The American Dingo: What Is a Carolina Dog?
The American Dingo (a.k.a. Carolina Dog)
While looking through rare dog breeds, I discovered that one of the rarest dog breeds was in my own home! The Carolina Dog, also known as the American Dingo, is essentially a wild dog. While my dog was labeled as a "German Shepherd Mix," there was no doubt in my mind once I saw the photos of the breed. It explained much about my dog: why she was so stubborn, why she was so smart, why she wouldn't listen to me, and how she could run 30 MPH away from me at the park.
Carolina Dogs are a true primitive breed. They have been affected only just barely by the presence of humanity, and thus are as close to a wild dog as you can get without being feral. At the same time, these dogs are fiercely intelligent and relate to humans on a scale that is beyond the common domesticated dog.
The Breed Characteristics of the American Dingo
The American Dingo is notable for looking exactly like a dingo. People who saw my dog would constantly question why I had a wild dog in my home and how I had managed to get it.
The American Dingo has a fluffy tail that it holds above its back, though not touching its back, in a "fishhook" formation. It's always tan and sometimes has white spots. The American Dingo is said to come between 35 to 55 pounds by the breed registry, but there are dogs both above and below this spectrum.
Carolina Dogs are very healthy dogs that can run for miles. Active, healthy, and intelligent, they display all the traditional characteristics of a primitive breed. This means that they aren't necessarily as obedient as other types of dogs. My dog is not food- or play-motivated at all. She simply plots against me.
Reasons Not to Get an American Dingo
- They actively plot against you at every turn.
- They can climb. Yes, you read that. This 50-pound dog can climb.
- They don't really care what you have to say.
- You'll never be able to go back to another breed of dog again.
What Are Primitive Dogs?
Primitive dogs are breeds that have been met with limited interference by humanity. People have made Dachshunds shorter and Labradors happy to be alive, but primitive dog breeds remain very close to their wolf origins. Primitive dog breeds include Shibas, Akitas, Siberian Huskies, and Alaskan Malamutes. Of all primitive dog breeds, only dingos, American dingos, and New Guinea dogs still roam in packs. Thus, I got the most primitive type of wild dog I possibly could. Because I'm an achiever.
The most primitive of all dog breeds share dingo characteristics. They are a tan or golden color and have a thick coat and pointed ears. They will also likely never play fetch.
How to Get Your Own American Dingo
- Go to your local dog shelter.
- Ask for an adult dog that is friendly and active.
- Look through dogs until you find one that stares directly into your soul.
- Walk around with the dog until you're satisfied that it's healthy and active.
- Find out three days later the dog was sedated when you saw it.
- Realize everything precious that you own is now inside your dog.
- Cry a little.
- Have a unique friend and companion for life.
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