She looks like the dog in the picture maybe slightly lighter in color. She did not make snout pits but would meticulously bury her feces using her nose, but usually ONLY if it was diarrhea. She has an incredible memory, and will sometimes bark at the memory of a raccoon or goose she had seen in the yard. But I can’t always trust studies where I don’t have time to read about methodology, etc. They are mischievous, full of energy and absolute nut balls. Yesterday my buddy’s ferret jumped into my lap and I petted it for maybe 5 minutes. When she’s in that mood the licking is extensive and soaking! She can even open most doors on her own. Perhaps a lack of discipline has led to a structure breakdown and your dog does not understand the reason you have removed a toy or the reason you keep going out for extended periods. is to a video I took of him doing this tonight. Just don’t. Hosuebreaking is also very easy due to their intellectual level as well as their nature to be clean dogs who do not like to soil anywhere around their “den”. His farm was a long way away, but cows can cover ground pretty fast, so it seemed a possibility. She is neophobic in the extreme, and regards even small things like moved furniture with deep suspicion. However, once we got to my farm Miss Swiss took one look at the grass in my front yard and bolted across the road. He’s totally different. He’s filled out to 46 pounds, eats whenever he wants to which isn’t much and drinks very little water. So I’d wonder–is that kind of burying a genuine FAP in dogs, and if so, maybe Carolina dogs either regard their poo as high value (to be returned to later if necessary?) Fascinating!) He is now loving, affectionate, and no longer dominant towards me. Other than the digging in the yard, (snout holes and full blown digging) and the chewing. About Us | Thanks for another interesting post. I. Lehr Brisbin became curious about them while doing studies in the Savannah River area of South Carolina. (Jon Young also shares more in-depth nuances of … The Ridgeback is quiet; Clover barks first and asks questions later. He was in a group of all white pups with a nursing chi-weenie (chihuahua/dachshund mix). I wanted to ask you a question, unrelated to today’s blog: sometime in another life(!!) And so I ask you: have you had or seen a dog who covered its feces by using its nose to push sand or dirt over it? ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The Alamance-Burlington School System on Thursday made a decision on students’ return to the classroom. I have both a New Guinea Singing Dog and a Tibetan Mastiff. Well move forward 3 years and she has stopped peeing everywhere, has never played or never come to me for attention. Used to have a pet-sitting business and took care of 2 Basenjis. Another trainer happened to witness his “over” protection or insanely high protection drive and basically educated me really quickly on what it was like to be in his brain. Where else do you get to rescue a 900 lb cow off of the highway, and bring her back to the farm for an overnight under the apple tree? All are characterized by their high pitch and relatively pure tone. I have seen her cover her feces with sand, but not every time and only when I lived somewhere with sandy soil. To go back to Darwin’s terms, Carolina Dogs would certainly seem to qualify as a “variety,” with or without intentional human selection. Owners are often confused about their dogs’ language, often mistakenly perceiving a threat when the message from the dog is simply playful and harmless. She used to go roaming sometimes. So she had lots of interaction with people. She looks JUST like your pictures here! He will rearrange pillows to make a “nest”. I love having a “protection” dog like this because when the threat is real, his alerts are completely accurate and justified. We had a dog who was an expert skunk dispatcher – his record was 3 in 5 days – so we had our fair share of experience. Terms & Conditions | In the modern domestic world where humans and animals cohabit, where does this structure come from? She has turned out to be an excellent trail dog and loves to go hiking (these dogs love to have free range and can run for miles without tiring). The American Dingo/Carolina Dog is an ancient wild dog from the US that lives for the main part in southern states. Thought at first it may be earth worms. Just like amongst humans, vocalizations and sounds in dogs are a way of interaction and communicating. She has plenty of toys and really good about chewing anything in the house. Regarding your request for information about dogs covering their feces with their noses, my new pup (about 6 mths old) does this and I cannot find info anywhere on the net about this behavior! My 9 year old bitch Miranda just passed her birch oil Odor Recognition Test in August and we hope to enter a Level 1 trial next year. I have a feral born mutt from a reserve outside of Calgary who makes dirt pits with one paw and