescued what we thought was an abondoned puppy. This dog was very smart and had all the characteristic traits you describe as the Carolina Dog. He had so many bite marks on him that still show as scars on his muzzle and various places on legs. He was obviously used to hunting because he scouted and grabbed one of our newborn Shitzu puppies (which we retrieved and revived with only a few sutures and antibiotics for pup and mom. He was malnourished and so scroungey that I asked him if he was a coyote pup--thus he was named; Wylie-O. He has never completely become docile and he always tests his place in the pack, especially when my son, now 10, brings home a new friend, Wylie will challange (surprisingly gently) the child for pack placement. He has never been submissive to any other dog--always dominant, setting himself as leader and not letting the other dogs get out of line. He is extremely loyal and protective. He tolerates a lot from children but not the same as normal domestic dogs. He is very smart and seems to understand what is said to him and about him. I am sorry that I neutered him as a pup, I would like to see this dog reproduced. I was glad to see an article in the Smithsonian magazine about the Carolina Dog, because that is what I believe Wylie is except his eyes are not dark brown, they have more of an amber color. Until now, the closest breed to what I perceived him to be was the Austrailian Dingo (after seeing a special, featuring them, on the Animal Planet television program). Thank you for this web site, it is good to know that these dogs can be purchased.
Sharon Haldane <>
USA - Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 17:05:13 (EDT)
Hi, I'm from middle TN. My family owns a dog(Alice) that looks just like the dog on the front page of this site. She came to our home a few years ago. She's short,stocky, a very good jumper and is very perky. She also has brown almond shaped eyes and looks like she wears eyeliner. We've also had problems with one of our other females attacking her and think that this is probably due to Alice challenging her authority. But Alice is always friendly around strangers and loves to sit in chairs. She seldom barks and when she does it's usually at other neiborhood dogs. Since she was spayed when she was a puppy I know that we can't register her but would still like to know if she could be one of these beautiful Carolina Dogs.
Terri M. Rutledge <>
Middle, TN USA - Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 17:02:00 (EDT)
hi well i just found out why my dog has a pink nose her old master came over today to visit her and i asked her about the pink nose and come to find out she was born with a black nose but do to an unfortunate accident with a window she is left with a partialy pink nose i am getting pictures of her developed so i can send them here i also was told that she was survived from a very bad birth where the owner of her mother didnt want the puppies so he was going to kill all the puppies and the neighbor rescued them and she was bottle fed from 2 weeks old can you beleive the nerve of some people in this world to destroy such a beautifull animal i think im going to change her name to lucky :) well not really but she sure is a lucky dog im very happy to be a part of this message board thank you all for the good work
Scott Fowler <>
USA - Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 17:00:33 (EDT)
Dear Jane: The attached picture of my dog was taken a few weeks ago. She is camera shy and would not sit up, therefore your cannot see her white chest and fishhook tail, but her face tells it all. (Click on "Mary Jane" to see photo)
Mary Jane <>
USA - Wednesday, April 14, 1999 at 15:43:04 (EDT)
hi i was given this great dog by a freind of mine who had to move and couldnt take her with them well as soon as i saw the dog i said wow this dog looks alot like a dingo and when she gets upset or nervouse she gets a stright line of fur that sticks up on her back its so funny she looks excatly like the dog i saw in an articale my neighbor gave me about carolina dogs except she has a pink nose and she is a bit smaller but she was very underfed when i got her and im working on getting her in better health my husband totally disagrees with me about the dog but like i said ecept for the pink nose and the underweight she looks just like the pictures you have she is a great cather and loves the kids and oh boy is she protective she barks even if a car drives down the street is there a way i can find out for sure if this is what she is im very interested in knowing and possibly breeding please let me know any ideas you may have thank you
Scott Fowler <>
USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 08:21:26 (EDT)
Five years ago I did a tour in Okinawa Japan. While I was there it seemed that the Okinawans had a breed of semi-feral dog that very much fits the description in the Smithsonian article. In fact, until I saw the article I believed these animals were just Okinawan. I took a stray male off the streets of Kin-jo January of 1994. I am happy to report that Jake has been a dynamite addition to my family. At five years old he weighs thirty-five pounds. He has a very short tan coat with a white tufted breast and a curled tail. He looks remarkably like the dog on the bottom of page 1 left side. Everyone on seeing Jake has remarked about a remarkable athletic activity level. He runs with a pounce in his gait. He is happy to jog with me three miles each morning. He plays tackle football with my kids in the backyard. He also shares the other listed traits such as the digging of snout holes(to my dismay)in the backyard. He also has a semi-permanent hole against the brickwall in my backyard. I have seen him eat dirt. And he also washes his face off with his paws. He always defers to me and is very protective of my wife and kids. Sometimes he will become aggressive with particular adult male humans. I have not figured out a common trait. Is our Okinawa dingo dog a part of this or any other breed
Mark Keogh <>
USA - Monday, April 05, 1999 at 09:32:54 (EDT)
Is there a formal or informal rescue program for Carolina Dogs? Thanks.
