Carolina Dog

Breed Summary

Carolina Dogs have muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short coats that come in tan, black and tan, and off-white. They have wedge-shaped heads with pointed ears, long muzzles, and dark, almond-shaped eyes. Their strong necks lead to narrow chests, straight backs, and thick tails that either hang low or curl in a hook. Overall, Carolina Dogs have a ruggedly handsome look.

Country of Origin: USA

AKC Breed Popularity:

AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service

UKC Classification: Sighthound & Pariah Dog Group

Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 17-19 inches.; Male: 17.75-19.5 inches

Weight: Female: 30-55 lbs.; Male: 30-55 pounds

Physical traits: Medium-sized, Compact, Well-balanced

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Straight, flat

Colors: Light Brown, Tan, Orange, Red Ginger, Yellow, Beige, Red Sable

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Loyal, Independent, Reserved with Strangers

Energy Level: Laid back

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: High

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


Carolina Dogs enjoy good health. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. Recent studies have shown that some are ivermectin sensitive, so discuss this with your veterinarian before administering any antiparasitic medications. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize health screenings and genetic testing to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.


Carolina Dogs are very easily trained, eager to please, and may or may not respond to treat training. They excel in competitive activities and hunting small game.


Like any other dog, the Carolina Dog requires exercise. These are not high-energy dogs but should have some form of daily exercise. Options for exercise include playtime in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, retrieving balls, or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy.

Fun Fact

Their nickname is the “American Dingo” or “Yellow Dog.”


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