eats I don’t know what, every day once a day, at one certain spot in our yard. She passed in January and will forever be missed. Her barking is sometimes a little much. I just met an “American Dingo” puppy yesterday. We adopted a dog from a shelter in Central Illinois and were told she was a german shepherd mix. She is very skittish, independent, seems to be scared of most other dogs, has tonnes of energy and is very attached to her family. Apparently that was more milkbones than she wanted to eat all at once. This is the first and only time I’ve ever seen that from her and I did correct it and called both of my dogs away. It only takes one situation like this, even if it’s not serious, for him to develop new behavior. An owner must know how to relate to their dogs and read their dogs behaviors and signals. Obviously, dogs can't talk, so their "language" is comprised of other signals—primarily body language , such as movement and positioning of the ears and tail, as well as how a dog positions himself near other dogs. Minimum of 4 dogs earning titles Breeders of Merit are denoted by level in ascending order of: Standard, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. I threw it and she brought it back. They are manifold and there is no scoop so far: To the untrained ear, this bark is an annoyance and without purpose. Everyone asks us “what she is” – and we guess all the Asian breeds, of course. It is true that they do not have a smell – someone called it “self-cleaning fur”, but both dogs shed/shedded a lot. Very loyal, she slept on the floor beside the bed next to me. He prefers to run loose in our backyard to being on a leash but we are still trying to tame the pulling. Animals use vocalizations to exchange information about external events, their own physical or motivational state, or about individuality and social affiliation. If they needed a home. Just dives into the grass or leaves, grabs, shakes, and tosses aside. But I love my baby girl with all of my heart and soul..she’s the best dog I’ve ever had! Very scared of new people (though they were avoidant rather than aggressive), uncomfortable around other dogs. Species that flock often call back and forth while in flight; this is a good way to detect clouds of blackbirds, waxwings, siskins, or bluebirds passing overhead. If she sees a prey such as a bird or mouse and in one case a possum she is locked on and will wait as long as it takes stalking and then pounce on it usually catching her prey. She is quite protective, but not aggressive. If you look at the comments you’ll see some are neophobic, but some are quite bold, so I’m guessing that there is a lot of variability in that trait. We got both of them online (, one from the Florence, SC, area, and the other from Ridgeland, SC. I generally don’t encourage it, because I’m afraid he’ll get friction burns on his poor nose, but he doesn’t ever touch anything in the pantry or make digging motions with his feet, so it’s never made any sense to me. I didn’t even know what I had until I was working as a vet assistant and took him to work and the vet asked if I knew what I had. Homeopaths call this rabies miasm. Due to her traumatic past, she does have some fear/anxiety that is unrelated to her breed that has been improving with time. Dachshunds were bred to hunt in burrows against both badgers and rats. There was no snuggling with her, humans or other dogs, and one was her own pup: when I rescued her she had an adolescent puppy. He’s independent, very wary of new things, and does not like strangers at all, though seems quite happy with his two people. So weird! Kat, thanks for the photo of Finna, I love “meeting her.” She does look a bit GSD’y and Corgi-ish too, if we can agree to pretend that those are actually words. Most people who love Papillons love all Papillons. Gets along with any other dog unless it moves in to quickly which will immediately put him in defensive/aggressive mode. Then I tried to get it from her and I realized I’M PLAYING WITH MY OWN DOG!!! Dogs use a rich variety of body language methods alongside vocalization to convey a message. That’s funny. Ole Yellor was a Texas yellow black mouth cur. Current DNA tests would show them to be the same, but a number of breeders consider English Golden Retrievers and US Golden Retrievers to now be two separate breeds. Her mannerisms remind me a lot of coyotes. That dog would be medium sized, sandy brown in color, short haired, curly tailed and prick eared. A silly song by a Norwegian duo about what foxes sound like has gone viral. It’s a wild dog. A rarer species, the red wolf, thrived throughout Appalachia until hunters declared it a nuisance and almost wiped them out of existence.. ), If you’re interested, here is my Flickr account with a ridiculous amount of photos of her:, We have a dog at our facility that covers his feces using his nose, completely as soon as he goes. For all the cyclists he aggressively barked at in the first year I