Anyone who wishes to ask questions about this dog is welcome here. We currently have six of them. These dogs can still be found wildin Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. They some very intersting and different characteristics from domestic dogs, but in general are an intelligent, friendly breed. We have seen them be highly pack oriented, share puppy rearing, have a high predator instinct and function quite effectively as "alarm" dogs.
The picture here is a "Yellow Boy" who we rescued when he was nearly a year old. We also have Sarah who is documented to be related to the group of dogs discovered by a GA professor that started the recognition of this breed. We currently have four of their puppies: Hoover is a year & a half, Roja, Chico and Gordita who were born this year.
We love these dogs and have found them to be a great asset to our farm. We've had these dogs for four or five years now and love them. SO any questions, ask away. I'll answer what I can.
Are they as hard to train and get along with as everyone says they are? I have been told by several people that these breeds are extremly primitive, and really don't care if they please you or not. They are extremly independent. Let me know, I have looked at the carolina dogs, and really like them. I don't like the research I have done saying how difficult they are to live with and train. I would be intersted in showing and breeding, and was told by another breeder that they have alot of difficulty living as a group, and she had to seperate most of hers.
That is interesting research. In our experience, these dogs have been very easy to train. They are also very social pack animals. I guess if you were not the pack leader among your dogs, you may have trouble with them. What we have seen here is that they are very friendly and willing to please. The females tend to be a bit shy or standoffish when not in heat or pregnant, but not anxious about it.
One puppy that a friend of ours adopted was house trained within a day. We do not keep these dogs in the house (Actually we don't keep any animals in the house unless they are very young, very cold or sick) so they are not generally house trianed, but it doesn't take much.
Ours get along fairly well with other animals, but they have a very strong hunting instinct, so if what you have is afraid of them and runs, it will get injured or eaten if you don't intervene. Right now I am acclimating two kittens to the dogs to see how that works out. The dogs are quite friendly with them when they are in their crate (a large dog crate) but when we take the cat out on a harness, she is afraid and tries to run. The dogs think it's play time and go after her.
They are generally kid friendly but can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for small children. Especially since ours love to lick each other and the people in their pack.
I think if the Carolina dog you get is a stray with abuse issues then it may be difficult to get them to relax around people. However if they are raised a friendly social environment from birth, they will be very friendly and socialble.
As far as group living goes, it is essential that the owner understands that there is a pack hierarchy. If you feed the dogs in a certain order, it is best to stick to it, because they will fight each other over their food. Five of ours run together and constantly play when they're not sleeping or hunting. The only getting along issue we've really had was with the sixth one who was a rescue. When he is off his line, he attacks all the other male dogs repeatedly to assert dominance. So he stays on a long run (20' tether on a 35' line).