Mark Fellows <>
USA - Monday, April 05, 1999 at 09:29:55 (EDT)
Hi, Jane -- I finally got through to your site, very nice!! -- I also injoyed the Smithsonian article -- I beleive, as I've told Briz before, that you have that missing link between the Indian Dogs & the (sp) Catahoola Lepard dogs --If there was some way to breed out the Hound in them (selective breeding) they would be just like the Hair, Commen or Plains Indian Dogs -- The ones I call the Southern types I found as far west as Az. - These I used in my breeding program (mostly black) the locals called them Devel Dogs, these probly had some old Bask type sheepdog blood in them also, but very simaler to the Carolina Dogs -- There are still some Village Indian Dogs (more Northern types) that are being used in Dog sled racing & I understand these are being bred & regesterd with CKC now as they haven't been bred pure, for awhile, at least back when I found some & crossed them into my breedings--AS I'm sure you're awhere I'm trying to re-create the Plains Indian Dogs (that is just a combination of all the N.E.W.S.Dogs combined) -- I'm trying to get ahold of this group now,that has the Northern Indian Dogs, will let you know if these are the same as I found years ago -- Tell Briz I'm sorry I can't go the Scientific (proper) way as he has, but I'm more of a Rebel with a cause & I didn't like the Rare Breed clubs uppitty' attetude at all -- This doesn't mean the research isn't just as important in saveing & understanding our Indian Dogs -- I had DNA done through UC Davis already, but the fellow that was handling this flaked out on me, so I should find out what happened to all the DNA samples & where to go from here?? - Can you do this through Briz's lab?? ---- We should stick together in our goals, as the AID's are starting to do really well in rescue & drug Dog work & herding, obedeance, fly ball we need to re-create a place for them in this crazy modern world ---- Keep in touch.
Kim La Flamme <>
Selma, OR USA - Monday, April 05, 1999 at 09:18:09 (EDT)
This is a little off -subject, but does anyone know of any other organizations or research being done into other types of primitive dogs? I brought back a female dog from Thailand (and her puppies - yes, I'm nuts!), also believing that she was just some sort of mix. However, after seeing the article in the Smithsonian, I am curious about whether or not she could be another breed of primitive dog. She has all the physical characteristics - short, red coat, long neck, long snout, pointed ears, curled tail, and behavioral characteristics mentioned (digs snout holes, strong hunter, etc), but she is much smaller than a CD. Her temperament is very mild and docile with people, and quite wary of other dogs. She looks alot like a dingo, or a red fox with longer legs. I found her on a very remote island, and would like to talk to anyone who may be interested in this population of dogs.
Debbie <>
USA - Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at 15:34:29 (EST)
We think that we have a carolina dog that we adopted from the pound. Can Carolina dogs have dark tounges? If not, we are sure that she's a Carolina mixed with a Chow.