had him, he now rides with me in the mountains 2x/week both off-leash or connected to bikejor leash line. No personal experience with the primitive breeds, so I am looking forward to comments. These dogs have been in the news lately, because a study of the genetics of the domestic dog suggested that several of the American dog breeds (Chihuahua for example) have origins from ancient Asian breeds rather more recent European ones. Our Carolina makes nose hole and seasonally eats the mole cricketts that we have. It sounds very interesting and I wonder what health issues this new breed is prone to. He’s very object oriented and collects things. Kama doesn’t cover his poo, but does snout pits. i started fostering her, fell in love and adopted. As her time with us increased she was exposed to extended family and friends. What an exciting adventure with Miss Louise, and how lucky that she was such a tame and agreeable cow. As for her potty habit..she only uses pee pads..refuses to go potty anywhere any other animal has EVER gone..and she always uses her snout to fold up the pad when it’s too wet for her to use anymore,which is once..attempts to bury any feces in the pad! There is no standard scientific definition of “breed,” and the US and UK philosophies differ, even down to the dictionary definition. She does not attempt to do so elsewhere eg farmland, beach, marshland or forest. I figure she’s pure 100% unsocialized, reactive, super-smart, all drive mutt. She’s 14 now, retired pretty much from everything but nosework, and has about 40 titles in obedience, rally, coursing, and agility. CoCo was an owner surrender as a puppy. Interestingly my bitch only covers her scats in this way in my garden, even if I am watching her. If your dog is standing by the door whining, they could be trying to communicate the need to relieve themselves, in which case ignoring the sound would lead to undesired behavior. Willie’s anointment in pig s— would clearly have appalled him. One other thing. But a couple of times during camping trips he went the extra step to push sand in the depression he chose as his “cat hole” with his nose. But many less-social species also have distinctive flight calls that … She used her feet and didn’t eat anything as far as I know- she was just trying to create a cool spot, so completely different than the behavior that you describe) nor have I ever had a dog who deliberately buried poop. She is very curious yet very cautious. And her ears! I hope I won’t upset Steve White now…. CoCo will poop behind the shrubbery and I have seen her scratch grass and leaves over it, but have not seen her cover it using her snout. We went through a phase where she stopped eating from stainless steel bowls because I accidentally knocked one off a counter; fortunately feeding her dinner from a stainless steel bowl was almost self-desensitizing. My current American Dingo does not do snout pits or anything odd with poo (although he does like to have his butt wiped when done). Carolina Dogs are descended from the “pariah dogs” which were brought to North America more than 9,000 years ago. I believe she got separated from her mother and litter I had no clue of what breed she was until much later. I know one and her person describes similar wariness of strangers and she was very difficult to house train–just generally much less interested in pleasing her people than the other dogs in the house. He will also take objects outside and hide them (not fun walking around the backyard with a flashlight looking for the DVR remote! Bizarre but interesting. And oh yeah, two baths later, Willie still stinks. She is not food motivated and is highly suspicious of anything new. There is no pack that we can see, a person might have ownership over one dog or ten, but one common factor highlighted by dog experts remains, it is the job of the pack leader, in this case, the human, to keep structure and order within his or her pack. We live in Madison, Wisconsin. When it was time for me to lay down she got up and left the room. Raymond Coppinger pointed out that most dog vocalizations consist of barking, and that barking seems to occur indiscriminately. However, this is teaching the dog violence and aggression and also leads the dog to believe the activity itself is bad. He also tries to keep his paws very clean. It is not intended to constitute professional guidance or veterinary advice. For a time, possibly a year or two on, she did that snout pit thing, then, gradually it faded away. Our first basenji Katie would bury bones in the backyard (and immediately go back and dig them up, move them, repeat) and also used her nose to make depressions in the bed quilts to bury her bones in the house. She’s totally foody, which is what made everything possible. If I posted her pictures with the Wikipedia ones you’d see they are identical. He’s very social. and does the crazy husky zoomie/digging/rooting her nose thing. They fascinate me and I just wish I had