Saturday, March 03, 2012

She is a Precious, RARE GEM...

*all of the photos (not the video) in this post are of "Jill".  Click on them to enlarge

I discovered something truly exciting the other night.
While researching online, looking through hundreds of photos and descriptions of different dog breeds, I found photos and descriptions of a very special, rare breed of dog that fits JILL to a "T".
I am quite sure that Jill is a

Even though Carolina Dogs (also referred to as American Dingos) are now recognized by AKC, they are believed to be one of the few primitive breeds of dogs still existing today.

Jill matches every aspect of the breed description of the Carolina dog, with her color being "red sable".  Apparently, it is not uncommon for the Carolina dog to lose the sable markings as it matures.  We think that Jill is almost a year old.  I hope that she keeps her sable coloration because I think it is very striking.  I rescued Jill from a 'shelter' in South Carolina, where she was scheduled to be euthanized in two days.    If you're interested in seeing a point by point demonstration of the Carolina dog description, this video does a good job.  Other than the color of the dog in the video, Jill matches the description perfectly...

The following is an excerpt from the Carolina Dog breed description on the "Dog Breed Info Center":

"The Carolina Dog is one of the very few breeds existing today that is truly a primitive dog, a result of natural selection for survival in nature, and not of selective breeding. Wild specimens are still known, so this is not a completely domesticated canine. This dog that has survived as a free living animal in the swamps, savannahs, and forests of South Carolina and Georgia for thousands of years, has also proven to be highly adaptable and amenable to domestication, and an excellent pet. Many dogs are known to be extremely shy around people and dislike a lot of handling unless socialized at a very young age. With proper socialization, they are proven to be loyal companion dogs. Many of the characteristics of the natural dog that are predominant in the Carolina Dog contribute to his ability to adjust well to being a loving pet. The Carolina Dog enjoys and needs to be part of a pack, and thus integrates very well into the family framework. He is a gentle, social dog, and bonds very well with children"
Judging by her personality, I would say that Jill was very well socialized as a young pup.  She is very outgoing, confident and affectionate.  In some ways, I am not surprised to discover that Jill is somewhat of a feral breed of dog.  I've always thought that she looked different than any domestic breed that I'm familiar with and she moves so fluidly and gracefully that it makes me think of a wolf!

As if I didn't already know
what a very special girl she is!
This very special girl is available for adoption through
Bluff Country Canine Rescue!


  1. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Hi Nancy,

    Like the new look and interesting info. about Jill, but what happened to all our comments you had yesterday for this post? Was I too wordy?

    Hope not.

    Terry D.

  2. Anonymous4:11 PM

    I have two red sable coloration dingos but have been assured by scientific organization researching Carolina dogs and a breeder that they were not, or at least had something else mixed in like coyote! It is frustrating trying to figure out their heritage. My two had pricked ears as small puppies though and nary a hint of ear flop. Good luck figuring her out!



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