Mary <>
USA - Monday, March 29, 1999 at 20:23:21 (EST)
Glad to have finally found you! I have a Carolina breed female that has been the most cherished and respected part of my life for 11 years. She came to me from an abusive environment in Northern California. Though she was unlike any wolf hybrid or Australian mix breed I've ever seen, I knew the category veternarians classed her as 'sheperd mix' was not correct. She has been mistaken for fox, dingo, and coyote by many. Most of all my Native family members recognize her immediately as one of "the cave dogs". But, I was always unsure of her family lineage. A year ago I was sent a picture from the 365 Dog Days calendar, and I thought for sure Kali was pictured. Beside the photo was a brief descrip. of the Carolina breed. The photo was of Shaela, belonging to a Scott Larsen in Utah that I was never able to contact. Yes, all of the traits you list are identical to the ones I have watched for 11 years. An additional one that I can offer you is that she doesn't age in the typical degenerative manner that most dogs do. Her playfulness and activity level have, if anything, increased in the past 2 years. She has none of the typical hip dysplasia or arthritic problems of typical sheperd mixes. She has been fed a fresh foods diet her entire life. The only disprepancy between her and one of your mentioned traits is that she definatley exhibits a hiearchy dominance role with all other dogs - the only exception being some smaller or older ones. The other possible difference, and it may be unique for her, is that her eyes are the color of her coat, the ginger/gold, and her pupils are shaped like stars. Other than that, your characterization of disposition fits perfectly. She pounces and roots the earth when out in open fields with the classic tail "flag". She is aloof with most strangers, very independent and protective, watchful of those she considers family. There hasn't been one person that has met her and not remarked, "that is not a dog. she is something else far more complex than that". With regards to health problems, she has had an ear canker condition that has differentiated over the years. All classic, homeopathic, and alternative veternarians have been stumped by this affliction. A recent move from the Northeast Coast to Idaho seems to have cleared it completely now, after 5 years with the condition. I have been told by Basenji enthusiasts that it is known that they too suffer from ear canker. I would be curious to know whether any of your domesticated ones have exhibited this? Her other health condition is a series of non-malignant fatty tissue tumours that constantly change in size. These began 3 years ago. Again, classic veternariary practice cannot explain this, nor is concerned about them. I, however, am quite concerned about one that has recently appeared above the left eye and seems to be impacting her eyelid to some degree. Has anyone else mentioned this with their Carolina to your knowledge? This note is sent to you as a confirmation for you that the breed reached across the country before your trapping and domestication process began 10 to 15 years ago. People that have traveled in Hawaii and Thailand have told me they have seen her identical breed on the streets as apparently semi-feral dogs. I have seen her breed in New Mexico and South Dakota as well. Usually in extremely rural and isolated areas. I was approached by an old rancher in a northern village who proposed quite a valuable trade for her, as he knew her kind to be some of the best ranch dogs. So, the Carolina breed as a domestic seems to have ventured beyond the Southeast for quite some time. Thanks for the opportunity to share her story, and I hope that all the folks out there that are fortunate to be blessed by the presence and wisdom of one of these beings, will respect and cherish them, as well as remeber their family origin and not expect regular 'Golden Retriever' behavior from them....... they are a gift like no other. I welcome any responses or sharing that others would like to make to me.
Kali <>
ID USA - Friday, March 26, 1999 at 08:25:08 (EST)
Thanks so very much for sharing the information about the new photos and the latest additions to the website on the Carolina Dogs! WOW. Not only did I enjoy the entire presentation is a pleasure to see such wonderfully *clear* photos. The site is navigated with ease and I think that you all should give yourselves a lot of credit for putting together such information so that more of us interested folks, can learn about this wonderful native dog! I also was lucky enough to get to the local newsstand to pick up a hard copy of the Smithsonian magazine with the article and photos that are mentioned. Thanks so much for the *heads UP* and I know, had it not been for your posting, that I would have probably missed being able to secure my hard copy of the magazine. With grateful appreciation. Keep up the good work!!! Chloe in NY
Chloe <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, March 26, 1999 at 08:13:47 (EST)
While I am here why not say I like your new and very improved CDA Web Site. It is great to see pics of all the CDs. Laika who I got from Steven is a real prince despite the young dog active mouth business. He is also a real hunk! Would love to see his pic on the CDA site perhaps as the only Canadian CD ?? Will send future pics for consideration. I also appreciate the anticipated efforts in tracking down the CDs history. I also appreciate your efforts in maintaining a Web Site. It can be a job in itself! And then there is all of the E-Mail you must have to deal with - Steven as well.
Art <>
Canada - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 08:45:01 (EST)
Hello Ms. Gunnell! I don't know whether you remember me -- Laurel Scott (now Duncan) from up Middleburg, VA way? Just wanted to say how captivated I was by the Smithsonian article on the Carolina Dogs. And my interest turned to admiration when I learned of your part in the effort to save them! I usually think of myself as a terrier person, since I'm involved in the breeding and promotion of the "new" AKC-recognized Jack Russell standard. But I've always loved the Carolinas (got married in Camden last November) and I consider ALL dogs one of God's greatest gifts. So I've signed up for a Carolina Dogs news subscription, and look forward to learning more about these special creatures. In the meantime, congrats on a job well done, and good luck! (Perhaps I'll see you at Carolina Cup?) The website is super, and I can't get enough of those photos!