enough space to own my own pack of CDs. I found that prairie hay in the dog house worked wonders for residual stink on a dog. The last time had been at 7 months, when he came trotting through the room and halted till I looked up from my book and met his eyes, then he urinated on the floor. The current one was much worse, with him wrestling, mauling, and bloodless-biting relentlessly when I got home from work. What to Know About the Carolina Dog. It’s the grease-cutting feature, that works, I think- it strips stink residue that’s permeated the dogs’ skin oils off the coat. By Dr. Lisa Lipitz, VMD, DACVIM (Neurology). Sophy has been digging this year – feet and snout, and making innumerable small holes in the lawns. (I also suspect this is a reason for her having trouble communicating to my border collie and resulting in some, uh, tussles at first. When I got home she intently smelled my lap and then went into the bedroom in a huff. Eating through houses, howling constantly, refusing to eat for weeks. The ferals there look like all the ancient breeds. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Carolina Dog with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. I am 57 and have had and been around dogs my whole life. Breed in my opinion implies human selective breeding and/or culling Rather they are a pariah dog from a geographical isolated area and some may not have pure breed ancestors. He does NOT do it all the time, or often. He is a very vocal hound and loves to run. “Lucy” is the smartest canine I have ever seen. Most often, unconsciously. This will change the sound of the voice, may prevent vocalization completely, and even cause death due to asphyxiation,” Dr. Burkett explains. Amongst its followers the FL is considered primitive by many, some have annual oestrus for example. I had a Weimaraner for 14 years before Cooper and it was definitely a whole different breed to get use to. He digs snout pits and appears to eat something from the ground and at least once I’ve caught him eating a grub. Now she is fantastic with people and kids, very affectionate and great with other dogs as long as she is not on a leash. It’s fascinating to me how lines of free-ranging dogs in the soutern US have sort of segregated themselves into distinct phenotypes, and how natural barriers like mountains, rivers, and swamps contribute to this segregation. Our yard (and the other places we’ve taken them) all have hard packed dirt. He was chewing on my fingers the first minute out of the shipping crate. Every where you go people will tell you how beautiful she is. I have an 11 year old Ridgeback that has an unusual burying behavior. They may do very well with the kids in that family, but when you have kids, you also have other people’s kids visiting, and that can be difficult with a protective dog. So I am not sure your coyote or bird example would quite fit the CD situation if they will breed with other dogs given the chance. But he is the first to cover his poop with snow. There is a little bit of the wild still there. The school … Consider the two factors of body language and tonality when commanding your dog to stop barking, sit, or stay. And the registries quite often disagree. It can be suspicious and shy around strangers, but affectionate around more familiar people. THANK YOU! I’m glad she enjoyed your conversation enough to follow you home to apples and safety. He is a loyal and affectionate companion and does well in families with children. The rescuer had advertised her as a hound/lab mix, but told me she was certain the mother was a CD. It is her “breed” to be a wild dog – ancient dog – like the New Guinea Singing Dog. shows a lot of “primitive dog” behaviors, including incredible scavenging and foraging skills and an INTENSE love of grubs. Supposedly there were some Belgian varities in that bust too, but IMO the pics I’ve seen all look like generic german shepherd/husky mixes. “My dog growls at strangers.” “My dog growls if I try to take his bone.” I get called for growling issues quite frequently because people think their dog is aggressive. We have never seen them bury poop with their nose. Belongadon is owned by Don Anderson and located in the heart of the South Carolina Sandhills , a region which was once the coast of the Atlantic ocean, along the Lynches River . 