As with ANY breed, you should always do your due diligence & research BEFORE you get a dog, whether a purebred puppy or a rescue.
You should read the Breed Standard, know what a dog is generally used for, check out breed enthusiast's websites & breed specific FaceBook pages and talk to some people that own that breed.
Know what to expect regarding energy level, friendliness, instincts, etc. Pay special attention to statements beginning with such as "if" or "as long as" this will tip you off to what you should expect to have to do in order to take care of & properly train your Carolina Dog.
The Carolina Dog is a rare breed dog of the Pariah and Sighthounds Group (UKC)
As a recently discovered breed of dog, even the registered dogs are relatively close to their wild roots.
There are several traits that require special consideration when training and living with a Carolina Dog, such as; shyness around strangers, aloofness, private about doing things such as going potty or eating, extremely strong prey drive, fear of being choked/constrained, strong pack mentality, either very dominant or very submissive, digging small muzzle sized holes, to name a few! Keep in mind these dogs are rare and special and their unique survival traits are what has kept them around this long. We want to work with or around those traits and not try (unsuccessfully) to change what is so special about our beloved Carolina Dogs!
Sadly though, there are many Carolina Dogs who have ended up in an Animal Shelter or just thrown out because the owner didnt realize exactly what he/she was getting into and training or socialization became a nightmare.
If you are aware of and willing to work with your Carolina Dog, you will have a unique best friend and close companion for many years to come:)-
*The Carolina Dog is naturally suspicious of strangers. Around those it knows, it is quiet, reserved, somewhat aloof, yet affectionate on it's own terms. Carolina Dogs have been known to be more suspicious of men and people wearing strange clothing, such as sunglasses, hats, large flapping clothes, and people carrying things.
*As with any breed, Carolina Dogs should be introduced to strange children in a controlled, monitored setting to ensure a pleasurable experience for all parties involved.
*They tend to be easily housebroken (with proper training), easily crate trained, and are not destructive in the home, as long as they are kept mentally stimulated with toys, training, and lots of attention.
*Carolina Dog pups tend to see older dogs as "alpha" (superior) dogs and will act submissive and defer to them. If your new Carolina Dog is a juvenile or adult, and you already have other dogs(no matter what breed, although more-so with other Carolina Dogs) you may hear many new sounds that you have never heard from a dog before, growls of different pitches, whines, whimpers, barks, "talking" and some noises with no name! Do not be alarmed and jerk the dogs apart unless one (probably not the Carolina Dog) becomes overly aggressive. The new dog has to establish his/her place in your "pack". Introductions with other dogs are best done with a calm yet brisk pack walk.
* They are good with cats if introduced when they are young. Getting along with other pets (snakes, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.) depends on the individual dog and the care given in training the pup to accept these pets as part of the "family pack."
*They are not likely to try to dig out or jump over a fence, as long as they are happy and stimulated inside their enclosure. They are not as inclined as many other primitive type dogs to escape or "be free", but do have a strong hunting instinct, and should not be allowed to roam free in an unfenced yard. Many people have a great time hiking with their Carolina Dogs off leash, as the CD will not stray far from their "pack", with proper recall training of course.
* Carolina Dogs have a strong Prey drive, so socialization and training is a must, especially recall and leave it/drop it commands.
*CDs in the wild have been said to be organized in a 'bitch pack' meaning the Alpha Bitch (breeding age female) runs everything. They bond quickly with their human "pack" and love to be included in all family activities.
* It is important that someone (you) be the Alpha in the pack (i dont mean you have to beat up your dog, just be the Pack Leader) this will make training easier and control of your CD & its actions easier if it is looking to you as the Leader in every situation.
* You must diligently and patiently work with your Carolina Dog during training and socialization, Do not try to force it into doing something it does not understand, or is fearful of, or quirky about!!!! Whether you get a Carolina Dog from an animal shelter, or from a breeder, no matter what age, do not be upset it takes a few days for your new Carolina Dog to warm up to you and become bonded and trusting.
* Do not be hurt or offended if you Carolina Dog does not want to be a snugly lap dog all the time. You will find your CD is very perceptive of your moods and he/she will be close to you when you truly need it. Many CDs, including my own, have been able to sense medical problems.
(excerpts copied from several sources, including www.carolinadogs.org & www.carolinadogs.com)