Laurel Scott Duncan <>
Middleburg, VA USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 08:42:38 (EST)
I found my Carolina at the animal shelter in Orlando, there is one that is out in the country. Some kids found him in the woods, no collar or anything. I spent five years living and working with wolves at a sanctuary in a remote part of Colorado, so I was very familiar with this animals wild characteristics and how to treat it. He is the spitting image of the animal on the cover page that reads "Carolina Dog, Dog of Ages. I have always been astounded by his wild characteristics and was excited to find out his history. I have had him for almost five years and we have had a wonderful life, what an incredible animal. He has an intelligence totally seperate from the average dog, much like the wolves. I never formally trained him, just trust, again much like the wolves, he waits for me outside the store untied and so on, he obeys me over any destractions (even cats) of course I let him chase them when it is safe to do so, once he catches them he just barks and "girgles" I call it. I once was awaken when camping to hear him barking in a way I had never heard before, he had ran away from my side about fifty feet and was intense on something. Sure enough there was a bear standing on his hind paws sniffing about thirty feet away. The stories go on from there but I owe him my life for that one. Does anyone else know anything about the "girgling"?
chaseandchaseproductions <>
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 08:40:01 (EST)
Wow !! What a great article in the March Smithsonian. I knew in my heart that 'Dusty' looked like a Dingo Dog ! We got her in Texas from the pound about ten years ago. She loves to eat limestone rocks ! She has been the most loving and faithful dog we ever owned.She is a greathunter,rabbits and groundhogs,even as she gets older.We have lived in the country most of her life and she loves it. So happy to find info. I told 'Dusty' that she has family now and is not an orphan. When the time comes to retire her, I will look for a Carolina Dog !!
Debbie < >
USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 08:38:03 (EST)
14 Years ago we rescued a dog from an unkind soul who abandoned her by tying her to a lamp post at a Baltimore shopping center. We have been trying to find out what kind of dog she is ever since. I now believe that she is a Carolina Dog. The description, photos, and statistics all match. I have attached a couple of photos of her. Mindy has been the best companion dog anyone could ever want. (Note: See pictures of Mindy by clicking on name)
Bill Ziegler <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at 18:16:42 (EST)
Our 12.5 year old dog Max is believed to be a Carolina Dog but when we got him we did not know there was actually a breed name, we thought he was just a feral type dog. He certainly looks like the pictures on this site and fits the standard completely. His litter was brought in from a huge wooded rural area (outside of Charlotte, NC) being cleared for development and taken to the pound. We always joked about his funny looking tail and the fact that he never gets sick, or has any sort of genetic problems like our other dogs. He never had to be housebroken and always hides in the woods to defecate - there's never a trace of anything. He prefers living in the barn and pasture than being in the house. He also keeps down the populations of oppossums, raccoons, snakes, rabbits, etc. in the pasture. His strong prey drive has always been remarkable and he has survived two Copperhead bites by using instinctual traits that most domestic dogs would probably not do. He also digs little dens in the Fall and Winter all around the pasture and woods area. His temperament really fits in that category too, very sweet dog with kids and people and fits right in with other dogs. Interesting to finally be able to put a name to this dog.
Albert R Munn <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, March 19, 1999 at 18:25:00 (EST)
Hi Jane - just wanted to let you know I found your website and you all have done a wonderful job! The dogs look great and from what I could see of the Farm and house they look terrific! Susan Henderson/Southern Saddlery
Susan Henderson <>
Aiken, SC USA - Tuesday, March 09, 1999 at 11:35:47 (EST)
Just read article in Smithsonian about Carolina Dogs. Please e-mail info. on how I can make donation and adoption possible. Also, how many pounds on average please. Love dogs, have two of my own. thank you KW
Kathleen W. <Sigma5076>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Saturday, March 06, 1999 at 17:47:47 (EST)
Congratulations to "Whisper" from Memphis Tenn, the Lancasters' Agility and Obedience Carolina Dog who competed near Atlanta this past weekend and was 4th in a class of 30 dogs! Her owners brought her all the way here to visit today and took her, Sysco and "Banbury Cross' Glory Be" back to Memphis for more Agility and Obedience Competitions!