4 months ago. If so, I must have an interesting set of genetics, because I was so shy as a young adult I could barely look anyone in the face. Your email address will not be published. They have zero recall and therefore, can’t be off leash. Since we live in the suburbs, Otis lived at the high school FFA barn, which was only accessible by car. Oh dear, that sparks the question–do we have a catalog of wolf FAPs, how many are retained by dogs, how they show up or not in different breeds, how those traits drift if not maintained… golly, golly, what a study that could be if there isn’t one already. I didn’t witness him poop for a months because he hid in the bushes but ultimately discovered that he stands almost straight, lifts a rear leg like he’s scratching his ear and poops on a small bush. went to ask other neighbors if they’d lost a 900 lb animal, I drove up, parked and made friends with the cow, who turned out to be the lovely Brown Swiss you see in the photo. Walking to expel energy is a great way of addressing behavioral issues in dogs, however, if you are charging out the door immediately after returning home from a walk without a sufficient ‘rest’ period, your dog may be confused. Many phone calls later, I located the number of the only farmer any of us knew with Brown Swiss, who said, yes, he had a cow with a collar and a bell. Wow! So u have to have patience. The dogs were living in an 310 square mile area managed by the Department of Energy which was closed to the public due to the production of nuclear materials. Very loyal! The owner brought her from Florida where she was abandoned as a puppy with two of her litter mates. Lady was terribly abused before we got her at age 2 – someone even shot her full of BBs. They need a pack leader. Its almost like she doesn’t know how to get along with them. I’ve seen the black and tans at a local wildlife park and they look like Kelpies. And my daughter shared my car with me. I found he didn’t really care where I as at or what I was doing…. It took that dog years to trust me and it was worth it. She said that he is independent, but was easy to live with and she was glad that she had decided to get him. As soon as he walked in the house he said what I thought was a white Shepard mutt was a Carolina dog and determined she “spoke” Spanish. DONT. The only way I could effectively tire her when she was 8 months old was to walk her all the way down a 1-mile beach, throwing her ball far into the surf so she’d have to swim out to get it, retrieve, repeat, for the length of the beach and back. We love her more than anything and would love to hear some feedback and conformation on her breed. i got her from a rescue when she was 6 months old and still very wild. I do live with a dingo CD American Dingo in my observance he is exactly like the Australian Dingo,I also have a new guinea singing dog and I love them both so much .I learn from them every day .,they are raised as natural as I can fed on a complete and hugh varity raw diet as they would in the wild.,nosodes instead of vaccines .they are amazing. But, when you look in their eyes, you can see an ancient wisdom there that you just don’t see in other domestic breeds, so perhaps they do know better. Very obedient! He has been good around my nieces and small children. I usually agreed even though I got her very young and nobody had ever hit her. Never buried poop though. When I first adopted her (she was 1.3 years old) I strongly felt she was part basenji, but that was before i’d heard of Carolina dogs. Like I say BEST dog I ever had, best friend I ever had. Dingoes are close to my heart. I’ve never seen it happen with dirt, only soft substrate, such as leaves, grass trimmings, bedding or other loose things (we don’t live where the dogs have the opportunity to “go” on sand). After that last disciplining, he gave up, and became a wonderfully loving, super-bonded, and obedient pet, but I could fill a book with the weird things he did. His mix is unknown, but most guesses include northern or East Asian breeds. The other half is making the time to think about how to handle behavior change (or in some cases behavior management) from there. Rehoming of Carolina dogs has recently become popular, and they can make good domestic pets with proper socialization. When he puts his nose to the ground here, he comes up with a grub worm to play with! In fact, I’m sure it had to be a nose bury, when my first girl wrapped a turd in my shirt and stuffed it under a desk in the house. One of my visitors is a twelve year old dog that was adopted from the shelter in Ann Arbor, MI. She will snuggle when she wants, but withdraws to her own space when she is ready. She was a stray adopted from a shelter in Northern New Jersey; no idea of her background. Not unique to Carolina Dogs. Finna’s head shape is what makes me think Cattle Dog, though it could just be the angle of the pic. Fossil evidence also suggests a connection, which is why the dogs are also sometimes called North American Native Dogs and Indian Dogs. But I think my next dog will be a bit more affectionate. She’s about to turn 1 in august or september and I’m just hoping that she learns to mind a little better..she’s super intelligent just so stubborn!! But worry not, growling can convey so many emotions and feelings that we’ll break it down for you. We’ve taken her to two sessions of Dog’s Best Friend training classes. For example a dog once innocently approached as at the dog park straight on while staring at us which is a “threat”. That said; they are different in many ways. She had been in foster or the kennel for almost a