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The Carolina Dog breed standard may be located on the American Rare Breed Association website. We must first discuss the difference between the breed of Carolina Dog versus the wild Carolina Dog. A dog breed is a result of human selection in breeding. The wild ranging Carolina Dogs are not a dog breed because no humans had a part in their breeding choices. Therefore, only Carolina Dogs that come from a breeder are subject to these explicit breed standards set forth by the ARBA and UKC. Dogs that are deemed Carolina Dogs by the proper authorities that were wild caught or brought out of a local shelter are not subject to these exact specifications. It is permissible for a wild ranging Carolina Dog to have spotting on the tongue. Also, it is known that piebald/party colors and black and tan are naturally occuring recessive colors and that on the rare occasion a Carolina Dog will possess the recessive longer coat length.

There are coat colors that naturally occur in the wild population:

  • Ginger (ranging from pale buff to bright red ginger)
  • Piebald (typically white with black/tan spotting)/Party colored
  • Black (small white points allowed)
  • Black and Tan

On the ginger coat, a small amount of dark sabling is common in juveniles. This sabling should only be on the tips of the guard hairs and commonly occurs in small amounts along the spine and tail. Often juveniles outgrow these markings.

As the dog matures, several changes in the coat will likely be noticed:

  • Change in overall “richness” of coat color
  • Darkening of guard hairs along spine
  • “Feathering” of the hairs along back of hind legs and tail
  • Loss of some/all sable markings

There are some signature physical signs that a dog is a Carolina Dog:

  • Dark almond shaped eyes with black rim
  • Thin and tight body mass with a high pitched waist
  • Large pricked ears that are highly mobile
  • Color- more of a red hue than brown or tan

 

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