Jane Gunnell <>
nr Aiken, SC USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 21:59:12 (EST)
We have unsuccesfully been able to e-mail any of you for assistance. Please look at the website where they are previewing photos of adoptable dogs from our shelter. We believe Simba is a carolina dog and need your confirmation before changing her breed type. I can be reached at (704) 377- 0536 Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Bryan
Bryan Smith <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 17:18:06 (EST)
I saw an article in Dog Fancy concerning Carolina dogs and am very interested in getting more information, i.e., are the good with kids, can you leave them without crating when working, do they bark a lot. One person in your mesage book said that they are good jumpers. Does this mean they do not do well in a fence in yard because they get out? I currently have a boxer (my second) and like the temperment. Is the Carolina dog's temperament similar? Thanks for a great website. Mary Jean
Mary Jean <>
Babylon, NY USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 14:34:38 (EST)
I saw the Carolina Dog in the April issue of Dog Fancy and sent an Email to Steven the same day. He responded quickly and we will get back to him very soon. He also asked us to look at the FAQ section first. Our dog has all the traits, but we live west of the Mississippi river. Anyone else west of Miss. River let us know if you think you have one also. Our dog is a 4 year old male and looks just like all the pictures in this site where the big ears are straight up. The one puppy picture in here with all ears is an exact image of the pup we found 4 years ago. We feel our dog would be a great daddy.
WOODLANDS, TX USA - Sunday, February 28, 1999 at 00:01:47 (EST)
Hi guy's, Do you know if there are breeders of the Carolina dogs in Holland Belgium Germany Danmark or Sweden? Please send me a list, because we want to have a carolina dog.
Daniel Taihutu <>
Rotterdam, Netherlands - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 17:09:28 (EST)
I work at the Humane Society of Charlotte, and we have a donated dog that looks alot like a pharoah hound. Our technician thinks he may actually be a Carolina dog, and was wondering if there was any way to tell with certainty. He had originally been adopted from Animal Control as a stray. His name is Simba, and he is very unique in appearance, very similar to the Carolina dogs featured in Dogfancy. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated.
Velvet Dunkle <>
Charlotte, NC USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 12:44:02 (EST)
While reading the article in the March issue of "Smithsonian" I had one of those "aha!" experiences. My beloved dog, of unknown origins, was picked up at about 6 weeks old from the side of a highway in Arkansas. Although she's black and tan, eveerything else about her looks like a Carolina Dog. One of her vets has always said she must be mostly Blue Heeler, but it makes more sense to me that she would be a Carolina Dog mix. Does this breed range as far as Arkansas? She's always seemed somehow different to me--her hunting instinct is so strong that I've often laughed and made the comment that she turns into something "primal" when she sees a chipmunk or a squirrel. She has no interest in playing, no toys interest her, she's aggressive to other dogs although she's mellowing out a little at 8 years old, and she loves all people. She always looks for things to eat on the ground on our daily walk with an intensity inappropriate for such a well fed dog. Of course, it doesn't matter what she is, except to satisfy my curiousity about a dog that's always struck me as being unusual.
Linda Langdon <
Memphis, TN USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 10:01:19 (EST)
Gerald Levine of Syosset NY - I replied to you with JPEGs but the mail went to a Gabriel Levine who said he has gotten your mail before. Tried again but have not heard back from either of you. ???? ART
Art Geverding <>
Vernon, BC Canada - Friday, February 26, 1999 at 22:24:47 (EST)
Hey Jane, I own a male Carolina Dog that I received from you on November 13,1996. He is such a sweet dog. He is very quick and obedient. He is very loyal to me. I would love to hear some more information on the breeding of these special dogs. Thanks, Tammy Harman
Tammy B. Harman <>
Leesville, SC USA - Friday, February 26, 1999 at 12:16:34 (EST)
I happen to own a 6 year old female Carolina, purchased for a minimum fee from a local shelter in Louisiana. Unfortunately, she was spayed the day before I came to the shelter to look for a dog, and at the time I had no idea what breed(s) she was, I just knew she would be a welcomed joy in my household. She has not proved me wrong. She was at the shelter because she was found wandering the fields in Monroe, LA. without a tag and no one had claimed her by the end of two weeks. I am very pleased to know there is a website focused exclusively to Carolinas.