year because she was so shy and greated strangers poorly. I thought it was maybe a study, but can’t recall any details. When she was a baby she didn’t like to be touched or petted very much, but she’s gotten used to it as she’s grown older and will cuddle up to me when she’s sleepy. All the normal things you might associate with a male dog in proximity to in season females is just worse. When she passed on, I wanted one JUST like her and searched high and low. At 7 1/2 months of age, she was so difficult for the foster carer to handle that the rescue called me in desperation. If she’d been outside where there was dirt, I’m sure she would have been pushing dirt. Both have been red/tan neutered males; very protective and territorial. He is quite gregarious for a street dog. I am reasonably sure that is what it is about – territory. After noticing she hadn’t come back out shortly thereafter, I called her to me. She is very protective of us and our property . I live near Atlanta Georgia, and today our State DNR put up a post about Carolina Dogs. these dogs NEED to feel that they are valuable pack members, and if they do, then they will always do their best for you. I did read the Dogs in Elk story and absolutely cracked up. The vet said to bring him back for neutering anytime and it would help. Loving, affectionate, funny, loyal, and protective without being a danger. It is suspected that the remoteness of the area allowed the dogs to avoid inter-mixing with other types of dogs and thus retain their more “ancient” genetics. Just like other primitive dogs ( dingo, Canaan Dog etc), Carolina dogs still has the primitive and nocturnal instinct. It was the only thing that got rid of skunk odor after my dogs took a direct hit, but, whenever they got wet, they had a slight perfume o’ skunk for about 6 months, or until the new coat had grown in. They both hunt a lot, but boy my older girl is fast. If anyone reads this far and has any experience with introducing a second CD I would appreciate a post with your advice. Fear barking 11. Founded in 1884, the AKC is the recognized and trusted expert in breed, health and training information for dogs. After reading the article and looking at the dog pictures, I googled the topic further. I should have mentioned that you will also want to read the link confirming the truth of the story, as it has further details about living with a New Guinea Singing Dog: I look forward to hearing from you about the questions posed…. She would then go right up to the blood relative, sniff, and then lay her head against their leg. She will go to the gravel area of the yard, poop. She is loyal except when people leave the dog park and she tries to go with them . Many people are unaware that standard poodles were originally hunting dogs, and some breeders still breed working lines for that purpose. She doesn’t like strangers entering our house and this is a problem that we constantly have to work on. Things started to change she started sleeping at my feet licking them all night. Given a bone, she will always bury it in the exact same fashion, nosing grass out of the way and covering it. I still marvel at how I accomplished this. His “mouthy” behavior that so many foster people were afraid of, turned out to be an asset. In terms of primitive traits, for one, they cycle only once a year, usually in the Fall or early Winter. could be in his mix. She digs holes with her snout and brings up grub worms, which she considers a delicacy. But I guess even then you can’t really just control for looks without affecting behaviour. Wherever she digs the other dogs follow, and they are finding something to eat, but whether it is roots, worms, or insects I do not know. I had no idea what Carolina Dogs were until I adopted my first dog and someone asked me “is that a Carolina Dog?” My first dog is a great dog and even my somewhat dog phobic father fell in love with her – I’m hoping my second dog will be the same way (I think he will be!). The ones I have met in the city never struck me as particularly friendly; not shy, just somewhat aloof, like some Northern breed dogs (I know that’s a huge generalization, with numerous exceptions I’m sure). Dingos are very fast and will defend their family from anything. Interestingly both her veterinarian’s immediately said Cattle Dog when they first met her and I agree that, especially, in photographs, she looks very similar to a cattle dog. It’s actually very funny. He does well with other dogs as well but He is SO strong!!! Thomas was rescued, literally off a street while trying to live on some woman’s porch. My male is not physically affectionate beyond the initial “you’re home!” greetings, choosing to cuddle from 3-infinite feet away. Beagles are scent trackers. Still to this day nobody can really pet her. Carolina dogs are now a registered breed of the United Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association. 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