Skip to comments.The Dixie Dingo
Posted on 11/30/2001 1:40:40 PM PST by blam
"The Dixie Dingo"
"The Native American Dog" "The American Dingo" " Southern Aboriginal Dog" "The Indian's Dog"
Still living Wild in the bottom land swamps and forests of the Southeastern United States.
Genetic (mitochondrial DNA) testing being performed at the University of South Carolina, College of Science and Mathematics, indicates that these dogs, related to the earliest domesticated dogs, are the remnant descendants of the feral pariah canids who came across the Bering land mass 8,000 to 11,000 years ago as hunting companions to the ancestors of the Native Americans.
However, their future in the wild looks bleak. Loss of habitat and competition from introduced species such as the coyote are driving these unique dogs to the brink of extinction.
The Carolina Dogs make gentle pets, winning show dogs, and good hunting/hiking companions - even when wild caught. They are willing, smart and never aggressive towards humans - alerting you to possible danger by standing at a distance and sounding a warning bark.
The same characteristics that have allowed them to survive for centuries in the wild are the same traits that make them perfect house pets: intelligent with a strong "pack" mentality that makes them biddable and submissive to their human "leader of the pack", healthy, clean (easily house broken with a desire to keep their denning area free of odor) with minimal scent (lack of smell ensured successful hunting and lack of discovery by larger predators).
Read on and see how you can participate in saving these unique dogs by becoming a member of the Carolina Dog Association, by contributing to the USC DNA research fund, or, if your circumstances permit, by owning a member of this great breed.
Anthropology - archaeology are my favorite subjects. I'm suprised not to see you on our GGG (anthropology/archaeology) threads. We have another archaeologist, FReeper 'Coyoteman', who studies Coastal Indians in the Monterrey area of California.
About the abandoned dogs. I'm not looking for homes for them, I just feed them (daily) where I found them at a FEMA truck parking lot near my house. I don't know what will eventually become of them, I have four dogs of my own already. I worry that I'll go there to feed them one day and they'll be gone. I got them some of those 'Dogloos' (houses) from Walmart and I think most people who see them think they're guard dogs for the trucks, lol.
About 20 years ago, I had a dog that looked like that....found her as a stray in Waycross Georgia. What is bizarre is we thought she was just a mutt, and we called her a Dingo as a joke.
Now I know what she was! Sweetest dog I've ever had. I miss her.
I look at the threads but don't often post on them.
I have to adopt out seven of these pups.
Why don't you start a thread about these puppies then, get FReeper 'hairofthedog' to use her doggie ping list to bring some attention to the need for homes for the puppies.
Check into the web site "Photobucket". You can upload pictures from your computer to their site and then do a Free Republic post and include your picture in the post.
It takes some practice, but you should be able to do it OK.
Our next door neighbor has a dog that looks exactly like those on the cover of "Science News". When they first got her, maybe 10 years ago, they proclaimed that she was a Yellow Lab. I said to myself "no way is that dog a YL". The neighbor's dog looks and acts exactly like a dog that is defined in various publications as a "Universal Mutt".
The neighbor's dog can be intimidating, as it is towards my wife (she runs from it), or submissive, as with me when I establish that I am the pack leader. I do believe that they have a wild dog that has adapted to a domestic situation. Wild in the sense that it has reached a genetic common ground between wild/cannot be domesticated (wolf,fox,etc.} and wild /can be domesticated (Carolina Dog or maybe the Dingo).
It is a fascinating subject.
You may mention it, Dixie Dingo, to your neighbor.(?)
I am sure that it is a Dixie Dingo. They even named it "Ginger" because of its coat color.
Great Pyrenese. Not sure if it's spelled right but the one my neighbors had was gentle enough to guard baby bunnies but despised other dogs and coyotes so much none of them ever got through to the livestock. Of course, he was big as a house...
I was luckey enough to share 12 amazing years with Henri. I was fortune enough to find him at the sarasota humane society and adopted what I and everyone else thought was a mutt. I kinds knew though he didn’t look like any dog that I had seen before. It was only after his passing from cancer that I discovered (in my sleep somehow) what kind of special dog he was, although I knew he was special. I look forward in the joy of owning another one someday in the near future.
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Yes, I believe that is an excellent example of a brown piebald carolina dog, Do you have anymore? I am looking for a sable and/or a red one with long legs and long muzzle. I have a ginger one but she is sort of short, I like legs and a lengthy body. Please let me know and any that you come across. carl
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Great post, thank you! I am on the board of the local humane society & was on the square at 5:15 this morning for our 5 K fundraiser. I don’t trust people who don’t love animals.
Oh, good boy!