Dianne Mire <>
Katy, TX USA - Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 13:20:22 (EST)
How well do Carolina Dogs get along with other dogs?
Amy <>
USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 22:44:40 (EST)
My daughter saw an article about Carolina dogs in one of her dog magazines. She is convinced our puppy is a Carolina dog. We got the puppy at a shelter and thought it was a yellow lab/shepard mix, but she looks like the picture in the article and like some of the pictures on your web site. How can we find out if she is a Carolina dog? Great web site! Thanks!
Margie Sweeney <>
Louisville, KY USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 23:04:30 (EST)
Since reading the article in the smithsonian I am 99% sure I have a Carolina Dog. I found her in the woods in Penbroke NC 6 years ago. Her mother, a wild dog, had dug a hole and there were 6 puppies living in the hole. She is the finest dog I have ever known. She talks and sings and seems to never shut up!! I always knew she was special but it is so nice to know just how special she really is. 
Jan Ricks <>
Melbourne, Fl USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 21:02:50 (EST)
This posting is in response to the previous message and its comments concerning our Carolina Dogs. I felt a need to answer the writer both personally, and on the message board. As I explained to the respondant, there is much we still do not know about these wonderful dogs. That is the purpose of the DNA research being performed by the Univ. of South Carolina. We are working with two basic hypotheses at this point, as initial DNA tests are inconclusive until such time as additional test results are received. Those hypotheses are: 1) These are remnants of the Indian dogs that were present in the region prior to European settlement. They have survived in isolated pockets across the Southeast against great odds, including human encroachment, predation by other species such as the coyote, and crossbreeding with modern domestic breeds. Physical appearance would not be altered as those behavioral/morphological traits not conducive to survival would be bred out of successive generations to preserve the original long-term pariah morphotype of the Indian dog. 2) These are a mixed population of dogs of modern origin who, when left on their own, have, over successive generations, reverted back to the original dog type. They would represent dog evolution in reverse and would be a modern example of such primitive breeds as the Australian Dingo and New Guinea Singing Dog who were brought to their current natural environments by humans thousands of years ago. They eventually escaped into the wild to establish free-ranging populations relatively free of human intervention (just like our Carolina Dogs). Initial DNA tests do show a possible link between CDs and other primitive breeds (including the dingo of Australia), but further testing needs to be done to confirm these results. Any questions or comments should be referred to me or to Association Secretary Jane Gunnell.
Steven Robinson, President Carolina Dog Association <>
Cumming, GA USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 20:34:17 (EST)
When someone on the Tibetan Spaniel List mentioned an article in the Smithsonian Magazine about a Native American Breed that is related to the Dingo, I had to explore further. I purchased my first Australian Cattle Dog in 1969 and since they were bred from the Dingo, I became interested in the Dingo. I have to admit that some of your dogs do look very much like the 'Tropical'Dingo, but some of them look very much like mixed breeds to me. One in particular looks like a German Shepherd Mix to me. It is pictured on page 3 of your Photos at the bottom on the left. There is also one that I noticed that looks like it might be a smooth Fox Terrier mix. This is just my humble opinion. In my newest breed, Tibetan Spaniels, we frequently have people thinking that a mixed breed dog is a Tibbie. How do you regulate the breeding of these dogs? How do you know what was behind them before they were domesticated? The dingo bitch in Australia frequently bred with domestic dogs when a male Dingo was not available. That is one of the problems that the Native Dog society is facing in Australia. Attempting to find Dingoes that are really pure bred. Enough said!!
Lois Katherine <>
Radcliff, KY USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 15:49:43 (EST)
Whisper, our Carolina Dog, will be showing at the agility trial in Gainsville, GA, on February 27 and 28. The trial is held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. Whisper will show in Titling, Gamblers, and Jumpers classes. We are also bringing Cisco, our younger Carolina Dog. Hope to see you there!
Rick and Jackie Lancaster
Memphis, TN USA - Sunday, February 21, 1999 at 20:07:56 (EST)
Jane, I just finished looking through all of the photos and I can't believe how much all of the Carolina's look like Morgan. The only difference is that Morgan has a black blanket back- is that rare among the Carolina Dogs?? How could I be positive that Morgan is a Carolina?? Perhaps you can email me or call me at 302-644-4478. The information on this site is really interesting. We've tried to read as much as possible about Carolina Dogs since learning of the possibility that Morgan might be one. Thanks for the information. Jennifer Harding
Jennfer Harding <>
Rehoboth, DE USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 13:51:49 (EST)
Last summer my boyfriend and I spoke to Jane about a puppy we rescued from a shelter in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They told us the puppy was husky and shepard but when she stopping growing at 45 pounds we began to investigate that she might be something else. Our vet thought she was a Carolina Dog and when we saw pictures of one, we decided there is no question. Our dog, Morgan, had a brother and sister who were all from Tennessee originally but had been dropped at this shelter in Atlantic City. She is a year and a half old and we love her. I'll try to send some pictures in the mail. 
Jennifer harding <>
Rehoboth, De USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 13:31:56 (EST)
I'd greatley appresate some mformation on the carolina dog.MY SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS IS 121 RAYBORN COURT BECKLEY WV 25802
charles smith <>
beckley, wv USA - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 11:14:32 (EST)
We are getting lots of beautiful pictures. Thank you - keep them coming for our Photo Section at the Carolina Dog Website. And thanks so much for all the supportive email - and your part in helping us save these fantastic Carolina Dogs!
Jane <>
nr.Aiken, SC USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 14:03:40 (EST)
We love our Carolina Dogs! Oliver is 4, Amber 3, and Wobbley 2. Wob is the son of oliver and Amber, and yes every morning Amber cleans his eyes and ears. They are all very sweet, you could not ask for better dogs. I will send pictures for this great site.
Katie Liverato <KT40@AOL.COM>
Smyrna, GA USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 12:01:23 (EST)
I like the new site and the wonderful photos of the puppies. We got Jackson for Steven Robinson and he is now 8 months old. He is a wonderful dog and we are about to start some serious training. His Aussie companion is competing in Agility and Jackson will start that soon. He can jump to the moon and is very quick. Rcently I noticed him cleaning our other dog's ears and eyes. Is this typical? He is very gentle and loving and so smart. We are so glad that we came across this wonderful breed. 
Sue Davis <>
Alpharetta, Ga USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 11:19:53 (EST)
The site is so awesome! I love all the pictures -- I'll send pics of Margaret and Henry, who are both too beautiful to not be on your site! I need som advice from anyone out there... I have a 6' privacy fence that is not buried, but touches the ground. Margaret keeps digging out. What's the best/easiest solution? The only I thought I've had is to dig a trech and bury chicken wire. Any suggestions?
Erin Bell <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 16:18:17 (EST)
Please send us pictures of your Carolina Dogs if they are showing in Agility or Conformation or Obedience or Frisbie Trials or whatever - we are anxious to include them in the SHOW RECORD Section of the Carolina Dog Association Website. Also we will include cute pictures of your Carolina Dogs in the PHOTO Section! We have gorgeous puppies available and so do Steven and Eric near Atlanta. Jane
Jane Gunnell <>
nr Aiken, sc USA - Monday, February 15, 1999 at 18:23:53 (EST)
We have had basenjis for a long time. They too are an ancient breed - from Africa originally. Curiously they resemble the Carolina dog. Striat up ears, curled tail, no odor. They are barkless of course. Are they related in any way? We would like to consider this dog. How do they do in a fenced yard? Would we need to crate them when we weren't at home? Thanks for your most interesting overview on these dogs. Pictures are great!!
June Sowell <>
CONYERS, GA USA - Sunday, February 14, 1999 at 16:14:58 (EST)
SYOSSET, NY USA - Thursday, February 11, 1999 at 22:16:08 (EST)
This is an outstanding site, a great source of comprehensive information on this breed. This site is our first exposure to this breed and we'd love some more information. Does anyone know of any other sites or resources, or perhaps already have a Carolina Dog as a family member. Any information on personality, sociability with people and dogs (*no kids for us, except for a wonderful 8 month old we adopted) activity, exercise needs and requirements, room, inside/outside preference. My wife and I are both weekday professionals, but devote our evenings and weekends to our little guy (not so little actually). Would the Carolina due well in this type of environment? We are both physically active, our dog doesn't seem to be lacking any physical exercise, between my morning jogs and Kim's rollerblading. Does the CD have any special care requirements, feeding or health? Are they adaptable to "Suburb" living? Thanks in advance. Bill & Kim 678-339-0014
Bill & Kim Macauley <>
Alpharetta, GA USA - Thursday, February 11, 1999 at 16:42:51 (EST)
We have pups ready to go now! Males and females, 8 weeks old, shots, wormed, guaranteed, $400 each. Reds, tans and dark cream. Will ship, or come by and pick out your new baby here. Call (770) 886-4909, or e-mail Steven at the address above. See Jane also for even more wonderful pups near Aiken, SC that will be ready soon!
Steven Robinson <>
near Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, February 08, 1999 at 20:48:22 (EST)
We have some gorgeous Carolina Dog Puppies who are almost ready. Please contact us if you would like to see them! Steven has some cute ones, too, in Atlanta. 
Jane Gunnell <>
nr. Aiken, SC USA - Thursday, February 04, 1999 at 06:47:18 (EST)
I'm fascinated by this breed... never heard of it. I own Red Heeler who looks very similar to the Carolina Dog. Can't wait to find more info on this breed.
Sharon Anderson <>
Memphis, TN USA - Wednesday, February 03, 1999 at 18:09:25 (EST)
I have a Carolina Dog which I caught wild near Durham, NC when he was still quite young (about 7 mos.) He's a great dog and a great jumper... he gets out of my fenced back yard on a regular basis.
Matt MacDonald <>
Butner, NC USA - Friday, January 29, 1999 at 19:23:03 (EST)
Merhaba, Allah Akbar! Jane, I am so excited for your upcoming trip to Kuwait. I have included a few arabic phrases for you to copy and use on your email. Enjoy and happy hunting! Captain Jameson Riley Johnson, U.S. Army Diplomatic Training
CPT Jameson Riley Johnson <>
Monterey, CA USA - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 18:42:07 (EST)
My dad was wondering were he could get one of these "Carolina dogs". 
Jennifer Weaver <>
Goose Creek, SC USA - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 10:43:16 (EST)
Now taking deposits on a beautiful Carolina Dog litter. 8 females, one male. They will be ready to go after Valentine's Day. Shots, wormed, guaranteed. Several potential showstoppers--all the perfect disposition for family pets. Priced from $400. If you are in the Atlanta area, stop by and visit. Also, see Jane's posting below about her terrific pups, too! We have something for everyone--show, obedience, agility, and best of all, a new addition to the family!
Steven Robinson <>
north of Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 15:15:02 (EST)
We have some gorgeous puppies - let us know if you would like to see them! Also we are going to Kuwait in March to search for the Carolina Dogs' ancient ancester - would love some suggestions. Jane 
Jane Gunnell <>
nr.Aiken, SC USA - Monday, January 25, 1999 at 19:20:27 (EST)
Just found your site, very interesting. Never knew such a dog existed. 
joe lojewski <>
aiken, sc USA - Monday, January 25, 1999 at 09:06:10 (EST)
Fantastic dog....keep up the good work!
George Hagan <>
Aiken, SC USA - Sunday, January 24, 1999 at 12:56:09 (EST)
Carolina Dogs are beautiful animals. Thanks for saving them for the future. Loved your site, especially the pictures.
Bob Fulgham <>
Aiken , SC USA - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 08:25:08 (EST)
This is a test of the new message board.
Michael A. Vickers <>
Aiken, SC USA - Friday, January 22, 1999 at 11:51:16 (EST)
Name: Erin Bell
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Comments: Y'all have done a great job with the web site! I particularly like all of the photos. All of the dogs are so beautiful. Is that Little Sister nursing that crew?? I thought I recognized the little dark haired puppy as one of Margaret's litter mates. Take care!
Tuesday January 19th 1999 11:14:45
Name: debra ann
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Comments: my husband and i recently adopted a dog from the local shelter. we had never seen a dog like him in this area, maine. we heard our dog called everything from a dingo to a cattle dog, to what kind of dog is that?! after much research we think "jake" may be a carolina dog. but, we guess it doesn't really matter what "jake's family tree" is, as we love him and were so happy to have saved a dog from the shelter. he is a wonderful "family member" we couldn't have asked for a better dog. we would like to try to learn more about his "background" in an effort to care for his "breed" in the best way we can. to "understand " his needs & wants, ect. anyone interested in helping us out or would just like to chat about their beloved pet, please write. now go give your faithful friend a hug!
Monday January 18th 1999 03:45:41